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Hints on the Sweet Uses Of Honey
A growing number of people have
a sweet idea on how to treat bumps, cuts and other
"ouches." They’re using honey.
A spoonful of honey can dry
those tears and maybe even bring a smile, but did you
know that a dab of honey applied once the injury has
been cleaned will also aid in healing? That’s
right, all natural honey is an effective treatment
for minor abrasions and burns. A recent review of
medical research documents honey’s effectiveness as
an antimicrobial agent. Antimicrobials inhibit the
growth of certain bacteria and help prevent
The ancient Egyptians used
honey to treat cataracts, cuts and burns.
Hippocrates, the Greek physician, prepared
honey-based cures for skin disorders and ulcers. Even
in modern times, honey has been used as a healer.
During World War I, German doctors used honey mixed
with cod liver oil to surgically dress soldiers’
A recent review of scientific
literature by Richard F. Stier, microbiologist and
independent researcher, has indicated that honey is
an effective antimicrobial agent.
"Honey is antimicrobial
for many reasons," says Stier, "including
its high sugar content, which limits the amount of
water available to microorganisms for growth and its
low protein content, which deprives bacteria of
nitrogen needed for growth. The presence of hydrogen
peroxide in honey and the antioxidants in honey also
help to inhibit bacterial growth."
At the same time, honey has
other properties that help promote healing and
prevent scarring. Honey is hygroscopic, which means
it can draw moisture from the air. "When used on
minor skin injuries, honey’s hygroscopic nature
promotes healing, helps prevent scarring and keeps
the injured area from adhering to the bandage,"
Scrapes and abrasions happen
often in an active family, but good home treatment
can reduce scarring and prevent infection. While
honey is a useful treatment for minor scrapes or
burns, serious wounds should always receive
professional treatment. For the everyday bumps and
scrapes, a few simple steps will bring relief:
- For scrapes, wash the area
with soap and water to remove any dirt. For
burns, hold the injured area under cold
running water until it feels better.
- Apply honey directly to
the scrape or burn to help prevent infection.
- Use a bandage to cover the
- Reapply honey and bandage
for several days.
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