If you’re at all familiar with natural remedies, you probably already know about the benefits of honey as a natural sweetener, improved digestion and increased energy, as well as reduced risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer. Maybe you’ve even heard of Manuka honey made from the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known as the New Zealand tea tree or Manuka myrtle. It is by far one of the best types of honey around! But have you ever heard of Manuka honey bandages?
Known for its abilities to help disinfect and speed healing of damaged skin (among other things), honey is one of the oldest forms of wound dressing known to humankind. And with its long list of superior health benefits over other forms of honey, Manuka is one of the best natural remedies to protect and help heal cuts, scrapes, burns, stings, rashes or just about any other type of wound.
Here are the top 10 reasons to switch from synthetic wound dressings to natural Manuka honey bandages!
1. Manuka Honey Bandages Are Naturally Antibacterial
All forms of pure honey are naturally antibacterial. Thus Manuka honey bandages offer superior protection against infection by bacteria. In fact, Manuka honey has been scientifically proven to be effective against even the most resilient forms of bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
2. Manuka Honey Bandages Are Naturally Anti-Inflammatory
Honey is also a well-known natural anti-inflammatory. As such, using Manuka honey bandages can go a long way toward reducing swelling and pain caused by bug bites, stings, rashes and other inflammatory skin conditions.
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3. They Use Natural Adhesives That Won’t Irritate Sensitive Skin
Few things can compare to the pain and discomfort of removing synthetic adhesive bandages from tended wounded skin – even worse if these unnatural adhesives have further irritated the surrounding skin. Because Manuka honey bandages use natural adhesives, there is far less discomfort while both wearing and removing these natural wound dressings.
4. Manuka Honey Bandages Are Naturally Anti-Oxidant
The antioxidants naturally present in Manuka honey also help to nourish wounded skin and help it to heal faster. Thus the regular use of Manuka honey bandages to dress cuts, scrapes, burns and other wounds will actually help them to heal much faster than synthetic wound dressings.
5. They Contain Skin Nourishing Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids
In addition to its antioxidants, Manuka honey is full of skin-nourishing vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Bandages made with this incredible natural ingredient further help skin to heal faster by providing the body with much-needed nutrients which are necessary for growth of new skin cells around the wound.
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6. Manuka Honey is a Natural Histamine Blocker
Manuka honey is also a natural anti-histamine. For skin ailments which are often accompanied by allergic reactions such as poison ivy, bug bites, bee stings and some forms of eczema; Manuka honey bandages can also help to reduce inflammation and itching by neutralizing the body’s allergic response to these irritants.
7. Manuka Honey Bandages Contain No Latex
Manuka honey wound dressings are an excellent alternative to latex bandages for those who are allergic or sensitive to latex. While it is still prudent to check the packaging to be certain, the majority of Manuka honey bandages (at least all of the ones we’ve found so far) are latex-free.
8. They Allow Skin to Breathe Better Than Synthetic Bandages
Wounded skin needs oxygen in order to heal. Many forms of synthetic bandages allow very little (if any) air to reach a wound which stunts the healing process. Manuka honey bandages, on the other hand allow skin to breathe, thus speeding cellular regeneration and wound-healing.
9. Manuka Honey Bandages Help Wounds to Heal Faster
In addition to all of the above-stated reasons (e.g., antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, antioxidants, nutrients, etc.); Manuka honey has been scientifically proven to lower the pH of wounded skin, increase fibroblast activity (responsible for production of collagen and fibrous connective tissues) as well as oxygen release within a wound. All of these factors add up to a drastically increased healing rate when using Manuka honey bandages in lieu of synthetic wound dressings.
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10. Manuka Honey Bandages Reduce the Likelihood of Scarring
Because Manuka honey greatly improves the body’s ability to heal itself, using Manuka honey wound dressings also significantly reduces the likelihood of scarring from cuts, burns, and other forms of superficial wounds.
(Honey isn’t the only natural ingredient which can help heal skin faster and prevent scarring. Learn all out about one of the best healing herbs around that is probably growing right outside your front door and how you can use it to heal mosquito bites, poison ivy rash, wounds, eczema and more in this awesome how-to!)
Where to Find Manuka Honey Bandages
Manuka honey bandages are available in several different shapes and sizes including 2” x 2” bandages, 4” x 5” bandages, and 3/4” x 12” rope bandages, as well as in form of the Manuka honey wound salve which is an excellent natural alternative to synthetic triple antibiotic ointments.
If you’d like to read more real life case studies of patients who have experienced positive results using Manuka Honey bandages, then take a look at the reviews here.
Read more about Manuka honey and all of its many incredible health benefits in our 17 Life Changing Reasons You Need A Jar Of Manuka Honey!
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