We all know that bees use floral nectar to make honey. Some people think that all honey is the same. However, this is not true. There are many different types and the differences are all predicated on the floral nectar component. In New Zealand, a unique plant exists called the Manuka Tea Tree. This plant grows a flower that produces a very special kind of nectar. It’s the nectar from this plant that contains all of the unique healing qualities that people have come to expect from Manuka Honey. When the honeybees gather the nectar from the Manuka plant, the honey they make contains more healing properties than any other type of honey in the world.
Honey was used as a medicine long before modern-day medicine was invented. Now that consumers are growing more interested in natural therapeutic alternatives, they are more willing to revert back to old remedies that are proving to be equally as, if not more than, effective as traditional forms of medicine. Since pharmaceuticals are becoming more recognized for their negative side effects, alternative treatment solutions are being taken more seriously.
Manuka Honey is considered to be a natural antimicrobial agent and has been used as a medicine in New Zealand for decades. Recently, word of its amazing healing ability has spread around the world. Clinical studies have revealed that it contains natural antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties. Since many health complications are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites, logic would dictate that it can be used as a viable treatment source.
Besides, it has many medical applications, both internally and externally. When taken orally, anecdotal reports suggest that it is successful in treating conditions such as stomach aches, stomach ulcers, sore throats, strep throat, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux disease, gastritis, urinary tract infections, etc. When applied topically to the skin, the honey is used to treat wounds, burns, acne, eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, MRSA Staph infections, chronic wounds, bedsores, skin ulcers, surgical wounds, etc. It is ideal for treating bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
It is also very rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. More so than any other type of honey. If diluted with water, it can be used to flush out the nasal passage way to treat sinus infections. It also contains very powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to soothe muscle pain and stiffness. The possibilities are endless.
It is important to only use medical-grade Manuka Honey if you intend to use it for medical purposes, as not all contains the proper potency of natural healing properties. Active one with a UMF rating between 10-18 is ideal for medicinal use. The honey with a lessor potency may not be strong enough to yield the desired results. This supplement with overly potent is unnecessary and can sometimes cause sensitivity.