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Healing with honey

In ancient times, bee keeping was widely practiced..the honey bee considered sacred in some circles. And there appears to be a resurgence of the utilization of the healing properties in this sweet nectar.

"Honey has been used for thousands of years to heal. It has a property of preserving things. It preserves itself because it's the bees bank account, it's their energy," said Dr. Allen Dennison

The internist and assistant bee keeper is passing along his extensive knowledge to other health care professionals. For allergies: "What I advise my patients to do is to take a teaspoon of raw honey from a local supplier, put it underneath your tongue before breakfast every morning and let it melt there for a few minutes."

Over time, that local honey is believed to help desensitize you to your environmental allergies.

For dry skin, Dr. Dennison uses a mixture. "I like to mix this product or local honey with Aquafor. Aquafor is a Vaseline type product and I mix it half and half."

That product is medihoney and this mixture can be applied to areas where your skin is especially dry, like the heels of your feet. "I like to rub a small amount of this on the heel, I like to go in between the toes and I rub it in," Dr. Dennison said. 

Medihoney is unique in that it offers the first FDA approved pre packaged methods of utilizing honey in the healing process. "Medihoney is special honey that comes from a monoculture, the tea tree plant which is in New Zealand."

There are different pre packaged products that are FDA approved to treat diabetic wounds, first and second degree burns as well as some traumatic and surgical wounds.  "Bacteria are getting wise to our antibacterial ointments. Honey is going to fill the breach, Dr. Dennison said.

It has chemical resistance to any kind of bacteria or by yeast and that's why honey will also protect your wound for the same reason."

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