Scientific name: Leptospermum scoparium mel
How could we forget to introduce one of our star ingredients. When we decided to provide our family and customers with effective natural skincare alternatives, we wanted to make sure that children and adults with skin conditions were well taken care of. As beekeepers, we didn’t have to look too far; the answer was in our own backyard. Manuka honey is a soothing yet powerful ingredient which has several properties that benefit the skin.
Manuka honey is produced when bees feed on nectar from the Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka) plant, and indigenous peoples from Australia and New Zealand have been using it for many years. At Beetanicals, we sell Manuka honey MGO 263+ (medium) strength.
Why Manuka honey, instead of just any old flowers? While ordinary honey hasantimicrobial properties from high sugar and a low (acidic) pH, Manuka honey is far stronger due to high levels of the naturally occurring chemical methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO is produced during dehydration of a phytochemical in manuka flowers, and can be present at over 70 times the level of other honeys. Manuka honey contains other beneficial substances besides MGO. These include a type of natural antioxidant known as phenolics. Another, leptosin, isonly found in Manuka honey.
Manuka honey is increasingly popular. At a strength of MGO 263+, or UMF 10+, Manuka honey has been found to act against a wide range of bacterial species. This is why we include it in our Bee Soothed Balm, suitable for children one year old and up.
Our intestines house billions of friendly bacteria, which must keep in balance for us to stay healthy. A mildly antibacterial honey may help us keep harmful species in check, however, and has a taste closer to that of regular honey.
However you use it, Manuka honey can be enjoyed as a teaspoon stirred into tea. Alternatively, combine a pinch each of Kakadu plum powder, lemon myrtle powder and ginger with a teaspoon of Manuka honey, for a health boosting tea.
We recommend our Manuka honey infused Bee Soothed Balm for reducing the appearance of dry skin conditions.
To see our Manuka honey and balm, please click on the links below:
Written by: Tanya Stanley & Alexandra Preston - Naturopath - BHSc (Nat)
Testimonial from a mum using our Manuka honey:
“Love it, love it, love it! How lucky are we to have this locally produced jar of goodness available for our children. Prior to coming across this liquid gold I was at my wits end with sleepless nights during winter for both me and her, which took its toll on the whole family. I cannot rave enough about this product and feel so privileged to have a natural, high quality, and effective resource, knowing as a mum who cares I am giving my child the best. The antibacterial qualities are a bonus and the kids love the taste. I use this product in conjunction with the chest balm. I did at first use however explain to the kids it was special honey and different to toast honey, so as they were prepared for the different taste - they loved it all the same.”- Belinda (Vic)