Honey has been used for thousands of years to clean wounds and fight bacteria.
However, with the emergence of modern medicines, honey, like many “old school” treatments have been all but forgotten about until recently.
As the “superbug” issue continues to grow at an alarming rate, more and more people, including leading medical researchers, are looking at the “old school alternatives” once again.
Hold the phone…are you telling me that honey isn’t just good on toast?
That’s exactly what I’m saying…
Recent studies, including one done by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia, have shown that Manuka honey used topically on wounds, is not only effective against bacteria, but when used in conjunction with modern antibiotics, prevents the bacteria from developing a resistance to the antibiotics being used.
That is absolutely spectacular and great news for MRSA sufferers, whether they are suffering from infected wounds, boils, or both!
In fact, Professor Liz Harry of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), in Australia who is stated that “Manuka honey should be used as a first resort for wound treatment, rather than the last resort, as it so often is.”
In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service (NHS) has approved Manuka Honey to be used in wound dressings.
So what is so good about it?
Manuka honey has an antibacterial component that sets it apart from other honeys. This activity is stable and doesn’t lose its potency when exposed to dilution, heat or light.
Manuka honey has been found to be effective against a range of bacteria including:
- Staphylococcus Aureus including antibiotic resistant strains
- Helicobacter pylori, the common cause of stomach ulcers
- Escherichia coli, the most common cause of infected wounds
- Streptococcus pyogenes, the most common cause of sore throats
Manuka honey has the following benefits:
- It has antimicrobial properties
- It is an antiviral agent
- It is an antioxidant that can help to increase vitality and immunity.
Manuka honey can heal wounds and skin ulcers that have not responded to “standard” treatments.
What’s the catch?
As a general rule honey is perfectly safe used both topically and internally and there are no known side effects of its use…unless of coure you are allergic.
However there are a few things I’d like to make you aware of:
- Honey in general is not suitable for babies under 12 months of age
- Diabetics should also avoid or limit their intake of honey due to the high glucose content
- Researchers suggest using medical grade Manuka honey with a high Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) as this was found to be the most effective.
How can I use Manuka Honey to treat MRSA?
It is entirely up to you but personally I primarily used it topically. This is because it can be expensive, and I prefered to use it on my wounds and/or boils than putting loads of it on my toast!
However, due to the fact that Manuka Honey is so good for you, you can take it internally (orally) if you choose to.
Where can I get Manuka Honey and how can I choose an effective product?
Although Manuka Honey is produced in New Zealand, it is available worldwide, usually from online retailers.
Comvita, a well known supplement company has invested in medicinal grade Manuka honey, sourced from New Zealand. They sell Manuka honey in various strengths, starting at UMF5+ through to UMF20+ and you can usually grab it for a good price from Amazon.
When buying Manuka honey though, you want to ensure that you are getting the highest UMF as possible.
Generally a UMF of 15+ or more is required because at these concentrations it is much more effective.
Do I recommend Manuka Honey for treating MRSA?
Without a doubt!
I can hand on heart say that Manuka Honey worked for me.
Personally, I used Comvita’s 15UMF+ Manuka Honey because it worked well for me without being super expensive like the UMF20+ stuff.
If you have read my book “The Boil Bible” you will know that I used Comvita Manuka honey on a large abscess that I got as a result of a boil that had turned very nasty (the infection ate away at my flesh).
Within 24hrs the abscess had begun to heal, and flesh began to grow in the area that had been eaten away by the bacteria.
I found medical grade Manuka honey to be absolutely amazing as a topical treatment for MRSA.
I hope this advice helps you on your recovery from MRSA and feel free to leave a comment below.
Thanks for reading…
Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of this product.