New And Improved Medihoney Range
Honey has a long history of being used as a healing agent for wounds and burns and its use has been described in a number of ancient texts (1). With the rise of antibiotics and other advanced systems of wound care, honey went out of favour but more recently, there has been resurgence in interest in using honey in wounds and skin conditions, and investigation into the mechanisms behind healing.
There are particular species of plants that are known to produce honey that is high in antibacterial properties, irrespective of hydrogen peroxide. Current evidence suggests that honey produced from Leptospermum species of tree - New Zealand Manuka and Australian Jellybush are the most effective, however the strength of batches can vary hugely, so batch testing is still required to verify the antibacterial activity (2). These antibacterial properties make these types of honey unique, particularly with regards to use in wounds and skin conditions.
Comvita Medihoney®, using medical grade Manuka honey, works in a variety of ways to clean, heal and protect wounds. Medihoney® uses a number of different mechanisms to kill bacteria. Not only relying on hydrogen peroxide for antibacterial properties, Medihoney® also contains the particular phenolic compounds that are tested and stable, even when unstable hydrogen peroxide is neutralised (known as ‘non-peroxide activity’). These phenolic compounds are thought to be as a result of the combination of factors from the nectar itself, as well as enzymes from the bees and these compounds work to kill bacteria (3). Medihoney® contains high amounts of sugar and low amounts of water. High osmolarity is considered important as the sugar molecules bind to water molecules, making very little water available to bacteria, as well as helping to draw wound fluid up and out of the wound (4).
Medihoney® is also unfavourable to the growth of bacteria due to its acidic pH, as bacteria require a more alkaline environment to survive (5) and encourages wound healing by changing the pH of the wound itself (6).
Medihoney® Therapeutic Skincare range uses Medihoney® medical-grade honey in every product, to protect, soothe and heal, are the first natural skincare products independently certified by the Natural Products Association (NPA) and includes Medihoney® Antibacterial Wound Gel™, to help promote healing of infected Eczema and prevent further infection of skin splits.
- Medihoney® Antibacterial Wound Gel™ is clinically proven to promote wound healing, is supported by over 130 research papers and case studies worldwide, is classed as a medical device, and is used in hospitals throughout the world. Medihoney® Antibacterial Wound Gel™ is natural, non-toxic and is safe to use on all ages and areas of the body, and is suitable for any type of wound.
- Medihoney® Natural Eczema Cream is formulated specifically for areas that are prone to flare-ups and to manage inflamed and irritated skin. It contains Medihoney® to soothe and restore skin, as well as to prevent potential colonisation of bacteria on the skin, as well as ingredients such as Aloe vera and Chamomile to soothe skin inflammation and improve hydration.
- Medihoney® Natural Skintensive Cream provides intensive hydration for dry and itchy skin. It contains Medihoney® as well as rich plant butters to restore and improve skin condition and to retain moisture. Medihoney® Natural Skintensive Cream nourishes sensitive and eczema-prone skin and is free from parabens, SLS, fragrance and petrolatum, so won’t irritate. Natural Skintensive Cream is dermatologically tested and is suitable for use by the whole family.
- Medihoney® Natural Moisturising Lotion is a nourishing, all-over lotion with oat extract, medical grade Manuka honey and rich plant butters
- Medihoney® Natural Moisturising Soap Free Wash is suitable for everyday use to gently clean dry, sensitive skin.
1. Honey: A potent agent for wound healing? Lusby, P. (2002). Journal of WOCN, 29(6), 295–300. Retrieved 14 July 2015. http://doi.org/10.1067/mjw.2002.129073
2. Bactericidal activity of different honeys against pathogenic bacteria. Lusby, P. E., Coombes, A. L., & Wilkinson, J. M. (2005). Archives of Medical Research, 36(5), 464–7. Retrieved 14 July 2015 http://doi.org/10.1016/j.arcmed.2005.03.038
3. Honey: A potent agent for wound healing? Lusby, P. (2002). Journal of WOCN, 29(6), 295–300. Retrieved 14 July 2015. http://doi.org/10.1067/mjw.2002.129073
4. Bactericidal activity of different honeys against pathogenic bacteria. Lusby, P. E., Coombes, A. L., & Wilkinson, J. M. (2005). Archives of Medical Research, 36(5), 464–7. Retrieved 14 July 2015 http://doi.org/10.1016/j.arcmed.2005.03.038
5. Honey in the treatment of burns: a systematic review and meta-analysis of its efficacy. Wijesinghe, M., Weatherall, M., Perrin, K., & Beasley, R. (2009). The New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1295), 47–60. Retrieved 14 July 2015 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19648986
6. A summary of published clinical research on Honey in wound management (pp. 130–142). White, R., & Molan, P. (2000). Retrieved 14 July 2015 http://www.bamford.co.nz/uploads/file/pdfs/honey chapter_9.pdf