Manuka honey has so many health benefits that it’s kind of mind-blowing. It really is a natural wonder and lives and limbs have been saved in hospitals thanks to its ability to treat antibiotic-resistant infections. In this article I’ll look at some of the benefits of Manuka.
Manuka honey is a world class wound healer and should be kept in every home medicine cabinet for everything from routine cuts and scrapes to more serious injuries. Its wound healing is thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and it has been shown to make wounds heal faster.
Manuka honey has amazing burn healing abilities. Whether it is a burn from a kitchen accident or a sunburn, applying Manuka honey to the wound reduces pain, prevents infection, and helps to speed healing.
As mentioned above, Manuka honey has potent antibacterial properties. In fact, it is used in hospitals around the world to prevent and combat antibiotic resistant MRSA staph infections after surgeries in hospital. Today, it is possible to buy Manuka honey bandages with Manuka already on the bandage and some hospitals are using these.
Many people swear by Manuka honey as an effective treatment for acne. This is probably due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying it topically as well as taking it internally may help to keep the complexion healthy.
Several studies have found Manuka honey to be effective against fungal infections such as ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot. Apply the honey to the infection several times a day and cover with a bandage.
Inflammation plays a huge role in many different disease processes. The anti-inflammatory properties of Manuka are a big reason that it works so well in wound healing, burn healing, and other health benefits.
Manuka honey not only soothes your sore throat but it may also fight the bacteria that cause them. When sore throat symptoms appear, try taking several teaspoons of Manuka per day. This also applies to dogs – feeding them a teaspoon of Manuka two to three times per day may ease the symptoms associated with kennel cough. You might also want to try one of the many Manuka honey lozenges that are on the market.
A 2004 study in the Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology found that people who ate or sucked on a Manuka product three times a day had lower levels of plaque and bleeding gums due to gingivitis. Manuka may help to fight off several different types of bacteria present in the mouth.
Manuka helps acid reflux symptoms by coating the intestinal tract and esophagus which relieves symptoms and prevents damage from stomach acid.
Manuka may help to alleviate the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, by reducing inflammation and repairing damage. It also encourages the growth of good intestinal bacteria and fights unwanted bacteria. Studies have also found that it may prevent the growth of h. pylori, a bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.