Raw Honey vs. Manuka Honey: What’s the Difference?


 April 22, 2020

Honey is a natural healing product that has been used since ancient times; it is well known and studied for its anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. But not all honey is the same. Let’s take a look at raw honey vs Manuka honey and the benefits of both.

Raw Honey in Skin Care

When comparing raw honey and regular honey, the main difference is heat. Most honey is processed (heated), but raw honey is a pure form of honey and not heated. When pasteurized and exposed to high heat, honey can lose a lot of beneficial nutrients.

Alternatively, raw honey maintains its live enzymes and is packed with vitamin C, biotin (B9), nicotinic acid (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), and thiamine (B1). Honey also contains proteins and minerals that can help skin glow.

In its natural state, completely raw honey will appear to be crystallized and even contain bits of wax, propolis, or honeycomb unless it’s filtered.

How is Raw Honey Different from Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is a specific variety of honey sourced from the flowers of the Manuka tree, found in a remote New Zealand island and Australia. Although all raw honeys (unheated) have numerous health benefits, Manuka honey has been found to have higher therapeutic and anti-microbial properties than alternative varieties. Containing the unique compound Methyglyoxal (MG), Manuka honey has potent health benefits for face, hair and skin.

Benefits of Manuka Honey

  • Improves Acne-Prone Skin- Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Manuka honey can help heal acne by reducing redness and healing inflamed skin. Studies also show it might fight infection and boost healing.
  • Healing- Manuka honey can help repair cellular damage and lessen scarring by promoting skin regeneration. In fact, since Manuka honey is so effective at healing wounds, it is often used in clinical settings.
  • Moisturizes- Manuka honey holds in moisture when applied to the skin. This helps to hydrate the skin and result in a dewy complexion.
  • Anti-Aging- Due to its hydrating properties, Manuka honey helps in the fight against aging by moisturizing without making skin oily.
  • Antimicrobial- Honey contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase which causes a reaction that produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide gives honey its antibiotic quality to help fight against bacteria.
  • Vehicle for Other Skin Care Ingredients- Honey acts as a great carrier to hold other active skin care ingredients, such as essential oils.

Learn other Manuka Honey skin care uses and see what sets it apart from traditional honey.

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