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The Many Medicinal Benefits Of A Spoonful Of Honey

Dec 12, 2021 ByClaire Miles

The benefits of honey are well recorded. It’s been used as a traditional remedy for thousands of years. Honey has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. The sugary treat is particularly useful in infections such as gastroenteritis or thrush. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties mean that it reduces the pain associated with cuts and burns.

Although honey can kill bacteria, it is not an antibiotic. The reason it has the ability to kill bacteria is that its high sugar content makes it very acidic, which means that bacterial growth cannot be maintained.

Honey also contains a number of antioxidants and enzymes that can help fight disease. It’s because of this that honey has been added to some more recently developed medications such as Leptotrichin, which is used in the treatment of gum infections such as gingivitis and pyorrhea.

Honey has been used to treat ulcers for thousands of years, with a recent study supporting its use in the treatment of indigestion and other gastrointestinal problems.

 Jar of honey with honey dripper and bees

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It has even been reported to help people with chronic cystitis, bladder infections, and other urinary tract problems.

Honey has long been known to have wound-healing properties because of its antiseptic qualities. The ancient Egyptians used honey in surgical dressings, while the Israelites are believed to have used honey in wound-care preparations when the old city of Jericho was besieged by attacking armies.

The antibiotic properties of honey have been well documented, but it still remains unclear exactly how it helps or if it is the honey itself that has these properties. The important thing seems to be that honey stimulates the immune system, even when eaten in very dilute quantities.

Honey is nature’s wonder drug, both insanely tasty and wildly good for you.