Humans have used honey for thousands of years. It was and is still used in foods, beverages, remedies and balms, even in symbolism and religion. Honey has a long preservation life, so it is ideal for long-term storage and used as a preservative for other goods.
Honey has been used as a natural remedy to fight ulcers, burns, wounds and gastric disturbances, but only lately scientific research is conducted to find out how honey really does what it does, and if there is any evidence behind some common beliefs.
As research proceeds, it becomes more and more clear why honey is a Superfood. It is important however to note, that all those benefits come from using high quality raw honey, which should not be heated to more than 40 °C.
#1 – Honey Is Antibacterial And Antiseptic
Honey is a great way to help wounds and burns to heal, since it contains many antibacterial and antiseptic components, like hydrogen peroxide, methulglyoxal and bee defensin-1. Also, the appearance of friendly bacteria, like 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria may also be a reason for honey’s healing properties. Raw honey is used in wound gels and dressings to act as an antibacterial and antiseptic agent. Honey is suggested also to help reduce the time for a mild burn to heal.