An effective home remedy for burns is honey. Many people have honey in their cabinets and are not yet aware of this powerful kitchen medicine! Honey is packed full of nutrients that work together to bring healing to burns (not to mention how it heals many other conditions as well!) Honey has anti-bacterial properties as well and will help to keep your burn from becoming infected, which is a risk if there is broken skin at the site of a burn.
How Do I Use Honey for Burns?
- The first thing to do with a burn is to cool it. Hold the burn under cool (not cold) running water for 5-20 minutes depending on the severity of the burn. This will help to cool the burn and the body. Because the body retains heat, a burn that is not cooled property can continue to get worse from the heat retained in the body.
- Make sure that the burn is clean before applying the honey. (If you have held the burn in cool running water, this should have removed any dirt.
- Next, apply honey to the burn. Carefully cover with a bandage.
What Kind of Honey Should I Use for Burns?
- The ideal honey to use for anything is local and raw if you have it. Pasteurized honey will have lost its beneficial enzymes during the pasteurization process. Local honey is preferred because it was made from pollen local to your area. While this is perhaps not very important when using for a burn, if you are using honey for allergies, this is very important.
- If you do not have raw honey but have regular store bought honey, do go ahead and use it. Even generic grocery store honey has been effective as a natural medicine.
- Manuka honey is a very expensive honey that has been found to be outstanding for health problems. If you are using honey for a serious burn, it may be worth your investment to get some manuka honey. You can even find very special manuka honey bandages for wound care. One of our readers reported that these bandages helped heal a serious second degree burn on the side of her arm.
If you have a serious burn, do seek medical counsel. Serious burns are at risk for infection. If you have large serious burns, you may also be at risk for dehydration.
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