Manuka honey is made from bees that feed from the flowers of New Zealand's native Manuka bush. Manuka Honey contains a special antibacterial component known as methylglyoxal (MG). The content of MG is measured by its Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). The concentration of MG and the UMF rating vary per batch and are responsible for the changes in colour, viscosity and price. A rating of 10 UMF or higher is known as UMF Manuka Honey or Active Manuka Honey.
Topical Uses of Manuka Honey
Platinum Manuka Honey has the highest quantity of MG, followed by gold, silver, bronze and plain. Manuka Honey Blend contains Manuka honey and Rewarewa honey, which inhibits the growth of specific wound infecting species and contains more flavour. Manuka honey has many antibacterial properties and anti inflammatory uses, both topically and internally. It can be used topically for wound healing, infections, burns, sunburns, eczema, acne and other skin related conditions. It can also be used to treat eye, ear, nasal, throat and other chronic infections.
Internal uses of manuka Honey
Internally, it can be taken for a variety of conditions such as ulcers, IBS, colitis, gastritis, heartburn, h. Pylori and ringworm. Manuka honey can be used for immune system modulation and support. Not only does it kill off infections, it also acts as an immune system stimulator for prevention of infections and common colds. It also stimulates the production and growth of probiotics which attribute to better immune system function and digestive health. Manuka Honey is a powerful antioxidant, used to protect against free radical damage from environmental toxins.
Last but not least, Manuka honey is a great replacement for white sugar, providing vitamins, minerals and low glycemic index carbohydrate to provide fast, sustained energy. Manuka honey tastes great. It can be used as a sweetener in tea or coffee, a spread for toast and brown rice cakes, on its own in hot water or right off of a spoon. More conveniently, you can buy Manuka Honey Lozenges in different flavours for if youre on the go. Make sure to store it in a dark, cool place.
Is Manuka Honey Safe
For most people, manuka honey is safe to consume, but some people should consult with a doctor prior to ingesting or using it. They include:
- People living with diabetes: All honey types contain high amounts of natural sugar, therefore, using manuka honey may affect blood sugar levels.
- People who are allergic to honey or bees: Those allergic to other types of honey or bees may also have an allergic reaction after ingesting or using manuka honey.
- Infants: Feeding Manuka Honey to babies younger than one year is not recommend due to the risk of botulism, a type of foodborne illness.