In ancient times, honey has been used to treat wounds, burns, sores and even sore throats. That’s the honey’s natural antibacterial properties. Additionally, manuka honey has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
The purest honey is Manuka from New Zealand which is made from the, yes, the manuka tree which only grows in NZ.
Three Peaks Manuka Honey sent us some to try and besides being scrumptious, we know we’re doing something good for our health. We savor it on a teaspoon every morning, rather than putting it on toast. And when the afternoon dip hits, we have another teaspoon which gives us a natural energy rush.
But don’t rush out to buy anything labeled ‘Manuka’ — look for the UMF, ‘Unique Manuka Factor’, which certifies that it is 100% pure and authentic.
You’re wondering what makes Manuka honey so different from regular kinds of honey?
For one thing, Manuka Honey contains over 200 compounds not found in other honeys.
Not to get too technical, but the UMF rating on each pack represents the proportion of ‘unique signature compounds’ characterizing Manuka Honey that are present in each batch. In particular, the medicinal trilogy of Leptosperin, dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and Methylglyoxal (MGO) make it so special.
Prices range from $27 to $269 for the highest rated in a Tongariro Jar (perfect for gifting!)
Don’t tell Pooh bear or they’ll be none left for the rest of us.