Health benefits of manuka honey

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It might be a favourite spread on your morning toast, but did you know manuka honey has many inner health benefits too?

Sourced from New Zealand, manuka honey originates from honeybees that gather pollen from the indigenous manuka bush. With skincare products containing this ingredient attracting a legion of celebrity fans including Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Bar Rafaeli, it’s not just the beauty market that is recognising the potential of this liquid gold.

Used to help a host of health ailments, manuka honey is proving to be a step ahead of other honey offerings due to its remarkable antibacterial healing powers. In fact, a recent study conducted by the University of Sydney found manuka honey killed nearly every type of bacteria it was exposed to. Impressive, huh?

Here, bh looks at five reasons why you should be adding a teaspoon of manuka honey to your diet...

#1 Aids bloating and indigestion

Next time you’re feeling bloated, ingest some manuka honey as it aids with gastrointestinal problems such as acid reflux, indigestion and stomach ulcers. When it comes to stomach ulcers, scientific studies have shown that active manuka honey is eight times as effective as normal honey as a treatment.

#2 Immune boosting

Great for boosting your immunity, manuka honey’s impressive antibacterial levels sees it coming highly recommended for treating strep throat and cold sores.

#3 Fights diarrhea

Having the runs is one of life’s rather unpleasant occurrences, but luckily manuka honey is here to help. Not only have studies found that it assists in the body's rehydration after diarrhoea sickness, but the bacteria that cause diarrhea are also super-sensitive to the honey.

#4 Energy boosting

Starting to feel a little flat and low of energy? Made purely of carbohydrates including fructose and glucose, manuka honey can help give you a short-term energy boost. Just don’t get too over-enthusiastic with your honey consumption, being a source of sugar - gobbling down too much can lead to weight gain.

# 5 Prevents infections

A natural antiseptic with anti-inflammatory properties, apply manuka honey directly to the skin to prevent infections as well as treat a range of ailments including rosacea, acne, eczema, insect bites, burns, sunburns and surgery wounds. The magic ingredient also works to reduce scarring and healing time.

Would you add manuka honey to your daily health regime? What natural ingredients do you include in your diet to stay healthy?



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Member Comments

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

I have heard how it's great for your health but I really don't like honey

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (Jul 29, 2014 5:27pm)

Posted by: Sweet<3 (Australia)

I love manuka honey!!! A little too expensive to have in my daily tea, so I keep it for special occasions.

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (Jul 29, 2014 5:33pm)

What do 1D even know about women's fragrances?

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What do 1D even know about women’s fragrances?

A lot, actually.

The boy band currently holds The Perfume Shop’s record for the fastest-selling perfume EVER after the release of its first fragrance, Our Moment.

"Our Moment has outsold any other fragrance based on first week sales alone," said Michelle D'vaz, the Marketing Manager of The Perfume Shop.

And now our favourite five are set to release their third fragrance, You and I, following the success of the second scent, This Moment.

But if you’re not obsessed with Harry Styles like every sixteen-year-old girl with hormones, the fact that it’s a fragrance made by the boys probably isn’t going to sell you on it.

What we do know however is that this third fragrance is going to contain completely different notes and a totally new bottle design from the first two, so if you didn’t like those, there’s still hope.

Here’s a sneak peak of the scent to come:



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Posted by: Trish_D (Australia)

Sorry, all you young beauties - I'm way too old to be able to raise any enthusiasm for this.

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (Jul 29, 2014 5:58pm)

Posted by: bmill229 (Australia)

Sounds great.

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (Jul 29, 2014 6:05pm)

The skin care sale you won’t want to miss

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If ever there was a time to step up your skin care regime, it’s today. Mega beauty retailer Priceline is having a two-day skincare sale, with a whopping 40 per cent off the majority of skin care brands. Yep, you can get a huge discount on all your skin care needs. But you better hurry as it’s only for 48 hours (meaning it ends at close of business tomorrow, 30/07/2014).

With so many products on sale, we understand if you’re struggling to decide what to buy. Here’s our edit of the best skin-saviours Priceline has to offer:

NUXE Sérum Merveillance®

Formulated to reduce visible wrinkles as well as fill in, smooth and re-plump the skin, this luxurious face serum can be used on the face or around the eye contour area.

In Essence Botanically Active Rose Hip Plus

Working to hydrate and regenerate the skin, this nourishing skin treatment combines organic rose hip oil with pure essential oils, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E.

Davinci Peel Away Mask

This is not just a sale for the ladies! Treat your man with this hardworking face mask, which will leave his skin feeling clean, refreshed and revitalised.

BIODERMA Créaline H20

One of our all-time member favourites, this gentle solution cleanses impurities and removes make-up without affecting the skin’s natural balance.

Anatomicals There Won't Be A Dry Thigh In The House Lilac Body Lotion

Formulated to leave your skin feeling soft and silky, you won’t be able to resist this body lotion’s super-cute packaging!

Natio Antioxidant Face Moisturiser

Containing antioxidants to help slow the skin's ageing process, this daily moisturiser hydrates, repairs and is perfect under make-up.


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Posted by: Divine Diva (Australia)

I will have to jump online as I can't make it into a store today or tomorrow so hopefully I will find some time to have a little look.

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (Jul 29, 2014 11:46am)

Posted by: sassylily (Australia)

I am a sucker for all things Nuxe

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (Jul 29, 2014 11:46am)

How to exercise without leaving your bed

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For those with a dirty mind, sorry to disappoint, but this blog doesn’t involve the kind of workout you’re thinking of. We’re actually talking about that dirty word we all know as EXERCISE. Or as we like to call it, BEDSERSISE.

Your “But I just want to stay in bed and do nothing” wishes have officially just become invalid because now you’ll have no excuse but to start off the day getting sweaty under the covers (again, leave your dirty minds at the door!).

Try these tightening and toning exercises that don’t require shoes, exercise gear, or clothes in general…


While lying on your side, straighten your top leg and raise it up to a 45-degree angle. Lower it down until it touches the bottom leg and repeat 15 times before rolling over and switching legs. Do three sets.


Lie on your stomach with your arms stretched out above your head, palms facing up and forehead touching the bed. Exhale, and lift you head and chest up toward the ceiling, while also raising your legs. Raise your arms and keep them parallel to the floor. Hold for a few breaths, release to the starting position and repeat as many times as you can.


Sit on the edge of your bed and place your hands next to you, holding on to the edge. Using your arms, lift your body off the bed and lower yourself over the edge so you’re only supported by your arms and feet. Lift your body back up using your arms, then – without sitting on the bed – lower yourself down again. Repeat 10 times, for three sets.


Lie on your back and hug your knees to your chest. Keeping your knees together, release your knees and gently lower them to your left side, and turn your head to the right. Return your head to the centre, gently lift your knees and lower them to your right side, and turn your head to the left. Repeat eight times for a good stretch.

Have you ever tried bedsercise? Will you be trying any of these exercises in bed?




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Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I'm bummed that I've had to take a break from the gym during this pregnancy, but I think I can manage some of these exercises.

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (Jul 29, 2014 1:08pm)

Posted by: Bellefleur (Australia)

This is a great idea! Mini Pilates class in bed!

Posted on: July 29, 2014 (Jul 29, 2014 1:38pm)

5 ways to avoid toenail fungus

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If you’ve ever suffered from a toenail fungus, then you know the pain and irritation that comes from brittle, flaking, and discoloured nails. Plus, let’s be honest, fungus makes your feet look a little gross, too. Like they’re something out of a zombie movie.

Anyway, whether you’ve suffered from toenail fungus before or not, it’s probably something you want to avoid altogether.

So here are five incredibly simple things you can do to help keep your toenails healthy and in glorious condition.

1) Tend to your nails

Keep your nails short and clean. When you stub a long toenail, it can cut into your nail bed and give the fungus the inviting warm environment it needs to fester. That’s why you’ll want to file your toenails, too – jagged edges may also be a recipe for disaster.

2) Stay dry

Have you ever noticed mould growing on a damp shoe? If your nails (and in-between your toes) aren’t always completely dry, the same could happen. Make sure you dry your feet and toes completely after a shower or swim and look for sock materials that won’t make your feet really sweaty.

3) Put on some shoes

Walking around barefoot (especially at a public gym or swimming pool) could expose you to more bacteria than you care to know exist. So keep your feet and toes fungus-free by walking around in some sandals or thongs – and yes, that means when you use public shower, too.

4) Use hygienic tools

How often do you go to your local salon for a pedi? Do you make sure to check that they’re cracking open a fresh packet of tools? Or that they’ve sanitised the foot basin? If not, you might want to start doing that as used tools and dirty tubs spread bacteria and fungus faster than it takes for a gel manicure to set.

5) Become best friends with an antifungal spray

All the sweat and dead skin cells from your feet can accumulate in your socks and shoes, making it the perfect environment for bacteria and fungus to spread. Always wash your socks after each wear, and make sure to spray your shoes with Eulactol Antifungal Foot Spray to kill the germs.

Have you ever suffered from toenail or foot fungus? What do you do to ensure your feet and toes remain fugus-free?


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Posted by: Ellelily (Australia)

I have never had this problem as I do as much as i can to look after myself including my toe nails. And I have seen what ingrown toe nails can do and how painful it is to have them fixed. My dad has had toe nail problems

Posted on: July 28, 2014 (Jul 28, 2014 5:49pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I don't want to jinx myself, but this is not a problem I've had to deal with. Having military experience, I was already aware of these preventative measure - and obviously they work! :)

Posted on: July 28, 2014 (Jul 28, 2014 6:13pm)