Saturday , 5 December 2020

Honey: Chemistry and Medicinal Uses

Divya G. Nair*
Research Scholar, Department of Chemistry, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara Kerala

A B S T R A C T
The use of honey was common among ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans to treat wounds and a myriad of diseases. The healing property of honey is ascribed to its antibacterial activity, maintenance of moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection. Honey has commendable immunomodulatory property too. The antimicrobial action of honey is due to the enzymatic production of hydrogen peroxide, its chemical and physical characteristics, but with regional seasonal variations.
Keywords: Honey, Chemistry, Antimicrobial

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