The Use of Australian Honey in Moist Wound Management

The Use of Australian Honey in Moist Wound Management

The Use of Australian Honey in Moist Wound Management

The use of honey as a therapeutic agent dates to ancient times. More recently, there has been growing interest in this ‘natural’ remedy, which has lead to legitimate scientific investigations. Research in New Zealand has shown that Manuka honey has very special healing properties. This honey has been described to contain “the best natural antibiotic in the World”. There is much evidence to suggest that the antibacterial activity of honey is due to more than the sugars present therein. Two major sources have been shown to be responsible for the anti-microbial activity – hydrogen peroxide (from the bee) and uncharacterised chemical substances (from the floral source). Using honeys sourced from around Australia and screened against several reference microorganisms, the anti-microbial potency of one particular Australian honey was shown to be comparable to NZ Manuka honey. Initial chemical comparison also confirmed that the NZ Manuka and the “active” Australian honey are very similar. This is not unexpected since both of these remarkable honeys are derived from Leptospermum trees.

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