Aug 29, 2010

Happy Manuka! This is one Honey of a Healer...

WUHAN, CHINA - APRIL 9:  Beekeepers pour honey...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Known for its healing properties, Manuka honey has natural antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Read some of the stories that follow this article, and you will likely be as surprised as I was at first!

All honey contains some hydrogen peroxide, but the level varies depending on the type of honey. Manuka honey, in particular, contains an extra antibacterial property found only in honey sourced from Leptospermum plants. You can purchase it at health food stores in aisles where you find supplements and vitamins. Manuka honey is effective for internal and external ailments—some pet owners swear by its ability to clear up skin problems, and others commend the honey’s capability to trigger a healthy appetite or settle gastrointestinal unrest. On labels, study the unique Manuka factor (UMF) rating, such as UMF 10+ or UMF 20+. A higher number indicates a greater concentration of healing antibacterial properties.

Applied topically, Manuka honey naturally heals burns, infections, and psoriasis. The honey destroys wound bacteria and feeds the area with sugars, which triggers new cell growth. Use sterilized honey—it is available in a squeeze tube—and gently rub a layer over the infected area. Place a bandage or gauze dressing over the wound so your dog does not lick off the honey or leave sticky spots on bedding or furniture.

Squirt Manuka honey on a dog biscuit or spread some on a corner of toast. Feed the honey treat to your dog to increase appetite and relieve acid reflux, heartburn, upset stomach, stomach ulcers, or irritable bowel syndrome. (Dogs can suffer from all the same gastrointestinal ailments that we do. In fact, their stomachs are far more sensitive.) You may feed your dog three teaspoon servings of honey a day until conditions improve. It’s always a good idea to consult with your vet before pursuing treatment of any kind, including all-natural holistic remedies.

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