Manuka honey is the honey collected from the bees that pollinate the Manuka bush which is also known as the Tea Tree. Not only does this give the honey its unique flavour, but it also means that the honey has similar healing benefits to Tea Tree Oil.
Both are believed to have healing benefits such as:
- Skin and wound healing
In addition Manuka honey is useful for immune system boost, sore throats, streptococcus, staphylococcus and E Coli. Although they are similar let’s look at them separately.
All manuka honey is not created equal. The healing benefits are rated on a scale called the UMF (unique manuka factor). This is actually a rating of the level of methylglyoxal in the honey. Methylglyoxal or MG is what research is proving is the key antibacterial component of manuka honey. A UMF of 10 is the lowest rating required for the honey to be considered therapeutic. If there is no rating then it is simply considered another form of honey.
Manuka honey is so good at healing infections, particularly Superbugs, that it is being used in many hospitals. It is excellent for healing
It’s antibacterial properties kill of the germs and its anti-inflammatory properties allow for rapid healing.
Laboratory studies are showing the UMF property in Manuka Honey is effective, in vitro, against the bacteria streptococcus pyogenes (causes sore throats).
The honey has an anti-inflammatory action as well as an antibacterial action. Studies are showing UMF Manuka Honey to be effective for relieving sore throats.
Manuka honey is excellent for treating ulcerative conditions externally and also destroys Helicobactor pylori which is an ulcer causing bacteria. It also heals bacterial diarrhea.
Manuka honey boosts the immune system and is also thought to be an energy booster which improves endurance. The fact that manuka honey helps rehydrate the body may be one reason for this.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is effective for treating
- Nail Fungus
- Insect bites
- Wound healing
Tea tree oil should be used topically only. There is some information regarding internal use but most research shows that taking tea tree oil internally can cause more problems than it solves.
Putting tea tree oil on an insect bite removes the itch and/or sting immediately. Once a wound has been cleaned applying tea tree oil can help ward off infection and help the wound heal. Yes it will hurt when you apply it!
If you are like many peri-menopausal women you may find that you have the need to remove unwanted facial hair. Many of the techniques that achieve this cause redness and discomfort. A light application of tea tree oil will remove the pain and reduce the redness within an hour or two. Tea tree oil for ingrown hairs due to waxing can also be treated with tea tree oil.
Toe nail fungus can be treated with a 100% solution twice daily. Unfortunately this will take approximately 6 months.
According to WebMD, applying a 5% solution of tea tree oil can help treat mild to moderate acne.
There is a great deal of information about Tea Tree Oil and Manuka honey. I will simply say that these two healing agents seem to be consistent when used. I always have a supply of both.
THIS BLOG IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR