When we think of ways to reduce seasonal allergies, fight off colds and sore throats, and improve brain function, we may envision taking raw, local honey (check out Erma’s Bees). However, some people have heard there is a new honey in town and along with local honey they are adding Manuka honey to their regimen.th9DIO0LZ4

The Manuka flower tree is indigenous to New Zealand and Australia where the bees produce a honey with dark, rich color and flavor. Manuka honey is finding its way out of the pantry and into the medicine cabinet because of its medicinal properties. In fact, Manuka honey is four times more nutrient dense than floral honey and a little goes a long way. The enzymes in Manuka honey cause it to break down into hydrogen peroxide which is welcome news for those who want a natural antibiotic for many ailments including:

  • Acne/eczema (Manuka honey can be used topically)
  • Ulcers/H-Pylori
  • Sore throat (Manuka honey can stop Strep bacteria)
  • MRSA
  • Wounds (scrapes, cuts, and burns)

When it comes to good dental health, Manuka honey can cause a decrease in plaque and bleeding gums due to gingivitis.

Manuka honey also contributes to deep sleep as it slowly releases glycogen which is needed in restoration.

Manuka honey is not bothered by heat and light, but quality is important. Look for the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) on the label and opt for 16+ for medicinal properties.

Most people find that consuming about one teaspoon a day is enough to benefit from its medicinal properties.



     Tea is usually thought of as a refreshment drink, but tea can also be used to improve our health. This is the mission of Traditional Medicinals® wellness tea company. Since 1974 they have been formulating pharmacopoeial grade herbal teas. As much as possible their tea ingredients are sourced from native habitats and undergo nine rounds of rigorous testing to ensure high essential oil content and impurity removal such as microbes, heavy metals, and any non-organic pesticide residues.

Traditional Medicinals® carries a wide range of teas including detox, digestive, green, herbal, kids, relaxation, women’s, seasonal and even convenient single serve varieties.

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Information contained in this newsletter has not been evaluated by the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) and is not produced to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.  Please work with your physician or health care provider of your choice for consultation, especially if a condition persists.

WELLNESS MATTERS, September/October 2016

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