With these changing weather conditions, it is easy to catch a cold. Of course you would like to get rid of that as fast (and naturally) as possible. In such a case, could Manuka honey do the trick?
You know how it goes, you head out in the morning while it is all sunny and nice, so you only take a flimsy cardigan with you. But then, somewhere around lunchtime, the skies darken, a wind blows in and all of a sudden it is cold and rainy. And you still have to get home somehow. Well, at least that is what has happened to me two times already during the past weeks…
But even if that does lead me to feel a bit off the next day, I have found the best remedy. Or actually my parents have, who then told me about it, but that aside. As soon as I feel a hint of illness creeping up, I just take one teaspoon of Manuka honey, eat it very slowly, and gone are my troubles. No kidding!
Well, okay, I guess the honey wouldn’t keep a serious flue away, but for all kinds of minor ailments, it is perfect! I am always a bit sceptic when it comes to such things, especially if they are such a hype. Only in this case, I really do believe there is something in it. To back that up, I have done some research.
It turns out (as most of you probably already know) that all honey has some healing properties. That is because it contains a compound called glucose oxidase, which in turn helps to produce hydrogen peroxide. That second thing is what can kill the nasty bacteria. It is basically a bleaching agent, and you can imagine how that might kill small organisms.
So, looking at the glucose oxidase, Manuka honey contains very high concentrations of it, much more than other types of honey. That explains why Manuka honey is singled out as a remedy. Better yet, in laboratory studies, the honey has been proven to successfully kill all kinds of bacteria, including some multiple-resistant hospital bacteria. Pretty cool, right?
The next question, of course, is to wonder why Manuka honey is so special. The answer to that lies in the flowers where the bees get their nectar. Because to make this honey, the bees only feed on the flowers of the manuka myrtle, or tea tree.
Does that ring a bell? You might have heard of the healing powers of tea tree oil, as that is commonly available in health stores as well. The essential oil from those trees is known for its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. I couldn’t find it anywhere, but it could very well be that the bees somehow take those healing compounds with them, and work it into the honey. That would probably protect the bees themselves as well, and in that way be a very clever means of surviving.
However it may be, it is clear that Manuka honey is a great remedy for minor ailments. You should give it a try sometimes and let me know what you think!