Penelope Silver


The Marvels of Manuka Honey

Posted on 18 May, 2019 at 6:40 Comments comments (0)

Manuka honey is a type of honey native to New Zealand. 

This particular high strength one comes from @amaranth_uk in Bramhall £29.99

I was first introduced to Manuka honey by my Father, who is a Dental Surgeon when I was a very young girl. 

Dad told me how Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties are what make it different from regular honey. (Although he uses local honey for hay fever.)

He says it contains and an active ingredient called Methylglyoxal, which is responsible for these antibacterial effects.

Manuka honey has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, which makes it super special!

It has natural antibiotic properties (although it doesn’t contain the antibiotics we generally know of).

In gum disease, it produces hydrogen peroxide when applied to the gums, which also kills bacteria which causes infections.

Taken in a hot orange and honey drink (for a sore throat) it is soothing and tastes delightful!

Interestingly, it is now being put into plasters too.

Mum had an open wound on her shin for 3 months, which wouldn’t heal. On one of her regular trips to see the nurse to have the wound redressed, mum mentioned Manuka honey, to which the nurse replied they had dressings with Manuka in them! Within 48hrs of applying Manuka honey the wound had healed over! 

I am currently using it for my youngest daughter, who has constant, recurring tonsilitis, and she is getting great relief with it.

Manuka honey may help alleviate symptoms of other things too (tummy related). However, there are some cautions with it (diabetics, babies), so if you have any concerns as your medical practitioner first.

Comment below if you love Manuka honey, what and how you have used it for below xxx

Top Tips from Mr. Gregory J Marshall on how to keep toothache at bay on National Toothache Day

Posted on 9 February, 2018 at 6:35 Comments comments (0)

For National Toothache Day, I have this fabulous guest blog from Mr. Gregory Marshall, Dental Surgeon, at Beautiful-Smile in Bramhall, Cheshire.

Keeping your teeth and gums in great condition is really important for your general wellbeing and your health.

Mr. Marshall says, 

"I believe an essential part of Dentistry is listening to, and understanding individual patients needs; this underpins all assessment and treatment planning. Many years experience providing predictable and stable results reduces future treatment needs. ."


A patient came to see me two years ago.


She needed a filling replacing that had been causing her pain for some days, but it had started to ease off.


She is generally anxious about dental treatment and although I advised her that treatment as soon as possible would avoid escalating problems, using the extra care and attention that is usually adopted for her, I also explained that she may find delayed treatment difficult to cope with as it would more than likely, not be a simple filling.

She opted to ‘wait and see.’ I saw her earlier this week and she had been in great pain, unable to sleep etc.


The solution was as I had suggested two years earlier, more difficult for both of us and less simple.

Between us, we resolved the problem.

What may seem like ‘a bit of toothache’ can escalate.


Tips for avoiding toothache:


• Only brush the teeth you want to keep. This may sound obvious and patronising, but please think about it.


• Attending for regular dental inspections might be a pain in the behind, but it is better there than in one of your teeth- believe me; if you have never had toothache, once you have had it, you will never want it again.


• Avoid altogether, or at least reduce, your weekly intake of carbonated drinks. They weaken your enamel by dissolving microscopic layers and allow bacteria to invade the underlying tooth structure, I am afraid even the diet, sugar free and no added sugar drinks are still acidic since they are carbonated (carbonic acid) and mostly have healthy Vitamin C added (ascorbic acid) Add these together and drink them every day and Bingo!


• You don’t have to avoid them like the plague, but reducing them will pay long-term dividends.


• This damage will happen every day so seeing a Dentist or Hygienist every 6 months will be too late.

• Don’t drink ‘healthy’ fruit juices at breakfast and then brush your teeth. This will remove small amounts of enamel every time you do it. You need to brush your teeth BEFORE drinking fruit juices or one hour after, which is hardly practical.


• Think about what you eat and when you eat it. If this becomes a habit and part of your life, it will have benefits beyond avoiding toothache.

Greg has been involved in the treatment of PHOBIC, ANXIOUS, NERVOUS and not so nervous patients for many years and has experience in the use of SEDATION, HYPNOSIS AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCES such as cognitive behavioural therapy.

If you would like any further information or to book an appointment you can do so via the following links:

Phone: 0771 409 1359