This honey blend is what I brought back from Australia and is not considered an "active" bacterial honey but it SHO' DOES TASTE GOOD!
Darlings! La Diva is EXHAUSTED. It's been one of those times where I've been working very hard on my business (and most times without pay but for PR) And even though marketing, designing and conducting the weekly classes at the gourmet market has been great on many levels, it's taken up most of my time. Also, I have had a sore throat every day for a month. In the last three months, I've been sick for six weeks, been to the doctor three times, spent $400 on meds and three weeks in bed and am OVER IT.
I've barely had time to write a blog or even check out your blogs. The picnic throwdown almost sent me over the edge and I really should have begged off. And then, my 18-year-old-I-think-I-am-grown-up-and-know-everything-except-how-to-print-my-own-boarding-pass-auntie-can-you-help-me-?-niece has been in town for a week and in between carting her around, I am working on a video to submit for yet another contest to have my own show on Oprah's new channel.
Diva's been busier than a centipede in a toe countin' contest. And I don't even have kids. Or a dog. Or chickens. Or a garden. Whew.
But Diva must prevail and I am so sick of being sick. What's a Diva to do? I've been finding it helpful to take daily spoonfuls of manuka honey blend from New Zealand. Before I went to Australia, I was watching a television show about bees and their sad plight and how they are disappearing. A New Zealand beekeeper claimed that manuka honey is the purest honey in the world and it caught Diva's interest! I can believe it. New Zealand is pretty isolated, not densely populated and has acres of pristine wilderness.
So, when I went to Australia, I HAD to get some manuka honey. Now I know honey has healing properties. I also know that it is an antibacterial, good for wounds and will never go bad. La Diva knows honey has been used medicinally for centuries. But what I didn't know is that you can buy it at the health food store in different strengths of antibacterial activity at 10+, 15+ or 20+.
Here's what Comvita honey says about their product:
"Comvita Manuka Honey is sourced from New Zealand's remote, pollution free native forests and is world renowned for its unique flavour. Comvita Manuka Honeys for both the table and the first aid cabinet are tested for the unique antibacterial properties which make New Zealand Manuka honey famous.
The NZ Honey Association has registered UMF® as a trademark so that the antibacterial activity of Manuka honey cannot be misrepresented. The UMF® number comes from a laboratory test for antibacterial activity, with the honey being compared with a standard reference antiseptic (phenol) for potency. UMF® 20+ would be equivalent in antiseptic potency to a 20% solution of phenol.
Manuka Honey which is tested and proven to have the UMF® (Unique Manuka Factor) is labelled accordingly.
To read research results on the effectiveness of this product, please (click here).
Contrary to popular belief, one of the best ways to heal a wound is to keep it moist – not dry, use Medihoney Antibacterial Medical Honey. Our Medihoney range is based on Medical Grade honey that has been sterilised for use on wounds.
Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional."
Apparently, you can buy the active manuka honey right here in the United States and I found a website that sells it from Orlando, Florida. Click here. I'm also pretty sure I've seen it for sale at Whole Foods Markets.
Yep, this is what manuka honey looks like!
Meanwhile, La Diva has been taking a spoonful of the honey each and every day. The taste is unusual and not like any I've had before...sweet, naturally, but sort of....citrus-like with many floral layers. In fact, I find it almost impossible to describe but very easy to eat! I'm not sure if the manuka honey actually helped in healing my sore throat but certainly has made me feel better! (as eating anything delicious usually does!) And now, I have a chance to SLOW DOOOOOOWN and take care of other aspects of my business and life I've been neglecting.
Check out New Zealand's manuka honey the next time you are at a natural food or gourmet market, darlings, it is unique and good for you and the flavor is divine!
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