There is more to raw honey than what meets the eye, mainly because of the multiple health benefits it can offer, such as: Potentially treating coughs: The World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes that raw honey can act as a demulcent, or a substance that helps relieve irritation in the mouth or throat by forming a protective film. Raw honey works just as well as dextromethorphan (an ingredient in over-the-counter medicines) in soothing cough caused by upper respiratory tract infections, usually among children. Raw honey can also serve as a remedy for sleep difficulties caused by these infections. Helping with wound treatment: Raw honey has antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Research has revealed that unprocessed honey helped with both wound and ulcer healing. One study highlighted that 58 out of 59 wounds improved following a topical application of honey. In particular, a type of honey called Manuka honey, made with pollen gathered from the Manuka bush’s flowers, was already used for this purpose. Clinical trials discovered Manuka honey’s ability to eradicate more than 250 clinical bacteria strains like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA). Delivering an energy boost: You can use raw honey to help provide a quick pre- or post-workout energy boost. Raw honey can be beneficial for athletes searching for a “time-released fuel” to deliver energy over a longer period of time. Assisting with free radical elimination: Antioxidants called phenolic compounds are present in honey, which help protect the body from free radical-initiated cell damage. Helping decrease allergy symptoms: More often than not, locally produced honey may contain pollen spores picked up by bees from local plants. Consuming locally produced raw honey is highly ideal because it can allow the honey to boost the body’s health and resistance against certain allergens. Serving as a remedy against herpes wounds: Good-quality raw honey can offer benefits against herpes sores by drawing fluid away from the wound. Raw honey’s high sugar content can suppress microorganism growth too. Worker bees secrete an enzyme called glucose oxidase into the nectar. When the honey comes into contact with the wound, the enzyme then releases low levels of hydrogen peroxide. A study involving 16 adult subjects with a history of recurrent labial and genital herpes sought to discover the effectiveness of using raw honey as treatment, compared to an antiviral drug called Acyclovir cream. Raw honey was able to yield better mean healing times for labial herpes at 43 percent, and for genital herpes at 59 percent, compared to acyclovir. Patients also reported significant reduction of pain and crusting, and two cases of labial herpes and a case of genital herpes were remitted completely after using raw honey. A staple in some beauty products, raw honey can also provide these cosmetic benefits: Act as a humectant: A humectant is able to attract and retain moisture, which is why raw honey is added to moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners. Combat acne: Aside from drawing moisture to the skin, raw honey can be helpful for people with acne since it can attack the source of breakouts. Help lighten dark circles: A spoonful of honey can assist with fading dark circles and alleviating under-eye swelling. Helps heal cuticle damage: Damaged cuticles can lead to fungal and bacterial infection. A mixture of raw honey and apple cider vinegar can help reverse this condition. Assist with improving scalp condition: Applying raw honey diluted in warm water to your scalp can help in significantly improving seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that triggers dandruff and itching.