Sweet delicious tasting honey, how I love to smother you on everything. Maybe I watched too much Winnie the Pooh growing up, as I would happily sit in a barrel of the sticky stuff. The up note, unless your a newborn, is that honey is full of healing components; as long as you are reaching for good raw quality.
Why raw? This means the honey has not been heat treated or filtered down. In its purest form, straight from the hive, we can obtain its healing qualities and nutritional values. Mainly known as a sweetner, it's the medicinal properties which are so much more appealing. Ranging from weight management to sleep promotion, healing wounds and ulcers, soothing for throats and coughs, even combating allergies and aiding in energy levels. Honey is important to have in the home for your pantry needs as well as your first aid kit.
Personally we prefer to go above and beyond and choose to use Manuka honey. Manuka honey comes from New Zeland as bee's pollinate the native manuka bush. It is important when outsourcing maunka you look for the UMF factor symbol this ensures quality and purity. In order to obtain the best medicinal value you want to make sure the UMF is 15+ or higher, it can start to get pretty pricy though the higher up you go. Anything below 10 is not worth paying the price as it relates to regular raw honey.
Why Manuka? The nutritional value of honey is partially dependent on its mineral content which includes calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese in various amounts.The mineral content of honey is usually determined by testing its electrical conductivity; the higher the conductivity, the higher the mineral content. Manuka honey generally exhibits four times the conductivity of regular honey, proving to be much superior in mineral content.
Here is a list of symptoms Manuka honey can help support:
Cold & Flu
Rosacea, Eczema, Hives
Basically taking a teaspoonful of manuka honey 2-4 times a day brings down infections and inflammation whether it is caused by bacteria or virus. It acts by directly destroying the pathogens with its antimicrobial substances as well as stimulating body’s own defense system. Most of it's benefits comes from swallowing its amazing powers, however, you can place Manuka directly on the skin for wound or burn treatment as well as use it in a neti pot for sinus relief.
SKIN & HAIR
If you want to go one step further try applying it as a cleanser a few times a week. Gently lather the face in a thin layer, place a warm washcloth over your fave for a couple minutes and wash off. Manuka can really help to balance the skins PH level, especially great for those with dry or acne prone skin. It can actually draw out dirt, grime and impurities. Best to use a moisturizer after!
If you suffer from dandruff, dry scalp or split ends add a teaspoon to your conditioner. This will make hair frizz free, smooth and healthy!! Sign me...
As you can see Maunka honey is great at combating many aliments. As it is quite expensive we try to use it when needed rather than on a regular basis, although I do sneak it on my toast from time to time. For tea's, smoothies, yoghurt I opt for raw local honey as the better alternative. However the moment someone is feeling a little run down or a tad sniffly, could be environmental too, I bust out the Manuka. Plus what kid doesn't love a good teaspoon of honey to get their day going!
Two things I would like to add. Allergies are a pain in the butt let's be honest. Ruining a lovely day at the park or waking up to itchy watery eyes is no way to start your day in a pleasant mood. It has been recognized that sourcing local honey or bee pollen can actually aid in the body defense against environmental allergies. When an allergy happens when your body develops an immune response to an allergen, creating antibodies. These antibodies then activate certain receptors on your cells to release histamine, resulting in an allergic reaction (puffy eyes, runny nose, etc). Bee pollen actually reduces histamine, which is the same target over -the-counter medications act upon. It can be effective for a wide range of respiratory diseases, ranging from asthma to chronic sinus infections. Head to your local natural health store to find some or look in your area for bee hive owners. You want local because the pollen is native to your area and will be causing your reaction.
Last but not least THIS IS IMPORTANT!!
Do not add honey to boiling hot beverages!
For centuries people have been adding honey to their hot beverages as a sweetener. However, in Ayurveda they believe by adding honey to boiling temperatures it changes the properties. It quickly looses all medicinal value. It changes consistency into a gluey substance which then attaches it's self to digestive tract which causes a toxic build up. Wait until your drink is a comfortable drinking temperature to add in your honey.