Honey has been used for thousands of years for its nutritional value, delicious taste, and healing properties. Only recently has medical science caught up and started to acknowledge honey and especially active medical grade honey for its amazing health benefits. Below are some examples of medical grade honey usage.
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Antibacterial honey for cuts, wounds and burns
- Inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria at the
- Provides a moist wound healing environment
- Assists to lift debris and dirt away from the wound site
- Helps to minimise scab formation and scarring
- Provides a protective barrier between the dressing and the wound
- Helps prevent sticking and irritation of the dressing to wound site
- Antioxidants reduce damage caused by free radicles at the wound site
- Stimulates cytokine release which reduces inflammation and speeds up the wound healing process
How antibacterial honey is used topically:
Squeeze Antibacterial Honey onto a clean non adhesive dressing, using approximately 25g for a 10×10 bandage and apply to the affected area. Be sure to completely cover the wound site, leaving no air pockets between the dressing and the affected area. Daily dressing changes are usual but if the dressing becomes too wet this can indicate that more frequent dressing changes are required.
It is normal to experience a short – lasting stinging sensation after applying Antibacterial Honey to the wound site. Should pain, irritation, redness and swelling persist, and the condition being treated does not appear to improve discontinue use, remove the dressing and wash the Antibacterial Honey off the wound site and consult your doctor. For the first aid treatment of wounds and burns. In case of serious wounds and burns consult your doctor.
Always read the directions on the tube.
Store below 25C.
Keep out of the reach of children
Not suitable for infants under the age of 12 months. If symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner. Store below 25C. Do not refrigerate. Contains sugars.
Uses of Bioactive Jellybush Honey and Bioactive Manuka Honey:
- High in Antioxidants
- High in Hydrogen Peroxide Releasing Enzymes
- High in MGO – The Unique Leptospermum Factor Activity
Jellybush gets its name from the thick gel like nature of the honey that the bees gather from Leptospermum flowers. Active Jellybush Honey contains both hydrogen peroxide releasing enzymes and, the MGO activity, the unique Leptospermum factor
Both of these honey properties, the hydrogen peroxide releasing enzymes and the MGO activity, the unique Leptospermum factor, have been researched by honey institutes in Australia and around the world and have been proven to have antimicrobial properties. Active Jellybush Honey also contains phenolic compounds such as flavonoids which have known antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.
The antioxidants within the honey are also able to reduce the effects of free radical damage.
These natural properties impart potent cleansing qualities to the honey with proven health benefits when taken internally or applied externally to the skin.
Not all Jellybush and Manuka honeys are active. Choose a honey that has been tested for activity.
- Not suitable for infants under 12 months old.
- Store in a cool place below 25°C, away from direct sunlight.
- Do not refrigerate.
MGO Activity Rating of Jellybush Honey
All our medicinal Jellybush honeys are tested at independent laboratories before packaging to ensure that high levels of hydrogen peroxide releasing enzymes, and MGO activity, the unique Leptospermum factor, are present.
At Australia’s manuka our bioactive medicinal honeys are pure and delicious. Our honey comes in the original strength produced by our cold extracted process and cool storage.
Seasonal variations in colour and texture of Australia’s Manuka Bioactive Honey can occur due to the flowering of other plant species at the same time but the activity is always guaranteed.
What does the word ‘bioactive’ mean?
The word ‘bioactive’ refers to Australia’s Manuka honeys’ ability to kill or inhibit the growth of many bacteria and fungi. This unique ‘bioactivity’ or antimicrobial quality is determined by specific laboratory tests.
The two types of ‘bioactivity’ of Australia’s Manuka honey
1) The Hydrogen Peroxide Activity
The first and most common form of antibacterial activity is due to the slow release of hydrogen peroxide with the help of the enzyme glucose oxidase present in honey.
There is a great variation in the hydrogen peroxide releasing ability of different honeys with some honeys being no more antibacterial than sugar. The reason for this variation is due to the enzyme responsible for the release of hydrogen peroxide being sensitive to both heat and light, and also other natural chemical compounds within some honeys. This enzyme can be deactivated by exposure to heat, light and natural phytochemicals and this reduce the honeys’ ability to release hydrogen peroxide. Therefore, when some honeys were tested in laboratories, they show no sign of hydrogen peroxide activity.
Our cold extraction methods and amber packaging assist to preserve the bioactivity of our Australia’s Manuka Honey.
2) Methylglyoxal (MGO), The Unique Leptospermum Factor.
The unique and special factor, found in many Leptospermum plants, is related to the presence of a natural phytochemical identified as methylglyoxal (MGO). This antibacterial property is unique to honeys produced by Leptospermum plants. The methylglyoxal (MGO) component along with a small percentage of other phenolic compounds is responsible for the potent antimicrobial property found in Jellybush and Manuka Honey.
MGO is much more stable than the antimicrobial effect of the hydrogen peroxide releasing enzymes as it does not become rapidly effected by dilution. It is therefore better suited when longer term effect is required.
This MGO activity has been given a strength rating from 30+ MGO up to 1500+MGO, with 1500+MGO being one of the strongest manuka honeys available in the world.
The non-hydrogen peroxide (NPA) activity was first discovered in New Zealand, by Professor Peter Molan, who’s research focused on manuka honeys’ (Leptospermum scoparium) antibacterial effects. Professor Peter Molan coined the term Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) in reference to this unknown antimicrobial effect. We now use the term MGO, as this refers directly to the compound responsible for manuka’s unique antibacterial activity.
Leptospermum scoparium is also found in many parts of southern Australia including NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.
Activity of honey
Not all honey has the peroxide and MGO properties. The variability between different batches of honey can be as much as 100-fold.
In 1996 an organisation called TradeNZ, in conjunction with the Honey Research Unit, set about to establish a standard for the classification of antibacterial honey activity. This led to the creation of the New Zealand industry standard for Manuka strength and activity which was termed the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).
Australia is the original home of the Leptospermum plants and has over 84 species of Leptospermums with over half of these already identified as producing potent bioactive honey (Leptospermum Honey).