PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (WJAR) -- In ancient times, bee keeping was widely practiced and the honey bee itself was considered sacred in some circles.
And there appears to be a resurgence of the utilization of the healing properties in this sweet nectar.
"Honey has been used for thousands of years to heal. It has a property of preserving things. It preserves itself because it's the bees' bank account. It's their energy," said Dr. Allen Dennison of the Medical Associates of Rhode Island.
Dennison, an internist and assistant bee keeper, said he's been a bee-believer for more than 30 years. And he's passing along his extensive knowledge to other health care professionals.
For allergies, Dennison advises his patients to take a teaspoon of raw honey from a local supplier, put it underneath their tongue before breakfast every morning and let it melt for a few minutes.
Over time, that local honey is believed to help desensitize you to your environmental allergies.
For dry skin, Dr. Dennison likes to use a mixture.
"I like to mix this product, or local honey with Aquaphor, Aquaphor is a Vaseline-type product, and mix it half and half," he said.
That product he's talking about is Medihoney and this mixture can be applied to areas where your skin is especially dry, like the heels of your feet.
"I will just rub a small amount of this on the heel, I like to go in between the toes, and I rub it in," Dr. Dennison said.
Medihoney is unique in that it offers the first FDA approved, pre-packaged methods of using honey in the healing process.
Some of the Medihoney products are FDA approved to treat diabetic wounds, first- and second-degree burns, as well as some traumatic and surgical wounds.
"Bacteria are getting wise to our anti-bacterial ointments. Honey is going to fill the breach," Dr. Dennison says. "It has chemical resistance to any kind of degradation by bacteria or by yeasts and that's why honey preserves itself. Honey will also protect your wound for the same reason."
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