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Eight Varieties of Honey and Their Health Benefits

Honey is one of the wonderful gifts given by Mother Nature and popular for its amazing health benefits. It has been in use for thousands of years as a natural remedy for many ailments. It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

  1. Manuka Honey

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    Manuka honey is produced from the blossoms of the Tea Tree found in New Zealand’s coastal areas. Manuka honey is famous for its Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).   

    Health Benefits

    • Manuka honey is rich in antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant properties
    • It is very efficient in treating stomach ulcer, indigestion and sore throats
    • It combats against allergies and hay fever
    • It efficiently treats acne, arthritis, athlete’s foot and blisters
    • It works like a medicine for all wounds, burns and insect bites
  2. Buckwheat Honey

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    Buckwheat honey has dark color and a strong spicy odor. It is considered as the strongest and darkest of honey varieties. It is mainly produced in New York, Minnesota, Ohio and Eastern Canada. 

    Health Benefits

    • Buckwheat honey is rich in iron
    • It has more antioxidant compounds
    • It is very efficient in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer
  3. Linden Honey

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    Linden honey has yellow color and a fresh woody scent. Linden honey is made from yellow-white linden flowers which are commonly grown throughout Denmark. 

    Health Benefits

    • Linden honey is good diaphoretic
    • It is helpful in treating anxiety and insomnia
    • It is also useful in treating respiratory diseases like bronchitis, cough and cold
  4. Alfalfa Honey

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    Alfalfa honey is produced from purple and blue blossoms. It has light color, mild floral aroma and less sweet than other types of honey. It is produced in Canada and United States. It is widely used in baked foods and tea. 

    Health Benefits

    • Alfalfa honey is used to treat kidney related diseases
    • It increases appetite and regulates digestive system
    • It is very efficient in treating anemia and PMS
  5. Heather Honey

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    Heather honey is in thick, amber color and has a strong and pungent flavor. It is made from blossoms of heather in Europe particularly from the UK. 

    Health Benefits

    • Heather honey enhances the power of digestive system
    • It is rich in proteins
    • It resolves malignity of tumors
  6. Acacia Honey

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    Acacia is one of the sweetest varieties of honey. It has high concentration of fructose. It is made from acacia flowers. It has mild taste and does not crystallize. 

    Health Benefits

    • Acacia it is the best choice for diabetics as it has low sucrose content
    • It regulates intestinal function
    • It cleanses liver
    • It fights against respiratory diseases
  7. Eucalyptus Honey

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    Eucalyptus honey is widely produced in California. It has dark color and a strong herbal flavor. 

    Health Benefits

    • Eucalyptus honey can heal wounds, cuts, burns, sores and ulcers
    • It removes stress and rejuvenates your body and mind
    • Apply eucalyptus honey on the surface area to treat inflammation
    • It also relieves joint and muscle pain
    • It gives protection against cough, cold and headaches
  8. Pine Tree Honey

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    Pine Tree honey is collected from the flowers of honeydew or tea tree. It has strong aroma and tastes a little bitter. It is also known as forest honey and mainly produced in Greece.   

Health Benefits

  • Pine Tree honey is rich in mineral and proteins

Precautions to Take When Using Honey

  • According to the Ayurveda honey generates heat in the body so avoid using honey in hot seasons
  • Never take heated honey as it acts like a poison
  • Never consume honey in equal quantity with fats and oil, particularly with mustard oil
  • Honey is dangerous to infants
  • Though honey has many medicinal benefits, pregnant women and breast feeding mothers should check with physicians before consuming it
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  1. interesting article about honey and their nutritional value,thanks valli

  2. This is a great article, Valli.

    I am surprised to find a honey that came from the Tea Tree. I am sure it’s medicinal properties are very beneficial.

    I haven’t heard of a lot of these honeys and I think I would like to give them a try. I hope I can find them at the Health Store.

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  3. Hmmm. They all look so good.

  4. Great article, thanks!

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