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Is Manuka Really The Healing Honey?

Manuka honey – it’s in skin creams, wound dressings, capsules, lozenges, drinks, eye gels, lip balms and body lotions. You can also eat it straight from the jar, but is the hype justified?

All you need to know about manuka honey
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Does manuka honey really have healing capabilities?

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Believe the hype?
Believe the hype?
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Certainly, honey has been used for thousands of years as a sweetener and as a medicine to treat a variety of ailments.

It has found its way into literature, religion and every culture around the world.

Winnie the Pooh dreamed of swimming in honey, sailing a honey boat and eating “lots and lots of pots and pots of the sticky, licky stuff.”

Manuka honey has a distinctive flavour, is darker and richer in taste than clover honey, and has strong antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.

It is made from bees that pollinate the flowering manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium).

Evidence suggests that swallowing a spoonful may soothe sore throats and ease a cough, reduce gum disease and ease gastroenteritis.

In one study, manuka was as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwash (commonly used by dentists) in reducing dental plaque.



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