A huge amount of attention surrounds the healing properties of this remarkable healing honey, hardly a day goes by without some news about it.
Organic Manuka honey is no stranger to the Maori people of New Zealand who have known for thousands of years about its extraordinary benefits.
It was then, as it is now, a very popular natural form of medicine and apart from being the best known it is definitely the most talked about honey variety due to the amount of press it receives.
I have Dr Peter Molam from the Waikato Honey Research Unit in New Zealand to thank for the vast amounts of extensively written proof that he has provided us with over the course of the years spent on his honey research.
Peter Molams journey began much the same as mine when he too discovered by accident just how good this honey is for medical use.
No doubt due to the fact he lived in New Zealand and perhaps had heard as many others had, that honey is great for healing wounds, it was when he cut his hand quite badly due to an accident he reached for a jar of honey he had at home.
Smothering his wound with this and tying on a bandage he managed to carry on with his daily routine. What he then discovered opened up a whole new world for him and us.
The deep cut on his hand was what he could only describe as being almost magically knitted together and had healed rapidly leaving not a trace of a scar.
This excited him enough to start his own extremely interesting journey into the world of honey.
What is Manuka Honey?
This wonderful organic honey is the result of the nectar collected by honey bees from the beautiful looking Manuka tree blossoms native to New Zealand.
It is a close relative to tea tree plants which some believe help to give it its extra special qualities for healing. But the truth is that although there are many major honey properties they have not all been identified as yet.
What we do know is this extraordinary honey differs a great deal in antibacterial and antimicrobial activity.
This is what leads us to what is known as the UMF ~ Unique Manuka Factor. It is basically a trade name given to the various forms of this honey.
These are given a number which will be displayed on a jar stating it has Manuka Honey UMF 5+ through to 20+.
For medical use the higher the number the more effective it will be. Peter and his research team use this rating system by testing its natural form of Hydrogen Peroxide and are able to identify the strength and properties of its healing powers.
Manuka Honey Research
After Peter Molams experience with the healing of his own wound he embarked upon his research by placing the bacteria responsible for infections into a Petri-dish back at his science lab and adding a solution of his honey.
Amazingly he and his team watched as the honey completely obliterated the bacteria, eating away at it and within a short time completely destroying it.
Certainly organic Manuka honey has extra special medicinal ingredients which are now recognized by qualified medical practitioners.
These ingredients have been proven to provide aid to the healing of external wounds and also when we eat it as my daughter did and still does, we too have discovered there are a huge amounts of Health Benefits of Manuka honey.
Benefits of Manuka Honey
Some very surprising results have been discovered over the years including its ability to the curing of MRSA a particularly dreadful and sometimes fatal skin condition.
This is just one superb reason this particular honey is now widely used and included in the Medical Benefits of Honey.
As Peter and his research team continue to conduct their experiments another surprise for them was they had stumbled upon something so unique they discovered it to be a safe and natural way of using it as a preventative Gangrene Treatment.
A newer use of Manuka honey goes by the name of Medihoney, this was developed primarily to overcome the stickiness and oozing which makes a bit of a mess when using honey as a wound dressing.
To find a solution around this, for those who find honey effective but a bit messy when using for medicinal purposes, scientists invented this as a dressing in the form of a sterilized pad which is un-sticky and applied to many wounds including abscess and burns with the most amazing results.
I have personally witnessed Medihoney in action when it was applied to a severe pressure sore on my sister-in-laws foot with brilliant results.
I just happened to be visiting her at the time a nurse arrived to treat this. Hooray I thought as she opened her medical kit and produced this great new invention.
Reasons to Buy Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey Skincare is a hugely popular choice in the field of cosmetics and great solutions for all kinds of skin conditions it is no wonder these fly off the shelf quicker than any other product.
But yet again we really should be in total awe of this extraordinary product bought to our attention by Peter and his team who have proven that either eating or applying it we can experience its benefits in so many ways including these.
- Healing ulcers both internally and externally extremely effectively and fast.
- Soothes a sore tongue and brilliant on lip infections such as mouth ulcers caused by the herpes virus
- Treating just about every abscess going including treating a gum abscess when used as a mouth rinse and as an effective treatment for a bowel abscess
- Reliving the symptoms of asthma
- Healing dry flaky skin even to the point of relieving the itching and curing the condition of skin excema
- Reducing the visible wrinkles and lines around lips and eyes. These are often called “smile lines” which is a nice name but who wants them!
- Settling down an acid stomach when we have over indulged
- Useful for killing off skin parasites and conditions such as ringworm
- Sipping and gargling to reduce the pain and infections of a sore throat including strep throat and relieving symptoms of flu and colds
Just look for the label that says Certified Manuka Honey UMF with a high number, make sure it is New Zealand Manuka Honey and eat at least a couple of spoonfuls each day.
You will be amazed at how much you too will benefit from such an incredible product.