New Manuka Honey Rating Test

Waikato University chemists have developed a test that will allow beekeepers to identify which active Manuka honey has the potential to develop the highest levels of anti-bacterial activity. According to Beekeeper Barry Foster the new test is going to remove a lot of uncertainty. Read the Radio New Zealand press release here

Does Manuka Honey Really Work?

To answer this question right away, yes it does! With a booming health industry hyping more and more products and claiming to accomplish miracles many of us are suspicious. A lot of the so called effective natural products are no more then snake oils. But not for Manuka honey. This really is a great product.

It has incredible healing powers and is effective in treating a wide range of medical problems. There are many scientific reports provided by the Waikato Honey Research Unit in New Zealand.

For Manuka honey to be effective in treating infected wounds, sore throats and skin conditions to name just a few it has to be active Manuka honey. The fact that most manufacturers call their product active adds to confusion of the public.

Actually there are two kinds of Manuka honey; UMF active Manuka honey and (active) Manuka honey. The former is tested for its antibacterial properties and the latter is not. Apart from UMF the honey must be of a rating of at least UMF 10 to be suitable for therapeutic use. The higher the UMF rating, the higher the Manuka honey's antibacterial potency.

Manuka Honey is gaining worldwide recognition for its amazing healing abilities. It can be taken orally or used topically on the skin. When it comes in direct contact with the affected area, it will yield immediate results.

Visit the following page for more information on where to buy Manuka honey and how to recognize the real active product.

Manuka honey also effective in Acne Treatment

Active Manuka honey seems to be an effective natural remedy in acne treatment. It is known to fade red marks and improve the skin. Some chemical acne products seem to do more harm than good. They can really damage skin but the natural product known for its healing, moisturizing antibacterial properties does not have these side effects.

The experiences of people suffering from acne are promising. This particular example of someone applying Manuka honey topically on his whole face before going to sleep is such an example.

I am actually quite pleased with the results seen in just one day. My skin has stopped "oozing" and most of the bumps kinda resided overnight! Utterly surprising!

My red marks are noticeably getting better and there are only a few active spots around my forehead and cheeks. The swellings have drastically reduced in size and I think they should be flattened out by the end of this week. So far so good, extremely thrilled about it...
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The only downside is the stickiness of honey. Dedicated acne creams based on Manuka honey might be a better solution. But fact is Manuka honey can help getting rid of acne.

The first UK originated Manuka honey

Britain now produces its own Manuka honey. Until now Manuka honey came from New Zealand and there were no other countries producing this miracle nectar. Australia has its own related honey made from nectar gathered by bees from the Jelly bush. A close relative to the Manuka bush which only grows in New Zealand. Until now.

The Tregothnan estate in Cornwall (United Kindom) has produced its first own Manuka honey. Because of the use of innovative hyves designed to protect the honey bees from a mite that can devastate colonies the Manuka honey is even more expensive than the honey from New Zealand.

"The honey is expensive, but it is Britain's only Manuka honey. It has become a lifestyle product, a luxury. This year is the first time the plants produced nectar which gave us our first jars, around 100."

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