New Zealand is an extraordinary country best known for its extraordinary landscape, flora and fauna. Thanks to its special unique ecosystem in the world, exclusive plants grow in this area, and Manuka Leptospermum scoparium is one of those unique species growing in this environment.
Since centuries Manuka tree has been used by our ancestors for its healing properties and some of the remedies and tonics originally used are being used as natural remedies till date, even after generations.
The honey produced from Manuka trees is one of its greatest treasures and here are some more details about this special honey from New Zealand.
Manuka and Manuka honey?
Manuka honey is produced by honey bees foraging on Manuka flowers. The Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is a shrub of New Zealand and Southeast Australia. It has white flowers, prickly leaves and tough stems. Its wood is very resistant and is used for making tools. Once crushed, it has a very pleasant aroma; so you can use it as a spice to flavor your curry.
Products derived from this shrub have also been commonly used by Maori natives as natural medicine because of its antibiotic properties, especially in healing of skin wounds and as a powerful remedy for treatment of respiratory diseases.
New Zealand seems to know the properties of this shrub because it is very common to see people eat the leaves and bark of this shrub.
Properties of manuka honey
Numerous studies lately seem to confirm the usefulness of manuka honey as a natural antibiotic and powerful fungicide. In fact all types of honey have antibiotic properties, but manuka honey seems to outweigh all others.
Many laboratory studies have proven that manuka honey is capable of neutralizing many bacteria or fungi that in many cases do not respond to antibiotic treatment or conventional fungicides, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Helicobacter pylori.
All in all, this super special honey from New Zealand deserves a special place in your kitchen and medicine box. I have been using it for over 5 years and I just cant glorify it enough.