Manuka bush is a flowering scrub-type tree native to New Zealand. It also goes by the name of, 'Jelly Bush', 'Tea Tree' (Captain Cook drunk it!) or "New Zealand healing tree". Basically, it's Melaleuca (Australian version) on steroids!
As well as being used for smoking meats and fish (because of the wood's delicious flavour), the honey is used in the medical, pharmaceutical as well as natural health industries.
When my wife, Hollie, cut her leg open requiring stitches, I was surprised to see the nurse placing Manuka honey on the wound!
It worked a treat - the healing process was amazingly fast and healthy.
But Why Does it Work So Well?
Well, one of the main reasons is its natural antibiotic, anti-fungal properties.
While most honey contains small amounts of active hydrogen peroxide and the antibacteria methylglyoxal (MG), Manuka honey contains up to 100 times more MG than normal honey!
Methylglyoxal has been shown to kill the following bacteria and viruses:
- Helicobacter pylori - H. pylori (stomach ulcers and “leaky gut” syndrome)
- Escherichia coli - E. Coli (serious food poisoning)
- Streptococcus pyogenes - strep throat
- Staphylococcus aureus - staph infection and MRSA ("Super-Bugs” known for their resistance to many antibiotics)
In addition to being naturally antibacterial, Manuka Honey is:
- Collagen enhancing (the building blocks of skin)
- Anti-aging (promotes skin’s elasticity and cell regeneration)
- pH balancing
- Pores clearing
- Skin soothing
- Blemish healing (great for acne)
Basically, it retains moisture and creates healthy, firm, youthful-looking skin.
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