Sunday, September 4, 2016

New Zealand Manuka Honey Products You Need to Try

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Manuka Honey, which is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the indigenous Manuka Bush, is well known for its antibacterial properties, and it contains a compound known as methylglyoxal (MG) that naturally occurs in the Manuka Bush in high concentrations. I love Manuka Honey and use it in my tea, on my toast, and by the spoonful when I feel a cold coming on. I also love to use skincare products that use this wonderful ingredient, and therefore I was very happy to try out Pacific Resources International's Manuka Honey and skincare products.

According to WebMD, 
The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect. But, there may also be other compounds involved in the medicinal effect of manuka honey.

Honey producers have developed a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.

The UMF rating is thought to correspond with the concentration of MG and other compounds. Not all honey labeled as manuka honey contains significant levels of antibacterial factors. To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. Honey at or above that level is marketed as "UMF Manuka Honey" or "Active Manuka Honey."
Manuka Honey 10+ ($ 34.99  for 1.1 lb. from Pacific Resources International): The flavor and aroma of this honey is warm, deep and more intense than many of the Manuka Honeys that I have tried. It is thick, opaque  and utterly delicious. 

According to Pacific Resources International,

Manuka Honey is the only honey found so far that exhibits non-peroxide activity. This is thought to be due to Methylglyoxal, a unique compound found within Manuka Honey. This makes Manuka Honey a powerful digestive aid when taken internally or a potent anti-bacterial when used topically. It is also heat tolerant, enabling it to reach your digestive system without losing any of its beneficial properties.

Pacific Resources sources honey directly from New Zealand bee keepers, who take pride in producing high-quality products. Our Manuka honey is collected with care from native Manuka trees in New Zealand's remote, pollution-free forests to produce the highest quality Manuka honey.
Our cool processed (raw) PRI 10+ Manuka Honey has been independently tested so it is guaranteed to have an activity level of 10 or above. It is also guaranteed to contain a DHA level of 100+, which is used to determine the rating. 
Propolis Soap with Manuka Honey & Tea Tree Oil ($ 6.99 for 140g. from Pacific Resources International): This is a lovely nourishing and rich soap achieves a creamy lather, and it thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping it. It has a warm earthy scent that does not linger, but it is exceedingly pleasant. It is formulated for use on the face, hands and body, but I have been using it as a hand soap at my bathroom sink. 

According to Pacific Resources International,

PRI Propolis Soap with Manuka Honey and Tea Tree Oil is a soft, luxurious rich cleansing soap offering the benefits of Propolis, Manuka Oil and Raw Manuka Honey. Propolis Soap takes care of unwanted bacteria on the surface - the cause of many skin infections.

This unique, all natural soap is used for face, body and hands and also provides necessary nutrients to delicate skin tissues. Propolis Soap does not dry out the skin and is suitable for all skin types. Propolis Soap is used to clear skin problems such as acne, pimples, psoriasis, fungus, different types of skin rashes and many other skin care problems. Propolis Soap has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and is a non-allergenic.
Manuka Honey Hand Cream ($ 3.99 for 1.35 oz.TSA approved bottle from Pacific Resources International): These hand creams are very lightweight and fast absorbing, and yet they are exceedingly moisturizing. I have used them after working in the garden, and was surprised by the extent to which they were both deeply moisturizing. Even chapped, dry hands are left decidedly moisturized and hydrated. 

The Simply Manuka Hand Cream is unscented and Manuka Tropical Coconut Lime Hand Cream has a very soft and mild lime aroma that is barely detectable one it sinks into the skin.

According to Pacific Resources International,

Simply Manuka hand cream is made with New Zealand Manuka Honey - known for its natural healing and antibacterial properties that assist in nourishing the skin. Natural ingredients such as Exotic Botanicals and Manuka Honey are combined to enrich the skin. 

Available in 3 refreshing scents: Cool Citrus, Coconut and Lime and Simply Manuka.

Simply Manuka Hand Cream Ingredients: Purified Water, Coconut Caprylic, Capric Triglycerides, Sweet Almond Oil, Sodium Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Manuka Honey, Manuka Leptospermum Scoparium Extract, Bamboo Arundinacea Leaf Extract, Lotus Nucifera Flower Extract, Vitamin E.

Manuka Tropical Coconut Lime Hand Cream Ingredients: Purified Water, Coconut Caprylic, Capric Triglycerides, Sweet Almond Oil, Sodium Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Manuka Honey, Vitamin E, Manuka Leptospermum Scoparium Extract, Bamboo Arundinacea Leaf Extract, Lotus Nucifera Flower Extract, Coconut Lime Fragrance.
Propolis & Active Manuka Oral Spray ($11.99 for 1 oz. from Pacific Resources International): I do not use breath fresheners, but this one tastes fantastic and the mint isn't overpowering, and it leaves the mouth feeling very refreshed. 

According to Pacific Resources International,

PRI Propolis Oral Spray combines Active Manuka Honey, flavonoid rich bee propolis with essential oils of aniseed, peppermint to provide a refreshing oral hygiene spray and breath freshener. Propolis Throatspray helps to eliminate odor causing bacteria. Propolis may cause allergic reactions. If irritations of the mouth or throat occurs discontinue use.

Ingredients: Glycerin, Water, Manuka Honey, CLP 30* (Certified Propolis Level) NZ Bee Propolis, Peppermint Oil, Anise Seed Oil, Sweet Oil of Fennel; Menthol, PRIFresh* (Natural Herb and spices blend for product freshness).

Overall Assessment: I am very happy with these products, and definitely would like to further investigate this line. If you love Manuka Honey, then these products are definitely worth your consideration.

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