Honey is a sweet liquid that bees produce using nectar from flowers.
A 2015 review found that honey may help heal burns, and another study found that the defensin-1 protein in honey promoted wound healing.
A review found that Manuka honey can kill bacteria because it contains properties such as hydrogen peroxide and defensin-1 proteins. The authors concluded that Manuka honey could have greater antibacterial activity than other types of honey.
A 2012 study found that honey was more effective than a placebo at reducing children’s coughs during the night.
Honey’s sweetness can make it an ideal substitute for sugar, and research indicates that using honey instead of adding sugar may benefit people with diabetes.