Years ago when my children were young I read in Prevention Magazine that bacteria couldn’t grow in honey. When one of my children developed a severe case of diaper rash and no store bought or prescription ointment helped heal it, I decided to try spreading honey on the rash during each diaper change. To my amazement within two days the rash was completely healed! I told my pediatrician who scoffed at the idea that honey was the cure, but I was convinced and continued to use honey to heal any rash as soon as it appeared!
Fast forward 35 years… there now appears to be a scientific explanation for the healing power of honey. I just read an interesting article entitled “The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life.” In it Amina Harris, executive director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute at Univeristy of California, Davis explains, “Honey in its natural form is very low moisture. Very few bacteria or microorganisms can survive in an environment like that, they just die. They’re smothered by it, essentially.” She goes on to state, “It has a pH that falls between 3 and 4.5, approximately, and that acid will kill off almost anything that wants to grow there.”
According to Harris, honey also contains a small amount of hydrogen peroxide which additionally contributes to its healing power. “While it’s drawing water out of the wound, which is how it might get infected, it’s letting off this very minute amount of hydrogen peroxide. The amount of hydrogen peroxide comes off of honey is exactly what we need—it’s so small and so minute that it actually promotes healing.”
So, at last, I feel that there is a scientific explanation that has finally validated my use of honey in healing diaper rash! If you are at all interested in the healing power of honey, I encourage you to read the whole article. Also check out the following links to more articles about the healing power of honey: