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#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!
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