So, you’ve heard of Mānuka honey right, but do you know about the history of this sweet, sticky substance and its impressive health benefits?
In 1839, a Victorian lady, Mary Bumby took a chance. Instead of packing hats and a dainty tea set for her long voyage from England to New Zealand, she brought two beehives containing European honey bees. Our native bees don’t make honey so when the European honey bees came across the nectar of New Zealand’s tea tree, Mānuka, it was a match made in heaven. Because of one woman’s drive to do things differently we now have Mānuka honey, one of the world’s most celebrated honeys, thanks Ms. Bumby!
But what exactly makes Mānuka honey so magical? It’s contains an active ingredient called Methylglyoxal which gives the honey antibacterial properties along with its antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Mānuka honey also provides more than four times the nutritional value of normal honey and is loaded with beneficial vitamins and nutrients.
Sounds good, but how can you make the most of these benefits? Here are five ways you can use Mānuka honey to support your health and wellbeing.
If you need a morning or mid-afternoon pick me up, trying putting a couple of spoonful’s of Mānuka honey in a hot drink. It’s high nutrient density makes it a great natural energy booster.
Mānuka honey’s anti-inflammatory properties can aid digestive disorders. Due to its Methylglyoxal content, Mānuka honey has exceptional anti-microbial property which helps with bacterial infections in the digestive tract. It also contains pre-biotics which play an important role in maintaining healthy ‘gut flora’.
Soothe a sore throat
If you feel a sore throat coming on dissolve some Mānuka honey in warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice. As well as soothing your throat the honey can help fight bacteria, while also boosting your immune system.
No-one likes having painful gums. Mānuka honey helps inhibit the growth of harmful oral bacteria that can cause gingivitis and tooth decay. Unlike refined sugar, it hasn’t been shown to cause tooth decay, but don’t forget to also brush and floss twice a day!
As natural alternative sugar
If you have a hankering for something sweet reach for the Mānuka honey. It can be used a replacement for refined sugar in baking, drizzled over a bowl of cereal or in a cup of coffee and it has a far higher nutritional value.
To find out more about magical Mānuka check out 1839, a new honey company inspired by Mary Bumby’s pioneering attitude. Her World also has two 1839 Honey prize packs up for grabs, head over to our competition page for the details.
This article was written with information provided to Her World
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