Since I am a very curious person, the first time I saw this super expensive honey on the shelf, I went home to Google it and figure out what it was. Boy was I shocked at all that I found. If you aren't fully aware of its astounding healthful properties and like to think of it as just really expensive honey, as I did the first time too, get ready to learn and be amazed.
Here’s what you get when you pay $25 and up for this Manuka honey. It is widely known for its healing properties. In fact, the bees who produce this honey come from New Zealand, making it rarer and more costly than the traditional stuff.
Manuka honey is 100% raw and therefore doesn’t lose its stability when exposed to heat, light or dilution. It’s extra special quality is known as UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) which refers to the antibacterial levels present, naturally, in the nectar of the Manuka Bush. You can buy honey with different UMF levels; the higher the level, the more expensive and potent it is. With Manuka's natural antibacterial and antiviral properties, it can help to fight off colds and sore throats, by taking a spoonful a day.
According to doctors, Manuka Honey has more sugar than regular, processed honey, which makes it less runny (and harder to spread on toast). Another fun fact is if you put Manuka on a wound, the bacteria cannot survive, making Manuka honey great for healing and cleaning skin wounds.
I’ve heard of people simply eating a spoonful of Manuka as a daily health regime to boost the immune system, dipping crackers into it, adding it to smoothies, or just using it to bake in place of sugar or regular honey.
You can also buy various products made with Manuka Honey: lip balms, hair products or lotions which are known to help increase your skin hydration and help treat skin blemishes.
So, perhaps its worth a splurge at the grocery store one day. Don't forget to tweet me what your favorite thing to do with Manuka Honey is.