Recent studies have uncovered the extraordinary healing powers of a special type of honey found only in New Zealand region. Manuka Honey is a premium mono-floral honey produced by bees that feed on the nectar of flowers that grow on Manuka bush.
Manuka Honey is a premium mono-floral honey produced by bees that feed on the nectar of the flowers that grow on the Manuka bush, which is indigenous to New Zealand. It has been discovered that honey made from this nectar contains certain plant-derived components that are very effective in treating a wide spectrum of health conditions.
When taken orally, Manuka Honey is effective in treating stomach aches, stomach ulcers, sore throats, acid reflux disease, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, cold and flu symptoms, etc. Manuka Honey can also be used topically on the skin to treat conditions such as acne, wounds, burns, wrinkles, eczema, ringworm and even MRSA Staph infections.
Some people are under the misconception that if they consume Manuka Honey by taking it orally, it can be effective in treating some of these topical conditions. Even though Manuka Honey has many health benefits when ingested, it has to be applied directly to the affected area to work. For example, to treat an infected wound, Manuka Honey has to come in direct contact with the bacteria that is causing the infection. Manuka Honey doesn’t work the same way that antibiotics do, so for some uses, Manuka Honey needs to be applied to the skin.
If the idea of putting honey on your skin is not desirable, a Long Island-based manufacturer of skin care products called Honeymark imports Manuka Honey from New Zealand and blends it into their products for a much more user-friendly application. For example, Manuka Honey is effective in treating athlete’s foot. However, smearing Manuka Honey all over your foot might be somewhat uncomfortable and impractical. Honeymark’s Anti-Fungal Solution contains Manuka Honey but is a liquid-based product so that it can be easily applied to the skin, without the sticky mess.
“Using honey as a medicine is no longer considered a home remedy,” said Frank Buonanotte, chief executive officer (CEO) of Honeymark International. “Even though honey has been used for medical purposes in many cultures for thousands of years, Manuka Honey from New Zealand has been found to have additional healing properties not found in other types of honey, making it a viable treatment alternative to expensive and in some cases, ineffective medication.”
Honeymark plans to increase its line of Manuka Honey skin care products in the first quarter of 2009. Such new products will include a shampoo, conditioner, body wash and moisturising hand and body lotion, all of which will contain Manuka Honey. Honeymark also plans on releasing their own brand of pure Manuka Honey for consumers interested in utilising Manuka Honey for internal purposes.