Manuka, this tree that grows wildly throughout our beautiful country was once considered a major pest. Farmers throughout NZ used to spot this native tree and look at it in disdain as all they saw was work. However now instead of a look of disdain, dollar signs are appearing in their eyes and what was once viewed as just another job to do is now viewed as a cash cow as the world has discovered the vast range of incredible healing and health properties that exist in the Manuka plant and in particular in Manuka honey.
With winter fast approaching and the ever increasing need to boost that immunity, I thought for this blog we could explore together what exactly it is about this tree, and the honey that comes from it that has the world a buzz (bee/honey joke).
To sum it all up in one word, what sets Manuka honey apart from traditional honey is Methylglyoxal, it may be a long word, it may be hard to pronounce, but my gosh is it good for you. It is the source of Manuka honey’s antibacterial, anti viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Since ancient times, honey has been used to treat wounds, burns, sores and boils and to bolster the immunity. However what our ancestors already knew is being proven by modern science. It was only in 2007 that Manuka honey was approved by the US FDA as an option for wound treatment.
Honey offers antibacterial and antioxidant properties, all while maintaining a moist wound environment and protective barrier, which prevents infections in the wound. Multiple studies have shown that Manuka honey can enhance wound healing. For example, one two-week study investigated the effects of applying a Manuka honey dressing on 40 people with non-healing wounds. The results showed that 88% of the wounds decreased in size.
As well as its healing properties, Manuka is known for its immunity benefits. If you are suffering from a sore throat, Manuka honey may help provide some relief.
Its antiviral and antibacterial properties can reduce inflammation and attack the bacteria that cause pain. Not only does Manuka honey attack harmful bacteria, it also coats the inner lining of the throat for a soothing effect.
A recent study in patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer observed the effects of consuming Manuka honey on the bacteria responsible for sore throats. Interestingly, researchers found a significant decrease in the bacteria after they consumed Manuka honey.
In short this super food that is found only in NZ is fast becoming a global super power in the health and wellness category, and for good reason.
If you would like to stock up on some Manuka you can here from our friends at Kingdom Hives.
However regardless as we head into winter the team at Yum Box hope you have a happy and safe time.
The Yum-Box Team