The most well known medicinal honey is Active Manuka Honey sourced from New Zealand.
All honey has an antibacterial quality due to hydrogen peroxide that is formed by the enzyme glucose oxidase. Active Manuka honey and it’s Australian equivalent Jellybush or Golden Tea Tree have phytoactivity together with hydrogen peroxide which makes it so effective against bacteria. This is called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) It is thought that UMF and hydrogen peroxide may have a synergistic action. The UMF antibacterial activity diffuses deeper into skin tissues than does the hydrogen peroxide from other types of honey.
Active Jellybush Honey can be used internally for stomach ulcers, gastritis; sore throats, colds and flu. Use Active Manuka Honey topically for burns, cuts and wounds and other skin ailments. Active Manuka Honey is used in major hospitals throughout the world to treat burns patients and to kill Golden Staph bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus), Escherichia coli and the MSRA superbug. All Active Manuka Honey has been laboratory tested and is given a rating from 5 upwards. Honey House Kuranda stocks Active Manuka Honey with a 20+ rating.
The presence of UMF antibacterial activity can only be detected by laboratory testing. The UMF level indicates the antibacterial strength of UMF rated Active Manuka Honey. UMF rated Active Jellybush Honey with a UMF level of 10 or more is considered to have beneficial uses.
To determine the strength, honey is exposed to cultured bacteria. The amount of honey required to stop bacterial growth is compared to the bacteria retarding effect of a phenol and water solution. Therefore UMF 10+ is honey whose antibacterial action is equivalent to at least a 10% phenol solution. Standard antiseptic rates at 4%.
The higher the antibacterial potency of the honey, the deeper the antibacterial activity will penetrate skin tissue.
Active Manuka or Jellybush Honey is:
- Anti- inflammatory
- Increases blood circulation
- Draws exudate from the wound
- Provides nutrients and oxygen
- Stimulates tissue regrowth
- Prevents ammonia production (therefore reducing wound odour)
- Stimulates the immune system
Use Topically For:
- Varicose ulcers
- Minor burns
- Cuts and wounds
Use Internally For:
- Stomach ulcers
- Sore Throats, colds and flu
How do I Use Manuka or Jellybush Honey?
For external treatments:
Apply a thin layer of honey to a dry wound dressing large enough to cover the wound
Change dressing up to 3 times daily.
If there are abscesses, cavities and depressions, fill them with the active Manuka or Jellybush honey so that it is in contact with the surface of the wound.
For internal treatments:
Ulcers and Gastritis: Spread one tablespoon of honey on toast and eat 30 minutes to one hour before meals and at bedtime.
Eating the honey on bread gives the honey a longer time to dwell in the stomach. Do not take with other liquids as this will dilute the honey.
Sore throats, cold and flu: Allow one teaspoon of honey to gently melt in mouth, slowly coating the throat, four times daily. Do not disturb the healing effect by eating or drinking anything for 30 minutes.
Do not use in hot drinks as heat will destroy many of the active properties.
Cautions and possible side effects: Active Manuka or Jellybush rarely causes allergic reaction, however some people, especially those who have known allergic reactions to bee stings or other hive products (such as propolis) should avoid Active Manuka or Jellybush Honey.
Manuka or Jellybush should not be given to children under 12 months.
The information contained in this publication is a guide only. Persons should contact their health professional prior to taking any supplements.