Can honey be used to heal cuts and scrapes?

Can honey be used to heal cuts and scrapes?
Yes. But it has to be medical-grade, which means it is filtered and sterilized. Honey contains an enzyme that produces disinfecting hydrogen peroxide when it comes in contact with blood. It also reduces swelling and forms a protective barrier over wounds to speed up healing. More than 500 clinical trials confi rm honey’s healing properties and its unlikelihood of causing an allergic reaction.

Try: DR. NORDYKE’S WOUND HONEY ($20; woundhoney.com or 866-519-9191) is safe to use on superficial wounds. It can run, so it’s best to apply it to a bandage first.
—Jeanette Jacknin, M.D., board-certified dermatologist in Scottsdale, Ariz.