Food · Health and Wellness

Manuka Honey: The Miracle in My Cupboard

I am sure you are all aware of the benefits of raw honey.

It soothes a sore throat, helps with coughing, and people have been eating raw honey for a host of other reasons for many generations.

I am here to talk about a specific variety of honey native to New Zealand. Manuka honey is produced by bees that forage the Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known as the manuka bush. It’s active ingredient, Methylglyoxal is known for it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Manuka honey has been known to aid in wound healing, helping to eradicate bad bacterias in the mouth, helping to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and it’s anti-inflammatory properties have been proven to help with acne, as well as gastrointestinal disorders and even upper respiratory infections.

Manuka is the only honey produced to be able to boast these proven benefits.

Now, I am not saying that other raw honey varieties are not beneficial, they are. They are still wonderful for the soothing of sore throats and for persistent coughs, and they are wonderful for use in hot toddies, and lemon teas when you are feeling under the weather. Daily use of raw honey is very good for the body. Manuka honey should be used more sporadically than other varieties of honey. While tasty, keep in mind that it is very expensive, especially if you are not in New Zealand where it is produced.

When shopping for this honey, you will notice a medicinal rank on the packaging. This rank or UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) is telling you how much of the active ingredient is present in the honey, or, how high the Methylglyoxal levels are in the specific brand you are looking at. The higher the number, the more active ingredient is present, therefore the stronger the medicinal properties of the honey, so 16+ is higher quality honey than 10+ and so on.

I have been using Manuka honey for years. I take a teaspoon of the honey daily as a dietary supplement, either eating it plain or mixing it with a cup of tea. For all my other honey needs throughout the day, I use a regular local raw honey, produced somewhere in my area. I find when I have a particularly bad cold, if I mix an extra teaspoon with whiskey or bourbon, added to either warm water, lemon tea, or in extreme situations, a dose of hot liquid Theraflu, that I feel better almost immediately, and my recovery time is lessened from many days to a day or two.

If you are interested in reading more about this amazing honey, I found a great article on the subject here: 7 Health Benefits of Manuka Honey, Based on Science

Do you have anything you use and swear by? I would love to hear in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or a dietician. The opinions in this blog post are my own and should not be taken as professional or medical advice. If you feel that you may have a condition that would make this supplement dangerous for you such as diabetes or an allergy to honey or bees, please seek the advice of a healthcare professional before you try anything mentioned here.

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