Manuka honey, not only does it taste delicious but it offers health benefits


“Smearing honey on wound could prevent infection” was a recent headline in The Times.  Researchers at Cardiff University have found that smearing “an expensive honey” on wounds could help protect against bacterial infections, including MRSA. Manuka honey comes from bees which have collected nectar from Manuka trees (Tea Trees) in New Zealand.  Tea Tree oil has long been recognised for its anti-bacterial qualities and scientists have now said it could be a “useful topical agent”.  Professor Rose Cooper said “Our findings suggest that Manuka honey can hamper the attachment of bacteria to tissues and make MRSA more sensitive to antibiotics”.   Putting honey on wounds could be an economic way of reducing infections, she as suggested.   Certainly this study would back up what many of us already know; that putting honey on burns does indeed help with healing.   An added bonus is an increased awareness for honey bees and that has to be a good thing …

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