Honey has been a staple of many households for thousands of years, even in primitive homes the benefits of honey have been enjoyed and savored. Honey has been regarded as an important staple throughout history due to its antibacterial and medicinal properties. Manuka honey is a special type of honey that is made by the bees that gather the nectar from the Manuka bush, also known as tea tree, in New Zealand.
Manuka Honey that has a compound called UMF – unique Manuka factor – or MGO is a powerful mono-floral honey that is considered to have antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. This honey must contain those components to become beneficial, and not act as table honey. To ensure that you are buying a product that contains the beneficial amounts recommended, the label must read UMF/MGO active followed by a number that describes the level of the ingredients. The UMF rating of medicinal Manuka Honey should be between 10 and 16, not less than that. Factors over 16 may be too potent for people who may develop sensitivity.
The benefits of Manuka Honey extend to internal and external uses such as sore throat, athletes foot, stomach ulcers, indigestion, ring worm, stomach pain, insect bites, gum disease, acne, rosacea, acid reflux, rashes, eczema, dermatitis, arthritis, aches and pains, MRS – staph infections, heartburn, diarrhea, chronic wounds, constipation, pressure sores, skin ulcers, surgical wounds, nail fungus, burns, psoriasis, candida albicans, cold sores, cracked skin, abscesses, eye infections, irritable bowel syndrome, and other ailments.
The Manuka Honey is sweet and rich in taste, and has a darker color, due to the tea tree component. One important characteristic is that it maintains its antibacterial properties and activity even when it is diluted. This makes if perfect for commercial applications. This type of honey is being included in many products in the market such as pain relief creams, soaps, acne creams, anti-fungal and anti-itch solutions, antiseptic sprays and lotions, anti wrinkle products, hand sanitizing gels, mud mask, bath salts, anti-mrsa kits, and much more.