History of Manuka : Australia and New Zealand bees pollinate the native manuka bush. Advocates say it can treat wound infections and other conditions.
Healing Power of Honey
Honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. It wasn't until the late 19th century that researchers discovered that honey has natural antibacterial qualities.
Honey protects against damage caused by bacteria. Some also boost production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection. And honey has an anti-inflammatory action that can quickly ease pain and inflammation.
But not all honey is the same. The antibacterial quality of honey depends on the type of honey as well as when and how it's harvested. Some kinds may be 100 times more potent than others.
Components of Manuka Honey
The major antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities compared to Manuka Honey.
For example, one two-week study investigated the effects of applying a manuka honey dressing on 40 people with non-healing wounds.
The results showed that 88% of the wounds decreased in size. Moreover, it helped create an acidic wound environment, which favors wound healing.
What's more, manuka honey may help heal diabetic ulcers.
A Saudi Arabian study found that manuka honey wound dressings, when used in combination with conventional wound treatment, healed diabetic ulcers more effectively than conventional treatment alone.
Additionally, a Greek study showed that manuka honey wound dressings reduced healing time and disinfected wounds in patients with diabetic foot ulcers.
Lastly, manuka honey is effective at treating wound infections caused by antibiotic-resistant strains, such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Hence, the regular topical application of manuka honey on wounds and infections may help prevent MRSA.
Beauty and Skin Health
Cosmetic companies spend millions of dollars developing and marketing the latest chemicals to heal and rejuvenate the skin. Sometimes, cutting edge isn’t what your skin needs.
We’d like to kick it old school and look at one of nature’s oldest beauty secrets… Honey!
Manuka Honey is quickly becoming a staple to skin care regimens. Here’s why:
1. Moisturize, Nourish and Repair Your Skin
You feed your body every day to stay health. Shouldn’t you feed your skin the nutrients it needs to look and feel its best?
Manuka Honey provides a substantial amount of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, beta-carotene, enzymes and packed with antioxidants. Pretty awesome.
These healing fluids and nutrients create a natural thin layer of moisture to promote healing and cell repair. Since it works with your skin’s natural biology, it’s suited for all skin types.
Honey is a natural, proven solution for:
Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Burns and Minor Wounds
Rashes (Even Diaper Rash)
Dry, Cracked Skin
2. Turn Back Time and Prevent Premature Aging
No, honey is not a time machine, but it can help make you look younger. Anti-aging is achieved by boosting collagen production while improving cellular regeneration, smoothness and texture. Enjoy results you can see and feel.
Scientific research shows that the antioxidant properties of Manuka honey also help protect you against free radical damage. Free radicals are responsible for a number of health issues, including cell damage and accelerated aging.
3. Treat Acne
Acne is usually caused by hormonal changes, but it can also be a reaction to poor diet, stress or bacteria growth in clogged pores.
The antimicrobial activity of manuka honey, when used in combination with a low-pH product, is often marketed to fight acne.
Manuka honey could help keep your skin free of bacteria, which could expedite the acne healing process.