Honey in its pure, raw, non-pasteurized form can do more than just bring a smile to your face. Manuka honey is a super food version of honey. This honey is produced by bees that pollinate Manuka trees growing almost exclusively in the East Cape region of New Zealand.

At The First Sign Of A Cold

Manuka honey, in particular and all honey in general, has a long reputation for offering a number of health benefits. Local honey containing local pollen can help reduce the effects of hay fever. Honey has antiviral and antibacterial actions, which is why people familiar with this super food's qualities down it at the first hint of a cold or sore throat.

Healing Wounds

Doctors believe Manuka honey's high sugar content creates a waterless environment in which the bacteria that are infecting a wound are unable to survive. Also, thanks to the presence of an enzyme called glucose oxidase, it is acidic which apparently adds to its unique antibacterial properties."The therapeutic potential of uncontaminated, pure honey is grossly underutilized," says Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

Honey As A Natural Energy Booster.

Try a spoonful of honey for an energy boost. It's been proven to deliver a significant increase of energy to athletes performing strenuous exercise. "Numerous studies have singled out carbohydrates as a critical nutrient in endurance exercise," says Richard Kreider of the University of Memphis Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory. "Most of the studies to date have shown supplementation with glucose to provide the extra staying power. We were pleased to find that honey, a 'cocktail' of various natural sugars, performed just as well."

Honey For Your Skin

Forget the fancy facial creams. Raw honey is exceptional for your face and skin, according to research. Try a "Gentle Honey Wash" consisting of a dollop of honey mixed with two tablespoons of warm water in the palm of your hand then gently massage the mixture into your face or skin. Honey has long been valued in Asia for its natural medicinal properties. Combined with rice bran, honey is used to treat diaper rash and even acne. Honey is also an excellent treatment for dry skin as it stimulates good circulation and helps to seal in moisture. You can even make your own honey moisturizer. Warm honey over a saucepan until it gets to a liquid consistency. Pour the honey over lavender and cap tightly; the ratio is one tablespoon of lavender to eight ounces of honey. Let it sit for a week and then mix one teaspoon of liquid into an eight ounce bottle of unscented lotion.

Having Trouble Sleeping?

A spoonful of honey before bed – by itself or in a cup of warm herbal tea – is a natural sleep remedy that can help you relax and fall asleep faster. It can suppress that cough and throat irritation. Pure, non-pasteurized honey is an excellent elixir for common wintertime ailments like coughs, colds and sore throats. Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan – a cough suppressant – in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

A Natural Antibiotic

Boost your immune system with this natural antibiotic. According to recent research, defensin-1, a protein added to honey by bees, possesses antibacterial properties and could be used against drug-resistant bacteria. This bee-produced protein could one day be used to treat burns and skin infections and to develop new drugs that could combat antibiotic-resistant infections.

Balance The Five Elements

Honey has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to positively affect all three of the body's primitive imbalances. It is also said to be useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.