Most of us are familiar with honey. We probably grew up with that little bear in our pantries (although that’s not the kind we recommend). We may put good raw honey on biscuits, in beauty products, and in recipes. But it also has medicinal abilities when it comes to cuts and burns. This post explores why honey is a great natural remedy for these ailments and how to use it when you need it!
“I’m often amazed at things that our generation thinks we’ve discovered, only to find out that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers had been using them for years.
Case in point: Honey for wound healing.
I’d seen some studies recently on using honey in hospitals for helping wounds and burns heal and I’d also known veterinarians who had used honey on animals, so I started looking in to it more.
I also mentioned it to several people, and the ones old enough to remember more than a couple decades ago remembered using honey as a remedy. What’s old is new again, I suppose. I’d personally used honey internally for digestive problems and mixed with cinnamon during illnesses, but am glad to see all the research on topical ways to use honey for healing.
Research on Honey for Healing:
Often, it seems that there is an unspoken divide between natural remedies and conventional medicine, but honey bridges this gap. There is a great deal of research supporting the use of certain types of honey in a medical setting, and it has been a natural remedy for centuries.
Research is even showing that ability of honey to help in cases of MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and MSSA (methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus), which are resistant to antibiotics.
This study explains:
“Honey works differently from antibiotics, which attack the bacteria’s cell wall or inhibit intracellular metabolic pathways. Honey is hygroscopic, meaning it draws moisture out of the environment and thus dehydrates bacteria. Its sugar content is also high enough to hinder the growth of microbes, but the sugar content alone is not the sole reason for honey’s antibacterial properties.”