Here at Hilltop HQ, not a day goes by that isn’t sweetened in some way by honey. We live and breathe the golden nectar that our little buzzy buddies produce for us- and we wouldn’t have it any other way! We know we talk a lot about the health benefits of honey, but this week we wanted to focus on one type in particular- Manuka Honey. We could talk all day about this special variation, but we’ll try to keep it succinct. We’re busy bees too, you know! Without further ado, here is everything you need to know about the amazing benefits of Manuka Honey- and why you should eat it every day!
What is Manuka Honey?
Made from bees that forage the Manuka bush in New Zealand, Manuka Honey is certainly very special. The Manuka bush has a long history when it comes to herbal medicine and was used by native Maoris to help wounds heal. But the honey that the bees produced from the Manuka bush wasn’t really understood until much later, when specific research revealed just how potent it could be! Since then, lots of studies have been conducted and scientists have been fascinated by the results.
The health benefits of Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is now widely known to have such an array of health benefits that set it apart from other variations- which have a lots of pretty awesome health benefits themselves too!
Manuka honey has long since been used topically to heal wounds, and many still use it for this purpose today, thanks to its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
What makes Manuka honey so special?
So what exactly is it that makes Manuka honey so special and how exactly does it perform these ‘miracles’ daily? As with other forms of honey, Manuka honey’s acidic properties work hard to promote healing, blocking enzymes that break down the proteins and peptides the body needs to repair itself. This, coupled with the high sugar concentration in honey, helps to protect wounds. And if that wasn’t enough, Manuka honey is also able to draw moisture from wounds, helping to remove waste and bacteria- thus speeding up the healing process.
Manuka honey is also anti viral, having been used as a natural antibiotic for centuries. Manuka has a substance called MGO (methylgloxal), the higher the MGO content of the honey, the more antiviral an antibacterial properties it has.
Why is Manuka Honey more expensive?
So you may have noticed that Manuka honey is a little more expensive than regular honey, and there’s a very good reason for this. Manuka Honey is only produced in one place in the world, where conditions have to be just right for the bush to grow. Because the bush is in limited supply, the honey is limited too, which drives up demand and thus the price.
Another factor that affects the price is due to the fact act Manuka honey is graded according to its MGO content. That means that each jar produced is tested and certified so that you know exactly what you’re getting. The higher the MGO content, the higher the price… and the higher the health benefits too.
You can rest assured that here at Hilltop, we carry out authenticity testing on all of our honey to ensure it's the best it can be and that it meets all aspects of the honey regulations.
Our Manuka Honey is natural, authentic and carefully sourced from the best New Zealand beekeepers. We actually test it twice to certify its authenticity!
Choose from MGO 50+, MGO 100+ and MGO 200+.
Should we eat Manuka Honey every day?
Experts agree that eating Manuka Honey (around two teaspoons) daily is a good idea if you want to reap the benefits it offers. We’ll take that! Try it drizzled over your porridge in the morning, or stirred into a steaming mug of lemon tea. You could also, of course, eat it straight from the spoon.. delicious!
If you’re looking for Manuka Honey recipes, we have lots to choose from: try our delicious Warm Cacao Milk, or our amazing Manuka & Turmeric Spiced Latte. Amazing!