New Zealand Farmer, 3/11/2014
Manuka honey's medicinal properties stole the show at the first Manuka Honey Seminar held in Masterton.
While growing manuka on marginal land was the main theme, most speakers expounded on medicinal properties and the demand for the limited supply of manuka honey.
Waikato University's Professor Peter Molan brought along a graphic slide show depicting wounds that had been healed by the application of manuka honey-infused dressings.
Prof Molan said that historically, honey had been used for infected wounds and other problems like sores, throat and eye infections. It took a back seat when penicillin was developed, but this was now changing.
"We're at the stage now that an antibiotic that is prescribed has a 50 per cent chance of working or not working. It's getting worse."
Honey, particularly manuka honey, was being rediscovered as the "antibiotic era" was ending, Prof Molan said. In New Zealand, manuka honey had a reputation for being antiseptic as well as antibacterial…