Thursday, March 13, 2008

Honey Recommended for Cuts, Wounds and Burns

Soothe Sores with a Little Bit of Honey
By Greta Burroughs, The Sun News (USA), 3/13/2008

Honey not only tastes good, but it is good for you. The medicinal value of honey and other natural products has been known for thousands of years but was put aside after the introduction of antibiotics earlier this century.

Today, it seems the healing power of raw honey is being rediscovered. Most people know that honey helps with allergies and sore throats, but are not aware that it can also be used as a protective agent on cuts, wounds and burns.

"Bee pollen helps protect against colds and flu in the wintertime and it helps to build the immune system," said Dr. Carolyn Haigler of Alternative Health and Wellness in Myrtle Beach. "I tell my patients to use honey in tea for sore throats. It takes the tickle away and soothes throat pain."

Haigler also knows the history of honey being used on wounds.

"During the Civil War, honey and cayenne pepper were used to heal wounds," she said. "The red pepper stopped the bleeding, and the honey prevented bacteria from getting in the wounds…

Raw Honey First-Aid Kit

Bee stings Dab on a bit of honey immediately to help draw out the stinger, ease pain and neutralize poisons.

Sunburns Combine 1 cup apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup honey and ½ cup aloe vera gel and gently apply to sunburn.

Wounds Apply a thin layer of raw honey to any cut, scrape or scratch and keep covered to prevent infection and speed healing.

2 comments:

Jennifer Draper said...

For more than 4 decades Betadine have been used in homes and hospitals worldwide as an important first line of defense against topical infections. Betadine help to reduce bacteria that potentially can cause skin infection.

Jennifer Draper said...

Betadine Ointment kills germs promptly in burns, cuts, scrapes and minor skin wounds. It contains Povidone-Iodine 10%.