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The Amazing Benefits of Manuka Honey

26th Nov 2018

Following the recent news of the decrease in the precious bumble bee population, we take a look at the benefits of honey and its medicinal properties. 

Honey is a sweet food produced by bees and is derived from the nectar of flowers. There are nearly 20,000 known species which correlate into nine families of bees and the honey produced by certain families will have distinctly different properties. The sweetness from honey comes from the glucose, giving it attractive chemical properties for baking and it has a distinct flavour.  Flavours of honey vary due to the nectar source and there are now many different types and grades of honey available.

Collection of honey dates back years with evidence of this coming from cave paintings. In ancient times it was used as a religious symbol, given instead of gold and in some cultures it was believed to have practical health uses. It was used as an ointment for rashes, burns and sore throats because no other medicine was available.

In more modern times the main use of honey has been for baking, spreading onto breads and as a commercial sweetener in some beverages. Recent research has shown the antiseptic and anti bacterial properties of honey and uses for healing.

The benefits of Manuka honey are:

  • Natural anti bacterial, anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties which reduce pain and swelling.
  • Reduces scarring as a result of improved blood flow which allows new skin cells to grow.
  • Rapidly clears bacteria from an infected wound.
  • Promotes a hydrated healing environment and hastens this process.
  • Creates a protective barrier to avoid further infections.
  • It has no known side effects.

Due to this recent breakthrough showing that Manuka honey has benefited many internal and topical health problems, the NHS are now using it to help heal all kinds of wounds. One example is Manuka honey being soaked in bandages and given to patients to stop them contracting other bugs at the Christie Hospital in Manchester. Hopefully this will encourage the use of Manuka honey more in conventional medicine because after all it is natural!

At SenSpa, we have incorprated the magical honey into a range of treatments and the results are fabulous. We even offer you the chance to taste the honey during our facials to see how sweet it really is. The treatments include:

Experience the power of Manuka honey for yourself with one of the treatments listed above. You will be grateful that you did! With Christmas coming up, we advise booking now.



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