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Honey - Antiseptic Antibiotic Antifungal Antibacterial

Honey never spoils!

Honey is a remarkable food. Like salt and sugar, the shelf-life is indefinite. It keeps for such a long time that archeologists find pots of unspoiled honey in ancient tombs, stored thousands of years ago. (More about the reasons at Smithsonian). Modern uses of honey include not only sweetening food and drinks, but many topical applications. Here are a few:


For skin rashes, burns and abrasions.

Apply a small amount of raw honey lightly over the affected area; may cover with a dressing or a dusting of cornstarch to reduce any stickiness.


The ultimate moisturizer.

Pull your hair back first, and apply a small amount of raw honey lightly over the skin for up to 30 minutes; easily remove with warm water. It can also be mixed with other ingredients for a more complex mask. Leaves skin baby soft.


As a bath and antibacterial soap.

Wash with raw honey straight from the jar or add ingredients for a scrub and enjoy sparkling clean skin. Facial blemishes and acne caused by cosmetics or allergies will clear up quickly using a nightly treatment of RRH (Really Raw Honey). A small amount needed.


For hair and scalp treatment.

Apply Really Raw Honey (with or without olive oil) to dry or damp hair about one half hour before washing—you'll be amazed at your "crowning glory".


For dental care and mouth sores.

Cleans teeth, mouth and dentures and stops bleeding gums. Canker sores, blisters and mouth ulcers respond to application of raw honey.



An astounding natural preservative.

Unprocessed honey found in ancient tombs was determined to be edible and was even used to preserve bodies. Keeps foods fresh and moist longer and retards spoilage.


For healing ulcers and burns

Also many years ago, a study by Robert Bloomfield, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reports "Applied every 2 to 3 days under a dry dressing, honey promotes healing of ulcers and burns better than any other local application. It can also be applied to other surface wounds, including cuts and abrasions..."


Honey has anti-cancer properties.

Recent studies by Gribel and Pashinskii indicated that honey possessed moderate antitumor and pronounced anti-metastatic effects in five different strains of rat and mouse tumors. Furthermore, honey potentiated the antitumor activity of chemotherapeutic drugs such as 5-fluorouracil and cyclophosphamide. — Gribel, N.V., and Pashinskii, V.G. Antitumor properties of honey, Vopr Onkol, 36:704-709, 1990. doi:


C.V. Rao at the American Health Foundation in Valhalla, New York found caffeic acids in propolis are inhibitors of colon cancers in animals. Other research shows hive products have the ability to prevent and halt the spread of malignant diseases. Earlier research by M.T. Huang also published in Cancer Research found caffeic acids effective in inhibiting skin cancer tumors in mice. American Bee Journal, June 1994


More information from and from Treehugger - 8 ways to use honey to pamper your skin and hair. 

None of this information is intended as medical advice.





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