Honey is a sweet fluid made by honeybees using the nectar of flowering plants. It contains mostly sugar, as well as a mix of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, zinc, and antioxidants. You can use it as a natural sweetener. It is used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agent. People commonly use honey orally to treat coughs and topically to treat burns and promote wound healing. Research on it for specific conditions includes:
- Cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants in honey might be associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.
- Cough. Studies suggest that some types of honey can act as a reliable cough suppressant for some people with upper respiratory infections and acute nighttime cough.
- Gastrointestinal disease. Evidence suggests it might help relieve gastrointestinal tract conditions such as diarrhea associated with gastroenteritis. Honey might also be effective as part of oral rehydration therapy.
- Neurological disease. Studies suggest that it might offer antidepressant, anticonvulsant and anti-anxiety benefits. In some studies,it has been shown to help prevent memory disorders.
- Wound care. Topical use of medical grade has been shown to promote wound healing, particularly in burns.
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