Eastport, NY (PressExposure) February 09, 2009 -- The idea of using honey as a medicine should not be viewed as being far-fetched. After all, honey is derived from the nectar of flowers and many plants are well known for their medicinal qualities. Honeybees enhance the medicinal qualities of the nectar by adding enzymes to it when producing honey.
Honey is considered to be antimicrobial and capable of destroying many of the infectious microorganisms that cause disease and health complications. Whether it's a bacteria, virus, fungus or parasite, honey inhibits these pesty little microbes from causing harm. Honey has been known to be effective in destroying the following pathogens:
* Bacillus anthracis * Corynebacterium diphtheriae * Escherichia coli * Haemophilus influenzae * Listeria monocytogenes * Mycobactyerium tuberulosis * Pasteurella multocida * Pseudomonas aeruginosa * Salmonella * Serratia marcescens * Shigella * Staphylococcus aureus * Streptococcus species * Vibrio cholerae
Honey's antibacterial properties vary predicated on the floral source, more specifically, the flowers that the bees gather nectar from. Some types of honey are more effective as a medicine than others. For example, Manuka Honey from New Zealand is exceptionally effective in treating many conditions from stomach ulcers to MRSA Staph infections. Manuka Honey's healing properties are due to osmolarity, acidity, hydrogen peroxide and unique plant derived components. As a result, Manuka Honey is being viewed as an excellent alternative to traditional forms of medicine, particularly in cases where conventional medicine has proven to be ineffective.
"The therapeutic potential of honey is grossly underestimated and underutilized," says Frank Buonanotte, CEO of Honeymark International, which is a manufacturer of health care products containing active Manuka Honey as a natural healing agent. "It's health benefits, both internally and topically on the skin, are being recognized worldwide and will most likely replace many chemical-based ingredients in health care products in the future."