If you don’t quite know what manuka honey is, don’t worry. I didn’t either, until recently. I heard from a reader that she and other horse owners use manuka honey with their horses for treating lacerations. They apply it directly to the wound. This intrigued me so I dug a little deaper. Turns out there are lots of answers to the question: What is manuka honey used for? But first things first…
What Makes Manuka Honey Special?
The manuka tree or bush is native to New Zealand and only grows in parts of New Zealand and Australia. While regular raw, unfiltered honey has tons of nutritional benefits, manuka honey takes this to a whole new level. It is much more nutrient rich with much higher levels of the enzymes that convert to hydrogen peroxide and result in powerful anti-microbial properties.
However, not all honey that is labeled ‘manuka’ is the real deal. Look closely at the labels to make sure you are getting medicinal quality manuka honey, if that is what you’re after. The rating system is called UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) and anything rated UMF 15+ or higher is considered the high quality. Because of the increasing awareness and popularity of manuka honey, there are lots of products on the market that are labeled manuka, but are not at the medicinal level the name implies.
So, back to my original question:
What is manuka honey used for?
Because of manuka honey’s powerful antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal qualities, it has many uses and has been used medicinally for thousands of years Get More Info.
Here are a few of the uses I found:
- Externally for wounds, burns, eczema, acne & staph infections
- Immune health and sore throats
- To calm nerves and help sleep
- For stomach acid and acid reflux
- To prevent tooth decay by reducing plaque
- In natural beautry products, such as skin creams
- To help certain allergies
Please do your own research if you’re thinking of using this for any medical conditions. Honey is usually not recommended for babies, diabetics and those with some allergies.
Below are a few links to good quality manuka honey. The real stuff is not cheap. If you see something labeled manuka, that doesn’t seem expensive, it is most likely not the best quality.
Let me know how you like to use manuka honey in the comments below.