In the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry (Jan. 1990, v. 38), Molan, Wilkins and Holland researched the components responsible for the exceptionally high antibacterial activity of honey from Manuka flowers. They tested fractions of the honey for activity against staphylococcus aureus in particular, which is the bacteria that causes skin infections such as impetigo. Perhaps most interesting with the current emergence of strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is that laboratory tests have indicated Manuka Oils effectiveness as a treatment against some antibiotic-resistant organisms.
Manuka was originally used therapeutically by the Maori hundreds of years ago for the treatment of many different ailments. It is only in recent history that the medicinal effects of Manuka that were recognised so long ago by the Maori have been scientifically proven.
Researchers have established that Manuka Oil has natural antibacterial, antifungal, antiallergenic, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.