Manuka honey is monofloral honey that is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. It is said to have some medicinal properties. Honey has been used since ancient times to treat numerous conditions, but it wasn’t until the late 19th century that researchers discovered it’s antibacterial properties. Honey protects against damage caused by bacteria. Some honey also stimulated production of special cells that can repair tissue damages by infection. In addition, honey has an anti-inflammatory action that can quickly reduce pain and inflammation once its applied. (source)
One of my favorite memories is visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia. They used natural and holistic methods to rehabilitate injured sea turtles in order to be able to re-release them back into the wild. They often used honey as a main component to help heal gashed on injured turtles. Although the article does not state that is it manuka honey specifically, it does state that it is indigenous to New Zealand; which is where the manuka bush grows.
“THROUGH SEA TURTLE REHABILITATION, RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, GEORGIA SEA TURTLE CENTER STAFF WORK TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF HABITAT AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CHALLENGES, PROMOTE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ECOSYSTEM HEALTH AND EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS TO ACT LOCALLY, REGIONALLY, AND GLOBALLY TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.”
The main medical use for manuka honey is on top of a wound. It is generally used for treating minor wounds and burns.
Although there is limited scientific evidence, manuka honey is also marketed for use in many other conditions. I have posted interested articles that I have read that allow the natural healer to believe in something:
- cancer treatment and prevention
- Honey as a Potential Natural Anticancer Agent: A Review of Its Mechanisms, by Sarfraz Ahmed and Nor Hayati Othman in Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, 2013
- reducing high cholesterol
- Natural Honey Lowers Plasma Glucose, C-Reactive Protein, Homocysteine, and Blood Lipids in Healthy, Diabetic, and Hyperlipidemic Subjects: Comparison with Dextrose and Sucrose, by Noori S. Al-Waili in Journal of Medicinal Food, 2004
- treating diabetes
- Metabolic Effects of Honey in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A Randomized Crossover Pilot Study, by Mamdouh M. Adulrhman, et al. in Journal of Medicinal Food, 2013
- Effects of natural honey consumption in diabetic patients: an 8-week randomized clinical trial, by Mohsen Bahrami, et al. in International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 2009
- treating gastrointestinal problems
- Antibacterial effect of Manuka honey on Clostridium difficile, by Eric N. Hammond and Eric S. Donkor in BMC Res Notes, 2013
I find that the honey helps keep my digestive fire in balance and add it to my tea daily! How are you getting your manuka today?