How does Honey work?

Some of the chemicals in honey may work like an antibiotic or antifungal medicine by killing bacteria and fungus. When applied to the skin, honey may serve as a barrier to moisture and improve wound healing.

Are there safety concerns?

Honey seems to be safe for most adults and older children when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.

Do not use raw honey in infants and young children under 12 months of age due to the chance of botulism poisoning.

Do not use honey if:
  • You have pollen allergies due to the chance of allergic reactions.

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