Dr Rose Cooper, right, the guest
speaker from Cardiff at Dromore Beekeepers' Association
together with the Chairman, Les Simms from Hillsborough,
left and Anne Wilson, a nurse from Banbridge and Maurice
King, a Veterinary Surgeon from Markethill.
THE usual 50 beekeepers who gather in Dromore
each month in the High School were joined on Tuesday evening by
visitors who went to hear Dr. Rose Cooper, a Reader in
Microbiology at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC),
speak on the healing properties of honey.
Among some interesting facts she told how it
is used to clean and heal wounds, remove smells and kill off
Dr Cooper traced the history of the use of
honey over thousands of years but concentrated on her own
research in Cardiff carried out in the past ten years. She
pointed out that all honey has healing properties because of its
high sugar concentrations; others release hydrogen peroxide on
dilution but that manuka honey, mainly from New Zealand, has an
additional antibacterial effect, which is not yet completely
She showed test results and described case
studies where manuka honey had been effective where antibiotics
and other more conventional wound dressings had not.
She warned against self medication with raw
honey but pointed out there were now a number of honey products
on the market, both creams and dressings, which were sterile and
available on NHS prescription since 2004. .
The talk was followed by a lively discussion
by the audience who spoke of their experiences with the healing
properties of honey.