What the scientists are saying
Manuka honey is a sought-after form of honey only cultivated right here in New Zealand. Boasting more healthful properties than other honey, the medicinal benefits of manuka honey backed by scientific evidence can include soothing a sore throat, healing wounds, and treating skin conditions, such as eczema. Let’s have a look.
What is all the fuss about manuka honey?
What sets manuka honey apart from standard honey is the active ingredient methylglyoxal. This is what gives the antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant medicinal benefits of manuka honey.
The effectiveness of manuka honey’s antibacterial qualities are determined by how much methylglyoxal and leptosperin – a stable chemical used to identify manuka – are in the honey. The concentration of Methylglyoxal (MGO) in manuka honey ranges between 38 to as much as 1000 mg/kg. The minimum requirement for antibacterial activity in manuka honey is 100 mg/kg or MGO 100. The higher the grade, the more expensive it may be.
Treating skin conditions
Manuka honey is widely used in skin care products thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can inhibit bacterial growth that may cause or worsen acne and soothe redness or dryness that comes with inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis.
Simply apply about a 2cm blob of manuka honey to your skin and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, not only can manuka honey help soothe skin conditions, but medical-grade manuka honey can also help heal wounds. Typically, it is used to topically treat ulcers, burns, and wounds. Manuka honey prevents bacterial growth for longer periods without reapplication because methylglyoxal does not become less effective when in contact with bodily fluids.
Soothing sore throats
A spoonful of honey either straight, added to hot water or mixed into tea forms a soothing film over the throat, reducing irritation. Manuka honey reduces inflammation caused by coughs and can speed up the healing of any scratches in the throat.
Improving oral health
While it may seem counter-intuitive that something as sweet as honey could improve your oral health, manuka’s antimicrobial activity can actually inhibit plaque formation. Simply use ten milliliters of manuka honey as a mouthwash twice a day. This is especially true when applied to the area where gum and tooth meet and for gingival scores. You can also put manuka honey on a toothbrush or just eat it.
Another article looking at the multitude of manuka honey’s health benefits states that “enjoying a spoonful a day could make a difference to your health,” which we already knew about at Manuka Corner. That article also reminded us that the quality of honey can vary greatly depending on the product, which may affect the results. For the greatest health benefits, you should look for raw, unpasteurised manuka honey.
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