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Manuka Honey

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.”

Georgia Sea Turtle Center

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:

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?

  

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