You know that a spoonful of honey can be a healthy way to sweeten up your morning tea or yogurt parfait. You may also know that it can be a key ingredient to a great facial or a fantastic hair treatment.

However, a lesser known fact about this sweet substance is that it has strong healing properties when it comes to wounds, as well. It can be a simple way to help treat cuts and burns.

 

Honey's antibacterial properties help it promote healing of wounds and fight infection (stylepresso.com)

Honey’s antibacterial properties help it promote healing of wounds and fight infection (stylepresso.com)

The effectiveness of honey in being able to help heal wounds comes down largely to its antibacterial properties, including its hydrogen peroxide content and its acidity. While the former can be produced by honey in small enough quantities to fight off bacteria without causing skin inflammation or irritation, the latter is also a key component in combating bacteria.

 

Not only does honey have the ability to activate your body’s immune response to infection and prevent the onset of an infection altogether, but it is also great at clearing an infection, if and when it sets in.

 

While honey can be a staple in our diets or even our beauty routines, it’s rarely considered as a topical treatment for wounds, despite its strength as one. This is largely because its antibacterial properties are not as widely known as its other qualities. Being able to circulate information through communication, however, allows us to see something as basic as honey in an entirely new light, almost making it appear like a whole new substance because of this new role that it can play.

 

To treat a wound with honey, simply dab a bit on the cut or burn as you would do with any kind of antiseptic ointment. Then, wrap a bandage around the affected area, and let the honey do the rest!

 

Do you know of any other natural substances that double as great wound healers and antibacterial agents? We’d love to hear about them! Share your comments below or tweet me @tamarahoumi