I’d love your input on Mānuka Honey. I’ve had some women swear by it for wound healing and another who has immediately stopped her sons [Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease] GERD and every morning vomiting episodes with a teaspoon of this honey. Do you have experience with using and if so how do you use it?
Hi Mychal, I was just introduced to the substance a short time ago, but have already found Mānuka Honey to be one of those “miracle medicines.” Now, the thick dark honey has become a keystone in my daily routine for both first aid and beauty. Personally, I don’t have any experience with GERD but here are some ways I use this excellent medicine.
My success story.
Hemorrhoid: I’ve never suffered from hemorrhoids before the birth of my third baby, but when I pushed her out, I also pushed out one hemorrhoid. I admit my personal knowledge of the trials and successes of hemorrhoid home treatments are minimal due to only having one brief experience, but Mānuka Honey did the trick. Not only did it cure my “medical condition” in less than a week, but it also relieved all pain for 12 hours after application. I only needed to apply it twice daily.
Since my successful hemorrhoid treatment. I have suggested the remedy to an acquaintance who was scheduled to have a hemorrhoid removal surgery. Apparently, she has seen a reduction of the size of her cluster of hemorrhoids by half and has had complete pain relief for a minimum of 12 hours with each application. She has been treating her severe condition for two weeks. Side-note: If you are wondering why a mere acquaintance would let me know about such a condition, she didn’t. I’m friends with her sister, and while sitting at the kitchen table with the two of them, my friend blurted it out.
Sun Burns: One of my dearest friends is a tanning addict. A few weeks ago she came to my house burnt to a crisp. We spent the day together as she complained (not complaining about her complaining, that’s what friends are for) about the heat radiating from her sunburn, and the pain associated with her damaged skin. I told her that if she wouldn’t mind being a bit sticky, we should try Mānuka Honey. We did not cover her body from head-to-toe but merely applied the honey to her most sensitive areas. As with my experience she had complete pain relief. If I had known I was going to be writing this article, I would have taken pictures. Her results were remarkable. Within only 24 hours her red, inflamed, crunchy skin was transformed into beautiful supple skin on only the treated areas. She continued to apply Mānuka Honey to new sections of her body achieving the same results until she ran out of the honey I gave her. Her untreated skin went 10- 14 days before healing itself.
Post-treatment Inflammation, Burning & Pain: After a chemical peel or laser treatment skin can be left inflamed, sensitive, raw and in pain. I have found that the application of Mānuka Honey relieves all listed ailments.
Ear Piercing: I used Mānuka Honey for the post-care of my daughter’s ear piercing wounds. Both daughters had speedy recoveries with no infection. A downfall, their hair got a bit sticky with dabs of honey applied to their ears, which forced me to switch their bath time to the morning, but they thanked me for the application when in pain.
Burns & Waxing: I’ve applied Mānuka Honey to curling iron, oil and pan burns with wonderful results.
Face Masks: Since the birth of my third baby I have been suffering from abnormally dry skin, my doctor attributes my severely dry skin to hormonal changes. Despite biology, Mānuka Honey has still managed to aid in healing my skin. Although my face is still a bit dry, it’s much improved. I have also heard that the brilliant honey can be used as a face wash and is often used as an anti-aging treatment. I have not used the honey on my face long enough to be able to substantiate those claims for myself.
Diaper Rash: Works remarkably well as a moisture barrier and in treating diaper rash.
Sore Throat: I have used it to relieve not only my sore throats but my children’s.
How to buy Mānuka Honey.
Mānuka Honey is only produced by the bees of Australia and New Zealand from pollen harvested from just one tree, the Mānuka Tree. You’re not going to find that all honey is equal, not even all Mānuka Honey. Medical grade Manuka Honey* is rated by the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). The UMF is measured by the concentration of methylglyoxal (MG) among other compounds. (1) “Active Manuka Honey.” When buying Manuka Honey choose honey that has a 20 UMF or higher.
Beneficial Qualities of Mānuka Honey.
The honey has natural anti-bacterial qualities, stimulates tissue repair damage caused by infection, it’s also an anti-inflammatory. What is an anti-inflammatory? A substance that reduces pain and inflammation once applied or ingested.
Some people use Mānuka Honey for
- Cancer prevention or treatment.
- Reducing high cholesterol
- Reducing systemic inflammation
- Treating diabetes
- Treating eye, ear, and sinus infections
- Treating Eczema
- Treating gastrointestinal problems
- Treating Rosacea
- Treating ulcers
- Preventing gingivitis and reducing the buildup of plaque.
- Wrinkle reduction
“Another possible benefit of honey is that, unlike antibiotics, it has not been reported to cause development of resistant bacteria. These so-called “superbugs” develop after repeated exposure to common antibiotics. They require special antibiotics to treat them.” (1)
*I am not referring to the sterilized honey dressings but Manuka Honey with a high UMF.
(1) “Manuka Honey: Medicinal Uses, Benefits, and Side Effects.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2017.
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