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Honey & Health - Manuka Honey

Updated on January 3, 2016
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Since times immemorial, honey has been used as food as well as traditional medicine. Though honey is available throughout the world today, there is a lot of difference between the different varieties of honey. One such honey variety is Manuka honey.

Table Of Contents

  • About Manuka Honey
  • Types of Manuka honey
  • The Discovery Of UMF
  • Health Benefits Of Manuka Honey
  • About Manuka Oil
  • Which Manuka UMF to Use?
  • Uses Of Manuka Tea, Leaves And Bark
  • Uses Of Manuka Tree

Manuka Honey

manuka honey with 5+ rating. This does not have the UMF marking which is an indication that it is an inferior quality honey than the honey marked as UMF manuka honey, though it is manuka honey.
manuka honey with 5+ rating. This does not have the UMF marking which is an indication that it is an inferior quality honey than the honey marked as UMF manuka honey, though it is manuka honey. | Source

Manuka Flowers

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About Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is the honey that is produced from the nectar of the flowers of a single tree. This tree is the Manuka tree called Leptospermum scoparium which grows in the wild in New Zealand. The honeybee Apis mellifera is responsible for producing Manuka honey.

Manuka honey has the highest viscosity among the different classes of honey. It is a dark colored honey with a strong, earthy and herbaceous flavor.

Honey should not be heated as it destroys the enzyme that is responsible for its healing qualities.

Types Of Manuka Honey

All types of honey contain an enzyme glucose oxidase that produces different levels of hydrogen peroxide, depending upon the level of this enzyme, when it comes in contact with wounds.

Manuka honey is also available in 2 forms;

  • Regular Manuka honey
  • Active Manuka honey or Manuka with the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor)

The UMF varies from batch to batch and therefore each batch is tested and priced according to its UMF.

For medicinal use, both internal & external a rating of UMF 10 or above is advised. UMF gives Manuka honey unique healing properties. It should be realized that not all Manuka honey contain the beneficial UMF.


The Discovery Of UMF

UMF was discovered by Dr.Peter Molan of the Waikato University's honey research unit, New Zealand. He found an additional, more powerful and much more stable anti bacterial property in some varieties of Manuka honey. He called this UMF.

The UMF property and the hydrogen peroxide's anti bacterial property have a synergistic effect in healing infections.

All UMF Manuka honey have a minimum rating of UMF 10.


Health Benefits Of Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is a natural anti bacterial, anti inflammatory and anti fungal that kills;

  • Staphylococcus, streptococcus infections.
  • H.pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers in the stomach.
  • It is widely used to relieve sore throat, colds, sinusitis, blisters, bed sores and burns.
  • It also finds use in relieving skin infections like acne, ringworm, skin ulcers, cuts and wounds.
  • Internally, it can relieve an upset stomach, acid reflux, heartburn and peptic ulcers.
  • It also relieves eye infections,

For stomach ulcers the dose is 1 tsp UMF 10 Manuka honey 4 times a daily, prior to meals. Spread it on a piece of bread before consuming for it to coat the lining of the stomach.

Manuka Essential Oil

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About Manuka Oil

Manuka oil has been used since centuries traditionally by the Maori people of New Zealand.

The oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Manuka tree. 150 kg of Manuka leaves yield about 1 liter of Manuka oil. The leaves are harvested from December to May in New Zealand.

Manuka oil is used to treat ;

  • a variety of skin problems like dandruff, dermatitis, nail infections, fungus infections, psoriasis, sunburn,acne, pimples, rash, eczema, itching, flaking and cracks of the skin, rash, yeast infections abcesses etc.
  • It is also used with success in arthritis, muscular aches, bites and stings and head lice infections.

Manuka oil is reported to be effective against 39 separate micro organisms in the laboratory, including gram +ve, gram -ve bacteria and fungi.

To disinfect clothes, use 1/2 tsp for each eash load of laundry. Manuka oil blends well with many other essential oils.


Which Manuka UMF To Use?

It has been suggested that

  • For internal use, UMF 15 and UMF 20 Manuka honey should be used depending on the severity of the disease
  • For external use, UMF 10 Manuka honey be used.


Uses of Manuka Tea, Leaves And Bark

This tea has been discovered by the native Maoris of New Zealand. They have been using this tea since centuries in various diseases. The tea has also been used as a tea, in diarrhea, wounds, insect bites, bites and stings etc.

Manuka tea is also drunk in cases of urinary complaints and fevers, The steam from the leaves boiled in water is used to cure head colds.

The decoction made from the bark and leaves is rubbed on aching muscles and joints.

Chewing bark has relaxing and sleep inducing effects.


Uses Of Manuka Tree

  • The wood is used for making tool handles.
  • The sawdust is used to smoke meats and fish in it as it imparts a delicate flavor to them.
  • Parakeets use the bark and leaves of the tree to get rid of pests in their feathers and skin
  • And Most of all the tree yields the healthy and medicinal Manuka honey.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

Dr Oz on natural antibiotics and Manuka Honey

Katherine Jenkins Uses Manuka Honey

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Milind I believe you can get Manuka honey in Crawford market for sure.

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      Kavitha Raj 3 years ago

      Hello Rajan, I am a Manuka Honey exporter and am keen to share any information you or your followers would need regarding sourcing this Honey in India. I am originally from Kerala, the land of natural healing, Ayurveda and believe in the natural benefits of Manuka Honey and hence my interest in taking this product into new markets. More than happy to be of assistance. Regards:-)

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      Milind Nemade 3 years ago

      Ranjan can u tell me stores in mumbai where I will get Manuka Honey

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for stopping by and also being kind enough to appreciate the information. Honey and green tea is a great combination.

      Have a nice day, livingabroad.

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      livingabroad 3 years ago from Wales, UK

      I've recently discovered Manuka honey and have been incorporating it into my diet recently. Here in The U.K., the benefits are not allowed to be advertised on the actual product, yet I have found there seems to be a wide consensus in the health advantages from this product.

      Goes well with Green Tea too! Very informative read. I look forward to reading more of your healthy eating hubs!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I have no idea where you can find it in Kenya but of course you can at amazon.

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      eric 3 years ago

      am looking for manuka honey umf 20+ but can't find it anywhere in Kenya.any help?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Rose, I'm glad this hub enlightened you about a different form of honey. Thanks for stopping by.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article! I have never heard of this type of honey before. Very insightful! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @rebecca-yes, all honey is healthy food as such. Glad you like the info and thanks for the sharing.

      @Kathryn-Glad you liked the info as well as the videos. Much appreciated and you have a great week too!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have never heard of this kind of honey. Fascinating information! I like that you added so many useful videos.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great week!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      It is good to learn about Manuka honey. Any honey, I think, is pretty awesome, and the Manuka honey sounds especially good and healthy. Thanks, and will share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Dan - Glad you like the info. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dan Barfield 4 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      Seriously interesting stuff - I actually had a spoonful of this with my oats and dried fruit this morning. :) Happy days!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Danson, I think Manuka honey is available in most countries. Activ Manuka honey is a better option than plain Manuka honey. Thanks for visiting and I appreciate the votes.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Rajan,

      I take honey with lemon whenever i get cold and i also like honey on bread. I have not had an opportunity to taste Manuka honey, probably it is not available here but i would like to. I will check if we have honey products here from New Zealand. Great article, voted up, useful and more...

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Levertis, of course you can find manuka honey in health food stores. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      This is quite interesting. I wonder if manuka honey is found in health food stores in USA. I will soon find out. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Om.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Lots of great info here. I knew about Manuka honey's anti-bacterial property and mentioned that in my hub about gum disease. However, I had no idea it can relieve heartburn and acid reflux as well. Very interesting! Thanks for this informative hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I'm glad you likes the hub and the videos, Sue. Many thanks for the read and votes. Have a great day.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Rajan,

      There is a booth at St. Lawrence Market here in Toronto that sells Manuka honey. I haven't bought any in a while. I have used it to help heal a canker sore and mixed in hot lemon for a sore throat.

      I enjoyed the videos you selected. Katherine Jenkins has a beautiful voice.

      Voted up and away

      Have a sweet day. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      TeachableMoments, Glad you have the information now. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Aurelio, I do not know if it could be available fresh because from what I've read and heard it is invariably available in packed form. Though it still does work. Thanks for stopping by, reading and voting.

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      TeachableMoments 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for such useful information. I can't believe I've never heard of Manuka honey. I will try it!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Sadly, I don't think we have this tree here in Southern California. True I can buy the preserved versions online, but I'm wondering what it tastes like fresh, and how different it is from regular honey. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for the feedback and sparing time to read and vote MsDora. Much appreciated.

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      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very informative. Never even heard of Manuka honey. You taught me something new. Voted Up and Useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      mkfp and HouseBuyers thanks for your visits and feedbacks. I appreciate it very much.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Christy - great to know you have some new info with you now something that is healthy info. Glad you like the videos that I incorporate. Many thanks for reading and sharing.

      @ jennzie - thanks for visiting I' glad my hub helped to gain some vital info.

      @ rebecca - glad you found the new info useful and worth sharing. Thank you very much.

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      HouseBuyersUS 5 years ago from Centreville, Virginia, USA

      This is something new for me. I am looking forward to use this Manuka Honey. Thanks for this informative hub...up!

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      mkfp637 5 years ago from Dhaka

      Yes, This honey is very good for health. I have drink it and be benefited

      Thank you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Patty - Glad you found this useful and informative. Active or UMF Manuka honey is the best honey.

      Thanks for stopping by. and sharing.

      @ healthylife - Manuka oil is surely available at ebay and amazonn. It should be available at stores around the place you live. I hope you try it out for the eczema.

      Thanks for the visit and sharing.

      @ Bill - I'm sure you should be able to find it in the stores around you home. Thanks for giving the hub a read.

      @ Linda - thanks for the read and visit.

      @ Mama Kim - I agree we have so many natural foods that can work wonders if only we care to look around and try them.

      Glad you liked. Thanks for the read, votes and sharing.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for this new info related to honey. rajan, you do so much to keep us enlightened on the latest. I will share this Hub !

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      jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Very informative and interesting hub! I have also not heard about Manuka Honey until now.

      Voted up and more.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is great Rajan. I like that you include relevant videos at the end too. I had not heard of this type of honey before. Now I know more about internal and external uses; lots of benefits! I vote up and sharing as well.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      You never cease to amaze Rajan! I had no idea this honey existed let alone what it could do. It's a wonder why people take medications when there are so many cures and preventions all around us. Voted up useful interesting and shared ^_^

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I like Honey! I also remembering watching that episode of Dr Oz when he discussed the benefits of the Manuka Tree! I wish I had one of those trees in my backyard. Another excellent hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wonder if there is any chance of getting this in the States? Great information as always. I'll be asking about this at our stores.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very useful information! I'm glad I entered this new world where food can be used as medicine. Where do I find Manuka oil? My son has eczema and I would like to try treating it naturally. Voted up and shared!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Wow, I have never heard of Manuka Honey. This is very Useful and Informative!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

      Voted Up, Interesting, and Useful!!