Does manuka honey really have healing capabilities?

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Believe the hype?
Believe the hype?

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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