Monday, January 11, 2010

Australian Doctor Uses Honey, Rose Water to Treat Wounds

Latest Buzz Word for Good Health
By Rosie Lockhart, Northern Daily Leader (Australia), 1/10/2010

Silky, sweet honey is delicious on your morning toast or dolloped in your lemon tea and new government reports have uncovered honey may also be good for your health.

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation has discovered people could use hospital-grade honey to treat skin and wound infections and promote good bacteria inside the body.

Warialda doctor Clem Gordon has been using honey for medicinal purposes in his practice since 1989 after he worked in the UK with a doctor from the Middle East.

“They’ve used honey for thousands of years – long before creams and ointments from the pharmacist were available,” Dr Gordon said.

“I often use a honey and rose water solution soaked in gauze for wounds and cuts. Bacteria can’t grow in honey so there is no chance of infection.”

Nemingha-based Australian Bush Honey owners Tony and Kerry Eden said they had been harvesting honey appropriate for medical purposes for more than 30 years…

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