Why MANUKA HONEY?
Manuka also known as New Zealand Tea Tree or Leptospermum Scoparium is a small tree that grows native to New Zealand. The manuka tree is an evergreen growing up to 15 metres in height. It's leaves are small and prickly and its flowers are star shaped and a white to pink colour.
The Maori and early European settlers have been using the Manuka and Kanuka trees, including Manuka Honey, for their medicinal properties for centuries. The bark, sap, leaves and oil of the trees have been used as teas, poultices, wound dressings and skin products. Today manuka products including its honey are recognized throughout the world for their powerful antibacterial strength.
Honey bees collect nectar from the Manuka flowers. It is then produced into a dark, rich, distinctive flavoured honey known as Manuka Honey. There are two different types of manuka honey, one is ordinary manuka honey which has a beautiful taste but contains small amounts of antibacterial properties and then there is active manuka honey. Active manuka honey with a higher antibacterial level is recommended for therapeutic use.
The activity measurement system is used to gage the antibacterial strength of the honey. This Manuka Honey Properties measurement can only be detected with laboratory testing. The concentration of the activity can vary with every batch, so samples from every honey batch are tested to ensure the level of activity. The higher the activity level, the higher the antibacterial activity is in the honey. Manuka honey with an activity level of 10+ is recommended for therapeutic use. The levels range from 5 to 30+.
The UMF Antibacterial Strength Ratings
0-4: Not detectable
5-9: Maintenance levels only
(not recommended for special therapeutic use)
10-15: Useful levels for therapeutic uses
16-30: Superior levels with very high potency
INTERNAL MANUKA HONEY BENEFITS
Use Manuka Honey Internally For:
Helps Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Protects Gastrointestinal System
EXTERNAL MANUKA HONEY BENEFITS
Use Manuka Honey Externally For:
Foot/Leg Ulcer (including Diabetic)
Amputation Stump Wound (Diabetic)
Amputation Stump Wound (Diabetic)
Eye Infections Cracked Skin Conditions
Burns (First, Second, and Third Degree)
Diabetic Wound Insect bites and stings
Open Wounds Minor Cuts, Scratches, and abrasions
Foot and leg sores (including Diabetic & open leg sores)
Individual results will vary if condition’s persists, Consult your pharmacist or doctor.
HISTORY OF MANUKA HONEY
Honey has been known and used for centuries but in recent years has been rediscovered for its healing properties. It wasn’t until about 45 years ago that honey began to be researched and the differences in the antibacterial activity were discovered. Research has shown that active manuka honey has the highest levels of antimicrobial action against a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi. In order to reveal the level of antibacterial strength the honey contains, a measurement system has been implemented.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MANUKA HONEY
The wood of the manuka tree is very tough and hard so it’s often used for tool handles.
The sawdust of manuka trees imparts a delicious flavour when used in smoking meats and fish.
New Zealand parakeets known as the Kakariki (Cyanoramphus) uses the bark and leaves of the manuka and Kanuka trees to prevent and kill parasites, They chew it, ingest it and apply it to their feathers.
Captain Cook used the leaves of the manuka and Kanuka to make beer and tea getting its name "tea tree". A measurement of 1 teaspoon of young manuka or Kanuka leaves for 1 cup of tea.
Information from http://www.manuka-honey.ae/