We have the Bees in New Zealand to thank for creating some of the world’s most coveted honey. Manuka honey comes from Kiwi bees who pollinate the Manuka plant and create a special strain of honey super-charged with natural antibacterial activity. Manuka honey’s nutritional profile is up to four times that of a normal honey and packed with enzymes, vitamins, minerals and animo acids known to support the immune system and hormones.
The honey’s anti-bacterial benefits can be used topically in skincare, but we love to consume the honey for maximum benefits – either straight off the spoon or in a recipe like this one from wellness blogger, Jeanette Ogden of Shut The Kale Up. Make sure you use a honey that is certified Manuka, there are a few grades of the sticky stuff with increasing levels of strength. Wedderspoon’s brand is our go-to.
This sweet chocolate tonic is packed with powerful ingredients and can be used to replace less nutritionally sound drinks first thing in the morning as an afternoon pick-me-up or a post-dinner nightcap!
Manuka Honey | This powerfully healing honey protects against damage caused by bacteria and helps eliminate inflammation. LEARN MORE
Reishi | Known as the “Queen Healer,” this adaptogenic mushroom strengthens the immune system, settles stress and helps bring both mind and body back into balance. LEARN MORE
Maca | This medicinal root is known to stabilize hormones and increase energy, oxygen intake, and endurance. It’s commonly used to maximize athletic performance and minimize hormonal side effects from conditions such as PMS and menopause. LEARN MORE
Raw Cacao | In its raw state, antioxidant-rich cacao raises levels of tryptophan and therefore serotonin, a neurotransmitter that releases mood-boosting endorphins, and provides a sense of calm throughout the body. LEARN MORE
Chocolate Manuka Honey Tonic
2 cups coconut milk (any nut milk works)
1/2 tsp reishi
1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp maca
1 tsp hemp seeds
1/2 Tbsp Manuka honey (I like Wedderspoon)
pinch of himalayan pink salt + cinnamon
Put all ingredients in a blender and give it a whirl on high. You can enjoy it hot or cold!