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Why Manuka Honey?

I love Manuka honey. But what is it, and is it worth the extra cost?

Bees make Manuka honey when they pollinate from a New Zealand scrub plant called a Manuka.  The honey produced from this plant is more potent than standard honey because it has a higher concentration of methylglyoxal (MGO).

Manuka honey can be used as a natural ointment for wounds. In fact I recall seeing a paper in the last few years for its use in wound healing veterinary science as well. But also it has properties as a natural germ fighter when eaten. It is both antibacterial and bacteria resistant. This means that bacteria shouldn’t be able to build up a tolerance to its antibacterial effects. In a world with growing antibiotic resistance, this is well worth noting.

So what should you look for in a Manuka honey? And is it even worthwhile? I wouldn't be using it on your pancakes in the morning because it is quite a bit more expensive- for that I recommend a good quality raw honey. But adding a teaspoon here or there to your diet each week may have its benefits. When you buy your Manuka honey, essentially, the more MGO there is in the honey, the more antiviral and antibacterial properties it has.

Personally I'm a big fan of using Manuka honey to sweeten a warm milk of an evening, or in my "flu fighting" drink. My kids beg me for it if they have a cold or a sore throat:

- 1 tsp manuka honey

- juice of 1 lemon

- juice of 1 orange

- 1 tsp turmeric

- 1 tsp grated ginger

- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

I believe in prevention over cure and natural healing, before pharmaceuticals. Everything has its place, but if switch our focus to self care over damage control, many of the diseases we face today simply wouldn't exist. 

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