Honey

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.

Dosing considerations for Honey.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:
  • For cough: 2.5-10 mL (0.5-2 teaspoons) of honey at bedtime.
APPLIED TO THE SKIN:
  • For the treatment of burns and wounds: Honey is applied directly or in a dressing. The dressings are usually changed every 24-48 hours, but are sometimes left in place for up to 25 days. The wound should be inspected every 2 days. When used directly, 15 mL to 30 mL of honey has been applied every 12-48 hours, and covered with sterile gauze and bandages or a polyurethane dressing.

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