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11 Health Benefits of Honey

4. Wound Healing

Honey has been used for centuries to help speed the healing of wounds. Ancient Egyptian texts mention its healing abilities. The Egyptians also used it in the embalming process to help prevent putrification. The natural antibacterial properties, and the fact that it is slightly acidic, help honey reduce inflammation and infection and reduce the time it takes for wounds to heal. It’s traditionally been used in many cultures to help heal leg ulcers and bed sores, but it has the ability to speed the healing of any wounds. Studies have shown that honey can slow the growth of the bacteria S. aureus and P. aeruginosa, commonly found in hospitals, that cause infection in wounds.