28 Mar Manuka Honey
This Wonder Honey is All You Need in Your Medicine Box
I am positive that you will be as blow away as we are by the benefits of using Manuka Honey for medicinal purposes, both internally and topically on the skin. The bee hive is truly the medicine store of nature, but this particular variation of honey is in a class of its own. It may come as no surprise that this natural gift from Mother Earth is being considered as an out performer to antibiotics and traditional forms of medicine.
Manuka Honey comes from the nectar of the Manuka Bush (Leptospermum scoparium). This bush is indigenous to New Zealand and thrives in the wild, uncultivated lands of this pollution free environment. Manuka has been used by the Maori people of New Zealand for many centuries.
What makes Manuka Honey so unique and effective is the level of antibacterial efficiency it has to fight bacteria. This wonder honey even tackles antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria which are a growing problem the world over and further studies have found that Manuka Honey contains very powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties, making it extremely effective in treating a wide variety of health conditions.
All honey contains hydrogen peroxide in varying levels. This is produced when the bee adds enzymes to the nectar. In honey, hydrogen peroxide is released in a slow-release manner that is strong enough to be effective in destroying bacteria but low enough to not harm tissue.
What makes Manuka different and so unique is that it contains plant-derived components such as methylglyoxal – this is referred to as the Unique Manuka Factor – this is, in turn what determines the strength of the Manuka Honey.
Bacteria have the ability to mutate and become resistant to elements that are attempting to destroy them, such as antibiotics. However, Manuka Honey destroys bacteria in a different manner, by drawing water out of the bacteria, making it impossible for the microbes to survive. To date, there has been no reported bacterium that has been able to develop a resistance to Manuka Honey.
Research has shown that Manuka Honey provides an optimum germ-free moist wound-healing environment which supports and facilitates the natural healing of varicose and skin ulcers, diabetic ulcers, pressure sores, wounds, burns, boils, cracked skin, cuts and grazes.
In summary, Manuka Honey will rapidly clear all bacteria from sore throats to acne. It also diffuses deeply into the skin tissues so that it reaches deep seated infections. It also does not require oxygen, so it can remain effective even when smothered by wound dressings or in wound cavities. The osmotic effect of honey will also lift the dirt out of the wound bed.
Manuka honey also reduces scarring as the honey draws body fluids and nutrients to the wound area and so assists cell growth and prevents a scar forming as the wound is kept moist.
Apart from providing nutrients (vitamins, minerals and amino acids) to tissues, Manuka Honey also promotes more rapid healing because the honey stimulates tissue regeneration. Angiogenesis is stimulated new blood vessel growth giving oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Fibroblast growth is stimulated by hydrogen peroxide. Epithelial cell growth is stimulated because these cells grow level with the skin so that no scab is formed and so there is no scarring and hypertrophication. Finally, in terms of rapid healing, the acidity of Manuka honey releases oxygen from haemoglobin new growing cells need oxygen. Honey stimulates the white blood cells.
How to Use Manuka Honey
For General Well Being and Energy:
Manuka Honey can be taken internally for general wellbeing by taking three teaspoons (21g) per day.
It has no additives and is safe to have as much as you like whenever you like
For Sore Throats and Colds:
- When the first feeling of a cold is felt take a teaspoon of Manuka Honey from every few hours.
For Digestive Care, Duodenal and Stomach Ulcer Relief:
- Take a teaspoon to a tablespoon of Manuka Honey three to four times a day, ideally one hour before meals and again at bedtime.
- Try have nothing to drink immediately after having the honey so as not to dilute the honey .
- Having the honey on bread, toast or a cracker holds the honey in the stomach for as long as possible.
- It is pure honey so it does not interfere with regular medications.
- Adjust your amount and frequency to suit your own needs. Most people start off with a generous amount of honey initially and then reduce it as they feel it warranted.
For Wound Care such as Burns, Cuts, Grazes, Ulcers and Infections:
- Spread the honey generously and evenly on to a clean dressing pad ensuring there is enough honey for a generous coverage of wound surface and any surrounding inflammation.
- Apply to the full surface of a clean wound. Cover well.
- Use about 1 tablespoon of honey to a 5cm wound.
- The dressing should extend beyond the edges of the wound and any surrounding inflamed area.
- It is best to apply the honey to the dressing to avoid damaging the wound.
- For skin ulcers and large wounds a dressing with a waterproof backing is preferable.
- Change the dressing at least once a day, if possible. Change more frequently (up to three times a day) if the wound is weeping a lot. The exudation of fluid (weeping) reduces as the wound heals, so less frequent dressing changes may be needed later when there could be a few days between changes.
- If the dressing sticks to the wound this usually indicates that more frequent changes of dressing are needed or that not enough honey is being used. Be sure to use plenty of honey.
- Waterproof dressings are better as they keep more of the honey in contact with the wound. Absorbent dressings soak the honey away from the wound. Adhesive tape or bandages can be used to hold the dressings in place.
- Pressure bandaging is used over the honey dressing for varicose ulcers.
- Abscesses, cavities and depressions in the wound bed are filled with honey before applying the honey dressed pad, so that there is honey contact with the wound bed.
- Sometimes transient stinging may be experienced after honey is applied. This is due to the acidity of the honey. The acidity is part of the way in which honey stimulates healing. Usually the stinging is transient and soon subsides. Use of honey should be discontinued if the stinging is severe. Some people have stopped using the honey for a short while and then find no problems when they recommence using the honey.
- Be sure to use a clean and sterile spatula for spreading the honey and clean, sterile dressings.
- Healing results may be slowed by underlying conditions such as poor blood circulation or diabetes.