Manuka Honey For Wound Care

Is Manuka Honey good for healing wounds on the Skin?

The short answer is that IT IS GREAT for treating wounds on the skin. It is very effective when used in both gel and bandage form. Manuka Honey For Wound Care is something that everyone can do at home.

How does Manuka Honey For Wound Care work?

Methyglyoxal (MG) is the unique anti-bacterial compound term that gives Manuka honey its turbo charged healing abilities (also called MGO via a company trademark) and it’s very important for wound healing in particular.  It is suggested that this one compound (Methyglyoxal) could be responsible for up to 90-95% of the total Manuka Honey anti-bacterial activities (source: Prof. Henle, 2017).

The PH of Manuka honey is between 3.5 and 4.5.  That makes it “acidic” in nature.

Ways Manuka Honey can help with common household wounds include:

  • Common everyday surface wounds
  • Minor cuts and lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Minor burns and scolds

Common wound pathogens (bacteria) that Manuka Honey can attack include:

  • aureus
  • aeruginosa
  • Coli
  • epidermidis
  • aureus – MRSA
  • faecalis
  • pyogenes
  • perfringens
  • albicans
  • niger

Please watch the short 4 minute video below to find out exactly how Manuka Honey can help you heal many common skin issues at home today.

To learn more about the amazing benefits of Manuka Honey, please click here.

How do you heal your cuts and scrapes at home?  Have you ever tried Honey?  How did it go?  What worked, what didn’t work? If you have any thoughts or comments on honey or wound care in general, please feel free to leave your comments in the section below.

The author of this video is Manuka Health New Zealand

Publish Date is: Feb 4, 2013

There are four products in the Manuka Health Wound Care range.

The wound Gel,

  • The wound dressings and
  • The Breast Pads,


All products are sterilized, and all products are made with New Zealand medical grade Manuka Honey.

The Wound Gel comes in a 30g presentation. Each tube has a flip top and all tubes are sealed so that you know the tubes haven’t been previously used.

Each tube of Wound Gel contains 94% Manuka Honey and 6% naturally derived gelling agents. The gelling agents allow the user to place the gel into the wound.

Each tube of wound gel has Methylglyoxal 250 medical grade Manuka Honey.

New speaker: Professor Thomas Henle   Technical University of Dresden.

Well Methylglyoxal is definitely the unique antibacterial compound of Manuka Honey. There maybe some other compounds which slightly enhance the antibacterial activity, but without Methlyglyoxal, definitely no activity. 90-95% of the total activity is definitely due to Methylglyoxal.

The Manuka Health Wound Gel can be used on all surfaces. Abrasions or grazes, minor cuts and lacerations and minor burns and scolds.

Once you have applied the Wound Gel to the wound, you will require a secondary dressing.  The ideal dressing is a Manuka Health Wound Dressing. Followed by tape or a bandage to secure the wound gel and dressing in place.

The Manuka Health family of products, the Wound Gel and the Wound Dressings are designed to be used together or separately. 

The Manuka Health Wound Dressings come in two popular sizes. 5 x 7 cm and 10 x 10 cm.

They come in standard medical packaging, which is easily opened and each dressing has three components.

1)  First component is a plastic liner which covers the specialized gel pad. We say that a customer required 25% more dressing than they have wound.

If they wish to cut the dressing, it’s best to cut it with the plastic liner on, because it provides stability to the gel dressing.

2)  Remove the plastic liner. The second component is the 3mm layer of specialized gel pad, which is 20% Manuka Honey. The Manuka Honey used in the dressing is Methylglyoxal 400 (MG 400).

3)  The third component of the dressing is the cotton breathable backing.  You can see how conformable the dressing is.

The Manuka Health wound dressings can be used on all surface wounds abrasions or grazes, minor cuts and lacerations and minor burns and scolds. 

This specialized honey hydrogel dressing denotes moisture to the wound.

Both the Wound Gel and dressings maintain a moist wound healing environment. Each dressing will absorb up to three times its weight in wound exudate and you will know when to change the dressing when the edges appear wet or saturated.

You will require a tape or bandage to keep the dressing in place.

  • If the wound is not exudating then the dressing can remain in place for 5-7 days.
  • If the wound is exudating then more frequent dressing changes will be required.

The ph of Manuka Honey is between 3.5 and 4.5 meaning it is acidic.  Wound pathogens including MRSA do not survive in an acidic environment.  Manuka Honey has a high glucose concentration Therefore assisting in drawing out inflammation from the wound, this enables wound healing to commence.

The high glucose content also has a rapid deodorizing effect by giving the wound healing cells an alternative food supply and preventing the cells from producing Sulphur and ammonia, which are responsible for the odour.

The Manuka Health Breast Pads come one pair per packet. They are circular and each pad comes on a plastic liner.  We encourage the Breastfeeding Mums to keep the packaging and the liners for use between feeds. Peel the pad off the plastic liner, but do not remove the breathable backing fabric.

This product is ideal for breastfeeding mothers suffering from nipple trauma. At the first sign of a crack or painful nipple, they should be applied.  Some mothers simply use the pads for the cooling and soothing effect that they provide.

Place the gel side of the pad against the nipple, the fabric backing will sit next to the bra, so friction doesn’t occur. The pad will absorb three times (x3) it’s own weight, however once the pads are saturated with breast milk, they will require changing.

Providing that the pads retain good integrity, they can be placed back onto the plastic liners and then into the fridge for an extra cooling effect. They can be reused for upto three (3) weeks.

Thank you for watching.

To read reviews regarding Manuka Honey Medical Grade Gel in Gel form, please click this link:  Derma Sciences 31815 Medihoney Dressing Gel, 1.5 oz Tube

To read reviews regarding Manuka Honey Medical Grade Bandage form, please click this link: Activon Tulle 2″ Wound Dressing with 100% Manuka Honey (Pack of 3) 2 inch x 2 inch pad


  • How do you heal your cuts and scrapes at home?  Have you ever tried Honey?  How did it go?  What worked, what didn’t work? If you have any thoughts or comments on honey or wound care in general, please feel free to leave your comments in the section below.


Disclaimer: Obviously this information is general in nature and all wounds of a more serious nature or any wounds which aren’t healing to your satisfaction will require medical attention.