Honey – the new(old) antibiotic?

Honey produced by Apis mellifera (A. mellifera) is one of the oldest and most useful cure-alls of all times, especially prominent prior to invention of more modern antibiotics. We have records of honey being used as an ointment for wounds, sores, as a disinfectant of dirty wounds and a cure for common cold dating back 4000 years ago in ancient Sumeria.

Nowadays we use modern antibiotics to a great extent which have become a problem on its own, due to bacteria mutating and making many of the well known antibiotics slowly obsolete and inefficient. That’s why we started looking back at long forgotten natural antibiotics such as honey to combat the new drug resistant bacteria.

Honey not only acts an antibiotic agent, but also as an anti-inflammatory medicine; healing peptic ulcers and gastritis repairing intestinal mucus, accelerating wound healing but also treating skin infections. That’s all thanks to it having copious amounts of compounds such as flavonoids and other polyphenols which may function as antioxidants.

On top of having all of those beneficial compounds, the biggest weapon honey provides against bacteria is an acidic pH – low enough to inhibit or completely stop the growth of bacteria such as E. coli or Salmonella spp.

When buying honey it’s very important to try and choose “RAW” honey over a pasteurized one, due to many of its amino-acids and other beneficial compounds being destroyed or deactivated during the pasteurization process.

Some honeys will work differently depending on what kind of flower or tree they were made from:

  • Goldenrod Honey – colds, rheumatism, asthma, diabetes

  • Limetree Honey – cold, respiratory diseases, insomnia and stress

  • Phacelia Honey – fatigue, gastritis, cardiovascular diseases and hypertension

  • Rapeflower Honey – diseases of urinary tract, stomach, liver and heart

  • Buckwheat Honey – deficiency of Iron, Magnesium, vitamin C, proteins and Rutin

  • Wildflower Honey – pollen allergies, common cold and exhaustion

  • Honeydew Honey – diseases of respiratory and urinary system, bile, ducts and joints.

Disclaimer: The health benefits of honey mentioned on our website are for your information only. We do not recommend the use of honey as a substitute for medical care which you should always receive from your doctor.

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