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Manuka honey is the native tea tree of New Zealand and unique to our country.
The Maori people traditionally used Manuka as a medicinal plant. A drink made from the leaves reduced fevers and treated colds, preparations made from the bark acted as a sedative and the crushed leaves made antiseptic oil. Manuka honey has a distinctive full flavour and is a good honey to eat on toast.
Manuka honey can be taken daily as a tonic. Some people mix it with cider vinegar to assist with the digestive system. Other people infuse bulbs of garlic in the honey for a period of about 3 weeks to assist in preventing colds and flu.
UMF Manuka Honey
UMF Manuka honey has a distinctive flavour and unique antibacterial properties. Doctor Peter Molan, from Waikato University, has done research and established that some UMF Manuka honey has more medicinal properties than others through using a testing procedure developed at the University. To use the UMF® the supplier must be a member of the AMHA group and be a licence holder. The website to look is www.umf.org.nz
UMF Manuka honey has been found that it has significant healing properties to treat burns, ulcers, and throat and eye infections particularly effective with destroying bacteria associated with peptic ulcers. It is also effective as a wound dressing, assisting the healing process. It can be taken both internally and externally.
Research done by Doctor Peter Molan and his team at Waikato University showed that three types of honey were identified as having outstanding hydrogen peroxide activity: these were Penny royal, Rewarewa and Beech honeydew, which are harvested in significant quantities by New Zealand’s beekeepers.
The high levels of hydrogen peroxide indicate there are high levels of glucose oxidase. Hydrogen peroxide is created when the bees add glucose oxidase to the nectar in the honey sac. Then it is put into the wax chamber.
Hydrogen peroxide, H2O2, helps the defense mechanisms in the body to repair cells. It will also kill bacteria, through a process when the hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with tissue it “fizzes” and releases the O and this kills the sick cell. As a honey that assists with healing it is very exciting.
Clover honey is a mild sweet traditional flavoured honey that is creamy white in colour. Clover comes from the pasture flower of the same name. It has become popular as a light “white” honey in contrast to the fuller flavoured dark native honeys. It is great to eat with bread and toast and lovely as an ingredient in cooking. It is very nice to drizzle over ice cream or desserts.
Many stories and even more rumours have been told about the mysterious powers and its nutritional values. Pollen is often called the “only perfectly complete food.”
Pollen is collected by the bees and is fed to the young bee as a high protein food. Each tiny granule contains a lot of protein, minerals and vitamins, necessary for our growth and perfect health.
The major components of pollen are protein and amino acids, lipids (fats & oils) and sugars. Amino acids essential to humans (plenylalanine, leucine, valine, isolucine, arginine, histidine, lysine, methionine, threonine and tryptophan) can be found in pollen and most others as well. Minor components are flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur and sodium.
The effects and benefits derived from pollen are many, but here are some claims and benefits for improvements:
• Athletic performance
• Digestive assimilation
• General vitality
• Sexual prowess
• Skin vitality
• Boosts immune system.
Some cures are cancer in animals, colds, acne, male sterility, prostate problems, anemia, high blood pressure, nervous and endocrine disorders and ulcers.
Bee pollen may cause a severe allergic reaction. As a precaution, everybody should take bee pollen in small quantities at first. Any reaction may occur in a short period of time, from a few minutes to a few hours.
These are notes compiled from the FAO Value-added products from beekeeping. They are not conclusive,
and is a brief outline of the benefits of bee pollen.
Our bees produce a lot of propolis in the hives as a natural defense mechanism against invaders and disease. Propolis is a substance made by the bees that provides natural protection against harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi. Propolis is the natural resin from the trees and the bees collect to use around the beehive, and we believe our bees collect very quality propolis.
There are many compounds in propolis identified, such as flavonoids. Theses are well known to have anti-oxidant, anti-fungal antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Other properties of propolis that will help enhance your health that it is unique in that it will kill both bacteria and viruses. It has been shown to be effective against things such as sore throats, bronchitis, influenza, herpes, skin ulcers and wound healing and ear conditions.
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