Medicinal benefits of honey

Title page from a book on honey

This is the very first book published in English to focus solely on the health benefits of honey, independent of issues related to practical apiculture.

Honey has occupied a prominent place in traditional medicine throughout world history. The health benefits of honey are mentioned in the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran, and early Egyptian writings. Ancient Chinese, Greek and Roman societies also accepted the health benefits of honey.

Modern medicine confirms that honey is an antimicrobial agent as well as a powerful antiseptic that can aid in the healing of wounds and burns. The addition of honey to food can also help to stimulate digestion and regulate acidity.

Image: John Hill. 'The virtues of honey in preventing many of the worst disorders; and in the certain cure of several others'. London, 1759. [NLS shelfmark: MRB.153]

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