Manuka honey is a raw honey that possess remarkable healing properties. It is produced from bees that feeds on nectars of the manuka flowers. Manuka honey is a premium grade honey. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties which aids to various health and skin related ailments. It has also been identified as an antioxidant. Manuka honey is a natural medicine. Research at Universities and Clinical Trials at hospitals have demonstrated many health benefits of manuka honey.
When you buy manuka honey, you may come across the initials "UMF" as a label. UMF stands for "Unique Manuka Factor". These UMF ratings tend to vary for different types and brands of manuka honey. There are varying UMF strengths. For example : UMF 10 or UMF 16 and the higher the UMF, the more expensive is the honey. Professor Molan from the Waikato University has done research on manuka honey. According to his research, manuka honey has a very strong antibacterial properties which are far greater than the ordinary honey.
Manuka Honey is:-
- 100% natural medicine
- Low cost alternative to other medications
- It has no known side effects
- It contains more vitamins, minerals, amino acids than the ordinary honey.
- It has more antioxidant, anti-bacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory
- Manuka Honey is a very powerful healing ingredient
Health Benefits of Manuka Honey:-
Active Manuka Honey is a honey with a UMF rating of 10+ and those with UMF ratings of 16+ are those with high levels of anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibiotic and antiviral effects.
1. Manuka Honey for Acid Reflux:-
Acid reflux or GERD (Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease) is a chronic condition which can lead to damage of the esophagus lining. If the acid reflux condition is not treated soon it could lead to esophagus ulcer. Acid reflux causes painful burning sensation in the chest. You may even feel a burning and sour taste in the back of the throat. This sensation is called heartburn or acid indigestion. It can happen to anyone but when acid reflux persists more than twice a week it's a serious sign and it should be treated immediately.
Manuka honey can help with acid reflux by coating and soothing the stomach and esophagus without any side effects since it is completely natural medicine unless you are allergic to honey itself. It prevents and heals the damage in the tissue from stomach acid and thereby relieves symptoms of acid reflux. It can prevent the growth of "Helicobacter Pylori" which causes peptic and gastric ulcers. According to Linus Pauling Institute, studies have shown that manuka honey can prevent the bacteria from thriving in the gastrointestinal tract while maintaining the good bacteria in the stomach. Manuka honey also helps to promote digestion and healthy immune system as well.
Note:- Consult a Medical Professional before attempting to use Manuka Honey to treat ulcers as natural home remedy.
2. Manuka Honey for Acne:-
Manuka Honey as an acne treatment has shown positive results. Manuka honey is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant and antiseptic. Manuka honey has the ability to destroy bacteria that causes acne. It prevents clogging of pores and blemishes.
When applied on skin, it fights acne-causing bacteria. It absorbs the impurities and provides an anti-inflammatory benefits. It calms and soothes the acne-prone skin. Apply manuka honey directly on your face twice a day and you can see the benefits just in few days. Take it internally for more health benefits.
3. Manuka Honey for Sore Throats and Colds:-
Sore throat is a common ailment. It can be caused by a viral or a bacterial infections. Most sore throat conditions gets cured after few days but however, it can create discomfort, pain and may also result to a hoarse husky voice if not treated immediately. Since manuka honey is anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial, it is an effective natural remedy against sore throat and cold/flu symptoms. Also, manuka honey contains more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants than ordinary honey which makes it the best home remedy for sore throat and cold/flu.
Research studies have shown that manuka honey is effective against Streptococcus Pyogenes which is a bacteria that causes sore throats.
Manuka Honey also helps to boost the immune system and prevent common cold and flu symptoms.
You can take 1 teaspoon of manuka Honey and let it melt slowly in the mouth, then swallow the honey to coat and soothe your throat. For best results, do not eat or drink immediately. Repeat 4-5 times a day.
Note:- If you are a diabetic patient, you need to consult with your doctor before taking manuka honey for the dosage.
4. Good Source of Antioxidants and Amino Acids:-
Manuka honey is a good source of antioxidants and amino acids. Most people who are suffering from common ailments can surely ripe the benefit by using manuka honey as a natural home remedy besides medications. However, make sure to consult with your doctor if you are suffering from serious and complex conditions.
5. Manuka Honey and MRSA:-
Manuka honey is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal that makes it an effective natural medicine to treat against bacterial and fungal infections. Studies in laboratory has demonstrated that manuka honey may be effective against MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus which is a very deadly infection.
Note:- Consult with your doctor who can help you decide on a proper course of treatment. Do not self-treat, ask for your doctor's opinion before using manuka honey in such serious cases.
6. Treating and Healing Wounds with Manuka Honey:-
The anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties of Manuka Honey has been found to promote and heal wounds faster and naturally. It helps to prevent infections as well.
Manuka Honey can be use to treat superficial wounds such as minor cuts or burns. Manuka honey is usually applied directly to the clean wound. It can help to heal deep wounds such as diabetic ulcers and bedsores. Manuka honey heals these wounds by killing bacteria without killing the delicate new skin cells. According to Los Angeles Times, Manuka Honey was approved by United States and Canada for treating wounds in the year 2007.
Note:-Consult with your doctor or a Medical Professional before using Manuka Honey for treatment if you have severe wounds.
7. Manuka Honey is Anti-fungal:-
Manuka Honey has an anti-fungal properties, it can be use to treat various types of fungal infections such as athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch, nail fungus and other fungal infections.
8. Manuka Honey and Gum Disease:-
Research has shown that manuka honey is a good anti-microbial that fights back types of bacteria. These anti-microbial properties of manuka honey is effective in treating gum disease and preventing tooth decay. It is found that rubbing manuka honey on your gums after brushing can reduce plaque and bacteria in the mouth.
Manuka honey may be effective in treating gingivitis which is a form of periodontal disease i.e. the early stage where the gums can become swollen red and may even bleed. Studies suggest that manuka honey may help prevent plaque and reduce plaque buildup leading to lower risk of tooth decay.
Note:-Periodontal disease is a serious gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that supports your teeth. Early periodontal disease may be characterized by swelling and redness of the gums. Infected gums and tooth decay can lead to bad breath and losing your teeth at an early age. Therefore, regular oral care is a must. Never forget to brush your teeth atleast twice a day and floss regularly after meals. Mouth rinsing after you snack is a good habit. It helps to remove pieces of food trapped between your teeth and help prevent tooth decay.
9. Manuka Honey and Sunburn Treatment:-
Over-exposure to the sun's ultraviolet or UV-rays causes condition such as sunburn. Manuka honey is a good treatment for sunburn. It soothes the skin and speeds up the healing process.
10. Manuka Honey as Energy Booster:-
Manuka honey is a natural energy booster. If you are feeling low and lethargic in the morning, you can try manuka honey. It is a sure way to boost your energy. Glucose in honey is absorb quickly by the body. This gives your body an instant boost, while the frustose is absorbed more slowly providing more sustained energy.
11. Manuka Honey and Digestive System:-
Manuka honey is known for its high antibacterial properties. Manuka honey destroys the disease causing bacteria and boost your immune system by encouraging the growth of good bacteria in the intestines.
Studies found that manuka honey is effective in treating Gastric and peptic ulcers which is caused by the Helicobacter Pylori bacteria. Also, taking manuka honey on regular basis can prevent and treat bowel problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diarrhea and Ulcerative Colitis. Take a teaspoon of manuka honey twice a day. The UMF of 15 or 20 is recommended.
12. Manuka Honey and Eczema:-
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that will cause skin irritations such as itching, dryness, redness and scaly skin. Manuka honey is found to be effective in treating eczema by reducing the inflammation. It calms and soothes the affected area of the skin. Eczema should be treated internally as well as externally. Apply manuka honey directly on the skin inflammation to heal it. Also, you can boost your immune system by taking manuka honey orally which can provide relief to you. Manuka honey is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory which can help reduce the symptoms and effects of eczema.
13. Manuka Honey and Cancer:-
Studies suggested that manuka honey may have anti-cancer properties which can be helpful for cancer patients. The radiation therapy can develop ulcers and wounds which can be treated with manuka honey dressing as a natural remedy. Manuka honey is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-cancer. It has numerous flavonoids that have potential anti-cancer effects. However, there is no evidence, that it is effective against cancer treatment.
Note:- Cancer is a very serious condition. Consult your doctor before using Manuka Honey for any purpose. Do not self-treat.