Honey has a long history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years. While the health and healing properties of honey are wide and varied, it is raw honey’s antibacterial, anti-fungal, and pathogen fighter properties that make it ideal for use on wounds, burns and infections.
Manuka raw honey, being 4 times more powerful than ordinary raw honey, goes even further. Its antibacterial powers easily destroy even the toughest bacteria, such as the life-threatening methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
What’s more, none of the pathogens killed by Manuka honey were able to build up immunity. At a time when antibiotic-resistant pathogenic microorganisms are a serious threat to millions, Manuka honey offers a holistic, 100% natural treatment for even the toughest infections.
The Magic of Honey
The ability of honey to attract and hold water, enables it to draw the moisture out of any bacteria or mold. That way, the bacteria found in infectious wounds are dehydrated and killed off by the application of honey.
Besides, honey contains the enzyme glucose oxidase that upon contact with the skin, breaks down and slowly releases hydrogen peroxide in the process. Thus, honey provides a degree of antiseptic action that is unparalleled in the world of medicine.
When it comes to burns, raw honey is superior to other treatments. In less than a minute after application, a honey poultice will stop the pain by sealing off the wound from the air.
In addition to the antibacterial action described above that prevents infection, honey keeps the burn site moist so that the typical pain associated with the changing of burn wound dressings is significantly diminished.
Why Makes Raw Manuka Honey Such a Potent Pathogen Fighter?
Unlike antibiotics we use to fight infections, and to which “superbugs” eventually become resistant, Manuka honey has anti-microbial properties which not only effectively kill germs and pathogens, but prevent them from developing resistance.
According to one study, chronic wounds are becoming a major health concern world wide, due to antibiotic resistance issues. The solution to this potentially very serious problem may be in applying raw Manuka honey to open wounds, regardless of what had caused them.
The raw Manuka honey, containing unique antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and wound-repairing properties is proving to be a gentle, but very effective treatment for a wide range of infections.
With herpes infections (both the sores on the lips and the genital sores), the overall healing time with the raw Manuka honey gave about 50% better results, compared to those achieved with the Acyclovir antiviral drug normally used for such infections.
Manuka honey also successfully fights common fungal infections, such as Athlete’s foot and ringworm.
Besides, both the Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, commonly found in wound infections, and both antibiotic resistant, have been successfully killed with the Manuka honey.
It is well known that honey naturally speeds up wound healing, but the Manuka honey, makes the healing process even faster.
What makes Manuka honey so unique, is that it comes from only one type of tree and from one small area in New Zealand. The tree contains very high levels of an antibacterial compound which is eventually passed on to the honey. It is this compound that makes Manuka honey such a powerful healer.