Can Honey Heal?

Manuka honey from New Zealand has been reported to inhibit more than 80 species of bacteria. Manuka honey is made from the pollen of the manuka shrub and contains methylglyoxal (MG). Honey with a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating on the label of 10 or higher is considered therapeutic. There is some evidence that burns treated with manuka honey heal faster than those treated with conventional methods. However, individuals are cautioned to use only manuka honey that has been sterilized and prepared to use as a dressing for this type of injury. A study published in 2012 by researchers at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales claimed that manuka honey can be used effectively on wounds that don’t heal.

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