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The Amazing Health Benefits of Raw Honey: Nature's Antibiotic

Updated on May 13, 2014

Raw Honey: Beyond Superfood

Are you looking for a natural antibiotic to treat wounds or coughs? Look no further: the benefits of raw honey make it a powerful pathogen killer and tasty tea sweetener all in one!

Raw honey is a natural antibiotic that has been used to treat wounds for at least 4,000 years. It supports the immune system and conquers infectious antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It heals facial blemishes, defeats pink eye, and quiets persistent nighttime coughs.

Raw honey is regular honey that has been unfiltered and unprocessed. This is a popular product at local farmer's markets, but is also available commercially online and in many supermarkets.

A Powerful Healer

Raw honey contains compounds that help sterilize wounds. When you apply honey to a cut or burn, it decreases inflammation and speeds up the shedding of dead skin. It heals by nourishing and promoting the production of white blood cells and new cells.

Research has shown that raw honey is as effective as standard antibiotics, and can be especially useful in cases of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Manuka Cures MRSA

Manuka honey is valuable for the treatment of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Although Manuka is most effective against many strains of pathogenic bacteria, local raw honeys have also proven to fight off varieties of infectious bacteria.

Works When Other Antibiotics Won't

Honey is used in conventional medicine to treat skin ulcers and bed sores. It is effective when used on a variety of infections that don't respond to antibiotics. Even large wounds respond well to treatment with raw honey when compared with standard antibiotic treatment.

Fights Children's Nighttime Coughs During Respiratory Infections

Raw honey has proven to be an effective treatment for nighttime coughs due to upper respiratory infections in children. When tested against cough syrup or no treatment at all, honey proved to work the best.

A Natural Antibacterial Face Wash

Because of its antibacterial properties, raw honey makes an excellent face wash. Dampen your fingertips and massage the honey onto your face and neck. Wipe it off using a damp washcloth.

Effectively Treats Pink Eye

In animal studies, raw honey was found to be useful for fighting off conjunctivitis (pink eye). When applied four times each day, it reduced the levels of pathogens and brought down redness, swelling, and discharge.

Local Lessens Allergies

Many people say that a teaspoon each day of local raw honey is an effective treatment for many types of allergies, like asthma and hay fever.

The benefits of raw honey make it an excellent product to have on hand for emergencies. For cuts, coughs, and illnesses, raw honey has proven to be effective against infectious bacteria and viruses.

And it's tasty, too!

© Liz Davis 2012 The Benefits of Raw Honey

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      LOL Vista, I drive everyone nuts with my health-isms, as well! They'll thank us one day, right? :)

      Thanks again!

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      Tiana Dreymor 5 years ago from Columbus, OH

      Crazy painful! That's a good description.

      I think I drive my Facebook friends crazy by telling them Honey heals, protects (from flu, etc.) and regulates the body... And I post article after article on my Healthy Self (Heal Thy Self) FB group.

      AND I'm going to take this article and post it there, too! Cheers!

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Wow, Vista! That is so cool. I mean, not that a sink fell on your toe. My goodness--that must have been crazy painful. It's amazing how well honey works to heal, and it's important that we use these natural antibiotics as antibiotic-resistant bacteria continue to evolve. Thanks for your comment!

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      Tiana Dreymor 5 years ago from Columbus, OH

      I discovered Honey after I'd had a near death (from an infection), and I truly believe I might not have experienced it if I'd known of Honey's benefits before that. It just wasn't a staple before that.

      And then a sink fell on my toe. You cannot imagine the pain, agony...!!!

      I treated it by soaking, blood letting and pouring Honey on it and wrapping it with a mini pad and putting a sock over it. I was amazed how quickly it healed!!!!

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Hi Rosie. Thank you! I've been using raw honey on cuts and scrapes for a while now. It works really well. Thanks for commenting.

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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      Interesting hub. I did not realize that honey was a natural antibiotic.

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I love honey in my tea, too. Thanks for your comment!

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      omo daddy 5 years ago

      Thanks for this useful insight into the usefulness of honey. It gives me good night sleep when used in place of sugar in my tea. In the raw form, it never gets spoilt and never really needs a special storage method.