Manuka honey is honey made by bees that feed only on the flowers of the manuka or tea tree plant. The fact that these bees feed only on these flowers makes the honey monofloral in nature. Moreover, the honey has imbibed certain qualities of the plant or flower, which makes it really interesting in the medical world today. It has been used for healing purposes, the world over, largely because of the antibacterial and antifungal properties of the honey.
Characteristics Of Manuka Honey
One of the basic characteristics of Manuka honey is that it is antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti inflammatory in nature and is rich in anti oxidants. These properties make this honey really useful in treating several ailments. Right from treating wounds to arthritis to ringworm to infections, athletes foot etc, the honey is extremely effective and has no side effects. In fact, this honey can be used to treat ailments that resist your usual antibiotics. Moreover, heat or light or aging has no effect on Manuka Honey. Also, it does not require any moisture or oxygen to help cure an ailment.
Antibacterial Properties Of Manuka Honey
Antibacterial components in Manuka honey are of two types, one that contain hydrogen peroxide and the other that does not contain this element. This latter element is strong enough to help react against any problems that are caused due to enzymes in certain bacteria. In other words, this honey does not degenerate due to the presence of certain enzymes.
Moreover, the viscosity of the honey makes sure that healing is complete by acting as a barrier to infection. It also allows the cells to grow within the area by providing adequate moisture, required for quick and perfect healing. In other words, when there is a wound, the honey automatically lifts any scabs or dry skin so that there is no barrier to perfect growth of new cells.
Although honey has always been used traditionally in medicine for binding wounds, Manuka honey brings a completely new meaning to this process. The fact that it goes deeper into the tissue layers enables it to cure completely makes it a popular additive in most hospitals today. Additionally, the fact that it tastes good makes it a great substitute for your average table honey.