Benefits of Manuka Honey


Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine and founder of DrAxe.com. Today I want to talk to you about the incredible benefits
of manuka honey and how you can use it to cure certain illnesses and really support
the body in many different ways. Manuka honey has been used throughout areas
of New Zealand and Australia for a really long time. The incredible thing about manuka
honey is in certain cases it tends to be about four times more nutrient-dense in terms of
its healing compounds than regular floral honeys. You’ve heard me talk about before the benefits
of raw honey and local honey. Well, manuka honey is even more powerful. I’m going to
go through all of those benefits here, but the reason why manuka honey is so beneficial
is because it tends to be much higher in certain types of enzymes that create a type of hydrogen
peroxide or phenols, these phytonutrients that you’re going to find in manuka honey. So again, it has very powerful antimicrobial
properties. There are several things it’s great for treating, and one of those things
is SIBO, that small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. So if you have bad bacteria growing in your
small intestine, oftentimes that’s caused by bad bacteria growing like H. pylori in
your stomach and not having enough stomach acid. Actually manuka honey is effective at
treating that. This is actually a brand of manuka honey I’ve
used. There’s a few other brands here, and you can see it says “20 Plus Bioactive Manuka
Honey.” Again, you want to be looking for manuka honey that’s typically . . . it depends
on how you’re using it. If you’re using it for treating something temporarily, you typically
want to go about 16 to 20 Plus. If you’re just consuming it in your food and want those
benefits, you typically want to go with a 10 Plus or less when you’re actually looking
at the activity rating there. That’s how strong those phenol-like compounds are. When you’re actually taking this, the recommended
dosage is never more than one tablespoon at a time. In fact, with most of my patients
I recommend they do one teaspoon twice a day when they’re using manuka honey, but it’s
great, just a little bit of sweetener there, that you can add as well. Again, it’s great for small intestinal bacterial
overgrowth. It’s also very great in treating ulcers. If you have ulcers or stomach issues,
this is the best sweetener to use and using it as a supplement, one teaspoon twice a day. It’s also powerful at eliminating allergies
and a sore throat. One of the most common treatments for a sore throat is raw honey
and lemon. Well, manuka honey is even more effective than regular honey. I recommend
mixing a little bit of lemon essential oil with manuka honey and swallowing that probably
about three to four times a day, and it can help soothe a sore throat. The other thing that this is really effective
for is treating acne and eczema. In fact, if you have acne or eczema, I recommend making
an ointment at home using manuka honey along with essential oils like tea tree oil and
geranium oil. Mixing these together is a very powerful treatment for acne. With eczema you
also want to add a little shea butter, and that will help keep it on the area even longer
and actually help really hydrate that area. Also, here’s one of the most incredible things
about manuka honey. It’s been used effectively in the treatment of MRSA. MRSA is a type of
bacterial infection that tends to be antibiotic-resistant. It’s antibiotic-resistant, and manuka honey
has natural antibiotics that can actually kill off MRSA. That’s just another powerful
effect. And last but not least, wounds. If you have
a cut or a burn of any type, I recommend using manuka honey. If you have an open infection,
put manuka honey on the area. This is how it’s been used for thousands of years. It
was used by the early Egyptians. It was used by the Chinese. It’s referenced throughout
history as well in many different ways. But again, manuka honey should be used in treating
wounds as well. You want to be looking for that different rating system that I talked
about and typically one teaspoon twice a day. So again, try manuka honey. I will say this.
It’s a little bit spendy. You have to spend more on it, but the healing benefits, if you
have any one of those conditions, are worth it. And hey, if you don’t have one of those
conditions and you just want to experience the benefits of honey, then buy raw local
honey from your local farmer’s market. Raw local honey that isn’t manuka honey still
has tremendous benefits, especially if it’s raw and local. And hey guys, if you’ve enjoyed this video
on the many benefits of manuka honey, make sure you check out the article I wrote on
manuka honey here on DrAxe.com as well as our YouTube page. You can subscribe there
and check out more of my natural healing remedies there as well. Hey guys, this has been Dr. Axe with the many
benefits of manuka honey.

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