The Natural State of Honey

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

The natural state of honey has many properties that are making for very effective cosmetics and skin care products. This is because of the properties within honey and the miracle put there by the honeybee. Our patented crystallized products have been formulated and studied over the last 30 years. To understand honey is to know the power in honey crystals.

Importance of Antibacterial Activity

Much of the effectiveness of honey as a dressing appears to be due to its antimicrobial properties. The healing process will not occur unless infection is cleared from a lesion: swabbing of wounds dressed with honey has shown that the infecting bacteria are rapidly cleared. In this respect honey is superior to the expensive modern hydrocolloid wound dressings as a moist dressing. Although tissue re-growth in the healing process is enhanced by a moist environment, and deformity is prevented if the re-growth is not forced down by a dry scab forming on the surface, moist conditions favor the growth of infecting bacteria. Antibiotics are ineffective in this moist situation, and antiseptics cause tissue damage that slow the healing process. Honey is reported to cause no tissue damage and appears to actually promote the healing process. Some honeys can have additional antibacterial activity considerably greater than that due to their osmolarity (synergistic). This additional activity would be of particular significance in situations where the dressing becomes diluted by body fluids and in regions of a lesion that are not in direct contact with the dressing. Staphylococcus aureus is exceptionally osmotolerant making crystalized Zitavex Biocidal honey the perfect answer to this problem. In the reports of sucrose syrup or paste being used as a wound dressing it is noted that infections with Staphylococcus aureus are harder to clear.

Effectiveness against Wound infecting Species of Bacteria

The seven species of bacteria most commonly involved in wound infection have been tested for their sensitivity to the antibacterial activity of honey. The two major forms of antibacterial activity were examined separately: a honey with an average level of activity due to hydrogen peroxide and no detectable non-peroxide activity, with catalase added to remove any hydrogen peroxide. Overall there was little difference between the two types of antibacterial activity in their effectiveness, although some species were more sensitive to the action of one type of honey that they were to the other. The results thus showed that these honeys, with an average level of activity, could be diluted nearly ten-fold yet still completely inhibit the growth of all the major would-infecting species of bacteria. It is notable that Zitavex crystallized honey, with an average level of activity, could be diluted with 54 times its volume of fluid yet still completely inhibits the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, the major would-infecting species, and a species notorious for is development of resistance to antibiotics.

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