View Full Version : Honey as topical treatment?
01-05-2009, 04:40 AM
Y'all might think I'm crazy but I've always carried a jar of old honey around with me for applying on small cuts and wounds. My grandfather (rest his soul) who mined a gravel pit and was a wood worker and cut himself often learned from WWI and WWII (though goes back thousands of years) to apply honey to wounds, and taught me the same.
I could go on-and-on about the many features of honey but was hoping some of you experts can comment on the applicability of using honey in this capacity? I was thinking that if it indeed has benefits that Ed would have discussed this in his OJ article.
You expertise sought.
01-05-2009, 05:21 AM
I love honey, but never considered putting on wounds.
A quick Google search came up with this article you may be interested in:
Honey as a topical antibacterial agent (http://www.worldwidewounds.com/2001/november/Molan/honey-as-topical-agent.html)
01-05-2009, 05:35 PM
I thought WD40 was the cure all?
01-05-2009, 05:53 PM
I have used honey on the past with great results. The sticky nature of the honey seals the cut, and it has multiple anti viral and anti bacterial properties. And, since it dissolves in water cleaning is easy and pretty painless.
01-05-2009, 10:45 PM
Never heard of it being used in that manner.
01-06-2009, 04:10 AM
Probably hurts less than duct tape when you take it off a wound.:eek:
01-06-2009, 05:55 PM
In the movie Shooter, the main character, Bob Lee Swaggar, is a former force recon Marine sniper. He used sugar in the same way. I'm not sure how he applied it, but the FBI guy (Nick Memphis) knew that sugar was used to help heal battle wounds for hundreds of years.
01-06-2009, 06:43 PM
That is a great read. Thanks for posting that site. I have read in a few survival books that honey is one of the best items to supplement a survival kit or bug-out bag. It pretty much lasts forever and can sustain you for sometime. Many nutritionist also say honey should be part of most everyone's diet and that it contains the most basic sugar structure which is easiest for our bodies to process and absorb. Good stuff, I put it on my Cheerios every morning :chowtime:
01-07-2009, 02:30 PM
Scott, I', pretty sure honey is not going to fix your current ailment...
01-08-2009, 08:33 AM
I thought I was cool as I started reading this post recalled seeing a documentary about using honey for wounds. Then Rebound reminded me I saw it in Shooter. LOL!! My wife thinks I'm a freak cause when I feel like my blood sugar is low and squirt it straight into my mouth. There are a few energy gels for runners and cyclists that are honey based. Good stuff!!
01-08-2009, 04:07 PM
Whenever we are climbing we always pack a handful of those little single serve honey packets that we take from the local starbucks. They are tiny, light, but give a good kick of energy. Just squirt one into your mouth, and your good to go for the next pitch!
01-12-2009, 02:21 PM
Just found a side story:
01-15-2009, 01:53 AM
I had never heard of that.
Hmmm...I'll have to think on this before adding it to my medical armamentarium. :coffeedrink:
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