How I Heal Wounds Naturally With Manuka Honey
Although I have known that I have had HS for several years now, I only recently started to research wound care and ingredients that could aid in the healing process. I was first introduced to using manuka honey on HS wounds in the book The Hidden Plague by Tara Grant, and I have since researched all over the internet for products that are beneficial while also being decently priced.
In the midst of a terrible HS flare last summer, I discovered manuka honey wound gel and manuka honey bandages in my local drugstore. Finding these products was a definite win for me and has since drastically improved how I care for my HS wounds.
Why manuka honey?
Manuka honey is a type of antimicrobial honey that comes from the manuka plant. This type of honey has been found to inhibit the growth of certain bacterias and yeast. Using manuka honey stimulates the immune system and can support wound healing externally. For this reason, I always apply the wound gel to open wounds at the beginning of the drainage process.
In my experience, the manuka honey wound gel draws out the pus in my wounds almost completely when covered with gauze and medical tape. This is one of the most important parts of the process for me because as my wounds drain, the amount of pain that I am in decreases substantially. Prior to using the wound gel, my pain is often around an 8 and after the gel has worked its’ magic, I am down to less than a 4. Plus, I find that my wounds don’t scar as bad as they heal which is helpful when they are located in places that may not always be hidden.
I choose products that work best for my lifestyle
After actively managing my HS over the past few years, I have noticed that I have an allergy to the adhesives used in traditional band-aid types of products. So, this meant that I was not willing to purchase the manuka honey bandages, but these could be a much easier option for those who are not sensitive to adhesives. Additionally, I found the wound healing gel to be a more economical product as I could get more uses out of this type of product because a little goes a long way. With the bandages, I would likely have to change them more often which would mean I would buy more in the long run. On the other hand, traditional bandages may be better to use in certain situations because they typically don’t move around as easily and may benefit those with a more active lifestyle.
The options are endless
Thankfully, there are many different manuka honey wound products that exist on the market. Some products use a higher grade of honey and there is a wide range of price points, so there is something for everyone out there. I have seen that many other warriors have also experienced success using manuka honey, so it’s definitely something to try if you are looking for a natural and effective way to heal your wounds.
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