Does manuka honey really have healing capabilities?
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.