Honey has long been celebrated as a sweet elixir. Evidence of our human relationship with honey has even been found in early rock art images, depicting bees as special symbols to various cultures. Our ancestors used honey not only to honor gods but to treat wounds and illnesses as well.
But it’s not just old news. Studies show honey has antibacterial properties and can even kill bacteria like E. coli and salmonella. in addition, its viscous properties help it provide a barrier to infection.
Among one of its many uses, honey has also been shown to soothe coughs. In fact, one study found it more effective than the common ingredient in cough syrup, (dextromethorphan), as well as the antihistamine found in Benadryl (diphenhydramine).
Honey can aid in regulating glucose in the blood, which could make it especially helpful for people with diabetes, though more research is needed.
Because of honey’s high levels of antioxidants, it helps fight inflammation and oxidative stress. New studies are also exploring its effectiveness as an anti-cancer agent and as a heart disease preventative.
Since honey comes from pollen, its healing properties vary depending on which plants and flowers bees harvest. Manuka honey from New Zealand is particularly known to help treat wounds, ulcers, bed sores, as well as burns and inflammation.
At SAUC, we offer manuka honey in our in-house dispensary ($30/jar) to help heal open wounds or burns. Ask for some during your next visit and enjoy the sweet healing!