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   Secrets of Manuka honey

                                June 2007


Secrets of Manuka honey

Recent discoveries have demonstrated that Manuka honey is extremely beneficial to our health…

History of honey

Honey was traditionally used by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Indians to keep wounds free of infection, due to its effective healing ability.

All forms of honey are known to have some level of antiseptic properties, but it was Dr. Peter Molan of Waikato University of New Zealand who discovered that only Manuka honey has unique antibacterial properties which allow it to be used internally to aid digestive disorders as well as externally for the skin. This is due to its ability to inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori - the bacteria considered the main cause of stomach problems.

Honey is the only food produced by insects that is eaten by man!

  • A single beehive contains approximately 40-45,000 bees

  • The famed Egyptian beauty Cleopatra is said to have bathed in milk and honey to keep her skin soft and supple

  • Manuka honey is high in carbohydrates and is therefore a great energy source

  • Honey is great for speeding up alcohol metabolism, which can in turn help to sober a person up!

  • The high fructose and potassium content of honey can also help to counteract the effects of alcohol often experienced in the form of a hangover

  • The antioxidant properties of honey protect the skin from UV rays

  • Honey is the only food source which will never go "bad”

  • Honey bees' wings beat 11,400 times per minute

  • To make one pound of honey, bees in a hive fly 55,000 miles and tap two million flowers

Why is Manuka honey so special?

  • High-rated Manuka Honey has the ability to stimulate the immune system which helps to fight infection

  • The antibacterial properties enable it to destroy bad bacteria and aggressive acids found in the stomach

  • The healing properties of the Manuka honey help to rehydrate and calm the body after diarrhoea, food poisoning and vomiting by coating the stomach for fast relief

  • It destroys staphylococci and streptococci bacteria typically involved in the common sore throat and cold

Spirits Bay Manuka Honey is priced at ?13.49 for 250g and is available from Julian Graves or most health food stores. Alternatively visit  for details of your nearest stockist.



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