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Why Manuka Honey?

Updated on January 1, 2013

Derived from the nectar of manuka flowers (Leptospermum scoparium) indigenous to New Zealand and often described as 'manuka magic' this honey truly is something special, widely used for its many medicinal properties, healing powers and great taste.

Manuka honey contains healing properties and has more vitamins, minerals, aminos and antioxidants that are not found with other types of honey. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and has wonderful antibacterial qualities. Manuka is a great sweetener and alternative to sugar but is also very very good for you. With the antibacterial qualities of the honey, you will develop good gut control and healthy digestion. These anti bodies will also kill the bacteria responsible for developing stomach ulcers.

Internal uses for Manuka

  • Stomach aches/ulcers
  • Sore throat
  • Acid reflux
  • Esophagitis
  • Cold/flu
  • Gastritis
  • Heartburn
  • Digestive problems

External uses for Manuka

  • Acne
  • Minor Burns/ Wounds
  • Ring worm
  • Pressure sores
  • Tinea
  • MRSA
  • Insect bites

Powerful Stuff

Due to the antibacterial strength of this honey in its raw state, it is used to treat a large varitey of skin problems, one of the most common being Acne. The Mankua mixed along side a small amount of water can be used to create a paste and then applied generously to the face or infected area. This has been proven to work very well in fighting Acne as the Manuka's anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antiseptic qualities make for an amazing drug free, all natural alternative treatment. This easy to make, instant remedy should reduce redness, irritation, and keep scarring to a minimum.

The best way to take this orally, is to take just one tea spoon per day, or with a warm cup of herbal tea. But be sure not to add to boiling water as you will sterilize the honey, making it inactive and ineffective. Personally, i take one teaspoon in the morning with my breakfast and another with a cup of warm green tea 1 hour before bed. I felt the benefits from Manuka honey almost instantly, digestion felt better, skin started to glow and i haven't had a cold in ages!

This honey is great but its obviously not a miracle cure, i would advise eating clean healthy foods and treat this honey like you would with a multivitamin tablet or other food supplement.

Choose the right honey!

When purchasing this product, you must make sure that the honey you are buying has the words 'UMF' (unique manuka factor, an independent quality measure unique to honey made from the nectar of the Manuka) somewhere in the labeling, otherwise you could be applying that bog standard honey to your face, which tastes great on your toast, but wont heal those sores or ulcers! I would also recommend the honey to be at least 'active UMF 12+' or higher - this is the activity of the antibacterial quality within the honey, the higher the better!

Prices will vary dependent on the UMF but quality will prove to bring you the best results.


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      Bex 5 years ago

      Very interesting! Thanks for this Cassidy.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Great article! I wish we had Manuka honey here, I would love to try it.

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      Chris Cassidy 5 years ago

      I'm glad you found it useful :)

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      I have learned something new here.

      Thanks for sharing