Honey is a member of the Apidae family. Honey is produced by bees from the nectar of several varieties of plants. The pharmalogical activity of honey varies depending on the area and type of plant from which the nectar is obtained. Honey has antibacterial and antifungal activities. It improves wound healing by promoting the formation of granulation tissue. Honey also promotes the growth of epithelial cells. Honey can be used topically, orally, or in food and beverages. Honey has been used for cough, wound treatment, and as an expectorant.
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Cautions Orally, honey may cause allergic reactions.