Making the Best Use of Manuka Honey
Indigenous cultures that inhabited New Zealand have known about the healing properties of Manuka honey for tens of centuries. This honey has anti-bacterial properties that have been proved by researchers from the University of Sydney who exposed the honey to every type of bacteria. The British NHS or National Health Service licensed the use of Manuka honey (medical grade) for wound dressing in the year 2004. This action confirmed what the indigenous people of New Zealand have always been aware of; i.e. that manuka honey has miraculous properties.
What is Manuka Honey
It is honey that is made by bees that get their pollen from the tea tree or Manuka bush of New Zealand. The jelly bush tree is used for making this honey in Australia. It is a honey that is richer, darker and more highly flavored than other types of honey.
Tests conducted recently by the School of Molecular Microbial Sciences, affiliated to Sydney University, showed that Manuka honey killed every type of bacteria including the superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics. A Waikato Honey Research Unit has been set up in New Zealand at the University of Waikato, that will study the antimicrobial activity of this honey and its composition.
The fact that honey has curative properties has been known to the indigenous population for many centuries, and before antibiotics came into use, honey was commonly used to dress wounds. The Maoris of New Zealand were the first people to recognize that Manuka honey had properties for healing, and even to this day, their tonics and medicines use this honey as part of their ingredients.
Manka honey of the finest quality, that has the greatest potential for antimicrobial action is the honey that is produced from hives that are in areas that are wild and uncultivated. Britain’s NHS, has since 2004, given a license for the use of dressings using Manuka honey and manuka honey creams that are of the sterilized medical grade.
The antibacterial component of Manuka honey sets it in a class that is different from other honey. It never loses this property, which remains stable even when exposed to light, heat or dilution.
This honey has been known to be effective against a whole range of bacteria, prominent among them being stomach ulcer-causing Helicobacter pylori, Escherichia coli that are the commonly known bacteria that infect wounds, and the sore throat causing Streptococcus pyogenes.
This honey is antiviral and antimicrobial. It also has antioxidant properties that can help in building immunity and increasing vitality.
During trials, it has been proved, that Manuka honey has healed skin ulcers and wounds that have remained unresponsive to standard forms of treatment.
This honey is better not used for children less than a year old, as it has bacteria spores that can encourage botulism.
It has a high content of glucose and is therefore not suitable for diabetics, who are better advised to limit their intake of this honey.
All Manuka honey is not the same and you can never be sure as to what quality you are getting. Honey that is active has properties that are stronger compared to regular manuka honey. The Waikato Honey Research Unit team is developing testing methods that can identify different varieties of Manuka honey and their potencies.
Manuka honey has no known side effects and can be used safely internally unless you have a honey allergy. The high activity in this honey can sometimes cause it to sting when it is applied on external wounds. In such cases, a change should be made to regular Manuka honey.
Using Manuka Honey
Apply the honey as a balm on skin, when treating infections, bites, and cuts.
A spoonful of honey is helpful to soothe throats or for irritated digestive tracts.
General health can be helped if the honey is taken just like any other product of honey.
Manuka honey can be most beneficial if you take in 1 or 2 tablespoons every day. You can take it straight, but if you find it too sweet, add it to herbal tea or yogurt or eat it after spreading it on sprouted grain toast.
You can boost the immune effects of the honey by adding a teaspoon of cinnamon, and this can even heal a sore throat. It has been scientifically proved that the combined antimicrobial properties of Manuka honey and cinnamon have a healing power that can lead to fast recovery.
Substitute this honey for Stevia and make yourself a detox drink that is super and gives you all the advantages of Manuka honey.