When we think of honey we typically think of summertime when the bees are buzzing around, moving from flower to flower, and just how sweet it is to eat! You might be surprised to learn that there’s a lot more to food than just being a tasty treat. It’s loaded with antioxidants and antibacterial compounds that give it healing powers!
In fact, honey has been used for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians who not only used it as an offering to their gods, but to treat and heal wounds, says WebMD. Today it’s favored not only for it’s sweetness, but also as a useful remedy to treat coughs, sore throats, and improve skin health.
To learn more about this all encompassing food, here’s a look at 18 incredible and useful health benefits of honey…
1. Heals Wounds and Burns
We’re gonna start off with one of the most incredible benefits of honey…it’s healing powers! Honey has natural antibacterial wound healing effects. Peter Charles Molan at the University of Waikato, New Zealand found that “honey reacts with the body’s fluids to make hydrogen peroxide, creating an in hospital environment for bacteria,” writes Dr. Axe.
The source goes on that explain that in addition to treating wounds, honey can be used to treat burns. For treatment, apply honey directly onto the affected area. Dress it and change the dressing every 24 to 48 hours. In some cases the dressing will need to remain on for up to 25 days. (Honey can also be used to reduce the size and pain of skin ulcers).
Manuka honey is what’s commonly used to treat wounds like chronic leg ulcers and pressure sores, says WebMD. This type of honey comes from New Zealand and is the basis of Medihoney which was approved by the FDA in 2007 for treating wounds and skin ulcers. “Medihoney has been our standard for healing wounds in the past year, since it started coming on the market,” says specialist Frank Bongiorno, MD, of Ann Arbor, Mich.