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Honey Healing Facts

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM
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5 Amazing Healing Honey Facts

Honey, unlike almost everything else we consume in our diet, was intended solely to be a form of nourishment – albeit, for the bees.  Only milk, to my knowledge, shares this singular biological imperative. But honey is far more than a source of sweetness and quick energy within the human diet.

It has profound medicinal applications, some of which are as follows:

  • Feeds the good bacteria: it is a little-known fact that bees have a diverse population of beneficial lactic acid bacteria (LAB) in their honey crop, the bulge between the esophagus and the gizzard of the bee. In fact, according to newly published research in PLoS, "studies of LAB in all extant honeybee species plus related apid bees reveal one of the largest collections of novel species from the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium ever discovered within a single insect and suggest a long (>80 mya) history of association."[i]  Indeed, raw honey feeds good bacteria. It has been experimentally demonstrated in in vitro (petri dish) conditions to increase the number of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum counts 10-100 fold compared with sucrose.[ii]
  • Fights the "bad" bacteria, i.e. MRSA: Reports of honey eradicating MRSAinfection have been reported in the medical literature for well over a decade.[iii] MRSA, an acronym for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, produces a biofilm which makes it especially resistant to conventional antimicrobial agents. Honey has been shown to be effective at killing biofilm-associated MRSA isolates from patients suffering from chronic rhinosinusitus.[iv] This has also been demonstrated in human research, with a 70% effective rate in destroying MRSA in chronic venous ulcers.[v]  Moreover, manuka also synergizes with conventional antibiotics making MRSA bacterial isolates more susceptible to their antibacterial action.[vi]
  • Kills Dental Plaque-Causing Bacteria: Manuka honey, a special honey produced by the flowers of the manuka plant that grows in New Zealand and Australia, was shown at least as effective as the chemical chlorhexidine gluconate, often used in mouthwash, in reducing plaque formation as a mouthwash.[vii]
  • Superior to Pharmaceutical at Killing Herpes:  A 2004 study published in theMedical Science Monitor, showed that topical  honey was far superior to the drugacyclovir (trade name Zovirax) in treating both labial (lip) and genital herpes lesion. According to the amazing study "For labial herpes, the mean duration of attacks and pain, occurrence of crusting, and mean healing time with honey treatment were 35%, 39%, 28% and 43% better, respectively, than with acyclovir treatment. For genital herpes, the mean duration of attacks and pain, occurrence of crusting, and mean healing time with honey treatment were 53%, 50%, 49% and 59% better, respectively, than with acyclovir. Two cases of labial herpes and one case of genital herpes remitted completely with the use of honey. The lesions crusted in 3 patients with labial herpes and in 4 patients with genital herpes. With acyclovir treatment, none of the attacks remitted, and all the lesions, labial and genital, developed crust. No side effects were observed with repeated applications of honey, whereas 3 patients developed local itching with acyclovir."[viii]
  • Protective Against Gastric Damage: Honey has been shown to prevent alcohol-, indomethacin- (a NSAID pain-killer) and aspirin-induced lesions.[ix]

This is just a sampling of the research indicating the profound medicinal value of honey. If you would like to view the full range of demonstrable health benefits of honey, take a look at our page dedicated to the topic which now includes research 60+ ailments and/or symptoms which may benefit from its use.  Bee well!


[i] Alejandra Vásquez, Eva Forsgren, Ingemar Fries, Robert J Paxton, Emilie Flaberg, Laszlo Szekely, Tobias C Olofsson Symbionts as major modulators of insect health:lactic acid bacteria and honeybees. PLoS One. 2012 ;7(3):e33188. Epub 2012 Mar 12. PMID: 22427985

[ii] T R Shamala, Y Shri Jyothi, P Saibaba Stimulatory effect of honey on multiplication of lactic acid bacteria under in vitro and in vivo conditions. Lett Appl Microbiol. 2000 Jun ;30(6):453-5. PMID: 10849275

[iii] S Natarajan, D Williamson, J Grey, K G Harding, R A Cooper Healing of an MRSA-colonized, hydroxyurea-induced leg ulcer with honey. J Dermatolog Treat. 2001 Mar;12(1):33-6. PMID: 12171686

[iv] Talal Alandejani, Joseph Marsan, Wendy Ferris, Robert Slinger, Frank Chan Effectiveness of honey on Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Jul;141(1):114-8. Epub 2009 Mar 9. PMID: 19559969    

[v] G Gethin, S Cowman Bacteriological changes in sloughy venous leg ulcers treated with manuka honey or hydrogel: an RCT. J Wound Care. 2008 Jun;17(6):241-4, 246-7. PMID: 18666717

[vi] Rowena E Jenkins, Rose Cooper Synergy between oxacillin and manuka honey sensitizes methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to oxacillin. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2012 Mar 1. Epub 2012 Mar 1. PMID: 22382468

[vii] Prathibha A Nayak, Ullal A Nayak, R Mythili Effect of Manuka honey, chlorhexidine gluconate and xylitol on the clinical levels of dental plaque. Contemp Clin Dent. 2010 Oct ;1(4):214-7. PMID: 22114423

[viii] Noori S Al-Waili Topical honey application vs. acyclovir for the treatment of recurrent herpes simplex lesions. Med Sci Monit. 2004 Aug;10(8):MT94-8. Epub 2004 Jul 23. PMID: 15278008

[ix] Kamel Gharzouli, Smain Amira, Akila Gharzouli, Seddik Khennouf Gastroprotective effects of honey and glucose-fructose-sucrose-maltose mixture against ethanol-, indomethacin-, and acidified aspirin-induced lesions in the rat. Exp Toxicol Pathol. 2002 Nov;54(3):217-21. PMID: 12484559

 


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by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM
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banana-bear
by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM
I looooove honey! It has cured my children's seasonal allergies and its awesome for acne! So many other uses, too. Pure gold, I say!
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Mommy2justone
by Member on Aug. 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

We use local honey for our daughters seasonal allergies (which she probably wouldn't have if she wasn't vaccinated as a baby). 

secondboy2012
by Member on Aug. 17, 2012 at 7:18 AM
Just ordered Manuka honey from radiant life.
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ria7
by Member on Nov. 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM


Quoting banana-bear:

I looooove honey! It has cured my children's seasonal allergies and its awesome for acne! So many other uses, too. Pure gold, I say!

How did you use it to treat acne?

banana-bear
by on Nov. 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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I just wash my face and put a layer of honey on afterwards. Let it sit for about 15 minutes then wash it off. It doesn't cure it, but it's keeping it decently under control - helps it heal faster (I cannot leave my pimples alone and HAVE to pop them). 

Quoting ria7:

How did you use it to treat acne?


gmapoohz
by Member on Nov. 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I am suprised that nowhere in that article does it clarify that it is RAW, UNHEATED, UNDILLUTED honey has substantial health benefits, and that most of the honey for sale in regular grocery stores is not only not raw but has been shown to also be dilluted and not pure honey.

The article should have emphasized to only purchase raw, pure, minimally processed honey.

micheledo
by Bronze Member on Nov. 10, 2012 at 3:04 PM

that is amazing!!

I had read that honey is as effective as the medication for treating shingles (which is the same medicine for herpes).  I was going to use honey next time my husband got them. 

I have a friend who treats wounds and burns with honey.  She has treated some deep wounds with honey and had them heal wonderfully!

banana-bear
by on Nov. 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM
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I can attest to this working REALLY well!! My husband got a very serious (large) second degree burn on his foot from accidentally pouring some boiling hot water on it. He was using the typical creams and whatnot that the pharmacist recommended and it was not getting any better. A few weeks into the burn, it started to turn green and it swelled up - he wasn't able to walk all that well. I decided to have him try some honey on it and it healed well enough to kill the infection and he could walk normally within a few days; it healed completely within a week. It was a *huge* turnaround compared to the OTC junk. Now instead of Neosporin, we use honey :o) It really does speed up the healing time, I think.

Quoting micheledo:

that is amazing!!

I had read that honey is as effective as the medication for treating shingles (which is the same medicine for herpes).  I was going to use honey next time my husband got them. 

I have a friend who treats wounds and burns with honey.  She has treated some deep wounds with honey and had them heal wonderfully!


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