Healing Honey

Healing Honey

Bees have been making their honey for 10–20 million years, lending it an ancient pedigree for healing and renewing the skin. The ancient Egyptians used honey to embalm their dead, the Greek physician, Hippocrates, cured skin disorders with honey, while the ancient Romans used honey as a gift to the gods.
However, Mānuka honey is a complex honey that goes far beyond a simple table honey. It has been the focus of extensive scientific research, evidencing remarkable natural properties that set it apart from other honeys and make it so highly prized throughout the world. This unique healer has extraordinary benefits when used in our natural skincare.

For a wound to heal quickly, it needs to remain clean and free from any dead or damaged tissue.

Clinical studies have shown that Mānuka honey promotes a very important action called autolytic debridement where it works in harmony with your body to help keep the wound clean naturally, flushing out bacteria, debris and dead tissue, while protecting the new healthy tissue.



With a rich, thick, and sticky texture, Mānuka honey works to form a physical barrier between the wound and the environment, protecting against bacteria and reducing the risk of infection. It also contains powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities.

Mānuka honey is an ultra-saturated medley of about 80% sugar; thanks to this sugary composition and the lack of water, the honey creates a hostile environment for bacteria and other microbes ensuring they are unable to grow or thrive.

Hydrogen peroxide gives most honey its antibiotic quality. But the major antibacterial component in Mānuka honey is a bioactive compound called methylglyoxal or MGO. In Mānuka honey, it has been found to have levels of MGO up to 100x higher than ordinary honey such as Clover. Although several studies have been undertaken to understand why MGO is responsible for the antibacterial activity of Manuka honey, the chemistry behind this phenomenon remains unclear!


Honey supports fast and healthy wound healing by creating a moist, low pH environment. This low pH works to provide oxygen to regenerating tissue which in turn promotes new tissue formation.

Mānuka honey also has a very high level of phenolics which act as antioxidants. These are super important in wound care because they decrease inflammation, while working to soothe the damaged area and minimise scarring.

Finally, honey is what they call a “humectant”, which means it works to draw vital moisture into the skin while helping fortify skin’s barrier which increases skin’s ability to recover and bounce back from damage.

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