Wound Care Treatment and the Science behind Manuka Honey

With the growing number of over 6.5 million patients in the United States claimed to be affected by chronic wounds becoming a rather large health concern, it comes as no surprise to us that wound care treatment would be a current topic of importance. But what do wound care treatment and Manuka honey have in common?

Much more than a sweetener, ancient Egyptians used honey in wound care. It was a key ingredient in almost all Egyptian medicines and historically was the standard in wound treatments before WWII!

Given the current climate with more time being spent at home there’s more reason than ever to learn some alternative and natural treatment methods for wound care management that you can do yourself.

Can I use Manuka honey for wound care?

Though times and topical treatments have changed since WWII, when asked this common question - in short our answer is; yes you can! However be mindful about what state your wound is in, any open wounds should be assessed by a medical professional first.

Why use Manuka honey as a treatment in wound care?

Made in New Zealand, Manuka honey contains inherent powerful and potent compounds which have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The naturally occurring compound responsible for the antimicrobial properties is methylglyoxal (MGO). A study in 2008 by researchers at Waikato University found that the ‘non-peroxide’ antimicrobial activity (NPA) in Manuka honey (i.e. it's antibacterial properties) was directly correlated with its MGO level making it great in aiding the prevention of infection allowing the wound tissue to regenerate. 

The higher the MGO, the higher the potency of the honey. That means the Manuka Honey recommended for wound care treatment is our potent Manuka Honey MGO 850+ or our even more potent Manuka Honey MGO 1123+, a limited-edition of one of the rarest honey on Earth.

All natural, potent, medicinal Manuka properties  

Tested for its MGO and Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) content, all our raw Manuka honey is graded by potency. The higher the MGO and UMF content the greater the medicinal benefit. A great starting point for optimal medicinal grade MGO is our MGO 850+ perfect for wound and burn care. 

Read more about exactly what MGO is here. Learn what UMF means here. 

The all-natural, potent compound MGO is what gives Manuka honey its amazing medicinal benefits. Also a naturally powerful humectant, Manuka honey actually increases and maintains hydration whilst the high brix content provides an environment whereby bacteria are unable to thrive. This helps to keep the wound area clean and resulting inflammation at bay. 

At-home wound management self-care

While we are living within a pandemic-ridden society it’s certainly still a good idea to consult with a professional on your wound care management. 

However, it can also make a huge difference to your self-care routine, especially during the pandemic, to learn and gain an understanding of holistic additions and alternatives to closed wound-care health that can be managed within the safety and comfort of your home. 

How to apply Manuka honey to a wound?  

Make sure that the wound is clean with water or use a sterile saline solution if you have some in your first aid kit.

Apply a bandaid to cover the wound and provide protection.

We recommend seeking advice from a medical professional before using Manuka honey on a wound.

The medicinal benefits of Manuka honey don’t just end at wound care. Weekly application of Manuka honey can be a great, natural and preventative measure for all types of skincare routines. Such as helping clear harmful bacteria, preventing skin irritations and acne while hydrating and moisturizing the skin. 

Find more ways to experience the magic of Manuka honey in our article: 3 whole-body health rituals using Manuka honey.




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