Honey Can Help Wound Healing
Honey can help heal wounds. Everybody knows that honey goes great on toast or a glazed ham to add a little sweetness to your meal (buy the perfect honey for your toast here!).
While its food uses are infinite, most people are unaware of honey’s wound care capabilities, a trait that can help an infected wound properly heal in orderly fashion. From burn wounds, bacterial infections to pressure ulcers, UMF Manuka honey is an everyday household product that can provide various healing benefits. Below are a few points on how to administer honey to treat a wound.
UMF Manuka honey
It is important to understand that you cannot go around squeezing regular store bought honey on every wound or infection you encounter. Instead, try using UMF Manuka honey from New Zealand, which on top of serving as a healthier edible substitute for regular honey, also possess numerous therapeutic qualities.UMF Manuka honey was approved by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration in 2007 as a recommended option for wound treatment.
One of the biggest antiseptic features UMF manuka honey has is its ability to release hydrogen peroxide and Methylglyoxal that is essential for helping eliminate bacterial activity. The pollen collected from the manuka bush and transformed into honey has been known to effectively treat serious infections ranging from skin rashes, boils to scalded skin. Remember do not attempt to use regular honey as an option for wound care. The high-fructose corn syrup that is abundant in other honey is actually more likely to help spread infection rather than prevent it.
Using UMF Manuka honey to heal
Before applying the honey to the affected area be sure it is clean and dry (honey and water don’t mix well together). Apply a generous amount of UMF 15+ or 20+ Manuka honey to the site ( for deeper wounds a UMF 20+ Manuka honey is recommended). Cover with a clean dressing or bandage. Repeat this method at least once daily until wound has healed. Take care when removing the dressing/ bandage from wound.
Evidence of healing
Numerous scientific studies have been conducted to observe the wound healing properties honey can possess. Researchers from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, have discovered how Manuka honey was able to effectively reduce the healing times of burn wounds. Using data from 19 clinical trials dealing with 2,554 patients with untreated wounds, the doctors were able to prove that Manuka honey helped the wounds heal quicker than normal gauze and film dressings that commonly used to treat burns.
Another study published in the International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds involved researchers discovering a wide variety of treatment qualities found in honey that are almost unparalleled to other forms of treatment. After conducting 22 trials involving 2,062 patients who were subjected with honey as a wound dressing, the following properties were found:
• Infections were not only cleared, but wounds were protected from spreading bacteria
• Honey was able to control and eliminate strong odors from wounds
• Permanent scarring was dramatically reduced
• Honey promoted anti-inflammatory activity
These are just a few examples of the healing wonders of UMF Manuka honey. For more information or how to successfully use honey as a remedy for wound treatment, speak to your medical practitioner.
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