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First-Aid Kit Must-Haves: Gauze, Bandages and... Honey?

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Chances are you always have a jar of honey hanging around your kitchen to throw on top of your morning yogurt or dash into your favorite tea, but you should also considering keeping a jar or two in your first aid kit.

In addition to being one of your favorite natural sweeteners, the delicious product created by bees has several health benefits. Honey is composed of water, sugar (mainly in the form glucose and fructose) and prebiotic fructooligosaccharides, which help stimulate the growth of good intestinal bacteria. Honey also contains health-boosting minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Furthermore, it’s a natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, which opens doors to a whole lot of healing.

"Honey can prevent or kill bacteria due to different mechanisms of action, such as high sugar concentration, low pH, hydrogen peroxide generation, proteinaceous compounds, phenolic compounds, or other antimicrobial compounds present in honey" - Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences

What is Melipona Honey?

Melipona Honey, also referred to as "Stingless Bee Honey", or Melipona Beecheii, comes from the stingless bee genus 'Melipona.' These stingless bees are native to tropical forests, and their syrup is sweet and has numerous benefits compared to regular "bear-bottle" honey. Melipona stingless bee honey offers more inflammation and antioxidant reduction properties than honey made from stinging bees, which is why many use it for medicinal purposes.

The Health Benefits of Melipona Stingless Bee Honey

1. Help In Wound Healing

Stingless bee honey is rich in antioxidant and antibacterial properties, which prevents microbial infection in your wound. Studies show that Melipona honey could enhance the healing of wounds, boost the regeneration of tissue, as well as decrease pain in people suffering from burns.

Additionally, Melipona honey proves promising when it comes to healing diabetic ulcers.; when you use honey wound dressing in combination with conventional wound treatment, it can heal diabetic ulcers more efficiently than conventional treatment alone.

2. Promote Oral Health

To prevent tooth decay and maintain healthy gums, it is essential to reduce bad oral bacteria that could cause the formation of plaque. Stingless bee honey contains trehalulose. Trehalulose, a sugar similar to sucrose, releases slowly into the bloodstream and is therefore low on the glycemic index. This sugar is also acariogenic, which means it won’t contribute to tooth decay.

Melipona honey attacks bad oral bacteria which is responsible for causing plague formation, tooth decay, as well as gum inflammation. Research shows that Melipona honey rich in antibacterial activity is essential in preventing the growth of harmful oral bacteria such as gingivitis.

3. Soothing Sore Throat

If you suffer from a sore throat, Melipona stingless bee honey can offer relief superior to other over-the-counter (OTC) products, as the antibacterial and antiviral properties of the honey can help reduce inflammation while simultaneously attacking the pain-causing bacteria.

Not only does the Melipona honey attack harmful bacteria, but it also provides relief and cough-suppression by coating the inside lining of the sore throat.

Drinking 1.5 teaspoons of honey before bedtime may help with both cough relief sleep quality in both children and adults affected by respiratory infections.

4. Help in Preventing Gastric Ulcers and Bacterial Gastroenteritis

Stomach ulcers are among the most common human diseases. They are sores which form on the stomach lining and cause nausea, stomach pain, and bloating. The majority of gastric ulcers are caused by H. pylori, a common type of bacteria.

The consumption of Melipona honey offers relief from ulcers, gastroenteritis, and other bacterial gut infections caused by the bacteria Salmonella, Shigella, and H. pylori. Because of its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial characteristics, this honey could be used as a bacteriostatic and bactericidal agent. Melipona honey's high fructooligosaccharides (yes, very long word) content also helps to prevent bacterial gastroenteritis and ulcers due to its prebiotic characteristics.

5. Improve Digestive Issues

Those who are affected by Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) frequently experience ongoing uncomfortable digestive irregularities such as constipation, indigestion, abdominal pain, and irregular bowel movements. More research has been performed using Manuka honey in digestion, so we will recommend its use here over its sister honey, Melipona. Consuming 1 tsp of Manuka honey on a daily basis may help to alleviate these symptoms. Manuka honey has been shown to boost antioxidant levels and reduce inflammation in those suffering from IBS.

However, for those severely affected by fructose intake and IBS, it is suggested you approach the consumption of honey with caution, as it does contain a low amount of fructose, which is a FODMAP molecule.

6. Acne Treatment

Acne is most commonly a result of hormonal changes, but can also be caused by a poor diet, stress, or even bacteria growth in clogged pores. When combined with an OTC or prescribed low-pH product, Melipona antimicrobial and anti-inflammation properties may help reduce redness, swelling, and infection rates is they relate to acne. Raw Melipona or Manuka honeys may also aid in keeping your skin free of bacteria, which may speed up the healing process of acne.

If you are experiencing a redness flare up on your skin, replace your evening cleanser with raw honey twice a week. Using honey as a facial cleanser shockingly doesn't make the sticky mess you think it would!


Melipona stingless bee honey is a unique kind of honey. Its most notable feature is its effect on wound healing. Melipona honey also has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties which may aid in the treatment of a variety of ailments, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers, acne treatment, and sore throat relief.

Consuming Stingless Bee honey could well make your body and soul as happy as you could ever want. It is definitely worth having in your first aid kit!

REESHI Recommended Honeys for First-Aid

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