By Patricia Reynoso
Its sweetness and luxurious texture are what spring to mind when we think of honey. But did you know that honey possesses a formidable amount of antioxidants, along with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which should earn it a spot in your first-aid kit, too? While all honey is not created equal, there is one type, Active Manuka honey from New Zealand, a dark variety with a herbaceous flavor, that has earned high praise from researchers. When ingested -- either in your tea or spread on toast -- it helps stimulate the immune system and clear infections. Topically, the FDA recently approved a honey-based wound-healing product featuring -- you guessed it -- Manuka honey.