How Manuka Honey Can Help Heal Your Wounds

As this blog has discussed previously, a particular type of honey has been steadily gaining popularity for its wide ranging benefits. Manuka honey, produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the manuka bush, is known for its antibacterial properties. Because of this, it has been used to treat a variety of wounds, ranging from minor cuts and burns to more serious injuries.

Below, we will explore different medical conditions Manuka honey can be used to treat, how it works, and the benefits of using it in wound care. We’ll also discuss some tips for finding the best Manuka honey products on the market.

Types of wounds treatable by Manuka honey

Studies have shown that Manuka honey can help with a variety of conditions. It’s been found to be effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria like MRSA, which is a big problem in hospitals. Manuka honey has also been shown to promote the growth of new tissue and reduce inflammation, which can speed up the healing process.

Manuka honey can be used to treat a wide range of wound conditions, including:

How Manuka honey works

Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties come from the presence of hydrogen peroxide, which is produced by the enzyme glucose oxidase in the honey. Additionally, Manuka honey contains a unique compound called methylglyoxal (MGO), which has been shown to have even stronger antibacterial properties than hydrogen peroxide alone.

When Manuka honey is applied, it forms a barrier over the wound, which can protect it from bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. Plus, it’s a natural anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce pain and swelling.

Using Manuka honey in wound care

Manuka honey can be used in several ways for wound care, including:

  • Topical application: Simply apply a thin layer of honey directly to the wound and cover with a sterile bandage.
  • Honey-impregnated dressings: These dressings are pre-soaked in honey and applied directly to the wound.
  • Manuka honey gel: This is a thicker form of manuka honey that can be applied directly to the wound and is ideal for deeper wounds.

When using manuka honey for wound care at home, it is important to ensure that the honey is medical-grade and has a high level of MGO. It is also important to consult with a healthcare professional before using manuka honey, especially if you have allergies or medical conditions that may be affected by its use.

Choosing the correct honey product

When choosing a manuka honey product for wound care, it is important to consider the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating. This rating measures the antibacterial activity of the honey and is indicated on the label. The higher the UMF rating, the more potent the antibacterial activity. For wound care, a UMF rating of 10 or above is recommended. However, not all manuka honey products are created equal, and the UMF rating is not the only factor to consider.

Another factor to consider is the purity of the honey. Look for a product that is 100% pure Manuka honey, like Activon, with no additives or fillers. This ensures that the honey retains its natural antibacterial properties and is not diluted with other substances.  

Get help

If you have a wound that is not healing properly or is at risk for infection, you may want to consider incorporating Manuka honey into your wound care regimen. If you have allergies or medical conditions that may be affected by its use, it’s important to consult with a medical professional before using.

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Edited for content by ADAM PAGE.

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