The Amazing Power of Honey as Medicine

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The use of honey as medicine is nothing new. It was an ingredient in medicinal compounds and cures made by Egyptian physicians 5,000 years ago. Its medical use has been found in other ancient practices from traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda to Mayan shamanism. In the past ten years there has been an explosion in scientific research on honey as medicine at Universities, research centers, and medical clinics around the world.

The power of honey as medicine may surprise you.

In his book, The Honey Prescription, Nathaniel Altman explores the broad spectrum of medicinal uses of honey. Specifically, how these remedies can be used safely at home as well as by licensed health care practitioners. He includes an extensive selection of honey-based recipes which, can be used to treat common health problem from burns, conjunctivitis, and ulcers to tooth decay.

He explains the physiological reasons why honey is so effective in treating antibiotic resistant diseases with no side effects and honey’s ability to kill E. coli and “super-bugs” like MRSA. Drawing on centuries of material from historical and folk medicine sources, he also examines the sacred role of bees from ancient Egypt onward and the modern problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, including methods for protecting our precious hives.

Following are a few excerpts from Altman’s book:

Wound Healer. Honey is used to heal chronic wounds resistant to healing. These wounds include: Pressure wounds, post-surgical wounds, meningococcal septicemia, staph, herpes, MRSA, burns and more.

Hydrogen Peroxide.  The antibacterial activity of honey is usually due to the production of small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, a clear colorless liquid that easily mixes with water. It reacts easily with other substances and is able to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, and some types of tumor cells.

Vitamins and Nutrients. Over the past 10 years researchers from around the world have found honey to contain vitamins and nutrients: Thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and vitamin c, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, chromium, selenium and zinc.

Pre and Probiotics. Several pre and probiotics have been found in honey that makes it an important nutritional and medicinal resource.

Antioxidant Activity. Honey has been found to contain a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants scavenge and eliminate free radicals.

Natural Energy Booster. Honey is a natural energy booster for athletes. In 100 grams of pure honey (the kind you’ll find from beekeepers, not the store) contains 82.4 % carbohydrate, 38.5 grams of fructose, 31 grams of glucose, 7.2 grams of maltose and just over 1 gram of sucrose.

Phyto-chemicals. Some honeys that don’t possess hydrogen peroxide contain phyto-chemicals, chemical compounds derived from plants or fruits.

Sleep aid. Honey has been used for thousands of years as a sleep aid. Research has found honey improves, facilitates and lengthens restorative sleep by at least three mechanisms. When taken before bed honey:

  • Ensures adequate liver-glycogen stores for eight hours of sleep. This prevents or limits the early-morning release of two stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.
  • Stabilizes blood-sugar levels.
  • Contributes to the release of melatonin, the hormone required for both the recovery and rebuilding of body tissues during rest.

Discover how to use honey to cure what ails you! The details are all inside The Honey Prescription by Nathaniel Altman. I highly recommend it!

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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