Health: How To Treat A Burn Using Honey

Health: How To Treat A Burn Using Honey

Sep 14

How To Treat A Burn Using Honey

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Immediately After Receiving The Burn

1- Cool the burned area down as rapidly as is possible, to stop the flesh from cooking any further. Use cold, running water and cool it to a comfortable level; do not apply ice and freeze it.

2 – Pour enough clean honey over the burned area to overlap the wound and cover completely with thin, flexible, plastic wrap. Do not skimp on the honey – you can never use too much (except to the extent that it drips all over the place, making everything sticky and attracting insects). A thin plastic bag or sandwich bag can be slit along the edges or corner and used for the purpose of spreading the honey.

3 – Wrap the affected area with plastic wrap, such as cling wrap, being careful to keep a layer of honey between the burn and the plastic. Secure the plastic wrapping with gauze or crepe bandage and leave it alone for two days.

During The Aftermath

1 – After 48 hours, open it up and check for infection. There will usually not be any, as the burned flesh has been sterilised initially by the heat of the burn(unless it was cooled with dirty water, there is little chance of there being any noxious organisms present). However, don’t panic if infection is present: Have the victim eat a tablespoon of honey (preferably unfiltered and/or raw honey, containing propolis [a highly antibacterial product found naturally in raw honey], pollen, wax etc. The honey can be disguised in a sandwich) three times a day. It is imperative that the wound is not washed at all throughout this whole process. The honey must not be washed off; simply add more each time the dressing is opened. The rationale behind not washing the injury is that the honey forms a protective barrier over the area, and removing it will permit exposure to the vulnerable tissue.

2 – Charred or loose flesh may be removed with sterilised tweezers, but do not force it if it adheres to the wound: it will disengage in time. Pour more honey over the wound and cover, as before, with plastic wrapping and gauze or crepe, once again leaving it for two days. Repeat the foregoing process every two days.

3 – Continue to do this until the wound begins to granulate (about a week to ten days), then leave the dressing off for an hour, after which, pour more honey onto it and cover it up again. Again, do not be tempted to wash it!

4 – Now, every day, remove the dressing and leave the wound open for an hour longer each day. After seventeen to twenty days, the wound should have repaired enough to cover it with only a light dressing. At this stage it may be washed with warm water only – do not use soap or anything else – and the old honey removed. After a month, it should no longer require dressing and normal ablution procedures can be commenced.

5 – If infection occurs and the ingestion of honey does not appear to help, give the victim three bananas to eat every day, or give him a course of potassium tablets for a fortnight, in addition to the three tablespoons of honey. The honey and banana can be incorporated into a sandwich.

6 – The wound should heal up with minimal scarring, if any is evident at all, after a month or two.


For more information about the healing powers of honey, including sources for super-potent honey and the many different health issues honey can be used to treat, visit the Pulse resource page on honey.


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