Discover the benefits of honey

types of honey and their use

‘Honey’

Mint Honey (Mentha Honey)

mint aka mentha flowers

Mint honey (or mentha honey) is produced from the mint flower. Mentha, a word coming from the Greek míntha, is probably one of the best known herbs on the planet. There are up to 18 species and lots of hybrids. Mentha likes wet environments and moist soils, and it may grow everywhere, almost invasively. Mint was born from the water nymph Minthe. While there are evidence that mint was used in Egypt, 1550 BC, there are other legends that catch our attention. It is said that… Read More

I want to buy manuka honey. What is UMF 16+, MGO 400+, Active?

what is manuka honey MGO400+

How should I buy manuka honey? What is UMF or MGO? Or NPA? Are you confused? 🙂 There are 3 ways of grading manuka honey, all of them trying to reflect the quality of honey, by measuring its antibacterial properties: UMF, MGO and A (Active). There are two types of antibacterial activity in honey. 1. Hydrogen peroxide activity. It is found in all honeys, including manuka honey. This activity is triggered by an enzyme found in honey, glocose oxidase.  It was initially added by the… Read More

Is Manuka Honey safe to eat?

is manuka honey safe to eat

We ask this question because manuka honey contains MGO. So, is manuka honey safe? What is MGO anyway? MGO comes from Methylglyoxal and is a substance belonging to dicarbonyl group (a group of toxic substances). Manuka honey contains very high levels of this substance (over 1,000 ppm), hence the concern regarding its safety. How toxic is MGO? MGO is the main precursor to Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs)(wikipedia link). These are harmful compounds that can affect nearly every type of cell and molecule in the… Read More

Cold remedies with honey

honey and cinnamon for colds

We all know there is no real cure for the common cold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 200 different viruses, that can lead to colds. And because we are dealing with viruses, antibiotics are ineffective. Absolutely all the medication we take for colds, is meant to combat the symptoms and not the cause. Most people heal themselves without medication within 10 days. Even if allopathic medicine does not accepted their efficiency, natural remedies proved themselves… Read More

Honey and coffee for persistent post-infectious cough

remedy for persistent cough

What is “Persistent post-infectious cough”? Also known as PPC, it is the most annoying cough that remains after a common cold or an upper respiratory tract infection, for more than three weeks. This cough is expected to last for only one or two weeks, but persists for more than 3 weeks and up to many months. PPC is reported to 11–25% of all cases of chronic cough. What are the symptoms? Persistent tickling or irritating sensation in the throat which leads to paroxysms of coughing.… Read More

One of the best foods that fuel your brain!

eat honey before bedtime

I’m telling you a secret: “Eat one tablespoon of honey before bedtime! It’s one of the best foods that fuel your brain over night.” Ron Fessenden, MD, MPH, in his latest book “The New Honey Revolution” shared this secret with the whole world: Take honey just before sleep and you will feed the king of your organs: the brain. What fuels the brain? 1. The glucose found in the circulating blood. Our blood sugar. We all have about 5 liters of blood and 5 grams of… Read More