Using Manuka honey for wounds has become more and more popular as people discover its healing benefits. It can be used on both people and animals to accelerate wound healing, reduce scarring, destroy bacteria that can cause infection, and reduce inflammation.
It seems that the ancient Egyptians knew something that it took us a long time to rediscover – that honey heals wounds. According to Wounds, a peer-reviewed wound research journal, honey is believed to have been used on wounds as early as 3000 BC and was found in Egyptian tombs.
They also say that there are several factors in honey that make it so effective in the healing process. These factors include its acidity, its high osmolarity, its broad-spectrum anti-bacterial properties, its anti-inflammatory properties, and its immune stimulating properties. It looks like honey really is one of nature’s powerhouse healers.
To make sure you’ve always got some on hand in the event of an injury, keep Manuka honey in your home first-aid kit and take it with you on hiking and camping trips. It’s also a good idea to keep it on hand for pet injuries as well. We’ve written about manuka honey for horses and manuka honey for dogs.
There are also some great Manuka first aid products available that make it easier than lugging around jars of honey. Eras Natural Sciences Wound Honey is a good option. It contains Manuka honey, aloe vera, and vitamin B to help heal wounds.
Another great addition to your Manuka first aid kit is 100% Manuka Essential Oil. Manuka oil is great for fungus infections like athlete’s foot and jock itch. It’s also a natural antiseptic and helps with wound healing, eases sore joints, and soothes insect bites and poison ivy.
UMF 15+ Manuka Honey Wound and Burn Dressing should be a first aid kit staple. It is cold processed to preserve all the active properties of the honey and every batch is tested. It’s great for everything from minor injuries to MRSA infections.