Kudos to bees. After all, honey is one of THE best things, right?
No doubt you’ll have sipped on a hot honey and lemon when you’ve been suffering from a cold or a sore throat. You may have slapped some on your face with some porridge oats in lieu of spending money on a face mask. You might have eaten some in the hope that your hayfever will subside.
At the very least you’ve had it on toast because, well, it just tastes good.
There’s lots going for honey. And like most things, the fancier it sounds, the bigger the price tag.
Take for example Manuka honey. This is literally the nectar of all honeys, because its antibacterial properties are significantly higher than other types of honey. All honey contains an antibacterial compound called methylglyoxal, or a much easier name to remember, MG. But the manuka flowers contain a compound called dihydroxyacetone (no simple name I’m afraid). That is a super-charged version of MG.
Stepping away from the different varieties of honey, here’s what honey – any old honey - can do:
Honey has multiple health benefits so succumb to the sweet taste, because it's rare that something that tastes this good, really is this good for you.
I'm not too sure about this manuka honey, It costs a lot and I certainly wouldn't use it for baking or on toast at that cost. But I do try and get local honey when I can, or at least one which actively supports bees.
I always have a hot lemon and honey when I have a cold - sometimes with the addition of whisky - it always helps!
We're not big on sugar in our house but when it's needed - honey is our first choice. So versatile too!
Yes I have put manuka honey on my face. Very good for spotty skin, and it's quite gritty so a great face scrub.
Ooh, I love honey. On toast, in yoghurt, on porridge. Glad it's so good for me!