For several years, many 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 claims that keeping the wounds moist and concealed will help the broken skin heal quicker without a risky of infection. Using substances, ointments, and topical creams in conjunction with the method pointed out 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, so that it is an easy target for infection. Unfortunately, the infection can spread into the bloodstream which can be fatal. Act fast and use honey in dressings for your burns. It has antibacterial properties that can kill pathogenic microorganisms in burn wounds. Use raw, unheated honey for best results.
2. Bed Sores
Also called pressure ulcer or sore, this open wound is common in individuals who are confined to a wheelchair or a bed for long periods. The natural antiseptic properties in honey can help soothe your skin with mild bed sores. Honey can also help provide pain relief, reduce itching, and increase healing. Use honey to prevent infection as well. Just combine equal amounts of honey and sugar and apply on the damaged area. Cover with a clean bandage and do this daily.
3. Other Skin Problems
Honey may be used to treat several other skin issues, including:
- Wounds due to trauma
- Cuts and abrasions
- Surgical wounds
- Leg ulcers
With each one of 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.