Medical Benefits of Honey

Honey Comb100 years ago, wounds, burns and sores were routinely treated with honey dressings. Antibiotics changed all that in the 1930s and 1940s. But over the rest of the century, with the overuse of antibiotics, the emergence of multi-resistance strains of bacteria have reawakened interest in therapeutic treatments that were used in earlier times.

Numerous studies have shown that safe, natural honey has a “new” role in mainstream medicine.¬†Modern investigations of the benefits of honey as a treatment have uncovered both the effectiveness of honey and the science behind honey’s potency in a wide range of medical situations. Honey contains a number of natural substances that kill bacteria and break up dangerous biofilms while protecting healthy tissue.

Common uses of honey include:

  • A safe effective cough remedy
  • Clear up dry patches of skin
  • A lip balm for chapped lips
  • A natural anti-acne medication
  • An athlete’s foot treatment
  • Helping control blood sugar levels
  • Aiding healthy liver function
  • Boosting white blood cell count
  • Raising immunity levels

But the biggest excitement about honey in the medical community is as a treatment for drug-resistant bacterial infections, wounds and burns. As overuse of antibiotics has led to the evolution of resistant strains of potent bacterial pathogens, honey has emerged as a vital tool in the medical community’s arsenal of treatments for hard to cure infections and as an agent for promoting growth of healthy new tissue. Honey acts on these bacterial agents in a number of ways:

  • Several compounds in honey have been identified as potent anti-bacterial agents
  • Honey is safe for human tissue
  • The acidity of honey supports the body’s own defenses against infection
  • Honey helps provide nutrition to regenerate healthy tissue
  • Honey helps break down the biofilms that protect drug resistant bacteria from “traditional” antibiotics