Wounds and burns
Honey is naturally antibiotic and antiviral. It has been used as an antiseptic first aid treatment for wounds and burns for thousands of years (certainly by the ancient Egyptians). More recently, a research team from Cardiff University and the University of Waikato in New Zealand believes the combination of honey’s high sugar content and its syrupy texture acts as a natural barrier to bacteria entering wounds. There are claims that honey can be used as a natural remedy to hospital infection “superbugs” such as MRSA, which are resistant to strong antibiotics.
A tincture of Propolis also accelerates the healing of burns and prevents infection.
Honey destroys the detrimental bacteria associated with Gastroenteritis and thereby alleviates the associated diarrhoea. It also suppresses the detrimental bacteria that is responsible for many Duodenal and Gastric Ulcers.
Coughs and Colds
A hot honey and lemon drink has long been a traditional remedy for coughs, colds and in particular, a sore throat. It is suggested that the high sugar content of honey can trigger brain chemicals to be released that dull your perception of pain, particularly effective in soothing a sore throat.
Propolis suppresses several types of viruses, including those that cause the common cold, and influenza, and also inhibits the Herpes Zoster and Herpes Simplex viruses.
Honey triggers the release of serotonin which is known to improve mood.