A look at the incredible health benefits of this ancient remedy
Honey has been used as a wound treatment by indigenous cultures around the globe for thousands of years. Archeological findings and early written works indicate that wounds were treated with honey by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, among others. However, it’s only recently that medical science has caught up and acknowledged that honey – and especially active medical grade Manuka honey – has amazing healing and health benefits.
How does Manuka honey assist in healing wounds?
Manuka honey will inhibit the growth of bacteria at the site of the wound. By providing a moist healing environment, it will help minimise scarring as well as provide a protective barrier between the dressing and the wound.
The antimicrobial effect of Manuka honey for wound healing
While all honey has some antimicrobial effect, Manuka honey is a far more effective antimicrobial. Manuka honey has been used to successfully treat infected and non-infected wounds, burns, surgical incisions, leg ulcers, pressure sores, traumatic injuries, meningococcal lesions, side effects from radiotherapy, and gingivitis (inflamed gums).
Research has shown the specific antimicrobial benefits of Manuka honey are due to the presence of methylglyoxal (MGO). The level of MGO in a batch of honey will determine its level of antimicrobial activity. MGO levels should be at least at MGO 500+ for medical use, and products with MGO 900+ are ideal for wound care and oral care.
You can refer to our Australian Manuka honey strength guide here.
How to apply Manuka honey to a wound
Here is the very simple process for applying Manuka honey to a wound:
- Clean the wound thoroughly. You can use Manuka honey and sterile cotton wool to do this.
- Apply the required amount generously to the surface and into the wound. Ensure that the honey is in full contact with the affected area.
- Wrap the wound with a bandage. Use dressings which will hold enough honey on the wound to generate results and prevent leaking.
- Change the wound dressing regularly. Honey is a water soluble material, so it will absorb wound fluid and become diluted over time.
Keen to try Manuka honey in wound healing?
When you’re using Manuka honey for wound care, you want the highest potency of antibacterial and antioxidant activity available (MGO).
AB’s real raw Manuka honey is available in four strengths:
… with 900+ methylglyoxal being the highest.
AB’s Honey partner with the best Manuka honey beekeepers in Australia, who work hard to harvest nectar from only Australian Manuka plants. When you purchase Simply Honey’s 100% Australian Manuka honey, you can rest assured you are purchasing only local Manuka honey and supporting our Australian beekeepers and the Australian honey industry.
You can check out our full range online through our store Simply Honey.
Disclaimer: We are not doctors, we simply know the quality of AB’s Honey products. Our Australian Manuka Honey is the bee’s knees with its rich and distinctive earthy taste, coupled with its deep rich dark colour!