Health Benefits of Honey

Posted by Stacia (Okeechobee, FL) on 08/29/2007

Jennifer from Springtown, TX might want to try honey on the horse's open wound. Helps keep infections at bay.

Itchy Skin
Posted by Em (Dunedin, New Zealand) on 06/23/2007

I was being driven crazy at midnight last night by an itching foot which, I think, is a side effect from a prescribed medication. I have tried so many remedies including those suggested by my doctor. Well, last night I came across your site and in desperation smeared my poor old foot with Manuka honey and lo and behold it stopped almost instantly ! The relief is exquisite so thank you for the great information. I will be passing it on. Kia ora. Em, New Zealand.

Itchy Skin
Posted by Elizabeth (South, Fl) on 01/13/2012

Just tried this last night, was out in a field with prickers and such - and my ankles got torn up and started to itch like crazy. Came here saw this recommendation and tried it - fantastic! Itching gone and scrapes healing nicely. Thanks again EC

Posted by Elizabeth (Milton Keynes, England) on 09/24/2008

To get rid of ECZEMA SCARS or any scars use Vitamin E oil. All the best

General Feedback
Posted by Virginia (Albuquerque, NM) on 05/09/2007


Regarding giving honey to infants: RAW honey should not be given to infants as it may transmit INFANT BOTULISM. It is my understnding that after they are a year old, a child is no longer susceptible to problem. I doubt what is commonly given to infants in India is raw honey, but rather honey that has been properly heated or processed so that botulism is not a problem.

EC: We sent S's email to a dear friend of ours from India (who now lives in the USA) for another opinion. This was our friend's response:

"I remember that my mother was very surprised when I told her that infants should not be fed honey for the first year. In India, honey is given very routinely for the reasons that this person's email mentioned. On the other hand, in India, scientific research can be a little shady. Also, the value of life is less. One infant less due to an allergic reaction to honey counts for little, sadly. Also, infants here are different and are born with different immune systems. I don't think you should recommend honey for US infants.

I heard something really interesting from an Indian parent in the US the other day. She was saying that her child, with two biological Indian parents, had a host of allergies. This is apparently very common for children of Indian parents who are born in the US. It is surmised that these children inherit, through their birth, highly evolved immune systems that are used to battling a lot of germs. But in the US there are comparitively few diseases to combat with the result that these highly evolved immune systems have nothing to do. They then turn on themselves and create all sorts of allergies. Isn't that interesting?

But I don't think it would be wise for you to recommend honey. The consequences could be disastrous for that one infant who can't take it. "

General Feedback
Posted by Ladut (Northern, Indiana) on 01/10/2010

Botulism is a concern when feeding infants honey because of the spores that may be present in the honey. These spores are harmless to adults, as they are in a dormant state, but infect infants by another method of action.

Being spores, however, means that they can survive cooking temperatures, and so boiling honey will do nothing to reduce this risk.

I also somewhat disagree with the statement that second generation Indians develop allergies due to a bored immune system. Your immunity is developed by oneself, through exposure to disease, not inherited from the parent (although genetics may play a role in the functional ability, the actual functioning is environmental). Industrialized nations have much higher levels of allergies anyway, regardless of where your parents came from, so it's more likely that the environmental toxins are just something that NO immune system is built to easily handle.

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