All posts tagged: honey

Best Natural Sweetners

Sneaky stuff, sugar that is.  It’s in everything these days!  Your healthy non-fat Greek yogurt… watch out, unless it’s plain, that guy probably has close to 18-19g of the white stuff.  Yes, I’m still talking about sugar.  The problem is that can feel  addicting.  When you have one sweet thing, you can find yourself craving just another bite or two, unless that entire half pint of ice cream is gone!  Oops.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is monofloral honey that is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush.  It is said to have some medicinal properties.  Honey has been used since ancient times to treat numerous conditions, but it wasn’t until the late 19th century that researchers discovered it’s antibacterial properties.  Honey protects against damage caused by bacteria.  Some honey also stimulated production of special cells that can repair tissue damages by infection.  In addition, honey has an anti-inflammatory action that can quickly reduce pain and inflammation once its applied. (source) One of my favorite memories is visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia.  They used natural and holistic methods to rehabilitate injured sea turtles in order to be able to re-release them back into the wild.  They often used honey as a main component to help heal gashed on injured turtles.  Although the article does not state that is it manuka honey specifically, it does state that it is indigenous to New Zealand; which is where the manuka bush grows. …