We do believe that you are already aware of the health benefits from honey and most likely you already know the fact that is was used back in the age of ancient Egyptians.
But, with the advent of antibiotics, most people began to regard honey as merely a home remedy. Recent studies are now indicating that a special type of honey only found in the New Zealand region called, “Manuka Honey” actually has more healing properties than antibiotics and has been effective in treating antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. This is a major breakthrough in the medical industry as Manuka Honey is now being recognized by medical professionals as an viable alternative to conventional forms of medicine.
Based on recent studies, Manuka Honey has been known to effectively treat the following symptoms and health conditions:
||Common Cold Symptoms
||Eczema & Dermatitis
||Wounds & Abrasions
||Aches & Pains
||Foot & Body Odor
The Benefits of Manuka Honey :
→ Has natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
→ Creates a moist healing environment that allows new skin cells to grow across a healing wound flush with the surface of the wound, preventing deformity of the skin and scaring.
→ Rapidly clears infection by destroying bacteria.
→ Repairs damaged skin and regenerates new skin growth.
→ Hastens the healing process.
→ Eliminates malodor by destroying the bacteria that cause it.
→ Can heal Staph infections and destroy antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria such as MRSA and VRE.
→ The viscosity of Manuka Honey provides a protective barrier to prevent wounds from becoming infected.
→ Causes scabs and dead skin cells to lift off the surface of the wound, leaving a clean healthy wound bed in which the regeneration of skin tissue can occur.
→ Stimulates the growth of tissue involved in the healing process.
→ Stimulates the formation of new blood capillaries and the growth of fibroblasts that replace the connective tissue of the deeper layer of the skin and produce the collagen fibers that give strength to the repair.
→ Has an anti-inflammatory action that relieves pain.
→ Has antifungal properties that can cure ringworm and other fungal conditions such as athlete’s foot, jock itch and nail fungus.
→ Is all-natural and organic.
→ Has no known side effects.
Antibacterial Properties of Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey has an antibacterial activity, due primarily to hydrogen peroxide formed in a “slow-release” manner by the enzyme glucose oxidase present. Some honeys are no more antibacterial than sugar, while others can be diluted more than 100-fold and still halt the growth of bacteria. The difference in potency of antibacterial activity found among the different honeys is more than 100-fold. Manuka Honey is the only honey available that is tested for its antibacterial activity. It contains an additional antibacterial component found only in honey produced from Leptospermum plants: what has been called the “Unique Manuka Factor” (UMF). There is evidence that the two antibacterial components may have a synergistic action.
Manuka Honey and Skin Health
Manuka honey is responsible for improving health all over the world. Form New Zealand to the US, people have reported that the honey, gathered from bees that have collected nectar from New Zealand’s Manuka bush, has reduced acne and improved skin health. Studies are showing that patients struggling with cancer are benefiting from Manuka honey as well.
As an example of how Manuka honey can aid those suffering from a chronic illness, take for example, a terminal or aggressive cancer like mesothelioma. Because of frequent misdiagnoses due to subtle mesothelioma symptoms, the cancer often metastasizes before treatment is administered, meaning that treatment is extremely severe.
Radiation therapy, usually an external process, results in sores and open wounds on the skin. Also, many patients of aggressive cancers, like mesothelioma or colon cancer, become bed-ridden, leading to further epidermal blemishes. According to a BBC health news report, honey can be used to treat the fungating wounds and ulcers caused by cancer treatments and other side effects.
Manuka honey’s healing properties have also helped to heal surgery incisions by controlling the bacteria in the wound. In fact, staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria most commonly found in wound and sore infections, is most affected by the honey’s hydrogen peroxide and glucose oxidase properties, good news since this particular strain of bacteria is penicillin-resistant.
So, even if you have mesothelioma, colon cancer, or a strong case of acne, Manuka honey can eliminate bacteria and heal infections, as well as reduce inflammation and fight viruses. It is improving the quality of life for many terminally ill patients and for many who may have less detrimental health issues.
Manuka Honey for Eye, Ear and Sinus Infections
Famous for it’s unparalleled antibacterial properties, Manuka Honey can be used to successfully treat eye infections, ear infections and even sinus infections.
Honey has long been known for its ability to destroy infectious bacteria. It has been recognized that Manuka Honey from New Zealand contains additional antibacterial properties not found in other types of honey, making it even more effective in treating infection. Manuka Honey’s main claim to fame has always been wound care and treating even the hardest to heal infections such as MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant conditions. However, it’s important to know that Manuka Honey can also be used to treat other infections throughout the body.
Studies have shown that Manuka Honey can be diluted and still maintain its antibacterial activity. Therefore, it can be liquefied by adding water to it in order for it to be used in areas where pure Manuka Honey is impractical. For example, if a teaspoon of Manuka Honey is stirred into a cup of lukewarm water until completely dissolved, it can then be dropped into the eyes using a dropper in order to treat eye infections. This same procedure can be used for ear infections. A few drops of a water/Manuka honey solution has enough antibacterial properties to heal eye or ear infections very quickly and efficiently.
For sinus infections, it is recommended to use the same type of water/Manuka honey solution to flush the nasal passageway. A neti pot is most preferable for this procedure but if one is not available, the water/Manuka honey mix can just be sucked in through nostrils from a cup until it comes out of the mouth. This will work even for the most serious sinus infections. Another option is to use a nasal mist spray container.
It is important to only use an active, medical-grade Manuka honey with a UMF rating between 10 and 16. Manuka Honey with a UMF rating less than 10 is inactive and should not be used for medicinal purposes.
Manuka Honey that is more potent than UMF 16 (i.e. UMF 20, 25, 30) is too potent. There have been reports of individuals experiencing sensitivity to Manuka honey that is overly potent. Therefore, a medium range is more desirable for most applications (i.e. UMF 16).