Posted on May 13, 2019, 8 p.m.
Unique to New Zealand pure Manuka Honey is obtained from specialized beekeepers produced by bees that pollinate the flower Leptospermum scoparium/Manuka Bush. Its antibacterial properties set it apart from traditional honey, and make it well worth having in the pantry.
Manuka Honey has a limited harvest and can only be collected at certain times of the year making it harder to extract. Its therapeutic applications are well understood around the globe creating a continuous high level of demand.
As long as it is stored properly and not exposed to too much heat honey will not really expire. Store it in a dark spot at room temperature and it should keep for a few years for food and medicinal uses; Manuka Honey is best at room temperature as heating could destroy some of its properties.
Manuka Honey has been shown to enhance wound healing, to amplify regeneration of tissue, decrease pain from burns, create an acidic wound environment favoring healing, treat wound infections caused by antibiotic resistant strains, and to create a moist environment aiding healing; most notable attribute is the effects on wound healing and management.
Antiviral and antibacterial properties of Manuka Honey can help to reduce inflammation and attack bacteria causing pain while coating the inner lining of the throat for a soothing effect on a sore throat.
Regular consumption of Manuka Honey can help to improve digestive health and decrease symptoms of constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and irregular bowel movements which may be beneficial to those suffering with IBS; regular consumption was shown to decrease these symptoms by improving antioxidant status in rat studies.
Manuka Honey is typically safe to consume, however it is suggested to consult a medical professional if you have diabetes, are allergic to bees/honey, or are thinking on feeding to an infant due to risk of infant botulism.
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