Lets get one thing clear, by steroids I mean packed with more health benefits and fighting power. Not actual steroids. I’m sorry to disappoint all you jocks out there.
During our recent trip to the gorgeous South Island of New Zealand, Jordan and I were introduced to many new foods and products that the country is know for, Manuka Honey being one. While regular honey is the made from the common honeybee foraging nectar from flowers, Manuka honey is the nectar being collected by the bees who have feasted on the flower of the indigenous Manuka tree. This specialty honey is used as a natural sweetener for teas and food as well as an active ingredient in lotions and beauty products. Honey cannot be considered Manuka honey unless 70% of the nectar comes from the Manuka tree.
Its a fact that all varieties of honey have some anti-bacterial activity but the Manuka Honey has tested as having a much higher level of anit-bacterial activity, up to as many as tens of times greater than the other honeys. It has also been shown to be more hygroscopic (attracts moisture to it), and therefore, very hydrating and diffuses deeper into skin tissues accelerate tissue repair, aiding in skin repair and the reduction of scarring.
Some of the health benefits of Manuka honey include:
Aiding in the fight against bacterial sickness.
The antibacterial effect in the honey can help with acne and scarring.
Reduce allergy symptoms.
Prevent gingivitis and tooth decay.
Aid your sleep as it boosts melatonin levels.
Manuka honey products flood the shelves in almost every convince and gift store throughout New Zealand so its hard not to something you could use in your everyday life. Make sure to stock up. One brand in particular we loved was Apicare and you can order from their website by going to http://www.apicare.co.nz .