Since biblical times, honey has been used as medicine. The first written record of it’s medicinal use is from 1900-1250 BC. Today, doctors – even conventional ones – are coming back around to using honey as medicine. That makes honey an excellent addition to the home medicine cabinet.
Raw vs. Pasteurized Honey
First, it’s important to differentiate between pasteurized honey, which is typically what you purchase in grocery stores, and unpasteurized or raw honey, which mostly is available at farmer’s markets or direct from those who raise bees. For medicine, most experts recommend raw, unpasteurized honey. Pasteurization kills most of the medicinal properties of honey.
Honey for Wounds
Honey is well known as an excellent treatment for wounds. In particular, Manuka honey, which comes from bees who feed on New Zealand’s Leptospermum scoparium plant, is well studied. A layer of good honey helps protect…
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