The Healing Benefits of Manuka Honey
While honey has been around for a very long time as a healing remedy, it has been only recently that it is making a comeback.
As a woman with herpes and a doctor who supports these women, I am always looking for natural ways to manage herpes symptoms.
I have known about the healing properties of honey, but after reading a Dr. Mercola article about herpes and honey, I now realize that Grade A honey from the grocery store could actually make herpes symptoms worse. You MUST use Manuka honey!
According to one study, when a researcher treated patients with Acylovir for one herpes outbreak and honey for another, the overall healing time with honey was 43% better than Acyclovir for cold sores and 59% better for genital sores. (Nutrition and Healing)
There were NO side effects with the honey!
So, if you are a woman with herpes and you want to:
-speed up your healing
-decrease pain associated with outbreaks
-reduce crusting of sores
Here’s what you need to know.
-DON’T try to use Grade A honey from a grocery story. Why? It has been linked to increased herpes symptoms
-You must use Manuka honey from New Zealand. It is actually considered a medical device.
-Honey works by drawing out liquid from a wound and killing off local microorganisms. It also contains an enzyme that releases hydrogen peroxide when it comes in contact with a wound.
Here’s what you’ll need to DO
-Use Raw Manuka honey- in liquid or semi liquid state
-Apply honey 4 or more times/day (if you are a women treating genital herpes sores, panty liners can helpful)
(As a side note, eating local honey from your area can help with allergies!)
Since receiving Dr. Kelly’s blog on Manuka honey I’ve been researching and trying things out like crazy to get rid of my current outbreak without the acyclovir I usually take. Here is the quick & soothing concoction I came up with based on “best of” from various websites:
1/2 tsp manuka honey
1/2 tsp coconut oil
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 drops oregano essential oil
– Stir/shake/mix it’s ok to lick the spoon – it tastes good!
– Stir/Dip w clean q-tip & swab area (no double dipping, of course!)
Thank you for sharing this with us Lori!
awesome article. love the website! wish I would have had this 14 years ago!