Discover the Health benefits of Honey

Sunday 24th  March 2013 

  • Manuka honey is back in stock – and back in fashion
  • New research proves that our favourite honey kills even the toughest germs
  • Get your stock in whilst you can

We have had our delivery of pure, raw honey in this week.

A New season brings fresh and wholly delightful jars of Manuka and Beechwood honey, which are now sitting in the corner of the office just waiting to be the perfect partner for hot toasted bread or taken on board to cure all sorts of ailments.

And it seems not a moment too soon if the latest reports about Manuka are to be believed.

According to an Australian study(1) this powerful natural antibacterial could be the answer to halt the rise of the superbug.

In fact in the study the team found that there was no such thing as a bacterium which was resistant to the honey at all.

Ray, please rush me some of the finest honey available

Now this has to be fantastic news in the current climate where we are discovering that more and more antibiotics are becoming useless, as the populations of germs they used to control have developed resistance to them.

Just last week the Guardian(2) ran an article which claimed that antibiotic resistant bacteria kill far more people each year globally than terrorism – and it's rising quickly.

How fantastic to consider that in the Good Life Letter office we have salvation in our hands.

Both the Manuka and the Beechwood honeys are proven to destroy bacteria and that is why these honeys are widely used in medical centres to help clean wounds, heal stomach ulcers and treat eczema, acne and even insect stings!

Now, even though this new research categorically states that this was their finding - and a further published paper goes on to say that by combining Manuka honey with an established antibiotic enhances the effect of the antibiotic and prevents resistance developing(3) – I’m not allowed to tell you that our honey can help in the same way.

No, any mention that I may make of these facts would cause the agencies against the obvious to come hounding at our doors – for we would be accused of peddling misinformation and heresy.

Mind you, like I care what those who spend their days dressed in high visibility jackets  have to say to me – I see the evidence with my own eyes everyday; and so many of you share my passion for these delightful honeys that I guess you must feel the same way.

So, just in case you need a reminder of why these two honeys are so fantastic for us, here are a few reasons why you should be thinking of buying some of this newly arrived batch.

The joy of honey

Now before I get on with listing the benefits of Manuka and Beechwood honeys, I need to remind you that these are both 100% organic, 100% traceable by you back to the artisan beekeepers who produced them, carbon neutral despite the fact that they come halfway around the world and are cold creamed to prevent them forming crystals.

But perhaps the best bit is their extraordinary taste.

The Manuka has the sweet dense flavour we have come to love, with a slight tang to remind you that it is truly Manuka; the Beechwood is darker and richer with an almost toffee like taste that just delights my mouth with every bite.

Once again both of these honeys deserve a place in the kitchen to savour and eat, and another jar in the medicine cabinet as they are packed with health giving properties.

Beechwood honey has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of all New Zealand honeys; we all know that green tea is supposed to be the best way to obtain antioxidants, but one 160g jar of our honey has more antioxidant activity than 30 large cups of green tea.

Manuka honey can be taken orally for stomach complaints, colds and mouth ulcers or applied externally for effective repair of cuts and burns.

Manuka honey is naturally high in active peroxide which helps counter bacterial and viral infection and also has antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties, and it contains more vitamins, minerals and amino acids than other types of honey.

 Manuka honey has been proven to help boost the immune system.

Beechwood honey contains high levels of oligosaccharides which are helpful in maintaining and promoting beneficial bacteria in the gut (probiotic bacteria).

There are so many reasons to recommend these honeys to you, however I know how many of you look forward to getting your hands on your supply of the good stuff already.

Our secret may not stay hidden for long

There had been a mini rush for Manuka honey in the late nineties as stories began to circulate about how good it was for you – but the fad passed and the pharmaceutical companies came out with new products and incentives for doctors to give them to you.

Natural wellness once again got forgotten by the masses, but was retained by all of us who new the truth.

Now though the mainstream media has woken up to just how good this stuff is.

Only last week the Daily Mail ran a piece entitled ‘Could Manuka honey beat drug-resistant superbugs?’.

That creates a bit of a problem for us; whilst I’m more than happy that many more people may once again begin to look for natural alternatives to the prescription pad, it might mean that the stocks of our beloved honeys get used a whole lot faster.

So right now we have our hands on some of the very best of raw, pure, naturally powerful honeys, so make sure you don’t miss out if demand is about to rise.

Those poor hardworking bees in New Zealand only produce a finite amount each year, and we only buy pure, unadulterated honey so our stock could be at risk.

Get your hands on the real deal honey right here

Yours, as always


(1) Müller, Patrick, et al. "Synergism between Medihoney and Rifampicin against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)." PloS one 8.2 (2013): e57679.
(3) Lu, Jing, et al. "The Effect of New Zealand Kanuka, Manuka and Clover Honeys on Bacterial Growth Dynamics and Cellular Morphology Varies According to the Species." PloS one 8.2 (2013): e55898.





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