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And honeys have a sweet history.
Dating back as far as 1550 BC…which seems like an incredibly long time ago, honey was used to treat mouth ulcers, dress wounds, burns, and sores of any kind.
How these ancients understood that honey could be used for medicinal purposes is way beyond my understanding. But we’ve all heard of ‘the land flowing with milk and honey.’ So I suppose it shouldn’t be all that surprising that according to Ebers Papyrus there were 147 remedies for the use of honey as a healing prescription.
As for the milk part…I wrote about the awesome powers of golden milk here.
But sadly, because of the industrialization of honey, it isn’t what it used to be. That is, until you discover Manuka and its incredible healing properties.
Where does it come from?
Genuine Manuka honey comes from the nectar of the flower from the Manuka bush, which is native to New Zealand. It’s pretty expensive, not only because of its medicinal qualities, but also because of its exclusivity.
And since we are paying top dollar for this high quality honey queen it’s important to make sure we’re getting the best quality Manuka honey available and now, thanks to the government of New Zealand we can do just that.
Choosing the best
There’s a grading system…UMF on each jar of honey that qualifies as top of the line Manuka honey. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor and indicates the purity and quality. If the jar you’re looking at doesn’t have the UMF designation, don’t pay the high price. It’s no better than any other raw honey you might buy.
Plus to get any real and lasting benefit the grade of honey necessary is 15+, please don’t get anything under this.
I started off using 20+ but gradually as I healed I turned it down to 15+ as a maintenance number. But believe me, if any health challenges arise I’ll be back to the 20+ or higher.
So what makes Manuka honey so spectacularly different from the rest?
Most decent, raw honeys, with as little interference from our industrialized society as possible, generally contain:
But Manuka the queen of honeys, has a nutritional content 4 times higher. And together with a substance called methylglyoxal (MGO) plus two other chemical compounds with high antimicrobial benefits it is considered a potent healer.
The power of Manuka honey
As I said before, generally speaking, wild raw honey has therapeutic benefits dating back centuries, but Manuka rises above them all due to it’s chemical, anti-bacterial qualities.
It’s been used for:
Cholesterol and Inflammation
Eye, ear and sinus infections
Skin infections such as psoriasis and eczema
And my favourite…gastrointestinal problems
Check out the UMF website for more details on this remarkable healing gift from nature. The site also provides reliable information to protect consumers from bogus products.
I have used Manuka honey in the healing of my esophagus, damaged by acid reflux.
And that’s also a plug for my upcoming book on the protocol I created to eradicate a pre-cancerous condition of the esophagus before it turned into full blown cancer. Something, apparently my GI doctor believed was a miracle!
Stay tuned…if you’re interested in hearing more about this. I’ll be writing more soon!
In the meantime, for anyone currently experiencing the discomfort of heartburn or reflux, I highly recommend taking a teaspoon or half a teaspoon of Manuka honey. It works fast in reducing pain.
It’s one of my ‘wonder cures.’
I’ve also used a dab or two on my face. It’s a bit sticky as you can imagine, but it works like magic for when I experience the occasional bout of contact dermatitis by being exposed to certain things that my body is sensitive to.
And it truly works in healing my skin.
Plus it’s great for helping colds move along a lot more quickly, same with sore throats and even prevent them due to it’s immune boosting properties.
In other words, it’s been a real cure-all in my world.
Manuka honey is considered safe for use, except in those who have allergies to bee products. However diabetics should consume it cautiously. And we all know not to feed infants any type of honey right?
As always, if taking medication, consult with your doctor before adding anything that might interfere with medications.
And anyway, it’s always wise if you have any health condition to consult a doctor beforehand.
I would never suggest Manuka honey is for everyone…that’s up to you…I’m simply sharing my own personal experiences.
I don’t use this honey for regular uses like sweetening or baking, for that I’ll use regular raw local honey.
And now I have an awesome, healthy product at my fingertips that will provide healing and cosmetic benefits for years to come.
Encourage one another.