Here are answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions regarding Manuka Honey.
1. What is Manuka Honey?
2. What is Manuka Honey good for?
Manuka Honey has been used for centuries by native peoples. Today doctors, naturopaths, and nutritionists recommend Manuka Honey to treat wounds and burns, improve digestion and immunity, soothe coughs and sore throats, for skincare, and more.
3. What is MGO and how does it differ in Manuka honey compared to regular honey?
There are many different types of honey, each with its own unique characteristics but the most common question we get is: how is Manuka honey different from regular honey? To answer that, we first need to determine what “regular” honey is! Let’s say it can fall into two categories:
1- Multifloral, processed & pasteurized honey, often mixed with other sweeteners
2- Raw honey, from multi or monofloral sources excluding Manuka Assuming we can agree that any raw honey is far superior to the first category, let’s dive into the differences between manuka honey and other raw honey types.
The biggest difference, of course, is the MGO! Yup, you’ll hear that abbreviation a whole lot around here & find it prominently displayed on the front of our jars. That’s because MGO stands for methylglyoxal and it is what gives manuka its magic. Not found in any other honey, MGO has a range of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits.
Now you might say that regular raw honey also has these benefits and, technically, you would be correct. However, with these honey types, the benefits come from peroxide activity. This activity doesn’t do much for the human body. Since too much peroxide is bad for us, we have an enzyme called Catalyse which quickly breaks peroxide down into water and oxygen making its effects very short-lived.
Your body's defenses do not attack MGO, so you can take full advantage of its benefits inside and out!
4. How can Manuka honey be used to treat burns and wounds?
Burn & Wound Treatment: Historically, honey has been recognized around the world for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help promote healing, tissue regeneration, and reduce pain. It has even been found effective against many antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Combined with its humectant effect, this makes manuka honey uniquely superior to many traditional treatments. It is the only honey approved for medical use. Read more here.
5. How can Manuka honey be used to treat acne and other skin concerns?
Acne and other skin concerns: More & more studies are finding what traditional medicine knew all along: That honey is efficacious in treating a range of skin disorders from acne to eczema & psoriasis. You can add manuka honey to your daily skincare routine to improve your skin’s appearance by fighting bad bacteria and inflammation, and keeping your skin healthy, moisturized, and nourished.
6. How can Manuka honey be used for oral health?
Oral Health: Manuka Honey will help reduce plaque by preventing the development of biofilms, which make plaque harder to remove. It also restricts bacteria formation preventing tooth cavities and other gum problems like periodontal disease, gingivitis, bleeding, receding gums, dry mouth, and bad breath.
7. How can Manuka honey be used to treat sore throat?
8. How can Manuka honey be used to promote digestive health?
Digestive Health: Manuka has been found to act as a prebiotic by stimulating the growth of good bacteria, while at the same time its antibacterial effects actively fight against disease-causing bacteria. It has shown promise in treating a range of digestive issues from IBS and ulcerative colitis to C. diff.
9. How does Manuka honey compare to conventional treatments for influenza?
Influenza vs Manuka: A recent study showed that manuka honey may be just as, if not more effective, against the flu than the popular OTC drugs. Tested against a common flu strain and also against other types of honey, manuka showed the highest potency and ability to actually inhibit the growth of the virus. Additionally, it has been found more effective than traditional treatments such as antibiotics in treating symptoms of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTIs)
10. How can Manuka honey be used to alleviate allergy symptoms?
Allergy Symptoms: Despite what you may have heard, studies show that honey cannot cure your allergies. Even local honey and yes, even our honey! That said, the unique antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties of manuka honey are shown effective against a range of allergy symptoms and related diseases making it a great natural allergy relief alternative to OTC options. Read more here.
11. Can Manuka honey be used for pets and how is it beneficial for them?
Many pets can appreciate the same benefits from Manuka honey that we do. It's used widely to treat burns, wounds, hot spots & other skin issues on all sorts of animals, especially dogs, cats and horses. Dogs can also take advantage of its benefits internally for oral health, as a prebiotic, for added immune protection & much more. Read more about its uses, as well as how much to give your pet based on their size, here.
12. What is the difference between monofloral and multifloral Manuka honey?
While most monofloral honey (i.e. clover, orange blossom, etc.) is pollen tested to prove its’ source, Manuka honey regulations are even more involved.
In order for Manuka honey to be certified as Monofloral, the nectar must be predominantly Manuka and when tested the honey must contain a higher level of two of the four naturally occurring markers. Monofloral Manukas tend to come in higher strengths as the concentration of Manuka is higher.
Multifloral Manuka is created when honeybees forage from the Manuka flower and other floral sources. To be classified as Multiflora Manuka, the honey must contain mainly Mānuka nectar and meet four naturally occurring markers. Here is an example markers test.
What does this mean for you? If you wish to obtain the optimal benefits that Manuka offers, Monofloral is your ticket. However, if you’re looking for smooth, tasty honey that still has more naturally occurring benefits and is cost competitive vs other raw honey, Multifloral is for you!
13. How does Australian Manuka honey differ from New Zealand Manuka honey?
Manuka was discovered in New Zealand and thought to occur only there until much more recently. We now know Australia is host to over 80 species of Leptospermum, including the exact same plant - Leptospermum Scoparium - as is found in NZ.
Due to the larger variety of manuka species, Australian manuka honey has a different flavor and color profile & is less likely to crystalize. There is also less government oversight, a larger territory, and a longer Manuka flowering season, all factors which contribute to its lower price point.
The key factor is that both our Australian & New Zealand manuka lines are independently tested for and contain the active ingredient, MGO (methylglyoxal), giving Manuka its unique potency. You can see test results for both lines via the QR code on the jar lids.
14. What factors should be considered when purchasing Manuka honey to ensure its authenticity?
By now you know that no matter what the label says (UMF, K-Factor, NPA) what you need to look for is the MGO concentration. If you cannot find the MGO amount…well, buyer beware!
On our New Zealand Manuka Honey Labels, we are required by the NZ MPI to include the following statement: “The 100% raw Manuka Honey in this jar was independently tested to ensure it has an MGO content of over 200+ mg/kg. This honey is compliant with Manuka Honey standards set by the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries. Product of New Zealand.”
While this is not currently required for manuka honey exported from Australia, we still put it through the same independent testing that our New Zealand line must go through, and, just like with our NZ line, you can access those test results via the QR code on the jar’s lid. Being able to access test results is important to ensure you are purchasing genuine manuka honey.
It is also prudent to look for where the honey was jarred. For instance, our jars read: “Sourced, packed and independently tested in New Zealand exclusively for and distributed by: PRI…”
Some brands export manuka from NZ in bulk containers and then mix it with other honey before jarring since there are no regulations for manuka in other countries, while others jar in NZ but hide their MGO content in order to sell you low-strength manuka at a higher price. This is why it’s important to look for both the MGO content and where the honey is jarred.
As the original importers of manuka to the U.S., we brought in manuka before they even knew what MGO was!! Having been there are all stages of knowledge about this amazing natural product, we have always strived to provide the most transparency possible. If you’d like to learn more about this & why our new labels are so important, click here.
15. What do different labels, such as MGO, UMF, and K-Factor, mean in relation to Manuka honey?
With so many different manuka labels, it can be hard to figure out which manuka honey to purchase & which brand you can trust. What do all of those abbreviations even mean?
Let’s start by looking at what the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries says:
“Honey labeled as mānuka for export must be tested by an MPI-recognised laboratory to make sure it meets the new mānuka honey definition.”
The mānuka honey definition is made up of a combination of 5 attributes (4 chemicals from nectar and 1 DNA marker from mānuka pollen).”
Now that we know what is required for manuka honey to leave the shores of NZ, let’s look at some different terms you see on various manuka honey labels and what they really mean:
#1 - MGO. Short for methylglyoxal, MGO is the key medicinal component in manuka honey. Per MPI requirements all genuine manuka labeling should be based on this marker and indicated on the label. We put our MGO number right up front, so you don’t have to search for it.
#2 - UMF. Short for “Unique Manuka Factor”. UMF is a grading system, based on the NPA level of the honey & developed by a privately funded club: The UMF Honey Association. They will grant a license to a company's product if it is tested and found to meet the specific UMF standards & give permission to use their logo on the label. This logo does add more cost to the end product and according to the new rules laid out by MPI, UMF can only be used as a purity grade, not an activity grade so you still need to look for the MGO number on the jar.
#3 - K-Factor. This labeling does not indicate the medicinal quality and/or activity of manuka honey. The company that uses this labeling states that their definition of k-Factor is built around 5 key factors: “Traceability from hive to home, raw & unpasteurized, non-GMO verified, produced & packed in NZ, and free of antibiotics, glyphosate, and pesticides.” None of these tell you anything about the activity (MGO) content and antibacterial ability of the product, nor will you find the MGO level anywhere on their jars.
16. How do I read my honey's test results?
MGO may be the hero with the most star power, but it couldn’t even exist without these other key compounds, along with four markers the NZ MPI looks for and are required for the export license:
- DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) - This gives Manuka Honey its antibacterial properties, the higher the concentration, the stronger the antibiotic effect. MG is derived from the compound DHA.
- NPA - short for “non-peroxide activity”, this is the original term to describe Manuka’s unique activity and is the same as UMF.
- HMF - This is a marker used to ensure the honey is properly stored and has not been heated in any way.
Just scan the QR code on the new jars to find yours! When you are reading your test results you don’t have to keep track of all of them! You really just need to look at the MGO and DHA numbers. For full instructions and an example test result, click here or learn via video.
17. What strength manuka honey should I choose?
Let us help you save some money honey…or, honey money? Not sure, but either way, we’re all tightening our spending right now and the reality is…you don’t need the highest strength to get the benefits.
In fact, your body can only use so much at a time anyway! Here is a chart to help you choose the right one for your needs & lifestyle:
What is a good strength for Manuka Honey? See the uses and Manuka Honey ratings table below.
Everyday Sweetener! If you use honey a lot but want it to have some extra benefits, this is a great low-budget option.
Everyday Sweetener. Another great lower budget option for honey enthusiasts.
Everyday Immune Support.
General and Digestive Health Maintenance, Skin Health.
18. What are some other ways to incorporate Manuka honey and what are some food and beauty recipes to try?
Drink it, dip it, blend it, bake it, take it - incorporating manuka into your daily routine couldn’t be easier!
Whether you simply add a tablespoon a day as part of your wellness routine, incorporate it into your favorite foods, make your own skincare recipes or add it to your beverages the possibilities really are endless. Here are our top 5 edible recipes and our top 5 body care recipes to get your creative juices flowing:
#1 - Strawberry Honey Lime Mimosas - Why not add benefits to your bubbles?
#2 - Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Using Scraps - Upgrade your ACV shots with the power of MGO!
#3 - Sweet Potato Mocha Ice Cream - We cracked the code and made a nutritious ice cream that doesn’t make us miss our Ben & Jerry’s.
#4 - Lemon Twist Dessert Hummus - Already a delicious & nutritious dessert, we made it even better with our Lemon Twist Manuka Honey.
#5 - Honey Boba Tea - Tastes just like the boba you love only this one is dairy & refined sugar-free.
#1- Manuka Honey & Propolis Salve by GrowForageCookFerment - Toss your Neosporin, this simple salve has all the same pros, with none of the cons.
#2 - Manuka & ACV Cuticle Treatment - Protecting your cuticles is key to having healthy nails. This treatment also protects against fungus and has only 4 ingredients!
#3 - Manuka Exfoliator - The single ingredient method to gently exfoliate. Technically not a recipe but absolutely necessary information!
#4 - Moisturizing Bath Soak - This one is so easy, we’ll just drop it here. Dissolve two tablespoons of manuka into a cup of warm water, add to the bath, and enjoy.
#5 - Manuka Honey Facial Spray - Spray the dry skin away with green tea & nature’s best humectant - Manuka honey!
Pacific Sea Salt FAQ
Here are answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions regarding Pacific Sea Salt.
1. What is Pacific Sea Salt?
New Zealand Pacific Sea Salt is harvested from the cleanest oceans left on the face of the earth. These oceans are so clean that that salt can still be harvested naturally after 13 months of drying by the wind and sun. This retains all the natural trace elements that are necessary to maintain a healthy body. Every healthy body must have salt to live. Most so called Sea Salts are produced by pasteurizing the ocean water because they are polluted. This removes the pollutants but also removes all the valuable trace elements leaving just the sodium chloride. Sodium Chloride in this form is not a healthy salt for the body and is very similar to refined white sugar. Other ground mined salts have too many trace elements in large amounts that the body cannot use. The high amount or minerals can cause hardening of the arteries it used as an everyday salt. In the case of pink salts the pink color comes from the high concentrations of iron that are rusting. Ground mined salts are good for special occasions but not as an everyday or cooking salt.
Pacific Sea Salt has the same balance of trace elements and pH as your blood and tears and the same as the fluid that you live in for the first 9 months of your life.
2. What is Bio-GRO?
A: Bio- Gro New Zealand is the most recognized New Zealand Organic certifier. Bio- Gro certifies the process of harvesting the salt from the sea water. First step in testing for organic certification of sea salt is having clean water. If the water is not clean the process cannot continue. Once in the drying ponds, the water and brine are tested once a quarter, the salt is tested at harvesting and packing.
B: Salt is not truly an organic product as it is a naturally formed compound mineral, by nature. Bio- Gro treats the salt like any other organic product in testing for impurities and harmful chemicals during the drying process. Read more on Bio- Gro Sea Salt.
3. Is the salt iodized?
The salt contains natural occurring iodine. Only processed salt loses the naturally occurring iodine. So, artificial iodine is added to some salts but many times it is a non-digestible iodine that the body cannot absorb.
4. Is there anything added to the salt?
No, there are no extra minerals added to the sea salt. There’re also no anti-caking or free flowing agents added to our sea salt.
5. Is the Pacific Sea Salt Kosher?
Yes, all of our Pacific Sea Salt is certified Kosher!
6. Are there any other special benefits over other salts?
Pacific Sea Salt contains vital minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, among other beneficial elements. Sea Salt is essential for sustaining the hydration levels of the body. It’s also vital for electrolyte balance.
Here are answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions regarding Propolis.
1. What is Propolis?
Propolis is a bee-made resin using plant resins, a bit of honey, and a little bee saliva. They use it to fill in small cracks in the beehive. It also helps maintain the hive temperature, prevents predators from entering, and protects against dangerous microbes and fungi.
2. What compounds make Propolis special?
Over 500 compounds have been found in propolis so far!! Many of them have anti-inflammatory benefits, but which compound is the superstar? Flavonoids.
Flavonoids are a type of antioxidant that has beneficial anti-inflammatory effects, and they protect your cells from oxidative damage that can lead to disease. Propolis is a super concentrated form of antioxidants.
So, beyond the concentration, what makes the antioxidants in propolis different from, say, the ones found in blueberries? The bees do, of course!
The mixture of plant resins, honey, and bee saliva adds antibacterial and antiseptic properties that simply cannot be matched!
3. What does a Certified CPL level mean?
The certified CPL level ensures that you get a high, consistent level of flavonoids per gram of the finished product. Because propolis must first be broken down with alcohol and then with water, and all propolis has naturally varying levels of flavonoids, we must blend and test them to achieve consistent levels. This means you always know you are getting therapeutic levels of flavonoids in every bottle of P.R.I. propolis.
4. What is the difference between Propolis Tincture and Propolis Extract?
Propolis extract is water-based, while the tincture is alcohol based. You might have read that extracts are more potent than tinctures; however, with our certified CL levels, you will get the same potency no matter which base you choose.
In its base form, Propolis can only be broken down with alcohol. The extract is then put into large vats and continuously beaten with water until the alcohol dissipates.
We recommend the tincture for external uses like cuts, bites, acne, and wounds, but the extract is much more versatile and an excellent choice for small children and those who cannot consume alcohol.
Additionally, if your recipe is oil-based, such as face oil, use the tincture, as the extract will not blend with the oil.
5. What are the uses of Propolis?
Ancient cultures used propolis to treat wounds and abscesses on the skin and mouth. It was even used in the first and second World Wars to prevent infections and speed healing. Since then, we’ve found many more wonderful uses of propolis. Read more below.
6. What are the specific application methods for propolis to treat burns and wounds?
Propolis has been used on wounds for quite some time, but our knowledge of how it works and its applications have expanded. Researchers tested propolis against several dangerous microbes and have found it very effective against aggressive bacteria.
7. What are the recommended ways to apply propolis for acne and skin concerns?
Propolis’ complex anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties make for an excellent natural acne treatment and preventative. Propolis is now in many skincare products & has proven to help lock in moisture and regenerate the skin. One study showed that propolis could reverse UV damage to the skin. Additionally, a combination of Olive Oil, Beeswax, Propolis, and Honey has been found very effective against diaper rash.
8. What are the most effective ways to use propolis for oral health?
Oral Health: Over the last several years, the link between overall health and our oral health has become impossible to ignore. This knowledge and growing concern about fluoride exposure and toxicity has increased the popularity of natural oral care options. Did you know that children ingesting fluoride toothpaste are the #1 reason for poison control calls? (1) (2) Unbiased studies show fluoride doesn’t prevent any harmful bacteria, now is the time to switch to a natural oral care routine. Propolis has shown to be a fantastic natural addition to oral care that will actively fight harmful bacteria. Recent studies show it can also help protect against oral disease, reduce plaque and treat canker sores.
9. What are the recommended ways to take propolis for cold and flu symptoms?
10. How can propolis be incorporated into diabetes management practices?
Propolis was first acknowledged in 1988 to act in an anti-hyperglycemic capacity, thus stabilizing blood sugar glucose. Since then, many more studies have shown that propolis may inhibit enzymes that increase blood sugar.
11. What are the specific ways to use propolis to support brain health?
Propolis is showing great promise in treating many brain conditions ranging from detoxification, oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy models, depression, cytotoxicity, cognitive improvement, and brain infections. These benefits are thought to be caused by propolis’ unique and highly potent anti-inflammatory properties.
12. What are the recommended methods to consume propolis for gut health?
Studies on propolis and gut health abound, showing great promise in the treatment of many conditions as well as general maintenance. A rich source of probiotics, propolis acts in our gut, much the same way as it does in the hive, creating an intestinal barrier and preventing toxins and bacterial dislocation from the gut to the blood. Propolis also has shown great success in treating GI diseases such as oral mucositis, oral microbiota, ulcerative colitis, and gastric ulcers.
13. How can propolis be used to treat upper respiratory infections?
Many studies have been done on children and adults, showing that propolis is highly effective against URTIs. URTIs are ubiquitous, especially in children; some have become antibiotic-resistant. Current drugs for treatment are high in cost and have serious side effects in children. Propolis is shown to work on antibiotic-resistant infections.
14. How does propolis function as a natural antibiotic?
While we’ve touched on this above, it is essential to note this use, especially since more bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Probiotics are crucial while on antibiotics. Propolis is a powerful probiotic and natural antibiotic in one! Not only shown to protect against the spread of harmful bacteria, but propolis can also prevent it from taking hold to begin with. Studies indicate that this is because propolis can break down and prevent the spread of biofilms, which harmful bacteria use to take hold and spread.
15. What are the recommended application methods for using propolis to address candida?
While this could fall under gut health and skin health, we thought it necessary to highlight, given that candida is found in most of the population. There are different types of candida, such as Candida albicans, which typically manifests in the genitals and mouth, and Candida tropicalis, which occupies the intestinal tract. Studies show that propolis is effective against many candida types.
16. How can propolis be applied to treat nail infections effectively?
17. How can Propolis be used and what are some top Propolis DIYs?
Propolis is best taken in the morning. While there are no official dosage recommendations, ½ - 1 dropper daily is ideal. Place the propolis under your tongue and allow it to dissolve. Those who dislike the flavor recommend placing the propolis in a glass of juice.
6a - Antibacterial Alcohol-Free Mouthwash
1 Cup of Distilled Water
2 Drops of Manuka Oil
4 Drops of Propolis Tincture
1 Tsp of Microplastic-Free Sea Salt
½ - 1 Tsp of Manuka Honey
Put all ingredients in a bottle and shake before use. Avoid swallowing. If swallowing is a concern, such as with young children, simply remove the manuka oil from the recipe.
6b - Propolis & Manuka Oral Spray
1 Two-Ounce Spray Bottle
4 Tsp of Manuka Honey
2 Tsp of Propolis Extract
2-3 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (Optional)
Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle and shake. Spray as needed for sore throat, fresh breath, or after meals when you can’t brush.
6c - Propolis & Manuka Diaper Rash Treatment
2 Tbsp Manuka Honey
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Dropper of Propolis Extract
Mix all ingredients. Clean and thoroughly dry the affected area. Apply ointment to the affected area and allow it to dry slightly before diapering. Honey & propolis are safe to use externally on children of all ages, provided they do not have an allergic reaction to bee products.
6d - Steroid Free Nasal Spray
2 Cups of Distilled Water
½ Tsp of Microplastic-Free Sea Salt
2-3 Drops of Propolis Extract
½ Tsp Manuka Honey
Shake or blend all ingredients. Use it in your Neti Pot or a similar device.
6e - Three Ingredient Facial Oil
2-Ounce Dropper Bottle
5 Drops Propolis Tincture
Bottle of 10% Manuka Oil in Sweet Almond Oil
2-4 Drops of Essential Oils of Choice (Optional)
Add essential oils and propolis to the dropper bottle. Fill the rest of the way with the Manuka in Sweet Almond Oil. Shake well before each use.
18. What are the disclaimers and known interactions of Propolis?
As always, we strive to provide you with the best information backed by scientific studies. However, we are not doctors and cannot recommend any treatment for specific concerns. It’s important to talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have.
That said, here is what we think you need to know:
Propolis has no known severe, serious, moderate, or mild interactions with other drugs. Take caution when combining propolis with medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs). Propolis is thought to slow blood clotting, though more studies need to be conducted on the topic.
Allergic reactions (skin or respiratory symptoms) may occur, particularly in people who are allergic to bees or bee products.
Manuka Oil FAQ
Here are answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions regarding Manuka Oil.
1. What is Manuka OIl?
Manuka oil is an essential oil that is steam distilled from the leaves and branches of the manuka tree. This is the same tree the bees pollinate to make manuka honey!
2. What are the differences between Manuka Oil and Tea Tree Oil?
Manuka & Tea Tree Oil share many of the same properties, but with two key differences. Manuka oil is shown to be up to 33x more effective against harmful bacteria than tea tree oil. It is even effective against some antibiotic resistant strains such as MRSA. Additionally, it is not as harsh as tea tree and, in fact, can be quite moisturizing.
3. Can Manuka Oil be taken internally?
As a general rule, its best not to use manuka oil internally. There have been a good number studies showing that manuka oil is effective against viruses liks HSV. That said, the lack of clinical trials means there is little data on appropriate dosing.
4. How do I use Manuka Oil properly?
Manuka oil should always be diluted! How much it is diluted will depend on the application. For instance, you might add only one drop to each application of facial moisturizer but need a full teaspoon for a load of laundry.
5. Is Manuka Oil antiviral?
Yes, manuka oil is a powerful antiviral!
6. What does Manuka Oil smell like?
Fresh & earthy with notes of honey is the most common way this scent is described. It also has soothing, relaxing properties with used in aromatherapy.
7. Can I use Manuka oil on my dogs?
Yes! Add it to their shampoo for a healthy coat and moisturized skin. You can also use it to treat bites, scrapes, and wounds.
8. Can I use Manuka Oil on my cats?
Manuka oil is thought to be too harsh for cats as they have very sensitive skin.
9. Can I use Manuka Oil on my kids?
Yes! As always, make sure to dilute it.
10. Can I use Manuka Oil while pregnant?
Yes, manuka oil is considered safe to use while pregnant.
11. What is Manuka Oil used for?
From diy antibacterial cleaning products to acne spot treatment you can use manuka oil for almost everything. Our favorite things to add this oil to are: skincare, conditioner, laundry, massage oil & diy shower bombs!
12. How can Manuka Oil be used to treat toenail fungus?
Manuka oils combination of antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiinflammatory properties make it the perfect oil to get rid of nail fungus. Not all nail issues are actually caused by fungus, but that is the only thing most OTC options treat. Manuka oil works WITH the body not just on it, penetrating even the thickest nail beds.
13. What are the benefits of using Manuka Oil for acne and other skin concerns?
Manuka oil is a fantastic spot treatment for acne, not just because of its antibacterial properties but because it locks the moisture in. In addition to acne, it has been shown to help maintain scalp and hair health, treat scrapes, burns, bites, and wounds, reduce wrinkles and scars, help ease aching joints and muscles and more!
14. Can Manuka Oil be used to treat ear infections in both dogs and humans?
Many report rmanuka oil has given them relief from ongoing ear infections. We recommend a dilution of one drop of oil per teaspoon of carrier oil. This can then be placed in the ear with a dropperr. Alternatively, you can soak a cotton ball in the mixture and place in your ear cancal for 15 minutes.
15. How effective is Manuka Oil in treating cold sores?
Simply spot treat the sore with diluted manuka oil. Adding to your regular skin/lip care routine can also help reduce the occurance of cold sores.
16. What are the benefits of using Manuka Oil for oral health?
Manuka oil is an amazing addition to your oral care routine. It has been used for this purpose for years by natural dentists and by generations of native Maori people. You can add a drop to your toothbruth or gargle with it. Check out some of our favorite oral care recipes in this blog post: https://www.shoppri.com/blogs/news/childrens-dental-health-month?_pos=5&_sid=fceba4897&_ss=r
17. Where can Manuka oil be added to skincare products?
This is our favorite way to upgrade our skincare! A drop will do ya. Add it to your shampoo/conditioner, lotion, acne cream, lipbalm and more. You can even use our pre-diluted 10% manuka oil in sweet almond oil as a stand alone oil cleanser and moisturizer.
18. How effective is Manuka Oil in treating cough and respiratory concerns?
When used aromatically, manuka oil can greatly ease respiratory issues like cough and congestion. You can add it to a diffuser, a facial steam, put a drop on your shower bombs, straight into a warm bath or even just add a drop to a hankerchief or your pillowcase.
19. What are some household uses for Manuka Oil?
We think manuka oil is the absolute best way to clean your house and it is so easy to use. A combination of 2-4 drops of manuka oil and a half cup of water can do everything from clean your toothbrush to your toilet! It is also an amazing way to get clean, soft clothes. Simply add a a teaspoon to your liquid detergent drawer or make your own dryer sheets using old t-shirts, white vinegar and manuka oil.
20. Can Manuka oil be used to treat cuts, scabs, and scars?
Manuka Oil is a Cicatrisant which basically means it promotes wound healing. When Manuka Oil is applied to the affected areas it promotes the growth of new cells and encourages the skin to form scar tissues and also can help fading scars.
21. How can Manuka oil be beneficial for hair care?
Manuka oil nourishes your scalp, fights dandruff and bacterial or fungal infections and promotes hair growth! Simply massage diluted manuka oil into your scalp or add it to your shampoo and conditioner!
Manuka Honey Helps Soothes Burns:
Scientific studies show Manuka Honey as a viable option for wound dressing. The physical properties of honey create a favorable environment for skin repair, while its antibacterial nature also supports healing. Source 1 | Source 2
Manuka Honey Supports Gut Health:
Evidence shows Manuka Honey may support gut health as a prebiotic (due to the presence of oligosaccharides). More information.
Its anti-inflammatory properties may also positively impact inflammatory bowel disease. More information.
Studies demonstrate Manuka as an alternative treatment in fighting bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). and Clostridium difficile (C. diff). More information.
Manuka Honey is Great For Skin:
Manuka honey works well as a face mask and wash. It leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, plus its antibacterial properties may help reduce acne. Since honey is hygroscopic, it draws moisture to the skin, helping it stay hydrated.
Manuka Honey Aids Sore Throat:
Manuka provides relief by coating the throat as well as fighting the bacteria that is causing pain. More information.