8 Ways Honey Solves Your Health Woes

This golden liquid has been shown to help fix ailments ranging from a pesky cough to a painful wound.

8 Ways Honey Solves Your Health Woes

The healing power of honey has been known for centuries, but you might be surprised by how many health benefits you can get from this kitchen staple. This golden liquid has been shown to help cure ailments ranging from a pesky cough to a painful wound. On your next trip to your local grocery store, check out honey labeled "raw." Raw honey is the unpasteurized version of more commonly used honey but with added filtration, which mainly helps extend shelf life. Research suggests that raw honey's active phytonutrients — as well as its antibacterial and antifungal properties — contribute to its vast array of health benefits. However, because honey can cause a dangerous disease known as botulism in infants, children under the age of 1 should never consume honey, raw or pasteurized.

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Helps Heal Wounds

Applying a thin layer of raw honey to a minor wound may actually help sterilize the cut and help it heal more smoothly, with less scabbing. The application of honey to the site of the wound will help keep it moist, and exposure to oxygen helps to activate an enzyme in honey that forms hydrogen peroxide, which has antibacterial capabilities. Gently apply with a cotton swab, and cover with a bandage. However, honey is only appropriate for minor cuts that you would otherwise simply apply antibiotic ointment to — any deep cuts or cuts that appear infected should be evaluated by a medical professional.

Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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