I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. It was my little boys birthday today, we’ve had such a lovely day celebrating at home and then celebrating the Christening of a friends baby girl!
Anyway let’s get to the post! Manuka Honey. The honey that hails from New Zealand, is amazing for a whole list of ailments, tastes amazing and costs a lot. That is what we’re talking about today.
So Arthur (my little boy) has had a bit of a niggling chesty cough for a couple of weeks, and actually so have I. Not wishing to run off to the Dr and preferring the option of a natural medicine, I decided to invest in some Manuka honey.
So first things first a little research about it and it seems that the UMF is the important part. This is the Unique Manuka Factor. It is a grading system that identifies the purity and natural properties of the manuka honey. Below is a list of the grading:
The UMF quality trademark ranges from 5 upwards:
- 0-4 Not detectable
- 5-9 Low levels
- 10-15 Useful levels
- 16+ Superior high grade levels
I was going to go for a 15-20 but on speaking with the lady in Holland & Barrett she advised no more than a 10 for Arthur as he was so young. I didn’t really understand why necessarily but went with it anyway as she seemed to know a lot about Manuka honey. £30, the most I’ve ever spent on a pot of honey but I was excited to think this would sort us out and kick out these coughs!
Hide The Manuka
After a long a battle of hiding it in the middle of yoghurt, mixing it in warm milk and spreading it on toast, I finally managed to get some into Arthur, yay! Then I decided to have some on toast myself. Within an hour or two I felt awful, jittery, as though I’d had 5 cups of coffee, heart palpitations, headache…the works. I just couldn’t believe that it was the amazing honey making me feel this way. It was awful! In the evening I tried a little on a slice of toast that Arthur had left and within half an hour I had a pounding headache and could feel my heart racing again. So it seems Manuka and I can’t be friends in this way.
Yes You Can Apply It!
However, I’ve found some other great uses for it. I had a little spot (yes I do get the odd one occasionally), Manuka put on a spot will have it gone by the morning! Amazing stuff for that. I even popped some in a pot for a friend in spot strife and delivered it at the school gates. It also makes an amazing face mask and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and nourished. Arthur’s cough also seems much better, so all is not lost.
By the way, has anyone else ever had a reaction like this before? Please feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
Currently drinking Kimberly Snyder’s immunity tea instead.
Wishing you all a great week ahead.