3 Ways Manuka Honey Can Support Your New Year’s Wellness Goals
Did you begin the new year with health and wellness goals? For so many of us, it can be difficult to stay the course as the months go by. When you think about wellness and getting healthier, it’s easy to focus on your body: Look better. Exercise more. Lose weight. There’s nothing wrong with striving to look physically fit, but there’s so much more to being well than how you appear on the outside.
Shifting your focus to goals that have your whole-person health in mind — and most importantly, making sure they’re realistic for your life –– is the best way to ensure you can stick to those New Year’s wellness goals. Part of that is starting small. Instead of restrictive diets and major workout plans, incorporate a small daily change. Try going for daily walks, practicing mindfulness, eating cleaner in the new year, or ending the night with a warm cup of tea with Manuka Honey.
Manuka Honey is unlike regular honey in that the nectar of the Manuka flower contains unique health properties. It’s a great (and delicious) addition to your wellness routine.
So, how can Manuka Honey specifically support your New Year’s wellness goals?
A sugar alternative
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to reduce your refined sugar intake, Manuka Honey can be a great alternative without losing any of the flavor. Honey is a pure, whole food from nature that has been used by humans for thousands of years. Instead of using table sugar to sweeten tea or coffee, try a spoonful of raw Manuka Honey. It’s also a great substitute for sugar in recipes.
Wellness extends into so much more than optimal physical health. Holistic, whole-body health is just as important. Adopting a natural and restorative skin care care routine is something you can do to help. Manuka Honey has been used as a topical skin care ingredient for decades because of its topical anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. As a humectant, it draws and seals in moisture. It also has the power to soothe irritated skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Apply it directly to the skin or include it in your favorite face mask during a relaxing bath.
While all honey contains healing properties, Manuka Honey is particularly special because it is harvested exclusively from beehives that feed on the flowers of the Manuka bush. The Manuka bush has been used in traditional medicine by the Māori people, who are native to the New Zealand area. According to a 2018 study, Manuka Honey is not only said to be an antibacterial and an antimicrobial, but it is also said to have immune boosting qualities that are unrivaled in other types of honey.
The antibacterial properties are attributed to Methylglyoxal, or MGO. It is naturally found in the nectar of the Manuka flower, and when bees collect the nectar and turn it into honey, the MGO remains present in the honey.
If you have a sore throat or if you just want to be proactive, try taking 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of Manuka Honey to help ease symptoms during the dry weather and cold season.