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Why Manuka Honey Is The Queen Of Honey

Why Manuka Honey Is The Queen Of Honey

We all know honey is nature’s nectar. But with so many types on the market, each boasting its own unique flavor and health benefits, we want to help narrow down your selection by putting manuka honey on your radar.

 

Manuka honey is made by bees pollinating in the Manuka bush (leptospermum scoparium) native to New Zealand. Quickly rising to the top as a superfood, this one is known for its superior antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to methylglyoxal (MGO) formed naturally in the manuka flower. 

 

Here are four ways to use manuka honey to treat and heal your body, inside and out!  

 

1. AS A DIGESTIVE AID   

 Manuka honey alleviates discomfort from stomach acid, ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by killing the bacteria responsible for ulcers and balancing general gut health.

 

2. AS A FACE MASK 

Adding a few teaspoons to a homemade face masks can help even your skin tone, reduce redness, flakiness, and dullness, due to the anti-inflammatory properties of Manuka honey! There is a reason why people with eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions swear by this natural remedy. 

 

3. AS A HEALING AGENT 

If you have a cut or burn, laying a thick layer of Manuka honey on the cleaned wound helps it heal faster with minimized scarring.

 

4. AS A COUGH AND SORE THROAT TREATMENT

Manuka honey’s enhanced antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help soothe sore throat pain, ease coughing, and aids the body in battling flu symptoms.

 

TIP: The one thing to look for is the UMF rating (Unique Manuka Factor). The higher the number, the higher the antimicrobial potency. 

 

Why Your Armpits Still Smell After a Shower

Why Your Armpits Still Smell After a Shower

There are many reasons why body odor occurs and it varies among different people. In fact, you may notice a faint odor emitting from your underarms even after you shower. To help you get an understanding of this issue, I am going to tell you why this happens and what you can do about it.  

 

How Body Odor Occurs

Sweat is the main culprit, which is caused by two types of glands in your body:

 

Eccrine Glands

They open directly onto your skin and can be found all over your body. When your body temperature rises, they release fluids that evaporate and help your body cool down. These fluids are often odorless.

 

Apocrine Glands

They are found in areas where you have hair, such as your armpit and groin area. These glands release a milky fluid when you are stressed and are odorless until they come into contact with a bacteria then they create odor.

Hair is particularly prone to trapping bacteria, which is why men are more likely to smell even after showering. In other words, lingering underarm odor is caused by enduring bacteria.

 

How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Eliminate Odors 

A study conducted by Middlesex University tested different bacteria strains in petri dishes with apple cider vinegar and cultured them together at 37 degrees celsius for a 24 hour period. They proved that apple cider vinegar reduced bacterial growth and eliminated bacteria such as E. coli, C. albicans (which includes corynebacteria), and S. aureus. This means that apple cider vinegar creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria to grow and eliminates odors as a result.

 

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Photo by Abdullah Qasim

 

You may also notice that apple cider vinegar has a unique scent, which comes from acetic acid. Acetic acid and other organic acids are found to be responsible for killing bacteria by passing through the bacteria’s cell membranes and neutralizing it.

 

How to Incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar Into Your Routine

Eliminate that lingering underarm odor using these two methods:

  1. Directly onto a cotton ball

You can apply the solution directly onto a cotton ball and rub it into each underarm area after you shower.

  1. An antibacterial soap

If you prefer to use it in a more compact form, try using an antibacterial soap. The takesumi detox® underarm bar that I created actually has this ingredient. The key is to massage this into your underarm for 30 seconds as you must ensure that your underarms are “squeaky” clean as this really ensures it leaves a barrier so bacteria cannot survive.

Regardless of which method you prefer, you must apply the solution to each of your armpits for 30 seconds to truly eliminate odor causing bacteria. If you are a guy ensure you rub into the skin because of body hair.

For other great tips on this topic, check out the reviews on our underarm bar. 

If you have a great tip on this subject please leave a comment on our blog as we love to learn from our readers. Or if you have a question please feel free to ask as I am happy to answer.

Why You Need To Deal with Armpit Stains in 24 Hours

Why You Need To Deal with Armpit Stains in 24 Hours

Stains have plagued everyone at some point in their lives, but the most devastating ones are those that appear on your favourite shirt. Even the most aggressive chemical remover can take so much work to remove and possibly ruin your clothes. I am going to give you a breakdown on why stains form (hint: it has to do with the antiperspirant and natural deodorant you use) and how to get rid of them. 

 

How Armpit Stains Form with Antiperspirant

Ever noticed those yellow stains near the armpits? They form when the aluminum in your antiperspirant interact with the protein in your sweat. They are the most apparent after wearing a white blouse.

 

Natural Deodorant Can Be a Surprising Culprit Too

Some natural deodorants contain coconut oil, which causes stains when it interacts with sweat. The product is more likely to get on your clothes, especially if your deodorant is hard to the touch as it will apply unevenly and leave deposits on the underarm of your shirt.

 

How to Prevent Stains

If you are a natural deodorant user, you will notice that they come in two types. Those made without glide and those that are hard to-the-touch. Avoid deodorants that are hard to the touch if you want an even application and one that does not leave product deposits that can transfer to your clothing. 

It also helps tremendously if you can wait until the product is fully absorbed before you get dressed. With this in mind, the takesumi detox® is made with an ingredient that gives it glide because I personally do not want a build up of product to transfer to consumers clothing causing stains that take too much work to remove.

 

Why You Need To Deal with Armpit Stains in 24 Hours

Photo by Daria Shevtsova.

 

How to Get Rid of Stains

You must act immediately upon noticing the stain. The longer you wait, the more time it has to form and penetrate the clothing fibres. It creates twice the work and lowers the possibility of removing the stain. For those who want some natural solutions, here are some DIY methods:

 

Baking Soda

Make a paste out of four tablespoons of baking soda and a ¼ cup of warm water to massage into the stain. Leave the garment out for half an hour before washing as you normally would. 

 

Aspirin

Crush two aspirins and mix the powder in a ½ cup of warm water. Soak the stained part of the item for two to three hours and wash as usual.

 

Lemon Juice

Mix equal parts lemon juice and water to rub into the stain. Lemon is a natural bleach due to its acidic properties.

 

White Vinegar

If you have a tougher or older stain, pour white vinegar directly onto it and let it stand for 30 minutes. Wash as you normally would afterwards. Do not mix the vinegar with anything else unless you want a new stain to form.

Note: OxiClean can do the trick as well if you are okay with a chemical alternative.

Feature image by Ryoji Hayasaka.