Honey Supplement Review

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  Evaluated for:
Effectiveness Rating Effectiveness Rating
Mild to moderate superficial burns
+2 (Moderate Evidence)


  • Honey has been applied to burn injuries since ancient times to aid in healing.
  • Honey improves healing time (by about 5 days) when compared with silver sulfadiazine, the standard burn treatment.
  • Manuka honey, derived from the flower of the leptospermum tree in New Zealand and Australia, is of particular interest in the study of burn healing because of its antibacterial activity.


  • Honey has been shown to benefit only superficial burns. More serious burns require evaluation by trained medical providers, and treatment will depend on their recommendations.
  • While it might make sense to keep Manuka honey on hand at home for superficial burns, Manuka honey isn’t cheap and it could sit on the shelf unused.

All serious burns that cover a large area or are not painful to the touch should be evaluated by a trained healthcare provider. We recommend a tetanus booster if you have a burn injury and have not been immunized in the past 5 years.

DOSAGE:Apply Manuka honey directly to the burn, as instructed on the label.

CONCLUSION:We conclude that topical Manuka honey is a safe and effective product for hastening the healing of mild to moderate superficial burns.

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Cooper, R.A. et al. The Efficacy of Honey in Inhibiting Strains of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa From Infected Burns. Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation (2002) 23: 366-370
Langemo, D. et al. Use of Honey for Wound Healing. Advances in Skin & Wound Care (2009) 22(3): 113-118

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