Mānuka honey is a variety of monofloral honey from New Zealand and Australia. This honey as the name suggests is made from nectur of Manuka or tea tree flowers found in New Zealand. It is used for various medicinal purposes in Australia. USFDA has provided recognition in its uses for treatment of wound. This honey as peculiar taste, more like the flowers.
Health benefits of Manuka Honey
Honey as such has recognized antibacterial property. However, Manuka honey in particular has been traditionally used in treatment of wounds and burns. Today manuka honey is commercially used as a topical medical treatment in wound management. With growing concern of microbes getting more resistant, it is seen as a sweet solution for such infections.
Strong Anti-bacterial properties of Manuka Honey
Research on health benefits of Manuka Honey indicates that Manuka Honey is effective treating antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria causing conditions like MRSA Staph infections. Manuka honey is more effective than than standard medical treatments for burns, skin ulcers and wounds. Manuka Honey has been found effective on treatment of medical conditions like infected wounds, eczema, acne, arthritis, ringworm, wrinkles, etc. Manuka Honey is natural alternative to mouthwash. Unlike other alcohol-based mouthwash, Manuka Honey does destroy harmful bacteria in mouth while leaving good bacteria. Manuka Honey as a natural antibacterial agent helps treat and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Manuka honey is now being used as an ingredient in skin care products. Study has found presence of compound called Methylglyoxal which has anti-bacterial properties.
Benefits of Manuka Honey as Antiseptic
Manuka Honey can used as antiseptic with the ability to prevent many common forms of bacteria. Manuka Honey has ability to fasten process of healing and thus can be used for wound dressing. Manuka Honey has a stimulating effect on the wound and promotes growth of tissue. Unlike other honey, anti bacterial and antiseptic properties of Manuka honey is stable and not affected or reduced by external conditions like exposure to heat and light.
Anti-inflammatory properties of Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey, as an antiseptic, creates a moist healing environment which helps reduce pain.
Manuka honey is also recommended for people with weak immune system, as it promotes body immune system.
Non hydrogen peroxide anti bacterial strength of Manuka Honey is measured in lab in terms of UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.
The higher the UMF level, the higher the antibacterial activity. Manuka Honey UMF level of 10+ is recommended for therapeutic use. While manuka honey of range from UMF 5 to 30+ are available. Benefits of Manuka honey as the most powerful anti bacteria is present even when it is diluted 10 times.Image Credits: Wikimedia