Manuka honey is a powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent. Due to its tremendous antibacterial and antiviral properties, manuka honey powerful action against diseases.
Honey has been used medicinally for thousands of years in ancient Greece, in China for Traditional Chinese Medicine and in India with Ayurveda. While western cultures have always seen it as a health food, its medicinal properties are only recently being discovered. Researchers now believe that certain types of honey have stronger healing properties than others. Manuka honey is considered to be one of the most potent.
Where Does Manuka Honey Come From?
Manuka honey is produced by imported European honeybees that harvest pollen from the Manuka tree which grows wild throughout New Zealand and Australia. The Manuka tree is also known as the Tea Tree and produces small white flowers that are responsible for the earthy, herbaceous taste associated with Manuka honey. It has become big business for beekeepers in Australia and New Zealand who are now exporting the honey all over the world. The following scale measures the level of non-peroxide antibacterial activity in Manuka honey:
– 5 – 10 indicates a low level of activity
– 10 – 15 indicates useful levels of activity
– 16+ indicates extremely high activity and the honey is considered to be of a superior quality.
Manuka honey is a wonderful topical treatment for minor cuts and wounds for all types of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and even livestock. Trials performed at the University of Sydney in 2013 found that Manuka honey helped to speed up the healing of wounds on the forelimbs of horses even if they had been contaminated with waste. Manuka honey can also be given to animals internally to treat many of the same ailments found in humans. There are many products available for pets such as antibacterial shampoos and gels that contain Manuka honey, but using natural, raw honey is always recommended. Just be sure to decrease the amount you use for smaller animals.
Beware Of Imitations
Statistics show that approximately 1,700 tons of Manuka honey is harvested annually, yet consumers purchase an estimated 10,000 tons of Manuka honey every year. This shows just how many imitations are being sold all over the globe which are usually nothing more than cheap baker’s honey. To ensure you purchase real Manuka honey, look for the Unique Manuka Factor logo on the front of the product. Only manufacturers that are licensed with the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association are authorized to carry this logo.