Goodwood Honey – Who needs Manuka?

Goodwood Honey – Who needs Manuka?

Soon after we learnt from The Cardiff School of Pharmacy that our honey was active against MRSA in the laboratory, I was contacted by our neighbour, Beverley Thomas ( no relation!).

Beverley is a well known local equestrian specialist who has worked with competition horses for most of her life.

She had found one of her horses badly injured after being caught in a barbed wire fence.

She assumed that something must have startled the gelding which took flight and jumped the fence badly, taking a chunk of skin and muscle out of its leg.

The top part of the wound was even more extensive than the pictures imply – with  a void extending upwards several inches under a loose flap of skin, into the proximal part of the animal’s forearm.



In her experience this was a worrying injury – similar accidents often resulting in a horse’s demise.

Beverley had just been told by the Vet  to apply local honey to the wound and I  was pleased to provide some.

The following photo shows the wound after 2 days of honey application and although still worrying, the wound actually is showing the beginnings of a healthy granulation process.



And finally, this week after four weeks of treatment:


These pictures – which Beverley sent me yesterday – show an impressive recovery process, probably aided by the antibacterial/healing properties of honey.


Although it is pleasing to see our Honey holding its own against the reputation of pure Manuka – we would suggest that it tastes tons better.


Local honey has long been used in the treatment of infected wounds. Probably the most famous example was the severe facial arrow-wound suffered by Prince Hal ( later to be Henry V).

Wild Rose honey was used with probes to widen the wound prior to the extraction of the arrow-head which was embedded 6 inches deep inside the facial maxillary bone, against the base of Prince Hal’s skull.

A frightening and fascinating injury which was well documented at the time by Jon Bradmore, the then Royal surgeon who commissioned a blacksmith to make a specialised tool for the extraction of the arrowhead. So without the use of local honey, one could argue that there would have been no Agincourt….