Manuka Honey’s Healing Benefits: Coincidence or Cure?

Honey As Liquid Gold
The fruit of bees is desired by all, and is equally sweet to kings and beggars and it is not only pleasing but profitable and healthful; it sweetens their mouths, cures their wounds, and conveys remedies to inward ulcers. – Saint Ambrose

Manuka Honey, A Discovery During A Desperate Time

Discovering this liquid gold was due to desperation. Scene was Summer 2010 in New Jersey. I and the kids, as usual, were spending the summer at my parent’s house.  My dad, stroke patient, was at home recovering from pneumonia caught in the Spring.  He was the unfortunate victim of a very deep and serious pressure sore that had started in the hospital when he caught pneumonia. The word victim is strong yet appropriate.  He wasn’t turned enough in the hospital due to lack of nursing staff.   He wasn’t given adequate nutrition.  Two reasons that resulted from a small sore in April 2010 to a stage IV pressure sore three months later. A huge wound open down to his bone.  It was a stressful and desperate time for my mom and me too. The risk to get a blood infection was very high due to the chance the wound’s bacteria could enter his bloodstream.  And that is when I found manuka honey.  We were desperate to find answers to help this wound get better, desperate to try anything.

How Manuka Honey Helps Wounds Heal

Manuka honey comes from bees who pollinate on manuka or tea trees. Read more on the origins of manuka honey here.  The tea tree has potential medicinal properties, killing fungus and bacteria.  In fact, we use tea tree oil as treatment against lice. You can read the article published here on using tea tree oil to kill lice. The honey is rated by UMF factor. The higher the UMF, the more antibacterial properties that manuka honey has. The main healing properties of manuka honey, as published in scientific studies show that it is bacteria like Streptococcus pyogenes that are killed. Just recently a study published in Microbiology points that manuka honey may kill bacteria even better than antibiotics. My dad gets manuka honey in his wounds along with his other treatments. His doctor is amazed “What are you doing? The wound looks great!” He still has the wound, but it is slowly getting better. Because of the location of the sore, his medical situation and his immobility, the wound will take a long time to finally close. The main help from manuka honey is that the wound has not gotten infected for over a year.  It seems to keep the bacteria on hold. Coincidence or cure? And if it works on pressure sores, why not on small cuts that aren’t healing? Or with diabetics that have wounds and cuts that don’t heal fast?  Have any of you tried this miraculous honey in this way?

Manuka Honey’s Benefits Also Work on Sore Throats

During our research on pressure sores and alternative therapies, manuka honey was also promoted to help sore throats. It is a natural medicine, one to offer your kids or yourself as a therapy to feel better.  In theory, if your sore throat is due to a bacteria infection (such as strep throat), maybe manuka honey could help?  Over the past year, 3 of my kids have had sore throats and fevers.  A spoon of manuka honey, once in morning and then at night seems to miraculously cure the fever and the sore throat.  I almost find it too unbelievable.  A coincidence or a cure?  A sore throat with a fever should be seen by a doctor, but I wait 24 hours to see what happens, and each time the fever goes away as well as the sore throat.  But kids don’t like the taste of this honey. It has a strong flavor. It takes some persuasion to have them take this by the spoon. Offering a drink of orange juice afterwards seems to help the honey go down. Have you tried manuka honey for sore throats?

And For Digestion? Manuka Honey’s Healing Benefits Seem To Help Here Too

Don’t have any personal stories to share about digestion and manuka honey. Do you have your own to share?  What I have read on manuka honey is that is really helps with digestion. Helps with stomach issues, with bowel and intestinal problems.  If it can help, why not try it?

Regular Honey Has Its Health Benefits, But Make Sure You Buy Manuka Honey With UMF 10 Minimum

Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey From New Zealand

This is the French label for Manuka Honey.  We buy it at the health food store.  It is not cheap, but a small cost if it works.  It has for us.

Disclaimer statement:

The views in this blog are my personal views and my intention is to do no harm.  The content of this blog should never be taken as substitute for medical advice. Manuka honey can cure and may not be a coincidence for its healing properties, but please seek a doctor’s advice if concerned, especially for wounds and sore throats with fevers. Honey should never be given to infants under the age of one year old.

My mom orders manuka honey from amazon.com.  It is also available from amazon.fr and amazon sites in numerous countries.  Check out these links here.

Leave you all with a great quote about honey:

The secret of my health is applying honey inside and oil outside. – Democritus, contemporary of Hippocrates, who lived to 109 years old.

Readers, what kind of oil did he put on the outside?  Probably olive oil. And that is another article for another time.

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14 Responses to “Manuka Honey’s Healing Benefits: Coincidence or Cure?”

  1. I’m trying manuka honey at the moment for an illness in my 3yo son that has lasted longer than I’d like. Hopefully I can report back soon with some results.

    • Hi Alicia! Good luck and quick recuperation to your son. Please let me know how it all turns out. It is horrible when kids are sick and hope that the manuka honey can work some ‘magic’ for him, as it has done for my kids.

  2. Is manuka safe to use on a skin condition called impetigo

    • Hi Zara! Thank you for your question. I am not a doctor and you should seek medical advice if you have any doubts. However, Manuka honey is a food substance, natural, ‘manufactured’ by bees. You can spread a bit on the impetigo and see what happens. “Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that is most common in children, it is caused by the staphylococcus aureus, or more rarely streptococcus pyogenes bacteria.” Manuka honey can be very effective against staphylococcus aureus so this may be an effective treatment. Try it and let me know how things work out. Any signs of infection (fever, pus), you should seek a doctor’s advice immediately. Hope this is helpful.

  3. Carol Dimmitt October 27, 2012 at 18:57 Reply

    I have been using Manuka Honey that I bought from Amazon after reading reviews. I have a sore on my leg that won’t heal. I tried neosporin and zinc oxide but it seemed to be getting worse. After using the honey for about 4 days it seems to be stable, not getting worse. If this works I’ll be passing it on to my children and grandkids.

  4. Hi Mary

    I grazed my right heel when my screen door closed too soon and my heel got caught under it. I started using Manuka honey not long after that when I did a search on healing methods. As the wound turned ulceretic I tried numerous anti bacterial ointments that were not working as the honey stung like crazy, eventually I sought a doctors opinion which then ointmentI was prescribed ‘Kenacomb Otic’, ointment which I have been using daily for at least 2 months until I read about the side effects relating to the kidneys and liver. Tonight 18th Feb 12′ I have gone back to honey “medicated’ by Comvita, which doesnt sting, however I will be trying honey with 10 minimum count. I’ll keep you posted.

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