Who is not familiar with honey? Almost everyone loves it, sweet taste, savory and warm sensation given honey is delicious to eat. In addition to being friends to eat bread or a mixture of warm drinks, honey also serves as a natural wound healing.
The worker bees mix nectar with their saliva containing glucose oxidation. This decomposed nectar produces a by-product of the hydrogen peroxide compound and is often used to clean or sterilize the wound, unfortunately this benefit is only temporary. Hydrogen peroxide works by killing bacteria in wounds without damaging healthy tissue.
Honey works as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Honey is more effective than any antibiotic. Although antibiotics can kill microbes, sometimes it triggers an immune reaction to other microbes. Meanwhile, honey can kill microbes that cause infection that is resistant to antibiotics. What makes honey different from other types of antibiotics? This can be investigated from the origin of natural honey produced by worker bees.
Medical honey for wound care
- When honey is attached to the wound, it seems that the fluid in the body begins to melt and reduce the acidity level. Slowly and continuously, the sugar substance in honey is decomposed so that the hydrogen peroxide production is not stopped.
- Honey will moisturize the skin and prevent crust after the wound dries. This honey also stimulates the new cells growth so that the skin can regenerate as before.
- Anti-inflammation in honey can also reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and prevent pus on the wound. While it is not great to deal with injuries, honey can not always be used by everyone.
- 5% botulism spores in honey are not suitable for children aged 1 year, This is because not enough microorganisms are decomposing in the intestine. Botulism spores can cause rare paralysis with visual disturbances, speech impediment, fatigue.
Usually honey is used in treating skin problems, various stomach and intestinal disorders, bacterial infections, burns and diabetes. If you cough, it’s good to drink tea or lemon tea plus a little honey. For children aged 2 years and over can drink 2 teaspoons of honey, to ease respiratory infections suffered.
In general, honey is safe for consumption, but you need to be careful if the honey comes from the rhododendron plant, because it can cause poisoning. To know the real and fake honey can be done in various ways. When honey is mixed with water, will it dissolve immediately? If directly dissolved, may have been mixed with sugar. The original honey will not dissolve soon, because the concentration level is different from sugar.
Another way is to put it in the freezer, if the honey is frozen can be said to be fake. Another method is to burn it, if burned then this honey is genuine. There are also trying to let it on the table, if surrounded by many ants of course this is fake. Have you ever seen a honeycomb filled with ants? This is the medicinal honey as a natural wound remedy!