Honey and the Treatment of Wounds and Burns:

G. Gethin and S. Cowman. Bacteriological changes in sloughy venous leg ulcers treated with manuka honey or hydrogel: an RCT. J Wound Care 17(6)241-4, 246-7.

This study found that manuka honey was 70% effective in eradicating MRSA chronic venous ulcers.  This is useful in prevention of infection as well as cross-infection.


K. I. Malik, M. A. Malik and A. Aslam. Honey compared with silver sulphadiazine in the treatment of superficial partial-thickness burns. Int Wound J 7(5)413-7.

Honey has been used for the treatment of wounds for ages.  this study showed the effectiveness of it in the management of burn injury.  Honey was more effective than silver to promote healing as well as  preventing infection in the wounds.


S. Natarajan, D. Williamson, J. Grey, K. G. Harding and R. A. Cooper. Healing of an MRSA-colonized, hydroxyurea-induced leg ulcer with honey. J Dermatolog Treat 12(1)33-6.

In this case study of an immunosuppressed individual with a leg ulcer with antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus it was concluded that honey is recognized to have antibacterial properties, and can also promote effective wound healing.  This is a modern problem, solved by a age-old therapy. 


A. R. Surahio, A. A. Khan, M. Farooq and I. Fatima. Role of honey in wound dressing in diabetic foot ulcer. J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad 26(3)304-6.

As the incidence of diabetes grows, more and more people face the possibility of leg amputation as a result of non-healing diabetic foot ulcers.  Use of honey significantly reduced the rate of amputation and improve wound healing when used for wound dressing in diabetics with foot ulcers.