More often, people stir honey into tea, use it to make desserts such as baklava and sometimes even spread it on toast. Now a new paper reveals that one kind of honey may be used as a novel first aid treatment.
The paper appears in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiological Infectious Diseases and examines the Leptospermum honey, found commonly in New Zealand and Australia.
Because honey has a low pH level, researchers found, it does not irritate the wound site. In addition, the treated, medical-grade honey also promotes the growth of new tissue and helps eliminate pain and scarring.
CEO and chairman of Derma Sciences, Edward Quilty produces MEDHONEY which is derived from the Leptospermum honey and he feels that the recent article "does a great job" of highlighting its medical benefits.
MEDHONEY has subsequently been used to treat surgical wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, burns and other skin complications.
Researchers further discovered that this honey also has antimicrobial properties, in that it acts as an antibiotic against bacteria like methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant strains (VRS).
Honey is also reported to have other benefits such as helping to smooth skin when mixed up in all-natural creams and lotions.