Manuka honey. Have you heard of it? If this is the first you’re reading about it, that’s not really surprising; it isn’t really all that well known just yet. But that’s changing pretty quickly, because Manuka is a very special honey.
Manuka is Unique Among All Varieties of Honey
There are many different varieties of honey, and each is unique in its own way. Some are light colored, some are dark colored; some have a light, mild taste; others have a strong, dominating flavor.
And all honeys offer some pretty amazing health benefits. But the health benefits of Manuka set it apart from all others.
What Exactly IS Manuka Honey?
Manuka nectar is gathered from the blooms of the Manuka plant. Indigenous to New Zealand, the Manuka is also referred to as the Tea Tree (Leptospermum scoparium).
The honey of the Manuka is dark and distinctly flavored. For many centuries, the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori, have used parts of the Manuka plant as a source of natural medicines.
And New Zealanders have known about the special properties of Manuka honey for many years.
What’s so Special About Manuka?
But it’s been discovered that honey from the Manuka plant has a special ingredient that other honey varieties possess only in very minute quantities.
This ingredient, called methylglyoxal, is why honey produced from the Leptospermum species of plants has particularly strong antibiotic benefits. Manuka honey research has revealed that its antibiotic properties are far stronger than any other type of honey.
In fact, Manuka has been found to be MORE effective as an antibacterial healing agent than many of the frontline antibiotics in use today.
A New Weapon Against Antibacterial-Resistant Bugs
Perhaps even more importantly, to date, no species of bacteria has ever developed a resistance to Manuka!
And because of the manner in which honey kills bacteria, scientists generally believe that bacteria are unlikely ever to evolve a resistance to the antibacterial properties of honey – particularly Manuka.
With antibiotic resistance now considered by many to be the most serious health issue on earth, many scientists now feel that honey — and Manuka in particular — will soon become a frontline weapon in the never-ending fight against bacterial disease.
We Sure do Owe Those Bees!
Isn’t it both fascinating and ironic that humankind may be saved from one of its most serious threats, at least in part, by:
- not a great discovery of science…
- not a great invention of technology…
- not even by the genius intervention of politicians (I write this with tongue firmly in cheek!)…
- …but by the humble little honey bee?
So if we, as humans, do all that we can to help protect the honey bee from the problems it has faced in recent years, and help to ensure its long-term survival, we might, in fact, only be returning the favor.
Some of the Ways in Which Manuka Honey is Used:
As a natural cure for acid reflux and as a natural heartburn remedy, Manuka may be very effective.
As a natural remedy for eczema, Manuka honey may be just the thing.
A gum disease remedy using honey. Really!
There are many home remedies for nail fungus. But here’s a natural cure for nail fungus you might not have tried yet.
Used as a natural psoriasis treatment, Manuka may offer an effective natural remedy.
Help relieve arthritis pain with Manuka honey. Though there is no arthritis cure, Manuka may help with arthritis pain management.
A stomach ulcer treatment using Manuka can be among the most effective of natural remedies for stomach ulcers.
The MRSA virus may be getting out of control. Cases of MRSA staph infection are becoming more and more common. But Manuka honey may help to turn the tide in the fight against the MRSA virus.