Why manuka honey belongs in your first aid kit

Monday, August 3, 2015 1:16:43 PM Pacific/Auckland

 By Kim Bulder, Naturopath & Medical Herbalist

Unless you’ve been lost in the desert for the last few years you’ve probably heard something about the wonders of New Zealand manuka honey. All this attention has led to much scientific interest and research, and evidence that one of the most proven uses for manuka honey is putting it on you rather than in you. 

Turns out ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and Romans all knew a thing or two about this already, having used honey to treat wounds and battle scars way back when. But manuka honey is particularly remarkable for wound care. Many hospitals around the world now use manuka honey wound treatments for burns, diabetic foot or leg ulcers, pressure sores and other stubborn slow healing wounds. 

On a less dramatic scale, it lends itself perfectly to common household injuries such as minor cuts and burns, grazes, spider bites and sores which can all respond quickly to topical manuka honey.

Medical grade manuka honey is a great natural first aid alternative to standard pharmaceutical options. It possesses multiple wound healing properties (see below), and is gentle on the skin. Pharmaceutical ointments and creams contain multiple chemical ingredients (active ingredients, preservatives, solvents etc) that can actually aggravate damaged skin.

Manuka honey is safe for all ages, from infants to the elderly, even animals – so there’s no need to panic if one of the kids or pets decides to eat it or lick their wounds!

The healing properties of manuka honey

Manuka honey has been widely researched and shown to possess unique wound healing properties, particularly for stubborn and hard to treat wounds. 

  • Manuka honey has powerful and prolonged antibacterial activity when applied externally to wounds and broken skin.  Clinical studies show it is effective against a wide variety of bacteria including antibiotic-resistant strains.
  • Manuka honey has a direct anti-inflammatory action and stimulates natural repair when applied topically.
  • Manuka honey has a debriding action which helps clear the wound site of debris while protecting the new healthy tissue. 
  • Manuka honey is a humectant, drawing excess fluid away while still maintaining a moist wound site beneficial for healing.
  • And for general skin care it is an emollient, helping to soften, soothe and protect skin against dryness and cracking.

How manuka honey works for wound care:

  • Speeds healing and repair of damaged tissue
  • Fights and prevents infection and excessive inflammation
  • Helps reduce any wound odour
  • Helps clean the wound by drawing away and absorbing excess fluid and wound debris
  • Maintains a moisture-balanced and low-pH environment ideal for healing
  • Helps prevent scab formation and scarring



Manuka Health’s range of MGO™ Manuka Honey Wound Care products are made from medical grade Manuka Honey, sterilised using a non-chemical process that does not affect the quality of the honey, for safe use on broken skin and open wounds. 

MGO™ Manuka Honey Wound Dressings contain manuka honey in a soft non-sticky gel pad which protects and cushions the wound site, absorbs any wound fluids and doesn’t stick to the skin (no painful peel-off when removing the dressing).

Breast Pads with Manuka Honey are an advanced natural manuka honey dressing specially made for breastfeeding mums to relieve the discomfort of cracked or irritated nipples.


You can also find more information at http://honeywoundcare.com/

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