For several years, most of us believed that exposing wounds to air will make them heal faster, especially after they’ve been cleaned and no longer bleeding. But research today shows otherwise. New finding states that keeping the wounds moist and concealed will help the broken skin heal quicker without a high risk of infection. Using substances, ointments, and topical creams in conjunction with the method mentioned can also help speed up the healing process, but most of them can induce inflammation. That’s where honey comes in for wound healing and other skin problems.
Whether you have bed sores or you have wounds or burns, you can use honey on your skin. For hundreds of years, this natural substance has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including skin disorders:
The truth is that burns are really difficult to treat. One reason is that the burned skin is a perfect breeding ground for organisms, making it an easy target for infection. Unfortunately, the infection can spread into the bloodstream and this can be fatal. Act fast and use honey in dressings for your burns. It has antibacterial properties that can kill pathogenic organisms in burn wounds. Use raw, unheated honey for best results.
2. Bed Sores
Also known as pressure ulcer or sore, this open wound is common in people who are confined to a wheelchair or a bed for long periods. The natural antiseptic properties in honey can help soothe the skin with mild bed sores. Honey can also help provide pain relief, reduce itching, and speed up healing. Use honey to prevent infection as well. Just mix equal amounts of honey and sugar and apply on the affected area. Cover with a clean bandage and do this daily.
3. Other Skin Problems
Honey can be used to treat several other skin issues, including:
- Wounds due to trauma
- Cuts and abrasions
- Surgical wounds
- Leg ulcers
With all these uses, it does come as a surprise that honey isn’t found in emergency rooms, hospitals, ambulance, or even fire trucks. A jar of honey should be a part of your first aid kit or your medicine cabinet. You may find that there are different types of honey though and each type has its own antibacterial activity. But the one that’s most effective in fighting bacteria and infection is manuka honey from the manuka tree, making it the best type of honey to use for applying on wounds.