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Winter has South Africa in its frosty grip. During the colder months there is a marked increase in burn victims being admitted to hospitals. These burns are due to attempts to stay warm.

In South Africa we have many citizens whose only access to heating is open fires and access to light is candles. Open flames in the home are incredibly dangerous!

Melcura reached out to me to give some tips on how to treat burn wounds at home and explain about the healing powers of honey.

Some causes of burn wounds

• Diabetic persons with loss of feeling in feet who burn with hot water bottles and heaters or hot bath water which often results in burn wounds on the feet.

• Small children pulling kettle chords or hot cups from the countertop.

• Informal settlement fires due to lack of electricity.

• Other causes of burns are from chemicals in factories as well as hot oil or steam from restaurants.

The skin is the largest organ in our body and protects us from germs (bacteria, fungi and viruses) that live on its surface. So, when the skin is broken, there is a risk of germs getting into the body and causing an infection. Even minor injuries should be treated properly, germs can make a small knick on the finger become a huge health problem.

How to treat a burn wound:

• Rinse the wound with running cool tap water (or cool clean water from a container) for at least 20 minutes. This will cool down the wound and assist with the pain.

• Thereafter, apply a honey-based wound care product to protect the wound from bacteria and create the ideal healing environment.

• The important rule is to keep it clean and minimize pain, remember that any burn patient needs medical help, and it is advised to seek professional medical assistance as soon as possible.


Size: 50 g Retail Price: R142.00 can be applied directly to an open wound or can be applied onto a clean dressing of choice.

MELCURA™ HoneyGel contains the healing benefits of sustainably sourced indigenous Fynbos Honey that has super wound healing properties.

For centuries humans have known about the healing properties of honey. Honey not only stops bacterial growth within the wound, but also provides the ideal wound environment to promote healing. Honey is a complex substance with wonderful wound healing properties where high acidity, high sugar content and its viscosity make it difficult for bacteria to thrive.

Apply to: All types of wounds. Cuts, abrasions, donor sites, 1st and 2nd degree burns, bites, chronic wounds (e.g. pressure ulcers, venous, arterial and diabetic ulcers), and post-surgery wounds.

The magic of Fynbos honey We have a unique resource in South Africa, namely our multifloral fynbos honey, from the Cape biome. South Africa possesses a significant floral biodiversity with many unique, indigenous plants. There are over 30 000 plant species in SA, of which the Cape boasts one of the most diverse temperate flora on earth, including over 3000 plant species that are used therapeutically. The Fynbos honey used in our products has superior wound healing properties and published data demonstrates that Multifloral honeys have higher ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) values, a measure of antioxidant capacity, than mono-floral honey. Fynbos honey also has higher MGO (Methylglyoxal) levels, an antibacterial component of honey, than other honey.

I have been using the MELCURA™ HoneyGel at home for a few weeks. Luckily we haven’t has any burns injuries at home but with a husband who loves to braai and an active, inquisitive child running around – its best to be prepared! Burn wounds are no joke and can main the victim for life. Its incredibly important to know how to treat and burn wound to prevent infections.

Melcura supports the NPO , which assists and support Burn Survivors to reclaim their lives.

Visit to find out more about the other wonderful products in the Melcura range.

* Information taken from Press Release supplied by Mandy Roff Public Relations on behalf of MELCURA

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