Medicinal benefits of honey have been known for more than 4000 years from the time of the Egyptians, who began to use honey for wound healing. Scientists are studying with great interest the honey and have proven that its quality is extremely useful. Of particular interest is Manuka honey.
It is generally known that honey contains naturally occurring enzyme which produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide has proven antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
However, hydrogen peroxide loses much of its healing power when in contact with body fluids or fluids secreted in wounds. In addition, all the healing properties of honey are usually lost when exposed to heat or direct sunlight.
Manuka Honey is made by bees that gather nectar from the Manuka bush or tea tree (scientific name is Leptospermum Scoparium). Homeland of this type of honey is New Zealand.
Useful properties of Manuka Honey
Manufacturers have developed special scale-effectiveness of Manuka honey. Shorten it is called UMF (Unique Manuka Factor). The higher the UMF, the stronger healing effects of manuka honey possesses.
Activity 5+ – neutral; 10+ – average, 15+ – high; 20+ – the highest; 25+ – superactive. The greatest antibacterial effect on our body can be considered as Manuka Honey with UMF level of 15+… 25+.
According to a report by The Australian, Manuka honey killed bacteria or pathogen. It can be either applied topically to the infection on the skin, curs, insect bites, or taken internally.
“New antibiotics tend to have short shelf lives, as the bacteria they attack quickly become resistant,” said Dr. Dee Carter of the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences. “Many large pharmaceutical companies have abandoned antibiotic production because of the difficulty of recovering costs. Developing effective alternatives could, therefore, save many lives.”
Where to buy Manuka honey?
First of all, when you are buying this type of honey, make sure you get one that is UMF certified. Many of them you can find on Amazon as the brand called Comvita Manuka honey which is UMF certified and has been said to help erase MRSA.