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Healing Honey
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A study published in the journal Burns found honey salve healed superficial burns more effectively and quickly than a standard treatment of silver sulfadiazine. Honey deters infection, stimulates the formation of new blood capillaries and connective tissues, and is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.

Most honeys derive their antibacterial effects from hydrogen peroxide, produced by an enzyme naturally present in honey.

Honey also contains a horde of antioxidants including the flavonoid pinocembrin. As for antioxidant content, the darker the better.

NOTE: Honey, corn syrup, and similar natural sweeteners are a potentially acute threat to infants. An infant’s digestive juices are non-acidic, and ingestion of honey creates an ideal medium for botulinum spores to grow and produce deadly toxins. Neither honey nor any other sweetener should be given to children younger than 18 months.

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, January/February, 2007. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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