What is honey and how is it made?
"Honey is a by-product of flower nectar and the upper aero-digestive tract of the honey bee, which is concentrated through a dehydration process inside the bee hive." (Traditional and Modern Uses).
History of Honey:
The history of human use of honey can be traced back over 8,000 years with depictions in Stone Age paintings, Egyptian papyruses, Indian ancient texts, and many other ancient food and medicinal recipes. Ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans used honey for it's wounds healing properties and as treatment for diseases of the intestine.
Is there Science backing up the benefits of Honey?
Yes! Laboratory investigations reported honey has an inhibitory effect on over 60 species of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Another discovery reported antibacterial activity in honey against many organisms including Salmonella, Shigella, Escherichia coli, Helicobacter pylori, etc. "In an inflammatory model of colitis, honey was as effective as prednisolone treatment." Research also indicates honey may possess anti-inflammatory activity and can possibly stimulate immune responses within a wound, promoting wound healing.