Manuka Honey; a Medicinal Powerhouse
Can a spoonful of Manuka honey really help illnesses go away? Or better yet...ward them off? I recently first heard of Manuka honey when the kids and I were sick with the usual cough, runny nose, sore throat and all the other crud that hits right as the weather switches from Fall to Winter. Virginia weather is anything but predictable. One day it's 60 degrees and the next morning it's snowing.
I always knew honey was good for you when you had a sore throat, however, I had no idea about this type of honey and it's superpowers! My friends, this right here is a game changer, one I am now incorporating into my daily routine and here's why.
Manuka honey is one of the healthiest types of honey available on the market today and comes from the nectar of the Manuka bush, a plant that’s only grown in New Zealand and Australia. The antibacterial properties are what set it apart from traditional honey but it also contains antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits as well. This stuff is a superfood powerhouse in my book.
It's proven to treat many ailments to include: allergies, sore throats, staph infections, as well as colds and flus. Applied topically, Manuka honey has proved to effectively treat burns, ulcers and wounds, to include ones with antibiotic resistance such as MRSA?!? That right there...is AMAZING!!! As a nurse, this is a game changer , especially as we are in a post-antibiotic era because the "superbugs" have become resistant to the antibiotics and can no longer fight the infection.
There are so many other benefits to this liquid gold but for now I'm going to continue adding a spoonful to my morning tea and toss a jar in our first aid kit. I can't wait to see my kids expression when I cover their scraped knee with Manuka honey before putting on the band-aid. 🤭
*As with any honey product, remember not to introduce it to a child under the age of 12 months; any additional questions, please reach out to your pediatrician.