As mentioned in the previous post, the garlic tea was excellent in relieving my son’s cough.

Another great natural remedy for coughing is Manuka honey. Many know that honey has certain antibacterial functions which have also been proved in the latest related research in Finland.

manuka flower

image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Manukaflowers.jpg

Manuka honey is produced in Australia and New Zealand specifically from the Manuka flower, which has especially strong antibacterial properties compared to general honey.

The way to use it is simple:

INGREDIENTS:

One spoonful of Manuka honey

HOW TO USE IT:

Before going to bed, take one big table spoon of Manuka honey, let it naturally melt in your mouth and swallow it. It soothes the night cough. If needed, you can take it in the same way two to three times a day.

When my son had coughs caused by the cold last month, I used both Manuka honey and garlic tea to help him. Both natural remedies proved to be efficient.

PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION:

You can find many Manuka honey products from Amazon.com. I have personally chosen the Comvita Manuka Honey UMF 10+ and I am very satisfied with it. The higher UMF number is, the stronger antibacterial properties it has.

Comvita Manuka Honey UMF 15+ 250 gr/8.8 oz

FURTHER NOTES:

WHAT CAN BE CALLED MANUKA HONEY

– to be labelled as Manuka Honey, at least 70% of its pollen contents should come from manuka flower (Leptospermum scoparium)

CLARAFICATION OF DIFFERENT RATINGS

. There are different product rating for Manuka Honey in the market, such as UMF, MGO, ACTIVE.

I found a very good page that explained the difference very well. Here I cited some of the paragraph here:

“UMF stands for “Unique Manuka Factor.” It tells you what the full non-peroxide antibacterial rating of the Manuka honey is. Since Manuka honey’s antibacterial nature comes from many factors, the UMF rating takes them all into account and gives you a final rating. The most common UMF ratings are UMF 5+, UMF 10+, UMF 15+, and UMF 20+. The “+” after the number just means that it could be more than the number given, but that it won’t be less.”

“ACTIVE means that the honey in question has some sort of peroxide activity, but it doesn’t guarantee any antibacterial quality.”

“MGO stands for a substance called Methylglyoxal (pronounced meth-uhl-glahy-ok-suhl). It sounds fancy, but it’s just an organic substance found in Manuka honey that has one part to play in Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties. While MGO plays an important part in Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties, it isn’t the only component that makes Manuka honey such a powerful natural antibacterial.”

(contents above are cited from NZMANUKANATURAL)

Based on this information, I recommend you to choose Manuka honey product that has a clear UMF rating.

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