Wound Treatment With Honey

It takes about 60,000 bees, collectively traveling up to 88,000 kilometers and visiting more than 2 million flowers, to gather enough nectar to make half kilogram of honey.

Honey is truly a remarkable substance, with many health benefits when used in moderation. This blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids is quite unlike any other sweetener on the planet.

Honey is fascinating

Away from air and water, honey can be stored indefinitely, nothing can grow in honey –  bacteria or fungus.

There are hundreds of kind of honey, each with a unique color and flavor that is dependent upon the nectar source. For example, lighter colored honey, smell and taste of pineapple when main flower is from pineapple while darker-colored honeys from the jungle of Malaysia. Manuka honey carry the smell and taste from manuka tree.

Honey Can Treat Wounds

Honey was a conventional therapy in fighting infection up until the early 20th century, at which time its use slowly vanished with the advent of penicillin. Now the use of honey in wound care is regaining popularity, as researchers are determining exactly how honey can help fight serious skin infections.

Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidants activities that make it ideal for treating wounds. Clinical trials all over the world showed honey applied directly on wounds can expedite wound healing and reduce infection. That being said, research shows that any type of unprocessed honey helped wounds and ulcers heal. In one study, 58 of 59 wounds showed “remarkable improvement following topical application of honey.

Honey also found effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria, including resistant varieties such as:

  • MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  • MSSA (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
  • VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)

Honey releases hydrogen peroxide through an enzymatic process, which explains its general antiseptic qualities.

The other use of honey

Honey, particularly in its raw form, offers unique health benefits that you might not be aware of. Among them…

  1. Honey Makes Excellent Cough “Medicine”

The World Health Organization (WHO) lists honey as a demulcent, which is a substance that relieves irritation in your mouth or throat by forming a protective film.5

Research shows honey works as well as dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in over the counter cough medications, to soothe cough and related sleeping difficulties due to upper respiratory tract infections in children.

  1. Honey Improves Your Scalp Seborrheic dermatitis

Honey diluted with a bit of warm water was shown to significantly improve seborrheic dermatitis, which is a scalp condition that causes dandruff and itching. After applying the solution every other day for four weeks, “all of the patients responded markedly.” According to the researchers:

“Itching was relieved and scaling was disappeared within one week. Skin lesions were healed and disappeared completely within 2 weeks. In addition, patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss.”

  1. Help Boost Your Energy

If you’re looking for a quick energy boost, such as before or after a workout, honey can suffice. This is particularly true for athletes looking for a “time-released fuel” to provide energy over a longer duration.

  1. Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Locally produced honey, which will contain pollen spores picked up by the bees from local plants, introduces a small amount of allergen into your system. Theoretically, this can activate your immune system and over time can build up your natural immunity against it. Honey group used less histamines than those who used regular honey.

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