MANUKA HONEY BLUE HILLS
Manuka is the honey produced from bees that have foraged Leptospermum trees, native to Australia and New Zealand. Manuka honey is different from regular honey and is believed to have been used by native Australian and Māori cultures for thousands of years for its believed medicinal properties.
Indeed, in 2006, the naturally occurring compound, Methylglyoxal, was identified as the dominant antibacterial constituent of Manuka honey.
Methylglyoxal is its active ingredient and is likely responsible for these antibacterial effects.
The MGO rating that you will find on many labels shows the amount of methylglyoxal in the honey. There is at least 400mg of methylglyoxal per kilogram in Manuka honey with an MGO 400+ rating.
The health benefits of manuka honey
- Aid wound healing
- Promote oral health
- Soothe a sore throat
- Help prevent gastric ulcers
- Improve digestive symptoms
- Treat acne
Manuka honey can be used daily with water or warm water (do not use with hot water as it reduces antibacterial properties).
- When used for therapeutic purposes: Manuka should be taken with protein-rich foods to enhance antibacterial properties.
- When used for health promotion purposes: Drink Manuka honey directly, or mix it with warm lemon water (or Vitamin C) early in the morning, daily. Manuka honey should aid in long-term use to build immunity, have rosy skin, and overall good health.
As long as a person is not allergic to bee pollen, raw honey is generally safe to use every day to maximize results.
- Children 1-5 years old: ½ teaspoon of manuka/day
- Children 5-12 years old: 1 teaspoon of manuka/day
- More than 12 years old:1-2 teaspoons of manuka/day
For people who often have colds, coughs, sore throats: Drink a warm glass of water and ½ teaspoon of Manuka honey, twice daily (morning and evening). For best results, sip the drink slowly.
For people who have just finished surgery: Take 1 teaspoon of Manuka and fresh turmeric, 1 hour before each meal.
For those who need to purify the body: Take a warm glass of water add ½ teaspoon ofManuka honey and some drops of lemon, drink it in the early morning after waking up
For seriously ill patients who don’t like to eat or drink: Eat a teaspoon of Manuka honey, 3 times daily
For patients who need to heal wounds and fight infections: Clean the wound, rub directly on the wound a layer of Manuka honey to fight infection and promote wound healing.
Honey should be stored in a place where the temperature is below 25°C. Honey can be solidified when placed in a cold environment.
People with a history of allergy to bee products should consult their doctor before use.
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) say that people should not give honey to infants under the age of 1 because of the risk of infant botulism. Honey is safe from the age of 1 and up. This applies to both raw and regular honey.