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Honey for wound care

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This is a great thread! Thanks Doc K
 Hope it's ok to post this here. =) Would like to add a link for something any prepper can keep in their bag. Hubby and I are bee-keepers, and we use Manuka honey for wound care. It  pretty much keeps forever and works better than man- made anti-biotics, while helping the wounds heal quicker.It is now being used in surgical bandages especially in 3rd world countries. It's all I use now at home and in my 1st aid kits. Friends who have gone thru surgeries now swear by it as well. Wish we could have OUR bees make this for us, but it only comes from the New Zealand/Australia part of the world.


Here's what the Cochrane Library has to say about honey.  Cochrane reviews current literature and helps us determine the level of evidence, and whether the evidence is strong enough to change what is considered "best practice."

I believe the reason honey is useful with burns is because bacteria cannot thrive in the high sugar environment.  In traditional Western medicine, Silvadene is often used on burns because bacteria cannot thrive in silver--same type of mechanism. 

In a small study in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, the abstract describes the use of a polyethylene glycol and sugar paste that had good results in healing chronically infected abdominal and perineal wounds.  Since I can't read the full text, I can't comment on the reliability of the study itself, but it's promising.

Thanks for adding those links.  I think if the world changed today, and we had limited access to medical supplies, many of these alternatives would be considered very useful.  Heck, they're useful even without SHTF.  :)


I believe honey works in s few ways to kill bacteria. One is osmotic pressure, and the other is that the peroxidases in honey form hydrogen peroxide when they mix with water.

I don't have the reference but I have read research on honey used to kill MRSA.

In my own practice I have used honey to alleviate coughs. It has worked it most cases. Where it has not worked is with intractable coughing, and then only aerosolised morphine was able to stop the coughing.

I have also read about propolis being effective against MRSA.


Having been used in ethnic poultices for centuries, I buy it... plus, if you consume it, and it is locally grown, there is some evidence that suggests that it helps with allergies.... I am in, getting some this week.


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