Case Study – Manuka honey & Nonna’s festy wound

I was horrified to see my Nonna‘s hand last week. It had a large, cracked scab on it that was not only causing her pain… it was growing mould on it! She had been putting salted water on it and dettol, but because it kept getting wet (one uses ones hands quite a lot!) and worse. It was now so infected to the point I was worried it would go deeper.

Enter Manuka Honey 300+ from New Zealand, which I purchased from Terra Madre in Westgarth. What is Manuka honey? It is a medicinal honey founded in 1982 by scientist Dr Peter Molan who discovered that this unique, healing honey from the Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) tree which contains a different antibacterial component to other types of honey. No doubt the Maoris knew about this one. Its special feature its functioning array of bioactivity: antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral. Ongoing research shows that Manuka honey inhibits the growth of Heliobacter pylori, a bacterial species linked to stomach ulcers and it is potent enough to fight ‘super-bugs‘ such as MSRA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococus aureus)-resistant bacteria.

So stocked with high-quality protective wound patches, my pot of Manuka honey and Himalayan salt we started the ‘healing nonna’s wound’ project.

1. Dab the wound with a solution made from 1 cup of warm water and 1 teaspoon of salt, allow it to dry.

2. Thinly apply the Manuka honey over the wound.

3. Place the wound patch on and change every three days. Attention: do not let the wound get wet,

Within 6 days nonna’s wound was 90% healed thanks to her and my delight! Did you know that breastmilk can treat conjunctivitis? Now that’s another story.

xx Ilana Sowter Acupuncture Melbourne, @Ivanhoe

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