Healing Properties of Honey

June 19, 2013 Natural remedies

honeyThe difference between raw honey and the one usually found in the supermarket can be significant. Raw honey which has not been processed, heated or pasteurized has extraordinary healing properties.

On his website, Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., quotes a series of articles by Dr. Molan, referring to clinical reports and experimental studies about using honey to treat wounds. The evidence which supports these articles proves that its healing properties are much more than folklore.

Briefly, here’s what honey can do, based on clinical observations:

- Use of honey can reduce inflammation, swelling and pain on wounds and hasten the healing, sometimes in a spectacular way, just in a few days. Different studies indicated that infected wounds become sterile in 3 to 10 days when using honey dressings.

- Although more research is needed, honey seems to have antibacterial properties and promote the healing process. Some authors even suggest the prophylactic use of honey on the wounds infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

- It was effectively used even on patients with recalcitrant wounds and ulcers: the wounds with bacteria became sterile after one week and the others remained sterile.

– Dressing burns and wounds with honey gives little or no scarring. The skin regenerates and cases have been reported when plastic reconstruction was no longer necessary. The regenerating effect on tissue could be the result of its wide range of amino acids, vitamins and trace elements. Honey contains heavy quantities of vitamin C, very important for collagen synthesis. Its complex content of amino acids and vitamins makes honey an effective wrinkle treatment as well.

Use of honey on wounds has no adverse effects, it causes no irritation or allergic reaction and it is easy to remove, simply by bathing.

The author concludes that honey can be a very smart choice as first-aid dressing material. This is especially valid for people living in remote locations, when there is a high risk of infection before they can get medical treatment.