New medical research has found honey is an effective treatment for superficial and partial thickness burns.
The New Zealand Medical Journal has published an analysis of the results of eight studies which compared the effectiveness of honey with alternative burn dressing treatments.
The research, by members of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, highlights the current interest in the medicinal properties of honey.
However, the institute says there's been very little research into the effectiveness of honey, despite it being used traditionally to treat burns and other wounds.
The study analysed these research findings, which reveal a superior effectiveness of honey in healing superficial and partial thickness burns.
The New Zealand Medical Journal article concludes that more research is urgently required before honey can start to be a mainstream treatment for burns.