Shane Wallace, Director at www.nelsonhoney.co.uk provided their expert advice on the health benefits associated with Manuka honey from New Zealand below:
Honey is well known for being a remedy when people are feeling under the weather, either by itself or in a warm cup of tea, but not many people realise just how healing Manuka honey can be and how it’s a general all-round ‘wonder food’.
Shane Wallace, Director of www.nelsonhoney.co.uk who manufactures high quality Manuka honey straight out of New Zealand, has highlighted below some of the many benefits linked to honey:
1. A natural cold and flu remedy
This wonder food contains healing properties which can only be found in this particular type of honey. Full of antibacterial properties, hospitals are now even using Manuka honey to ward off antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that cause potentially life-threatening conditions, such as MRSA and VRE.
Aside from it’s impressive antibacterial properties, Manuka honey has effective antiviral properties which can treat cold and flu symptoms and it’s full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.
2. Treats acne and rosacea
Popular among the A-listers, Manuka honey is frequently used on the face to treat acne and rosacea. The powerful antibacterial properties help to kill off bacteria that can block pores and prevents unwanted breakouts. Building on this, the anti-inflammatory effects can lead to the skin looking less red and angry, decreasing acne inflammation. For anyone who suffers with rosacea, it’s also been linked to relieving the symptoms, helping the skin to retain moisture and thus preventing dryness which can make rosacea worse.
3. Aids a healthy gut and digestive system
The most traditional use for Manuka honey is to aid a healthy gut and digestive system. It’s been found to balance the bad bacteria in the gut, which can heal and soothe digestion. More so, it’s believed to kill the bacteria that is responsible for stomach ulcers.
For the body to receive the full effects, it’s recommended to eat one to two teaspoons per day – it can be eaten off the spoon or mixed into food.
4. Use to treat sores on the body
For little scrapes and minor cuts, Manuka honey can be used to aid the healing process of wounds on the body or skin’s surface. The sweet, sugariness has the effect of drawing out moisture from the damaged tissue. This then leads to reduced swelling of the wound and encourages the flow of lymph (the good stuff in the body) to help heal the wound quickly.
To receive the full healing benefits, the honey should be applied directly to a bandage and placed on the area for a natural way to heal sores, wounds or scrapes.
It’s also not uncommon to see veterinarians using honey on wounds on various animals, especially horses.
5. Soothe a sore throat
With the colder months upon us, sore throats are hard to avoid; in the instance a sore throat creeps up on you, Manuka honey can be a quick remedy for immediate relief; the antibacterial and antiviral effects work to reduce inflammation in the throat and ease the pain you feel.