Manuka Honey has been used for centuries by the natives of New Zealand as natural remedy for colds and sore throats.Manuka honey from New Zealand is a specific type of honey that has actually been approved for use as medical device, due to its healing properties and superior potency.Manuka wound dressings have already been used for several years in Great Britain, Australia, and its native New Zealand. Canada also cleared it for use as an antimicrobial dressing earlier this year.
With all the medical research going on in today’s modern world, unfortunately, there is still no cure for the common fever blister / cold sore or the common cold! The only thing we can do is to decrease the pain by applying Manuka Honey 4-5 times daily and trying to avoid stress, lack of sleep or extreme exposure to sunlight.
My preference to cure cold sores is Manuka Honey. But you could also use raw honey – it’s just not as potent as Manuka. Make sure you find one that is a semifluid.
Good quality honey offers several topical wound-care benefits:
- It draws fluid away from your wound
- The high sugar content suppresses microorganism growth
- Worker bees secrete an enzyme (glucose oxidase) into the nectar, which then releases low levels of hydrogen peroxide when the honey makes contact with your wound
All you need to do is apply some of the honey directly to the open sore. Apply at least four times a day, but more would likely be better as the goal is to keep it constantly bathed in the honey.
The best way to use honey treatment is to first make sure that you have raw honey as it will work far better than regular processed honey. It’s important to realize that not all honey is created equal. Unfortunately, the vast majority of honey consumed in the United States is processed or refined. Processed, refined honey that you typically find in grocery stores is not appropriate for use in wound care. In fact, your average domestic “Grade A” type honey will likely increase infection.
It also will not offer you the same health benefits as raw honey when consumed.
Compared to other types of honey, Manuka honey has an extra ingredient with antimicrobial qualities, called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). The level of UMF can vary between batches, so each batch is ranked and priced accordingly. The higher the concentration of UMF, the darker, thicker and more expensive it is.
Manuka honey also offers additional healing benefits not found in other honeys.This special benefits were discovered by Dr Peter Molam from New Zealand. His whole working life has practically been dominated by Manuka honey research.
He discovered this special honey is able to destroy bacteria which are present on and in our skin. An application of this honey will quickly kill off the bacteria that are responsible for all types of skin infections.
Clinical trials have found that Manuka honey, made with pollen gathered from the flowers of the Manuka bush (a medicinal plant), can effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria, including resistant varieties such as:
- MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
- MSSA (methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
- VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)
- Helicobacter Pylori (which can cause stomach ulcers)
With the increasing threat of antibiotic-resistant infections and drug over-use, the return to honey as a natural, multi-purpose healing therapy is certainly a welcome alternative.
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Yours truly for great health, mind and body,
Michelle, natural health advocate
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