Tuesday, July 24, 2007

More About Honey (Continued from my newsletter)

I already mentioned in my newsletter that August relates to skin conditions that are vulnerable to heat.

The skincare service I designed for this period specifically addresses these concerns.

There is no way I could have designed a service to assist all of my clients without including honey. This miraculous substance has been used throughout history as a wound healing unguent.

Honey is the main ingredient in Ambrosia, a mythical sweet nectar drunk by the Gods and Goddesses of all civilizations. It was used to clean and disinfect wounds, preserve beauty, and even as recently as 2005, there was a study siting honey's superiority over drugs in the case of serious burns. Honey heals the skin, mends the pores and reduces the likelihood of post wound reactions.

Here is an excerpt from an article that lists naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide as a reaction to using honey on a wound

Honey is a traditional topical treatment for infected wounds. It can be effective on antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

Honey is produced from many different floral sources and its antibacterial activity varies with origin and processing. Honey selected for clinical use should be evaluated on the basis of antibacterial activity levels determined by laboratory testing.

The antibacterial properties of honey include the release of low levels of hydrogen peroxide. Some honeys have an additional phytochemical antibacterial component.

Many authors support the use of honey in infected wounds and some suggest its prophylactic use on the wounds of patients susceptible to MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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