Using Manuka Honey for health
How Manuka Honey Can Heal
Honey has been known for its medicinal properties for 4000 years. The ancient Egyptians already knew in 1550 BC of the anti-bacterial properties of the honey: they believed it to be the nectar of the gods. In ancient Rome when Julius Caesar and Marcus Aurelius reigned, honey was used as a substitute for gold to pay taxes.
Even Aristotle (384 - 322 BC) refers to honey as 'being good as a salve for sore eyes and wounds' and, of course, the bible refers to the Promised land as "the land of milk and honey" (Exodus 3:8).
We have put together a collection for you of our favourite recipes (see the Recipes page) and below some useful tips and natural remedies. Manuka Honey also nourishes and revitalises the scalp and helps in maintaining healthy looking hair!
Katherine Jenkins on the Paul O'Grady Show
Opera singer Katherine Jenkins appeared on the Paul O'Grady show some years ago and, in the interview, she explained how she uses Manuka Honey in a home made drink recipe to help her voice recover after performances. She also uses it to help fight off sore throats and colds.
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A Few Tips ...
- Before you go for a workout, take a spoonful of Manuka Honey to enable you to go the extra mile.
- If you are feeling low or lethargic in the morning, instead of reaching for a carbonated energy drink try taking Manuka Honey. It can be spread on toast or used to replace the sugar in tea for a refreshing energy lift.
- To flush out the body's system and provide a daily boost, try this cleansing tonic: mix a spoonful or two of Manuka Honey and the juice of half a lemon into a cup of hot water and drink each morning before breakfast.
Medical Uses and Health Benefits
UMF® Manuka Honey has healing properties not found in other honey and it is often more effective than conventional medicines*. It can be used both internally and externally and be beneficial to the following:
- Acid Reflux
- Stomach Relief
- Arthritic Inflammation
- Foot and leg sores
- Insect bites
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Peptic ulcers
- Eye and throat infections
- Diabetic wounds
- Relieves eczema and skin irritations
- Protects gastrointestinal system
- Stomach ulcers (it destroys the stomach ulcer bacteria Helicobacter Pylori)
* The clinical evidence for the effectiveness of honey as a wound dressing by Dr. Peter Molan of The University of Waikato
provides extensive information and scientific evidence.
Why Children Under 18 month old MUST NOT EAT Honey
Honey has been credited for centuries for its sweet and medicinal applications. External applications include the treatment of wounds, cuts, burns, acne, pimples etc. Internal uses for honey include stomach ulcers, (peptic ulcers), duodenal ulcers. Manuka Honey from the flower of the Tea Tree of New Zealand, is specifically used for ulcers, because of its natural ability to destroy the helicobacter pylori, believed to be the cause of stomach ulcers (peptic ulcers).
However, it is important that pasteurised honey is not given to children under 18 months of age. Pasteurised honey is a known source of bacterial spores that produce a toxin that can cause infant botulism. It is rare, but this serious form of food poisoning will affect the nervous system of babies and can be fatal.
The Signs of Infant Botulism
- Weakness in the neck, arms, or legs
- Inability to suck or cry normally
- Inability to feed or swallow
- Persistent constipation
- Normal breathing pattern may be affected
It's thought that children under the age of 18 months have not yet developed beneficial bacteria in their digestive tracts that can control botulism spores. Therefore do NOT add pasteurised honey to baby food, water, formulae or medicine! Do NOT dip a baby's pacifier in pasteurised honey.
Botulism spores are actually quite common. They are also found in dust, soil and uncooked foods. There is a risk in feeding uncooked foods to children under the age of 18 months. As children get older, it is thought that stomach acid, bacteria and the intestinal tract mature to make them less susceptible to the toxins that botulism spores produce. It is thought that by the age of 18 months, these defence mechanisms are in place and that pasteurised honey can then be safely consumed.
Note that pure, raw, natural, un-pasteurised honey tastes much better than pasteurised, filtered honey.