Find out how to make the most of Manuka honey.
By Reina Berger
Manuka honey has been garnering a lot of attention lately, thanks to its many uses and benefits. Derived from the nectar of the Manuka tree in New Zealand, this honey is dark in color, more viscous than others, and has been said to have an earthy and slightly bitter flavor. Wondering how you can incorporate Manuka honey into your daily routine? Here are five of our favorite methods.
Sore Throat Soother
If you are suffering from a sore throat, Manuka honey can come to the rescue. Thanks to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, this honey can help reduce inflammation and swelling, and kill the bacteria that is causing the pain. You can try eating a spoon of it on its own or you can blend it into a cup of warm water to enjoy the benefits. In terms of oral health, a recent study suggested that Manuka honey may be effective at preventing gingivitis (gum infection and inflammation) and other tooth and gum infections by reducing plaque. It also may be quite promising for helping to reduce esophagitis, the painful inflammation of the esophagus that chemotherapy patients can develop.