It is universally acknowledged, in all epochs and all cultures, that honey is very healthy. However, one should know how to choose and what types of honey to use. The "king among all honeys" is manuka honey, produced from flower nectar of the New Zealand Manuka tree (South Sea myrtle) and related to Australian tea tree.
The honey produced by honey bees comes from remote, mountainous regions of New Zealand and Southeast Australia. Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, have known about the healing power of manuka honey for thousands of years. They use it externally for disinfection and healing of wounds and inflammation and internally for colds, bladder infection, stomach and intestinal problems. Manuka honey has antiseptic and antioxidant effect and can be successfully used against fungi, bacteria and viruses. It is proven that the manuka honey can eliminate antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Scientific study from the New Zealand University of Wakaito could prove that Manuka honey in a concentration of only 5 percent could slow down the growth of Helicobacter pylori - H. pylori (responsible for stomach ulcers) and thus can be used for treatment. This is not ordinary honey.
As in all cultures, the Maori knew how to effectively use their native natural products for their health. What Mother Earth gives us is thousand times healthier and cheaper than pharmaceutical medicine and therapies. The knowledge of naturopathy should be revived and passed on.
Manuka honey helps prevent and treat:
For colds and infections, let a teaspoon of manuka honey melt on the tongue at least 3 times a day. You should keep the manuka honey as long as possible in the mouth and swallow it slowly. In case of runny nose, sinusitis, and general respiratory infections, manuka honey may be spread on the inner nasal walls before sleep at night, so that the honey can be applied overnight to the mucous membranes.
Manuka honey and methylglyoxal (MGO)
In recent years, this high-quality natural product has become known worldwide through reports and research. It was found that the so-called methylglyoxal (MGO) is responsible for the unique property of this special Manuka honey. When buying manuka honey take care that it is organic and that the honey has MGO. As this is naturally subject to fluctuations, the content is analyzed before bottling by an accredited, independent laboratory and should be greater than 200 mg/kg.
Manuka honey is not only medicine, but also a delicious sweet stimulant.