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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Honey for What Ails You

We've been using honey since time immemorial. More than just making what we eat sweet, it is the only food that doesn't spoil. REALLY! Archaeologists found this out when they discovered it inside the tombs of the pharaohs in Egypt which are several thousand years old. I don't know if they actually tasted it though.

Plus, its also been used by the Romans for treating wounds because of its antibacterial properties.

Today, there is research being done on a unique kind called Manuka honey which derives from a tree in New Zealand. It is being studied for its their effectiveness in treating diabetic ulcers (wounds) and to fight certain anti-biotic resistant strains of bacteria.

Here's the brainy, technical reading for honey's uses and benefits -

And here's a folksy, home remedy version. Note however the warning for infants at the end -

For wound care, I still believe that it's only a temporary or "last resort" treatment, like when you can't get access to conventional medicine. It might also be sticky or messy when applied too much and may ooze out of the wound dressing.

It's good to have it in your IFAK nonetheless.

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