Fact or Myth: Can Manuka Honey Heal Wounds?

This is a FACT.

Once upon a time, honey was the go-to healing aid for wounds. In the early 20th century, however, with the discovery of penicillin and subsequent antibiotics, honey fell out of favor…a home remedy at best. But, like fashion, natural remedies enjoy ebbs and flows of popularity, and it looks like honey in wound care is trending again.

asthma treatment local honeyThe Antiseptic Powers of Honey

Unprocessed honey’s got the three As of wound healing: antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant. Honey is able to fight infection with its high concentration of antibacterial agents, like glucose, fructose, acid, and the hydrogen peroxide that’s released by the glucose oxidase enzyme.

One study made up of 59 patients suffering from ulcers and wounds—80% of which couldn’t be healed with conventional treatments—showed that topical application of honey effectively treated 58 out of 59 wounds!

There’s one honey, however, that stands out from the honey pack.

Magical Manuka Honey

Manuka honey, sourced from the medicinal Manuka bush in New Zealand, is the most potent honey in the world. Numerous clinical trials have shown that Manuka can destroy more than 250 strains of bacteria…even the most resistant:

  • MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  • MSSA (methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
  • VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)

Manuka honey is proven to work as well—if not better than—standard antiseptics at treating bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and all other infectious organisms.

Manuka honey heals wounds so effectively due to its standout ingredient Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). No one knows what this unique factor is, only that it is only found in Manuka honey and it’s the key to Manuka’s remarkable healing properties and antimicrobial activities. In order to be “active” Manuka must have a UMF rating of 10 or higher.

Use Manuka honey for healing wounds, leg ulcers, burns, acne, wrinkles, coughs, acid reflux, stomach infections, digestive ailments, ulcers, and diarrhea.