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Manuka honey - wound healer

Active UMF manuka honey - wound healer...

Manuka honey, produced in the remote, green, unpolluted forests of NZ has been nature's best-kept secret for years. UMF honey has a scientifically proven antibacterial activity and has been successfully used on sores, cuts, ulcers, burns and wounds.

What does (Manuka honey) UMF stand for?

UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. Active UMF Manuka Honey is the only honey that has been tested for its antibacterial activity and selected for sale on its level of activity.

Science tells us that Manuka honey has anti bacterial factors...

All honey has some antibacterial factor, but Manuka honey contains an additional antibacterial component that is unique to honey produced from Leptospermum or Manuka trees. It is said that these 2 antibacterial components together may have a synergistic action, i.e. their combined effect is greater than the sum of its parts.

To be endorsed by the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, as having special uses, Active honey must have a UMF level of no less than 10.

All honey contains hydrogen peroxide, which has a mild antibacterial activity. The hydrogen peroxide in honey is produced by an enzyme in the honey. This enzyme is destroyed by the exposure of honey to heat and light. As well as this, because most manufacturers heat honey to extract it from the barrel, it can be lost due to this.

Active UMF Manuka Honey contains not just this hydrogen peroxide, but also a 2nd antibacterial agent. This strong agent is stable throughout the entire manufacturing process.

What can Manuka Honey help with?

Dr. Peter Molan, who has been testing the antibacterial properties of honey for 18 years, states Manuka honey has a unique drawing factor that soaks liquid and nutrients, which bacteria feed on, out of a wound it is put into. It also painlessly lifts off dead tissue, scab or burnt skin and keeps the wound moist, which aids healing.

Ailments helped by using Manuka honey...

Dr Molan has tested Active Manuka Honey to help with many different health ailments. Some of the ones he found this to be most effective with are:

  • Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers (1 spoonful on an empty stomach each day)
  • MRSA, the antibiotic resistant bacteria that is the common cause of non-healing wounds
  • Fungal infections, such as those found on the skin and nails - ringworm and athletes foot (minimum concentrations were needed)
  • Bacterial diarrhoea in infants
  • Burns
  • Wounds
  • Eczema

As well as this, clinical trials have shown that it is actually superior to the most widely used modern dressing material for the treatment of burns.

Clinical observations and research have shown that UMF honey works successfully on wounds not responding to any other treatment. Infections in wounds are rapidly cleared up by honey.

Other uses for Manuka honey...

Honey deodorizes offensive smelling wounds, honey lifts dead tissue from wounds, it stimulates growth of new tissue, speeds the healing of wounds, helps prevent scars resulting from wounds, reduces the inflammation, swelling and pain. Honey dressings do not stick to the wound, so are painless to remove.


The best way to apply honey to wounds is to spread it on a dressing pad and then place it on the wound. The quantity to use is about a teaspoon for a 5cm x 5cm dressing or proportionally for larger dressings. Alternatively, you can purchase the Medihoney, sterilized and already in a tube.


A pea sized drop of Manuka honey on the pad of a Band-Aid is suitable for cuts, boils etc.

The dressing needs to be changed frequently if the honey becomes diluted by wound fluid or by contact with water, but if it remains dry, it needs to be changed only every 2-3 days.

At Ideal Health we stock Comvita UMF Manuka Honey. This comes in 250 and 500 gram jars and varies in strength from UMF5 to UMF18.  We also have Medihoney. This is specifically for topical use, in a convenient tube.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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