No mean feet! Getting plastered in the kitchen

If you’ve known me (or read this website) for more than – ooh, five minutes – you’ll know that I’m a bit accident prone. It’s getting to the point that family and friends have started suggesting I wrap myself in cotton wool, and never go out. But even that wouldn’t have helped my latest clumsy moment!

Like a lot of people, I don’t dress like a chef when I’m in the kitchen. While it’s a very good idea to wear something to protect your feet if you’re handling anything sharp, it’s very rare for me to wear shoes indoors, and yesterday was no exception. After a very enjoyable afternoon outdoors in the Auckland rain walking my beloved dog, I was freshly-showered, nicely relaxed, and ready to start the evening dinner prep. So far, so standard. Right up until the point that I turned around and knocked my large (and very sharp) kitchen knife with my elbow, sending it flying – right onto my left foot.

It’s not the first time I’ve knocked a knife onto the floor. I actually do it quite regularly! This time, however, I wasn’t as quick to jump out of the way, and I managed to puncture my foot quite badly. Even though it wasn’t a life-threatening injury, there was still quite a lot of blood, so I cleaned them up as best I could, and reached for my Comvita Medihoney® Adhesive Dressings. I quickly patched myself up, but as always, there was work to be done – hungry teens wait for no accident-prone cooks! – so after re-sanitising my kitchen (and aforementioned large knife), I got on with the job, sore foot and all.

This morning, I took a peek at the wounds that yesterday looked nasty. Check out the picture! This is the same injury, not even 24 hours later. And it’s not Photoshopped or retouched in any way! This is truly how well the knife wounds cleaned up after being covered in antibacterial medical-grade manuka honey overnight. Impressed? Hell yeah! And it doesn’t even look as if I’m going to get any unsightly scars either.

I’ve actually known about the benefits of manuka honey for a long time, and have written about it in several publications both in the UK and New Zealand. I always have a stash of it in my cupboard, especially in winter. But I’ve never used it on top of my skin before now.

Medihoney® Adhesive Dressings are waterproof, and infused with antibacterial medical grade Manuka honey, to assist the skin’s natural healing process of minor wounds, burns, cuts, grazes and blisters. Adhesive plasters and dressings made with Antibacterial medical-grade Manuka Honey can help naturally clean the wound of dirt and bacteria and reducing the risk of infection. Wounds stay hydrated, which means they can heal quickly, with less scarring – – just what you need when you’re as accident-prone as I am!

So how does it work? I asked Comvita’s Head of Product Research, Dr. Jackie Evans, to explain the science behind the dressings. “Our natural medical grade Manuka honey works so well because bacteria can’t survive in the honey,” she explained. “Also, the natural sugars in the honey pull up fluid from the bottom of the wound, drawing all the dirt, bacteria and dead cells into the dressing.   This cleans the wound and keeps the new skin cells hydrated, which helps the wounds to heal faster and with less scarring.”    A-ha. That makes sense. No wonder it worked so well!

So don’t be surprised if next time you see me making something in the kitchen, somewhere I’m sporting Comvita new Medihoney® Adhesive Dressings!  Available in two sizes from pharmacies and nationwide, from RRP $15.

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