Have you ever heard of a sweet that is good for your body? Well, Manuka Honey is known for it! It is high time for you to indulge all your sweet cravings in the most nutritious ways. Are you familiar with the disappointment that comes with skipping dessert? Soon that feeling will be a thing of the past as you discover the benefits and uses of Comvita’s Manuka Honey.
The saccharine golden nectar – honey – is a naturally occurring and universally-known substance, and we have honeybees to thank for it. Did you know that a few species of wasps are also known producers of honey? But for the most part, honeybees are responsible for producing the honey we consume, and there are various types available on the market. The differences are observed in color, nutritional value, sources, manufacturing process, properties, and uses. Eucalyptus, Orange Blossom, Buckwheat, Acacia, Wildflower, Alfalfa, Clover, and Manuka are some of the types.
The practice of collecting honey and utilizing it for medical, religious, and cooking purposes has existed long enough to be labeled ‘ancient.’ There are records of honey hunting that date back 8,000 years, as well as documented evidence of beekeeping in ancient Egypt. The Egyptians used honey as a sweetener for their hieroglyphs and as a part of their burying rituals. Ancient India and Greece also saw extensive use of the golden nectar. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the history of honey. All these facts are a testament to the countless advantages a jar of authentic honey can have, so read along to glean more insight on the subject.
What is Manuka Honey?
The western or European honeybee, Apis mellifera, is responsible for producing Manuka Honey by collecting nectar from the Manuka tree, Leptospermum scoparium. The tree is native to New Zealand and Australia, where it grows without any need for cultivation.
When it comes to taste and smell, this particular honey has prominent earthy notes to go with the sweetness. It also has a greater viscosity than most varieties of honey, attributed to the presence of a colloid or protein. This, along with a signature dark brown or dark cream color, are the distinctive visual characteristics of the Manuka Honey.
In order to guarantee a continuous supply of an exemplary final product, Australia and New Zealand have various associations set in place; among them is the UMF Honey Association or the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association. Based in New Zealand, the UMF™ certifies that the honey meets all of its four factors before being exported. These certifications let you know that the product that reaches you is 100 percent original and will help you cultivate a healthy lifestyle. Comvita’s THE REAL MANUKA HONEY series boasts five variants of UMF™ certified Manuka Honey that ranges from an entry-level grade to ultra-premium.
How is honey produced?
The jars of glinting golden honey that line the shelves at your local grocery store are a result of an extensive production process that requires the collective effort of bee and man.
- The worker honeybees, also known as the foragers, set out to locate a satisfactory source of nectar, and upon finding one, they use their proboscis to procure the nectar of a flower.
- The honeybee’s body is fitted with a specialized sac known as the ‘honey stomach,’ this is where the honey is temporarily stored until the bee can make its way back to the hive to empty the honey stomach.
- Inside the hive, it is the house bees that further the process of converting nectar to honey. They chew the nectar, which mixes it with necessary enzymes, causing a change in pH and chemical properties.
- At this point, the nectar needs to be dried as the high water content makes it unsuitable for the bees to utilize. The honeybees rely on two strategies to achieve this: they increase the surface area of the nectar by spreading it on the honeycomb, and they rapidly bat their wings in close proximity to the honey. Both these methods boost evaporation, taking the water concentration down from 70% to 17-20%.
- At long last, the prepared honey is deposited into the hexagonal cells of the honeycomb for the honeybees to consume it whenever the need presents itself. To maintain its freshness, the bees produce beeswax to coat all the honey-storing cells.
- Lucky for us, the hard-working honeybees produce way more honey than they require; in fact, each hive manages to generate approximately 30 kilograms of excess honey yearly. A beekeeper’s task is to harvest that extra honey without damaging the hive or the bees.
- They begin by carefully extracting the honeycomb frame from the beehive and then removing the beeswax seal on its hexagonal cells.
- A centrifuge is used to get the honey out of the frames by spinning them at high speed.
- The final steps include straining the honey to rid it of unwanted particles, followed by bottling and labeling.
The benefits of using honey
Have a look at the research-backed facts about the good that honey can do in your life:
- It is rich in antioxidants that may significantly reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases.
- Honey can do wonders when it comes to suppressing a cough, be it frequent nocturnal episodes or the result of an upper respiratory tract infection. Citrus, Labiatae, and Eucalyptus honey work best in this scenario.
- The golden liquid also counters neurological conditions such as anxiety and depression, along with having anticonvulsant properties. It is also known to prevent degenerative disorders related to memory loss.
- Its anti-inflammatory properties make it an effective treatment for diarrhea resulting from gastroenteritis.
- It is also shown that honey can be incorporated into oral rehydration therapy to treat dehydration.
- Additionally, honey possesses remarkable antibacterial properties.
- It makes for a more nutritious alternative to sugars and sweeteners.
Into the world of Comvita
The founders Claude Stratford and Alan Bougen are responsible for Comvita’s growth and the productive impact it has had on many lives. The story of this brand goes all the way back to 1974, and it was honeybees that inspired the idea. The objective has always been to be the link that brings people closer to nature and its endless bounties. Comvita continues to fulfill this goal by researching and locating the finest sources for its natural ingredients and then meticulously harvesting each one to bring you the purest products.
Along with Manuka Honey, Comvita offers a selection of natural products and remedies, including Olive Leaf Extract, Propolis, Clover Honey, Multifloral Honey, Rewarewa Honey, and Manuka Honey Pops and Gummies for children.
Here are some of the benefits of Comvita’s Manuka Honey:
- A natural sweetener to help supplement a healthy and well-rounded lifestyle.
- It keeps your gut healthy, aids digestion, and works as a potent antioxidant.
- Its antibacterial, immunity-boosting, and antioxidant properties restore vitality and health.
- It doubles as a great pre-workout energy booster.
- It lends an ethereal glow to the consumer’s skin.
- It does a fantastic job of providing relief from a sore throat and dry cough.
Comvita x Atome
Headquartered in Singapore with over 15,000 partnered merchants and available in 8 markets, Atome offers its users the choice and convenience of flexible payment options for a variety of products and services. The app allows shoppers to split their purchases across three interest-free monthly payments by scanning a partner retailer’s in-store QR code or upon website checkout. By splitting their payments, Atome users will be able to better manage their budget while making quality products and services more reachable.
If you wish to become a part of the Atome community, simply download the app from the official website (get it here) and sign up via a straightforward process. The app’s user-friendly design makes it very easy to get the hang of it. You will be on your way to the mall in no time!
Furthermore, all new members are sent a welcome voucher worth RM15 that is applicable on shopping sprees that amount to RM50 or more. So keep an eye out for it!
How to place an online order with Atome?
- When selecting the payment method, click on Atome.
- Log in to your account.
- Plug in the amount spent.
- Use the available discount code.
- Go through the payment plan.
- Make the initial transaction to have the package shipped.
- Forget about the next two payments, as the app will take care of them. It is programmed to charge them to your credit or debit card automatically.
- You can also use Atome when visiting an outlet personally.
There is no greater satisfaction than indulging yourself without needing to worry about the consequences. Preparing sweets and desserts using Manuka Honey gives you the liberty to enjoy them to your heart’s desire.