The term ‘superfood’ often has me quite skeptical. I’ve seen my fair share of fads and cure-alls come and go so when I first heard of the benefits of Manuka Honey, I had to admit I had my doubts. Honey is after all honey, right? Delicious no matter what form. Boy was I wrong.
Enter Wedderspoon Manuka K-Factor 16 Honey aka a working mom’s dream. Got a fussy baby with diaper rash? Yep, this will help. Need a boost of energy? This does the trick. Have a painful c-section scar that makes skinny jeans torture? You guessed it, Manuka to the rescue. Wacky hormonal skin woes? Fixed. You get the idea. This stuff is solid gold.
Now before you stop reading and run to the store to get your hands on a bottle, let’s break down some of this Manuka magic. Manuka Honey is native to New Zealand and comes from bees that gather the nectar of the Manuka flower, a relative to the tea tree. The Manuka shrub has a very short annual bloom, so the honey is rare and hard to come by. This classic high demand and low supply situation has lead to many impostors; so much so that the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has put in place regulations to clearly identify authentic Manuka Honey. Wedderspoon Manuka K-Factor 16 Honey meets and exceeds these standards since it is non-GMO, free of antibiotics, is raw and unpasteurized, is traceable by hive and sourced and packed in New Zealand.
As a preemie mom and serious germophobe, you best believe I will have a bottle of this elixir stocked in my cupboard (and diaper bag) at all times this cold and flu season. Due to the natural antimicrobial properties it can help to ease some of the symptoms of the the common cold like sinus inflammation and sore throats and can give your over-taxed immune system a boost during the draining winter months.