Many of us have heard of Manuka honey and we all know it has medicinal properties and is super good for us but do we know why and what we should be looking for when choosing our honey?
Since buying a pot of honey from Holland and Barrett last week at sale price of £13.99 (activity 20+) I’ve been researching about the product so let me break it down for us:
UMF – Unique Manuka Factor
The UMF activity is documented as a number (possibly within a logo) and the higher the number, the better in terms of antibacterial qualities as it contains hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal (and unsurprisingly, more expensive).
For example, a grade of 0-4 is non-therapeutic and on the other extreme, a rating of 15+ contains superior qualities of antibacterial activity and then you have the numbers in between of moderate antibacterial action.
Do Not buy Manuka honey without a logo and without the activity level stated and ensure that the product has a licensing from New Zealand/Australia (where the honey is harvested from the hives of bees making honey from the Manuka bush also known as Tea Tree)
3 good sites worth reading if you want to learn more about the specific factors considered, unique to Manuka honey:
I have bought the product of activity 20+ which is recommended at no more than 1 tablespoon at a time. I’ve been mixing the goodness with warm water and a wedge of lemon in the evening. I have also used it topically on the skin over the face. On reading, it’s best to wash the active honey off the face after only a few minutes. Due to my skin sensitivity, I felt it sting very slightly on application but felt smooth and silky after washing off with warm water, with no adverse effects thereafter. I will continue to make masks with Manuka honey to help with eczema (also known to help with acne and will continue to drink my concoction for the added benefits which you can find in the above links. Go and buy yours and enjoy the sweet taste without the guilt!