Honey as medicine

HoneyAsMedicineAs far as is known, the Egyptians used honey as a healing ointment and salve more than 4,000 years ago.

In 2007, after FDA approval, Derma Sciences of New Jersey began selling the first honey-based wound dressing in America.

Medihoney is made from a highly absorbent seaweed material saturated with manuka honey (also called Leptospermum honey), which comes from the nectar of manuka and jelly bushes in Australia and New Zealand.

Honey, nature’s original antibiotic is making a medical comeback.

Honey dressings and gels, as well as tubes of manuka, are growing in popularity overseas, and several American hospitals are using dressings infused with bees’ ‘miracle liquid’ to treat stubborn, infected wounds and surgical incisions.

Researchers say that manuka is a particularly potent type of honey that kills germs and speeds healing with uncommon thoroughness and dispatch.

With many childrens’ cough syrups pulled off the market because of ineffectiveness, researchers at Penn State compared the effectiveness of a little buckwheat honey before bedtime to no treatment or treatment with dextromethorphyan (DM), a common cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter remedies.

Lo and behold!  “Honey provided the greatest relief of symptoms compared with all other treatments—Parents now have a safe and effective alternative to use for children over age one,” concluded lead researcher Dr. Ian Paul.

Paul also noted that some cough medicines that claim to have “honey” on the label actually only contain artificial honey flavor.

Although some of the 105 children tested, ages 2 to 18, were hyperactive for a short time after ingesting honey, they slept much better, with less severe and frequent cough interruptions.

In addition, honey has antioxidant and antimicrobial effects while soothing the back of the throat. It is not yet known whether of the many other natural sources of raw, pure honey, some are more effective than others.

Source: AcresUSA

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