Manuka honey for internal and external applications
Manuka honey comes from the blossom nectar of the New Zealand Manuka shrub (Leptospermum scoparium), a relative of the Australian tea tree. Honey has already been used as a cure in many highly developed cultures. Hippocrates already knew that honey was able to heal open wounds and ulcers very quickly.
Manuka honey, however, is a very special honey. Its healing power surpasses that of all other honeys. For centuries it has been used by the Maori, the native inhabitants of New Zealand both internally and externally for medical purposes. The Maori preferentially cut it on wounds and took it successfully in colds and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Manuka honey for stomach and intestinal complaints
Scientific studies at the New Zealand University of Wakaito show that the Maori clearly knew very well what they were doing. Manuka honey proved to be extremely effective in the control of Escherichia coli and Helicobacter pylori, ie those bacteria which can very frequently cause gastrointestinal problems. The Helicobacter bacterium is considered to be a cause of gastric ulcers and gastric mucosal infections.
Manuka honey was able to slow the growth of the Helicobacter pylori in these studies at a concentration of only 5 percent. Thus, a gastric ulcer with manuka honey could be treated considerably cheaper and, above all, with significantly fewer side effects than is the case with the usual therapy. However, this success is actually achieved only with manuka honey. A honey with comparable efficacy has not yet been found.
Manuka honey with inflammation of the air ways
Moreover, it was found that manuka honey is even able to eliminate antibiotic-resistant strains of the pus-bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that can cause, for example, skin infections that are found in pus-corpuscles when the immune system is weakened. Even after accidents or operations this bacterium is often responsible for wound infections. Staphylococcus aureus is also involved in a number of other diseases, such as bronchitis, inflammation of the lungs, nasal sinuses, and also inflammation of the middle ear.
While an average honey is able to inhibit the growth of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus despite tenfold dilution, Manuka honey can stop the growth of these bacteria even in 54-fold dilution.The honey can therefore be integrated perfectly into the therapy with all the problems mentioned.
Manuka honey for cold
Its basic antibiotic and anti-viral properties also make manuka honey a tasty and helpful remedy for colds, sore throat, coughs and other respiratory infections. In these cases, the honey can traditionally be stirred in a tea which is no longer excessively hot.
Manuka Honey with fungal disease
Since Manuka honey also has an impressive anti fungal effect, which can inhibit fungi in its growth, it is also very well suited for complementary therapy (externally and internally) in all types of fungi, such as lichens, Candida albicans, Athlete’s foot fungus And many more.
Manuka honey for healthy teeth
Manuka honey, like all honey is sweet, sugary and sticky. Honey is therefore considered a great tooth-foe. Not so with this honey. A scientific study even showed that manuka honey can protect the teeth almost as well as the chemical chlorhexidine solution, which is often contained in anti-caries mouthwashes.
How to recognize the quality of manuka honey
In New Zealand, the quality of the honey is indicated with the so-called UMF (Unique Manuka Factor). The UMF value, however, is exclusively reserved for Manuka-Honigen, which were bottled in New Zealand. In order to be able to indicate the UMF on their honey glasses, the New Zealand beekeepers and honey bottlers must pay a license fee.
Manuka Honey – The application
For colds and infections with cough and throat pain, a teaspoon of manuka honey must be sprinkled on the tongue at least 3 times a day. You keep the honey as long as possible in the mouth and then swallows it very slowly. The last teaspoon is best taken just before going to bed. Thus the anti-inflammatory and anticariogenic effect of the honey can also benefit the gum and the oral cavity.
In the case of colds and nasal sinus infections, antibiotics are often referred to as ineffective since, because of their systemic mode of action (via the blood stream), they can not reach the mucous membrane. Manuka honey, on the other hand, can easily be washed out of the nasal walls before sleeping in the infections of the respiratory tract, so that the honey can be applied to the mucous membranes overnight.
Manuka Honey: Do not be afraid of super-strains
Unlike synthetic antibiotics, manuka honey does not promote the growth and spread of antibiotic-resistant super-organisms due to its diverse mechanisms of action. This makesthe honey highly effective in the treatment of wounds, burns and other skin problems, which would otherwise be very prone to serious infections with resistant germs.
Note for diabetics
In our opinion, diabetics should be careful with the intake of manuka honey, because in their blood due to a metabolic disorder already increased MGO values are found, which are currently believed to be involved in the development of diabetic neuropathy. An external application of the honey, on the other hand, should not hinder diabetics.