In ancient Egypt honey was used to help heal cuts and burns. Hippocrates used it on skin problems. Romans used it for cleansing wounds.
Now, centuries later, scientists are discovering that this prized bee product can be good modern medicine — especially as a dressing to prevent burns and wounds from becoming infected. One study published in the Cochrane Library showed that honey may promote faster healing of mild or moderate burns than regular dressings, and other studies have shown that honey can aid in healing wounds.
Honey appears to help increase the rate of both new tissue growth and the removal of dead tissue around the wound. It also contains natural hydrogen peroxide, which helps with healing.