Facts About Manuka Honey
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Facts About Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey, how and why is it so good

EATING HONEY

Honey has for a long time been know as a health food, most honeys contain a naturally occurring agent but this can be easily destroyed when the honey is exposed to heat and light, so eating honey straight from the hive is best, another brilliant use it if you eat honey from your own region containing local pollen can help reduce the symptoms of hay fever

UNIQUE MANUKA FACTOR

Manuka honey is different from other honeys in that it contains an extra, naturally occurring active ingredient that doesn’t loose its goodness or its health giving properties this special quality is known as UMF Unique Manuka Factor and the higher the number the better the health benefits it gives, 10 or higher is reckoned to be the number to aim for.

The Anti-viral and anti-bacterial actions can be very useful with colds and sore throats. So make sure you have a jar of it along with your other medicines Manuka Honey is one of the monofloral types of honey; this is a type of honey from the nectar of mainly one plant species

NO GUARANTEE

There is no guarantee that the honey you eat is totally from one plant but some are purer than others because of the environment the bees are kept in. Orange blossom honey, Appalachian sourwood honey and Manuka honey are unique because there may be little else in bloom at the time

Beekeepers often plan where to keep their bees so as to reduce the risk of bees using other plants even removing blooms of other trees to reduce the choice for the bees The Manuka tree that the bees collect and pollinate from is indigenous to New Zealand and southeast Australia in an area where little or no other trees or plants are found..

A WATERLESS ENVIRONMENT

But what does it do, exactly? What make it distinct from other honeys? Well apart from its very distinctive taste, In New Zealand, it has long been used in treating wounds, now, the NHS in Britain is doing the same, the high sugar content creates a waterless environment, it also contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase this acts as a natural preservative and an antimicrobial barrier, so along with its Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial properties bacteria’s on the wound are unable to survive

The native Maoris of New Zealand have been using Manuka as a medicinal plant making a drink from its leaves to reduce fevers and colds, they would also crush the leaves and use the oil extracted from it as an antiseptic, long before we cottoned to it

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Comments (5)
Roberta

My favourite bath cream is Honey and milk, (gorgeous, I suck honey and mentol sweets, I do like honey on my toast, I remember the song, Kiss me honey honey, kiss me. Honey is part of my life and it really a good part of my diet. good article Johnny. TY:-))

Nice to see you featuring a New Zealand product, Johnny :-)

Well you know Val, I have place in my heart for New Zealand.

We had a hive of honeybees in the back of mom & dad's house, recurring, year after year. Bee-keepers would extract the queen & hive, they'd come back. Maybe a different hive, maybe the bees made a new queen I don't know. But for 30 or more years this hive continues to be in the backside of the house. Once we had the sideboards pulled off the house and GIANT friggin' slabs of comb were pulled out. Sorry people; poison was used so no honey can ever be taken from there again, but still the cursed bees return! We just cannot seem to get rid of them. We suspect that the inner walls of the 2-storie house has comb running from the attic to the basement... and we can't do anything about it...

Excellent

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