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Healing with Honey: The Personal Experience of an English Beekeeper

Peter Smith, an avid beekeeper in England, treated a stubborn wound with honey, speeding up his recovery.

I am interested in the healing properties of honey for several reasons. When I was in Australia a few years back, I heard of a lady who had serious leg ulcers. For seven long years, she had potions galore administered but without any success. A beekeeper suggested honey and the sores dried up in six weeks.

On a personal note, I was doing things with a circular saw. Having very carefully cut a small piece of wood with fingers at least 1/2" away from the revolving blade, senile decay reared its ugly head. I switched the thing off, but a small bit of wood went down the gap between the blade and the table. Instinctively, I tried to grab it with the result that the top of my right thumb had a rather unfortunate encounter with the still turning blade. It was quite messy. I put 'Savlon' skin healing cream on it - but three days later it was still oozing. Then - why didn't I think of it before? I put honey on it. Within a day the sore had healed and there is no mark to be seen now.

A couple of years back, I was diagnosed with skin cancer. Some lumps had to be surgically removed, which necessitated a rather unpleasant visit to the local surgeon. She scraped one lesion off, leaving a raw area about 3/4" diameter on my arm.

"That'll take six to eight weeks to heal," she said.
"It won't," I insisted. "I'll have it dry in three."
"Don't be ridiculous" she said.

Anyway, when I went back for inspection about 2 1/2 weeks later, the wounds were all dry.

"How did you do that?" she asked.
"Honey," I said.
"Don't be ridiculous" she said and wouldn't accept my story that I took the hospital dressing off and put lint with honey on it on each wound.

Anyway, I know who is right. Several people come to me for honey to treat hay fever in the spring. They all swear by it. (The honey contains trace amounts of pollen, which is said to desensitize people to pollen in the air.)

I have treated burns as well. Much better than sulphonamides, as the dressing doesn't stick to the new skin. One of our members used to make a tincture of propolis and alcohol to treat mouth ulcers and similar infections.

If you would like to contact Peter Smith directly his email address is: He's a very informative beekeeper with a great sense of humor, who welcomes the opportunity to speak about his experiences.

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