Honey on the skin
It surprises many to learn that all honeys can act as a natural antiseptic. Their activity range and type of antimicrobial activity can, however, vary. Medicinal uses for honey are mainly external as once swallowed, the acid in the digestive tract can reduce this antimicrobial effect. This has been
confirmed with Manuka honey when the antimicrobial activity is derived from the active ingredient methylglyoxal (MGO).
On the skin and in the mouth, honey is a natural antiseptic against many bacteria, making it a powerful agent against wounds and sores. Its hydrophilic nature draws seeping fluids from the wound.