Do you love Manuka Honey? Yeah, we do, too! It is an amazing natural and green health product that can be used for so many things, making it a versatile staple for any home – whether or not you are a health nut or simply looking to for alternative ways to stay healthy
For those who are not aware of what Manuka Honey, it is a particular kind of honey that is produced in New Zealand by bees that actually pollinate the country’s native manuka bush. As one of the world’s most famous honeys, it tastes great (like honey usually does) and has a dark hue to it unlike traditional honey.
Many believe that Manuka Honey has medicinal qualities, making it great for healing. This type of honey does, in fact, have hydrogen peroxide, which gives it its antibiotic abilities, but it is really its methyglyoxal (MG) antibacterial component that makes it useful in medicine. Using a bit of Manuka Honey on top of minor wounds and burns is a great way to disinfect it.
But Manuka Honey is also used for treating a slew of other things, including: treating those with diabetes; helping with gastrointestinal problems; treating eye, ear and sinus infections; reducing systemic inflammation; and reducing high cholesterol. It is even used to prevent and treat certain cancers.
Some hospitals around the world are actually using Manuka Honey for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant MRSA super bugs, E Coli, bed sores, and other ailments affecting their patients. There was a study in the European Journal of Medical Research back in 2003 that claimed using some active Manuka Honey instead of antibiotic creams under dressings on post operative wounds was 85% better in clearing up infections; normal antibiotic creams only had a 50% rate.
And because of its healing properties, it is also known to help with certain skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema and more. A spoonful of Manuka Honey can be effective for sore throats, taking a teaspoon every two or three hours until the symptoms stop.
When buying Manuka Honey for medicinal purposes, it is good to know that there is a rating system for it, with less than a 10 rating making it just okay for treating things, but it might not fully clear or help the ailment. This is because the honey doesn’t have as much of the antibacterial action to really reach deep to treat the infection. Experts suggest opting for Active Manuka Honey with a rating of 10 or higher to really see its medicinal benefits. Manuka Honey with ratings of 10+, 15+ or 20+ if you are going to use it for its healing properties.
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Normal Manuka Honey is also great for daily use and is delicious to use in teas and as a natural sweetener. Active Manuka Honey can be used, too, but and it will retain most of it antibacterial properties, but should better be used for treating ailments rather being used as a natural sugar substitute. You’ll love having some Manuka Honey at home, which is why every medicine cabinet should have one!