Monday 21 October 2019

What is Manuka Honey and what are the benefits?

Eva Burg

Winter is just around the corner so now is a good time to look at ways to help prepare for the cold days that are lying ahead.

Honey is great tasting, versatile, and there are many different types of honey including Manuka honey. Boyne Valley Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that collect pollen from the Manuka bush and contains natural antibacterial properties.

Is Manuka honey good for you?

What distinguishes Manuka honey from regular honey is that it contains natural antibacterial properties. While Boyne Valley Honey is famous for its squeezy honey, many people aren't aware that they also produce a pure Manuka honey.

All Boyne Valley Manuka Honey is sourced and rigorously verified in independent laboratory testing to ensure that it’s nothing but 100% New Zealand honey, produced by bees who feed on the pollen of the Manuka bush, ensuring you get all the antibacterial benefits. It is available in 100+MG & 250+ MG.

Dietary Methylglyoxal (MG) is the active ingredient in Manuka Honey. The higher the MG rating, the higher the antibacterial activity in the honey!


Treating the common symptoms of a sore throat with Manuka Honey?

Pharyngitis, commonly known as a sore throat, is an acute infection induced by Streptococcus spp. Manuka honey and lemon can help alleviate some of the common symptoms of a sore throat in adults.

Simply consume a teaspoon of Manuka honey. Alternatively, you could drizzle it over your porridge or check out my delicious recipe for Turmeric and Ginger Tea with Manuka Honey.

Turmeric and Ginger Tea with Manuka Honey – ideal for the cold winter days.


• 1 cup filtered water
• 1-inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced
• 1-inch fresh turmeric, thinly sliced or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
• juice of 1/2 lemon
• 1 tablespoon of Lifeforce apple cider vinegar
• 1 teaspoon Boyne Valley Manuka Honey


1. Fill filtered water into a kettle and bring to a boil. Fill it into a mug and let cool for a couple of minutes or until the temperature drops to approximately 60°C.
2. Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a lemon and add the remaining ingredients.
3. Let it steep for 5 minutes, remove the ginger and turmeric slices and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

The water needs to have cooled down before you add the remaining ingredients, or it will destroy the heat-sensitive vitamin C of the lemon juice.

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