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June 28, 2013
While I love Manuka Honey, it's not always easy to find and it's definitely not inexpensive.
I've had a small inner battle going on the last few weeks, a nagging feeling about singing the praises of Manuka. Only because I'd never want to discourage business with local bee keepers of whom I aspire to be one day! So, I came up with a solution that I'm at peace with, see what you think!
Eden Valley Honey from Farson, Wyoming (my local) and pure essential oils come together for beautiful, medicinal, affordable honey! Happy Beekeeper, happy me!
happy! happy! happy!
I'm not in any way presuming that DIY Manuka is equally as beneficial as the real thing from New Zealand however, if organic, local honey and pure essential oils are the ingredients ~ it's gonna bee darn good for you too! By adding essential oils we're only enhancing the properties of good organic honey with Melaleuca, Frankincense and Lavender.
Here's a link where you can learn more about the real thing (Manuka) so that you can make the best choice for YOU.
A Buyer's Guide to Manuka Honey
DIY Manuka Honey How to...
In a 4 oz. glass jar, add organic honey, stir in 1 drop Melaleuca, 2 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Lavender for the following properties:
Melaleuca: anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-biotic, analgesic, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, expectorant, decongestant
Frankincense: anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anti-depressant, anti-cancer
Lavender: tissue restoration, anti-histamine, anti-coagulant, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory
Seal the lid tightly and store in your home apothecary. For wound care, sore throats, facials, eczema, breakouts.
Use in tea, topically or swallow a spoonful for sore throats, canker sores or cough.
Note: fill smaller containers for first aid kits, a jar for each bathroom in the house and your desk at work!
As you probably guessed, this isn't exactly a "tasty" honey by any means but added to warm water with lemon it makes a decent medicinal tea. Swallowing a teaspoon is fairly painless and beneficial for a sore throat or canker sore. And, because of the honey's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it's very nice as a skin treatment too!
Remember, buy local honey when possible! It's a good cycle of health and economy for you and the community :)
January 31, 2018
Love your blog, thanks for all the amazing recipes. I also was wondering g about adding Manuka essential oil to this recipe..
May 10, 2017
This is so exciting and wonderful! Thank you for posting…going to make mine now. I actually looked for this in Whole Foods and they were out and have been out for quite a while. I also looked on Amazon and $$$$…Thanks Again!
Thank you Rebecca…I’m off to make healing salve & DIY Manuka today…I’ll let you know how my little toddler does with the salve!
Thanks for this! I have ordered the Manuka, but as I was ordering I was wondering if this would work. I appreciate you’re testing the waters and then telling me about it. BTW, we love Mr. Hodder’s honey too.
Miranda, they’re 4 oz jam jars…Ball or Mason makes them. Very affordable :))
Specialtybottle.com is a great site for purchasing DIY beauty holders and no minimum order. Ordered some for my mom and they were better then I expected because of the price
Also where did you get you small (cute) glass jars? I like how they are wider at the top than they are at the bottom…
Does Mr.Hodder ship?
I wonder if you can add Manuka Essential Oil to Organic local honey?
Farson?! My cousins meet there each summer for a quick reunion of siblings. I’m very interested in organic essential oils. I’m looking to learn more to help my adult daughter’s digestive problems. Gluten & dairy seem to be the problems. Can you direct me to a good information source?
I’ve started mixing this with equal parts coconut oil. I used a butter knife to carefully put it in a clean 10ml syringe. I use it for Neosporin. =)
Alrighty, have fun :)
You’re welcome! Yes, we need to keep Mr. Hodder in bees and honey :)
I love this! I’ve used it on my face many times and it’s really awesome & works well. However, why do you recommend adding it to teas/beverages? Both melaleuca and frankincense essential oils are NOT SAFE to ingest!!! I read your blog ALL.THE.TIME & love it, but I’m going to have to question everything I read now, and do research before following these recipes. Please, please update this for any future readers who don’t know better – but this recipe is not safe to ingest. Who knows who might read it! If I’m wrong on this, please correct me!
Super excited, going to mix up a couple jars of this today as soon as my hubby gets home with the jars!! YEAH!!!
OMG – I wish I had known this 2 weeks ago. I bought manuka honey from my “crunchy” store ($27).Next time for sure!
Good question! If you look closely at the large honey jar, you can see his phone number on the label…give him a call :))
I use Frankincense internally and I am learning what else is useful for my Orphan Auto Immune Disease instead of using made pharmaceutical’s. Since the only medicine that is ok’d by the AMA is Prednisone.
Thank you for posting this recipe.I love all your help sharing your knowledge with readers. I will be making and using this soon. Thank youl for keeping bees. My husband and myself got two hives last year and fell in love with our new hobby. When I am asked if the honey is “organic” at market my answer is “They are wild. I don’t have strings on all 60,000 thousand of them and they can fly up to a nine mile radius of the hive therefore I can’t in all good conscious call it organic honey”. I an curious how you come by the organic statement in your article.
Sarah, myself and many others use pure essential oils internally in some instances. Pure Melaleuca and pure Frankincense are actually very beneficial internally but let me be clear, only pure essential oils that have been tested for impurities are labeled with a dietary standard can be ingested. I respect your opinion that external use is the only way but I will beg to differ :)
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