#10 - HOW SWEET IT IS... MEDICINAL HONEY
- How sweet it is...medicinal honey - tastes good and good for you.
- Research continues to validate honeys healing properties. All honeys have a degree of anti-bacterial activity, but some such as New Zealand's MANUKA, eastern Australia's JELLY BUSH, and the West Australian JARRAH have "extra" anti-bacterial activity. Honey from these plants contains methylglyoxal which, along with other components, is responsible for much of this action.
- In addition, these honeys are also anti-inflammatory and therefore, good for burns, acne, and eczema. They are also used to treat infected wounds and leg ulcers, and inhibit the antibiotic-resistant golden staph infections or MRSA.
- Internally, manuka is effective against helicobacter pylori (the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers), as well as candida infections. The active honeys also act as a prebiotic - the complex sugars that we don't absorb, get to the lower gut and make themselves available to supplement the good bugs.
- So externally or internally use the "activated" forms of these honeys (they cost a little more, but you use them sparingly). Some retailers sell manuka creams/ointments or you can mix your own using one third to one half honey to two thirds or one half aqeous or base cream. I sometimes ask patients to swap the base cream for either paw paw/calendula/rosehip oil/pure Vit E oil/coconut oil or similar, to make their cream super healing.
- Aren't you glad something that's good for us actually tastes nice too!