Traditionally used throughout history in wound healing, honey has long been suspected to have antibacterial properties. These properties have recently been proven in research studies focusing on the potent Manuka honey from New Zealand. Manuka honey is made from the nectar collected by European bees that forage bushes in New Zealand and Southeastern Australia known as manuka bushes or Leptospermum scoparium. Manuka honey is dark in color and has a strong medicinal flavor. We keep this honey in our medicine cabinet, not kitchen, due to its well documented antibacterial and anti fungal properties.
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