The above verbiage is not only the title of this article, these are the lyrics of a song recorded by “The Ohio Players”. Whenever I open a jar of honey I can’t help but sing its’ praises – especially Manuka honey. It’s medicinal, chock full of nutrients and sweet, to boot! I’m not alone in my praise of honey. Various cultures around the world have utilized the healing properties of honey for centuries. My favorite example of this is the unspoiled honey that was discovered by archeologists in Egyptian tombs.
Manuka honey comes from the pollinated Manuka bush of New Zealand, making it highly potent. Regular unfiltered honey contains amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc etc, but Manuka honey contains four times the amount of the above nutrients, and then some. I personally love that honey is a humectant which literally draws moisture out of the air making it wonderful for hydration of the skin, but Manuka honey does so much more!
Hydrogen peroxide is created by the enzymes contained in Manuka honey, rendering it an antibacterial. When Manuka honey is used for medicinal purposes it must possess a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating of 10-15 in order to be considered beneficial. Anything rated UMF16 and higher is considered superior.
On top of a wound is a common medicinal use for Manuka honey. Its’ antibacterial and antioxidant properties improve wound healing, and prevent infection of burns and leg ulcers. When treating burns it reduces the healing time as compared to traditional dressings for burns. An added benefit is that honey doesn’t cause resistant bacteria to form, unlike conventional antibiotics.
No more acid reflux. Because Manuka honey is a natural antibiotic it fights bacteria that can cause acid reflux, while healing intestinal and stomach imbalances. In addition, no more insomnia, sinusitis, gingivitis, dry skin and a multitude of other ailments which Manuka honey is used to treat.
Eczema can be controlled by applying Manuka honey to the area daily or every other day. Leave it on for a few minutes, and rinse with a mild soap and water. Manuka honey has antimicrobial properties that are effective on eczema and acne as well.
Yes, there is scientific support for the medicinal use of honey. Scientists in the UK suggest that using Manuka honey regularly on infections and cuts can keep MRSA (a staph infection which is virtually resistant to treatment) under control. Also, here in the US (in the year 2010) a proposal was approved to use Manuka honey to reduce inflammation of the esophagus caused by chemotherapy.
Taking 1-2 tablespoons of Manuka honey daily will give you the most overall benefit. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to supercharge your immune system or to get rid of a sore throat. You can add the honey to yogurt or herbal tea if the taste is too sweet. If you are allergic to bees take Manuka honey with caution, and only after you have discussed it with your doctor. As a holistic practitioner I am ecstatic about the healing properties of Manuka honey. With its antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties and comprehensive list of nutrients it is one of the most holistic naturally sourced products available. From beauty treatments to wound healing Manuka honey is effectively utilized. My personal recommendation is to have it in every medicine cabinet, home or space where Wellness is the goal!
Find Manuka honey at Angelic Moon Holistic Day Spa/APOTHECARY on Cudjoe Key. (305)745-9979
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