Use of honey in wound care: an update

Adv Skin Wound Care. 2011 Jan;24(1):40-4; quiz 45-6. doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000392731.34723.06.


The therapeutic use of honey in wound care has been used since ancient times. Honey has been shown to have antibacterial properties in vitro and animal studies have demonstrated accelerated wound healing with the use of honey. In human trials, there is currently not enough strong evidence to fully support the use of honey in wound care; however, use in minor burns and prevention of radiation mucositis appear to be 2 areas where honey shows therapeutic promise.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Chronic Disease
  • Honey*
  • Humans
  • Skin Care / nursing*
  • Wound Healing / drug effects*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents