horse manuka honey

Makuna Honey comes from New Zealand and it’s known for its impressive, anti-bacterial properties. In particular, it has great value in terms of providing wound care and many horse owners use this pure honey in order to speed-heal their animal’s wounds. While there are no definitive clinical studies that establish the value of treating wounds on horses with this beloved honey, real-life horse owners feel that it dramatically speeds up healing time.

In fact, many have noted that their horses’ wounds recover in half the time when they apply this honey, which may be raw or clear in type.

Veterinarian Clive Peterson recommends to put some three percent hydrogen peroxide on a wound before applying a layer of Makuna Honey. The hydrogen peroxide will ensure that the wound is really clean before the honey is put on. After applying the honey, you may bandage the wound or leave it free of bandages.

Manuka honey’s levels of PH are so low, that even bacteria cannot survive. Manuka’s levels of PH are around the 3.2 mark, whereas known bacteria thrive and multiply in the 6.0 to 8.0 range.

Also, because of its high levels of sugar applying this honey can eliminate the odor of the wound. See, high levels of sugar exert osmotic pressure on compromised wounds. This, on the other hand, promotes autolytic debridement of nectoric tissue. All of this medical gibberish means that Manuka honey can eliminate the odor!

This theory was recently tested on a ranch horse (Gunner), who kicked through a guard rail and managed to lacerate his hind leg down to the bone. If you follow the link, you can see some images that are too gruesome to be featured on Healing Manuka.

The horse recovered in less than a month! The Manuka treatment successfully halted bacterial growth and prevented bone sequestrum formation. This is a complication that leaves a piece of bone “floating”.

The truth is that this honey is also an effective wound care treatment for us, the average homo sapiens. It’s gentle enough for everyone and it is unique in that it soothes and kills germs, while being one hundred percent natural.

Why is Makuna Honey Special?

Makuna Honey has long been linked with skin care and wound care. In fact, it’s an ingredient in many skin care preparations. However, the Makuna form of honey is really special. It’s higher-than-average levels of the compound, Methylglyoxal, which is germ-killing, are believed to be the reason why Makuna Honey is able to fight infections and speed healing like no other honey can!

Makuna Honey has more Methylglyoxal because this compound is found in the Makuna flower, which is found in the nectar of these New Zealand blossoms.

If you have a minute, and are considering buying this type of honey, you should read my reviews.