The amazing healing properties of New Zealand manuka honey February 12 2015, 0 Comments
Benefits of Manuka Honey
About Manuka honey
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand from nectar from the Manuka tree. It's a known fact that honey can be used to help heal wounds because of its antibacterial properties. Honey can also be used for other problems such as skin ulcers, burns, and infection.
Manuka was discovered to have unique properties as compared to other forms of honey. Originally
Manuka honey was disregarded and was even used for feeding dairy cows until 1990 when Professor Peter Molan of the University of Waikato’s Honey Research Unit identified its unique antibacterial properties that made outstanding among other honeys. This antibacterial property was termed as unique Manuka factor (UMF). Manuka honey became very popular in the late 1990’s where it was used in many skin care products.
Benefits of manuka honey
Antibacterial- it has been proven in many studies that manuka honey is effective against most of the natural occurring bacteria. Manuka has been shown to have the ability to penetrate bacterial microfilms that inhibit most antibiotics from working. This property makes the manuka honey to be used in the treatment of multidrug-resistant bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Anti-inflammatory- Manuka honey has direct anti-inflammatory action through antioxidant and antibacterial activity when it is either applied to wounds and skins or when taken orally for conditions such as gums, throat, and digestive inflammation.
Anti-viral- in recent studies, Manuka honey has been shown to inhibit the influenza virus. Though not proven beyond reasonable doubt, manuka honey has the potential of treating some herpes infection, shingles, genital herpes and cold sores.
Healing- it has been shown that Manuka honey is faster than other types of honey in healing of wounds and reduces the occurrences of scars. It does so by decreasing the pH of the wound, fighting infections, stimulating natural tissue repair, reducing inflammation and free radical damage hence there are less tissue damage and no scarring. It also has the action of clearing wound debris and drawing fluid away from the wound while keeping it moist. Manuka honey also prevents the dressing from adhering to the wound.
Emollient & Humectant- Manuka Honey New Zealand made skincare has an osmotic effect due to its high sugar content, which draws water into the cells on the skin and thus aiding in retention of moisture and skin hydration. If you use Manuka Honey New Zealand made skin care, your skin will be moisturized, soft, and you will have a soothing effect throughout the day.
No side effects- being a naturally occurring substance, Manuka honey has no known side effects like other forms of modern treatments methods. It works wonders without leaving any trace of ever existing in your body. It is far much better than most of the available skin care available. You can, therefore, use it without any fear.
Due to all these benefits, manuka honey is used in the treatment of stomach ulcers, lower digestive system disorders, coughs and sore throat. It has only been used in the manufacture of skincare products to prevent bacterial infection, skin moisturization and stimulate skin regeneration.
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