May 16, 2011

Hair Pantry | Manuka Honey Pre-Poo

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As one who’s continuously on the hunt for easy at home remedies to help soothe a scalp that’s readily prone to irritations, I make it a point to stay on the lookout for ingredients that I can add to the weekly scalp treatment. A few weeks ago while patrolling the depths of Youtube & endless “related videos,” I found something hidden in what’s referred to as Manuka Honey, a natural alternative to traditional honey that offers even more antibacterial properties and overall health benefits.

Manuka Honey does well in treating affected wounds thanks to what scientists have called the high Unique Manuka Factor, an effectiveness that’s not normally seen in traditional Honey. In addition to having high antibacterial components that’s often used to treat infections & speed up the traditional healing process, Manuka Honey has been known to treat acne, eczema, arthritis, psoriasis, , burns & many other skin ailments. This made it a no brainer to incorporate into the weekly scalp treatments!

Here’s a simple recipe that I used this past week to keep the scalp inflammations at bay:

*proportions vary depending on skin condition and length of hair*

  • 1/4 cup of your favorite carrier oil ( I often use Grapeseed, Jojoba or Avocado)
  • 2 tablespoons of Vatica Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Raw Manuka Honey (UMF 15+)

I used a double boiler to warm the mix over low heat, then used an applicator tip bottle to evenly distribute. The mix may appear sticky, but this is natural and shouldn’t hinder the outcome of the styling process. I usually take the time to also do a quick scalp massage, then don a conditioning cap for 15-20 minutes while doing other errands around my apartment.

There are countless uses and benefits of Manuka Honey, many of which I’m excited to try! I’ll be experimenting, trying it out on a few eczema flareups on my skin that’s been an annoyance for the past few months, as well as use it as a spot treatment on those monthly blemish marks that always seem to sneak in.

Manuka Honey is readily available in most health food stores, including local Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppes (which is where I snagged mine), and if being used for at home medicinal treatment, should be purchased with a UMF index between 10-16. If you’re familiar with Manuka, please let me know how you use it, it’s effectiveness or which brand you prefer!