Marvelous Manuka - Part 2

Now that you know piles of things about manuka honey on the sciency-nerdy side (link to part one below) and know what manuka honey has to offer in the way of wound healing, let's take a look at what manuka honey can do on – and in – your face!

THE SKIN CARE AND BEAUTY PART
On the Face
If you replace 'ordinary raw honey' with active manuka honey, and leave it on for 5 minutes instead of 2, you have the ultimate, pamper-me-silly, total-luxury version of the discount solution honey mask. I've been doing a 5-minute-manuka-mask on a weekly basis for a few months now.

"Only once a week? Why not on a daily basis, Lise?" (I hear you asking)

"Cuz this stuff costs an arm and a leg." (you hear me answer)

How The Mask Works
Even though it's 'only' been once a week, my impression is that manuka not only cleanses and moisturizes beautifully, but also seems to bring a hint of toning and firming action.

Could this be wishful thinking? Quite possibly. I'm sure there is a psychological connection between paying an arm and a leg for something and expecting the stuff to work miracles. But then, there is also the possibility that it really is doing a bit of magic. I will be buying another jar when this one is empty. My reasoning: If manuka can help heal wounds like a son of a gun, it must be doing something extraordinary to help speed up regeneration.

THE HOME REMEDY PART
In the Face
The taste of manuka honey is rich, complex and nougat-like. As an addition to a spicy, herbal tea, it's a delicious, healthy treat, while offering extra bacteria-busting power - maybe even enough to stave off sickness.

Flu Fighter?
Not too long ago, I was coming down with something that unmistakably felt like the flu. I normally take 2 teaspoons of honey and go to bed early. This time, I used Manuka instead.
Next day, I was right as rain and the 'flu-feeling' didn't return.

Coincidence? Possibly.

Except: I was pretty certain this flu had 'taken hold' the evening before, and my normal routine of honey and going to bed early will usually help some, but not this much.

This is reason number 2 that I will be keeping a jar of manuka in stock from now on – despite the cost.

ADDITIONAL SCIENCE STUFF
Any Warnings with Manuka Honey?
Of course there are warnings. Have you ever heard of anything at all – ever – that doesn't come with warnings?

Here are all the warnings I have been able to find on it.
As great as it is for treating wounds and promoting healing, manuka honey may not be good for treating diabetic ulcers. A scientist named Juraj Majtan from the Slovac Academy of Sciences has done a heck of a lot of research on the properties of honey and published several papers on it. He concluded:
"We believe that honey is an effective alternative dressing for treatment of many types of chronic wounds. However, MG (methylglyoxal) may have a detrimental effect on diabetic ulcers. Further research is needed to fully elucidate the effect of honey-derived MG in the treatment of diabetic ulcers." (see the article here)

Additional Fun For Science Nerds
This article outlines honeys effectiveness in wound healing after eye surgery
(I told you scientists had been studying it all over the world)

Have you ever tried a manuka face mask? Or tried taking it to stave off a cold or the flu?

*find part one about manuka honey here 

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hi Lise, having recently found your blog, I have spent hours reading! Great stuff! However this topic is particularly interesting for me as my Husband & I are beekeepers from New Zealand producing some of this wonderful & very valuable Manuka Honey :)It is interesting to read of the 'differences' in UMF & MGO. Within the industry we have found it is much easier to be assured of the 'genuineness' of product with UMF. Not that MGO is false, just easier to do some creative marketing on :) As far as diabetic ulcers, I personally know 2 people who have used Manuka Honey (after 12-24mths with no success with the district nurse) & rave about it. (& many more stories related to me, not scientific I know! although there are other studies out there). However, it is not a case of 'more is better' with MGO, my understanding is the compound on it's own is almost unusable on skin, & it is the buffering effects of the other unique compounds that make up honey which combine to make this such a great gentle healer. Our vet uses it for open wounds as his number 1 'go-to' remedy now.
Also, an interesting part in the study you mentioned was the reference to raising the level of MGO by storing the honey at 37*C. Scientifically this may be the case, commercially, not something we would do to our honey, this rapidly increases the HMF content, a breakdown product of honey as it ages, also caused by heating, not something we want to accelerate! This temp is FAR too high to maintain a good quality product. This is only intended to be additional interesting comments, nothing more :) I'm off to try out your cleansing bars, luckily as a cold-process soap fiend I have everything needed! :) Thanks so much for your blog, Rochy
Lise M Andersen said…
Hi Rochy, Thank you sooo much for your very kind works and valuable input! I would love to do a follow-up blog post on Manuka and have loads of questions for you. If you are interested, please contact me - my info is on the sidebar. :)