Does Honey Heal? We Explore.

Cup of tea and a jar of Waxing Kara Honey

We asked, how does honey heal? The science may be new, but the practice of using honey in remedies dates way back in time. For the purpose of this blog, we are staying true to science. There is credible and documented research on traditional and modern uses of honey in human diseases. Looking at the research to understand what has been proven about the healing powers of honey.

At Waxing Kara, we’re not doctors and this is not medical advice, but we have done our research on the uses of honey on the skin. We’ve also kept a close eye on new research that supports honey used for immunotherapy in allergies. Based on several studies, there is scientific evidence to support honey heals.

close up honey pouring into bowl overflowing from a spoon with honey pots in background on white countertop

Some of the most recent research that there are benefits of using honey for allergies. If you aren’t sure about the findings of this study, please just give it a try. A teaspoon of RAW real honey from your local beekeeper once daily for a month during allergy season and see if you notice a difference.

We’ve even explored and can provide first-hand experience with using honey to heal poison ivy. No kidding, it helps to soothe the itch and burn that comes with a terrible case of poison ivy.

Honey is an incredible pantry staple. It has an eternal shelf life that is packed with nutrients, it has been scientifically proven that honey is medicine.

In our quest to nourish our bodies with real, natural, unadulterated food, there is an increasing stream of ideas around the return to “primal” roots. One nutritional shortcoming, debated often amid continuing massive consumption, is the issue of sweeteners.

Research has linked honey to an improved gut microbial balance, coughing and other respiratory conditions. Honey contains trace nutrients and has been thought to have antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, along with healing potential for ailments such as sore throats, digestive disorders, and skincare.

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People ask us almost daily: Does honey heal?

We all know that honey works wonders on the skin and it soothes a sore throat, but what else does it do?

Does Honey Heal honey lollipops for tea next to jar of honey

Honey is an antibacterial agent used to help wound healing.

A 2008 study by the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany showed that there is potential for using honey as an antibacterial agent on patients with suppressed immune systems.

Some varietals of honey, for instance, Manuka honey has been proven to stimulate the production of monocytes that fight infections. If long-term research proves this to be true, it will make Manuka honey* a powerful pharmaceutical.

Try Honey for your sore throat.

While we can’t promise that our Eastern Shore Honey will help you bid your sore throat or allergies farewell, we believe it helps. We encourage you to experience using honey for immunotherapy, if it works for you, then keep doing it.

Does Honey Heal Autumn Honey is great paired with cheese.

Stir a spoonful into your cup of morning coffee or tea, or enjoy it right from the jar. Use in moderation, of course. Or, if you’re a busy bee who is always on the go, grab a Honey Lollipop and take it with you. They’re a sweet treat that leaves behind all of the mess of traditional honey. Also for folks on the go are our honey sticks, a single teaspoon per serving.

Honey, Lemon and Ginger Tea with tea cup, lemon and jar of honey on table

Speaking of tea, you should pick up some of our organic tea blends. We carry five varieties that will suit your taste. From bold to floral, sweet to tart, our Tea Tower has it all! A warm cup in the evening will certainly make you feel a bit better and, it may even help you get some sleep.

More of a DIY person? Try Evelyn’s turmeric tea recipe for a healing cup of warming tea. Or celebrate national hot tea month and pair your favorite tea recipes with your favorite honey.

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*Manuka Honey that has not been radiated. Manuka Honey that is available for sale in the US has likely been irradiated.

About the Author


Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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