For the #Cultured. We already know what most of you are thinking- “It sounds like something exotic used for that sensitive full Brazilian at the beauty parlour?”. Delightfully, we are happy to confirm that it is not! For the more informed amongst us, this is one of mother nature’s natural, non-toxic, antibacterial little secrets. This particular stream of naturally sweet amber-coloured goodness is what can supposedly give an extra high to busy bees like us, and keep the swarm afloat through the day.
What in the honey world is it- you may ask?
Just before we get started I just want to say it again: Ma-nu-kaaaaaaaa…..
Okay, now that that’s out of our system let’s cover some basics:
1) Bee’s make honey, don’t they?
2) Honey is made from nectar, isn’t it?
3) All Honey is the same…right?
Wrong! All honey is not equal.
Manuka Honey is a monofloral honey that can only be traced back to Australia and New Zealand, where the aptly named Manuka teatree grows. Honey can only be considered as ‘monofloral’ if the nectar used to make it is sourced from one specific flower species; so the honey is predominantly made up of one set of specific biological nutrients and compounds in the process. This unique honey production system is meant to reduce the possibility of pollen or nectar mixing from other flower types. Manuka honey is one of the richest, thickest and creamiest of all honeys- with claimed medicinal advantages and health benefits.
The Bee’s-knees of alternative health
The previous civilizations in Australia and New Zealand not only used the honey made from the Manuka tree as a dietary staple, but was also seen as a medical marvel- as believed by many even to this day. Some of the honeys current loyalists include Queen Bees and Hollywood wonder women such as Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, and super star worker Bees like Novak Djokovic. There are growing claims that the antibacterial healing properties from Manuka Honey can be experienced almost immediately by its users from just a spoon or two a day (when its intake is incorporated into an active and healthy lifestyle). Due to the fact that this particular honeys richness in: Calcium, Zinc, Phosphorus, B vitamins, and Iron (important cell-repairing nutrients), it is believed to supposedly have 4 times the nutrient healing strength of other honeys. With all the enhanced benefit claims its users have attributed Manuka honey to have improved their:
- Natural immune system and allergy resistance
- Energy levels
- Skin cell repair (for our runway friends)
- and throat lubrication
Combing the aisles for Honey
So it turns out that the Bee’s, those little black and yellow gatecrashers that invite themselves to your annual picnic on a warm summer’s afternoon still need to be paid for their work (fair trade of course!). Most supermarkets, good specialist health retailers and e-tailers will stock the Manuka, but the liquid gold is a high demand- limited supply luxury, so the price tag may sting a bit (but according to most of its users it is worth every drop). With that being said ensure that the honey is authentic Manuka; before purchasing ensure that that the unique Manuka factor (UMF) starts at a level 10+ – this should be visible on the product packaging (or else it may be a weaker honey type, or even a counterfeit product). But on a more serious note if you are allergic to Bees or Honey then please do consult your health specialist first to avoid any allergic reactions.
So after the all indulgent season of Turkey, Cranberry sauce, gravy and all the trimmings all those weeks ago, and even after devouring the boxes of Chocolate covered hearts and bottles of Prosecco this Valentines day make sure your detox includes the super Manuka as a bare necessity this year.
Though the title ‘Queen Bee’ is an accepted term in apiology (the study of Bee’s), it was used artistically for the article- in line with the topic in question. Cette Culture, its editors and the the contents of this article was in no ways aiming to displease or disrespect Her Royal Highness- Beyonce, or her loyal BeyHive.