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Manuka Honey: Good Food and Good Medicine

I love honey but must admit that I don’t know very much about it.  I know that it’s sweet and delicious, some people use it like they use syrup on pancakes or sugar in their tea; and it has a lot of health benefits.  But I don’t know much about how to use it for medicinal purposes.

One honey that has become very popular in recent years (at least here in the USA) is Manuka Honey.  It comes from bees that pollinate from the manuka trees or bushes which grow in New Zealand.  This honey is edible.  But it has healing properties that can be used to treat external and internal ailments.  Hospitals use it to treat burn patients.  New, healthy skin tissue is formed when the honey used in conjunction with other topical applications.  Some patients who were going to have their limbs amputated had their infected wounded treated with this honey and were healed.  As a result, the surgery was not necessary.  (Source) Sounds almost like a modern-day medical miracle, doesn’t it?  When in fact, this natural remedy has been used for many years by the Maori, an indigenous people of New Zealand.

These days there are all kinds of products made with Manuka Honey.  Creams, lotions, band-aids, and even shampoo for pets.  And of course, you can just buy the raw honey in a jar and put it in your tea or your smoothie or cake!

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