Regular honey is known to have mild healing ingredients, however, studies show that honey made from the manuka or tea tree is far more potent. Researchers at the University of Waikato in New Zealand have demonstrated that manuka honey is an effective antiseptic and antibacterial "superfood" capable of treating both internal and external conditions. Powerful remedies using manuka honey are used both in medical and home settings.
Cough and Cold Cure
As bacteria become more resistant to antibiotics, doctors are seeking alternative, holistic methods of fighting off infection. The antibacterial properties of manuka honey are said to ease coughs and soothe colds while stimulating the immune system and fighting bacteria that cause colds and infections.
According to a recent study published by The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, sick children given honey before bed coughed less and slept better. The study's lead author Dr. Ian Paul explains, "This is the first time honey has been actually proven as a treatment." For home treatment, a teaspoonful of manuka before bed will calm coughs and help treat colds.
One of the most promising fields of development for manuka honey remedies is in wound healing. Numerous studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of manuka honey for healing wounds due to its potent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
According to the Journal of Ostomy Wound Management, manuka honey demonstrates many compelling qualities for healing including prevention of cross-contamination, promotion of wound drainage, management of infection and removal of malodor. Medical-grade manuka honey has even been approved for dressing wounds in hospitals and it is proving itself effective and powerful. For home use, simply soak medical wound dressing in high grade manuka honey and apply to wounds.
Digestive Disorders Treatment
Digestive disorders, including acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome, are painful, uncomfortable and difficult to treat. The antibacterial properties of manuka honey have been shown to be effective in treating stomach and digestive issues. Many stomach conditions are the result of persistent bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. Manuka honey is particularly effective at killing these bacteria. A teaspoon of honey on toast taken three times daily can ease the discomfort of stomach-related illness and help in the treatment of everything from ulcers to indigestion.