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The Use Of Honey In Wound Care And Burns

By Matt

Honey in wound care

Using Honey in Wound Care.

First of all guys, this information shouldn’t be a substitute for you seeing your own physician or the emergency department of you local hospital, that said, in survival or SHTF situations, that ain’t necessarily going to be possible.

So read on.

We’ve seen an increase in the use of antibiotics since their timely invention in the late 1930s.

They have increased in use since then, reducing deaths from infectious disease beyond imagination.

Unfortunately, antibiotics are becoming less effective on treating some infections and there are super bugs are around that don’t respond well to antibiotic treatments.

Lately we have seen a resurgence in scientific studies, using natural products in wound care – in this example honey.

Honey has actually been used to treat wounds since the time of the ancient Egyptians some 5000 years ago.

How is Honey Used In Wound Care

Honey is known to soothe some pain and discomfort with burns and to help them heal more quickly.

Its also been shown to reduce healing time and scarring too.

It can be used on other wounds to promote healing and to guard against infections.

Medical grade honey is produce in controlled environments, (expensive) however you can get the same effects with good quality grocery store product.

How Does Honey Help In The Healing Process?

The anti bacterial effect is from a protein in the goo called defensin -1 that works really well on mild to moderate burns.

Honey acts as a protective barrier, provides the right amount of moisture to promote wound healing.

It also stimulates white blood cells that fight infection.

Honey also contains hydrogen peroxide – in itself a powerful disinfectant.

How Much Honey Should I Use?

Enough to cover the wound surface in a thin layer. deeper wounds and sores can be packed with it.

Wounds may weep and this will move the honey off the wound so a gauze dressing should be applied over the wound to keep the honey in place.

Dressings should be changed every few days and more often if necessary. You can also wash out with clean sterilewater before applying more honey and dressings.

Any Problems With Using Honey For Wound Care Applications?

People who are sensitive to pollen or bee products especially bee stings should not use honey in wound care applications. (Again, refer to a physician if this is possible)

When It’s Important Not To Use Honey!

Children under one year of age haven’t developed resistance to Botulinum Endospores in natural honey so it should be avoided with kids this young, Seriously it could kill them.

However, if you have Medihoney from a pharmacy this has been irradiated so there’s no problem.

What’s The Best Sort Of Honey To Use?

Specially manufactured products like Medi honey are available from pharmacies and whilst these may be the best thing in hospital environments where close control of product is appropriate, it doesn’t do us much good in survival situations.

Manuka honey from NZ is well known for its healing properties and is available in the US. Other natural honey widely available in the US is also pretty good.

Beware Of Fake Honey!


Bee made or fakeMake sure it’s natural honey – unfortunately some stuff sold in stores is really corn syrup and other crap which is no good at all!

I’d find a local bee-keeper or get it from a local farmers market where you can be sure of its quality.



How Long Does Honey Last When Stored?

Pretty much indefinitely! At least your lifetime! Not so good in plastic though. Get some stored away in glass jars whilst you can, and put some aside for your medical supplies.

I hope you have found this article useful, if you have any home remedies using honey then please share it with us by commenting below.

Keep Safe,