The healing power of honey

As well as being a great natural sweetener for tea and porridge and delicious on buttered toast, honey is also proving to be an effective antiseptic.

One French hospital has been conducting research into the benefits of honey for the last 27 years.

“We started to use honey on general surgery wards and transplant units in 1984,” said a nurse at Limoges University Hospital. “At the time, we didn’t have very many effective treatments for healing.”

A professor at the time suggested that they use it as an opportunity to conduct academic research into the effects of dressing wounds with honey. The study showed that the honey with the most antibacterial properties came from plants including lavender and thyme.

In 1988, the researchers found that the healing speed was almost twice as fast with honey as it was with two other recognised medical treatments.

Today, honey is used at the hospital in surgery for secondary healing in wounds as long as they have not been stitched up. Honey is also used if there any complications with the healing process.

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Written by Zoe Thomas

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