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Does Manuka Honey Really Heal Wounds?

Manuka honey heals injuriesHoney was a conventional therapy in fighting infection up until the early 20th century, at which time its use slowly vanished with the discovery of penicillin.

Now the use of honey in wound care is gaining popularity again, as researchers are determining exactly how honey can help fight serious skin infections.

According to their findings, certain types of honey might be more effective than antibiotics!

Researchers are now finding that honey not only helps fight serious skin infections, but certain types of honey, such as manuka honey, might be more effective than antibiotics.

“In lab tests, just a bit of the honey killed off the majority of bacterial cells — and cut down dramatically on the stubborn biofilms they formed.

It could also be used to prevent wounds from becoming infected in the first place.” (Scientific American January 31, 2012)

Read more about the amazing manuka honey in this article from Horsetalk.co.nz:

NZ Manuka Honey Shown To Speed Healing Of Horse Wounds

The simple use of New Zealand-made manuka honey on horses’ leg wounds results in smaller wound sizes and faster healing times, Sydney researchers have found.

Honey has been used to treat wounds in humans since ancient Egypt, but the study at the University of Sydney, using manuka honey from New Zealand, is the first time a clinical trial has been conducted in horses. [article continues here …]

~ Source:  Horsetalk.co.nz

The honey’s exact healing mechanism is still unclear but the studies show clearly that treating wounds with manuka honey leads to healthier tissue regrowth. 

“Wounds treated with manuka also showed improved new blood vessel and skin surface growth compared to control wounds.”

I don’t need convincing.  I’ve personally used manuka honey on horse’s wounds with wonderful results. The most hideous wound I’ve used it on was a huge 5” x 5” open wound that took over 4 weeks to close over – and, using only manuka honey, it didn’t get infected in all that time. You can’t even see a scar now.

If you can’t get medicinal manuka honey at your local health store, here are some links where you can buy it online:

Manuka honey heals woundsWedderspoon Raw Organic Manuka Honey Active 16+, 17.6-Ounce Jar


Manuka honey heals woundsActive MGO 400+ (Old 20+) Manuka Honey 100% Pure by Manuka Health New Zealand Ltd. – 8.8oz jar


Manuka Honey Heals WoundsActive Manuka Honey 16+, Manuka Oil and Aloe Vera Healing Gel

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