What foods have antibiotic properties

Does forest honey contain a natural antibiotic?

In folk medicine, honey has long been of great importance. Honey is said to have anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiallergic effects. However, we are not aware of pantotin as a natural antibiotic in honey.

Nevertheless, the use of honey in alternative medicine is popular. A common area of ‚Äč‚Äčapplication for honey is wound care. Already in the First and Second World Wars, envelopes with honey were used for skin injuries due to its assigned antimicrobial effect. The emerging antibiotics supplanted home remedies. However, the problem of antibiotic-resistant germs that exists today makes honey interesting again as an alternative remedy for wound care, as it is even effective against multi-resistant germs such as the so-called MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

However, medical wound honey is used today for wound care and not conventional edible honey. Wound honey is specially produced for therapeutic purposes and is approved as a medical product. It consists of two different types of honey, which are subject to special processing and control and which have been sterilized with gamma rays.

The enzyme glucose oxidase added by the bees continuously produces small amounts of antiseptic hydrogen peroxide from the sugar in honey.

The medicinal honey also contains z. B. Australian or New Zealand Manuka or tea tree honey, which is particularly strong antibacterial and antifungal.

The antimicrobial effect is supported by the natural sugars contained in honey, as these attract water and thus, for example, deprive bacteria of their livelihood.

The medicinal effect of wound honey can certainly be superior to normal edible honey in parts. For example, the enzyme glucose oxidase can be found in all types of honey. But the corresponding effects of edible honey are significantly weaker.

We like to use honey for coughs and hoarseness. Scientific studies on the effect are lacking. Still, the World Health Organization lists honey as a potential cure for children with coughs and sore throats.

Depending on the forage plant, the honeys differ in their composition from beekeeper to beekeeper. Not even forest honey is the same as forest honey. We do not have any reliable information about whether and how much active substances are contained in edible honey.

older user comments from 2020 and before

Helga Gehrig [email protected], on July 14th, 2020, 11:22 am
Honey burns on the wound

 

Editorial staff:
We would not recommend using "normal" beekeeping honey directly on open wounds. This is what medicinal honey is intended for. Unfortunately, we cannot tell you whether this is also on fire.


Guido Becker, on March 3rd, 2020, 8:27 am
What works here is SUGAR.

As is known, not patentable. . .

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