Manuka honey comes from the flowers of the manuka bush (leptospermum scoparium), also known as the tea tree bush, a plant native to New Zealand. Honey has a long history as a traditional medicine for treating all kinds of ailments, from skin problems to upset stomach and sore throats.
Manuka Honey is getting a lot of press since it got approved by the FDA to be used in hospitals. Clinical trials have found manuka honey can effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria, including resistant varieties such as MRSA. In recent tests conducted at Sydney University's School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, manuka honey killed every type of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant "super bugs".
Throughout history, folk healers have used honey to treat everything from cuts and wounds to eczema rashes and Staph infections. This is how Manuka Honey can help with eczema. Skin colonization with Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph A) bacteria is common in patients with atopic eczema, with over 90% of patients having Staph living on their skin. Some strains of Staph A. secrete toxins that have been shown to worsen symptoms in eczema sufferers. Many types of honeys have been shown to effectively kill Staph A, with manuka honey showing the strongest anti-bacterial effects against Staph A.
It's so good at healing infection that in many hospitals around the world now, manuka honey is used when nothing else works for treatment of antibiotic resistant MRSA super bugs, bed Sores and other external ulcerative conditions, Helicobactor Pylori (stomach ulcer causing bacteria), E Coli, Staphylococcus Aureus (the most common cause of wound infection) and Streptococcus Pyogenes (stubborn, often anti-biotic resistant bacteria which inflame and cause sore throats). It is very healing when applied to the skin for conditions such as burns, wounds, dermatitis, eczema, abscesses and much more.