Honey and Burn
The healing properties of honey were demonstrated in a study comparing honey treatment to that of silver sulfadiazine, the standard treatment, for burn victims. The results show that honey treatments result in a much greater sterility of the wounds, a faster rate of healing, and a faster onset of healing. These experiments not only showed that honey is superior to standard treatments, but also better than artificial honey made from the sugars, but omitting the glucose oxidase, hydrogen peroxide, flavonoids, and other minor components of honey
1. Immediately after receiving the burn, Cool the burned area as rapidly as possible use cold, running water
3. Wrap the affected area with plastic wrap, being careful to keep a layer of honey between the burn and the plastic.
4. Unwrap the wound after 48 hours and check for infection. There will usually not be any, as the burned flesh will have been sterilised initially by the heat which caused the burn and, subsequently, the honey and plastic wrap protect the area from being infiltrated by bacteria and other pathogens.
- Don’t panic if infection is present. Have the patient eat a tablespoon of honey three times a day. The honey need not be taken alone, but can be disguised, for example, in a sandwich.
- If ingestion of honey does not appear to help, give the patient 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. Here again, the honey and bananas can be incorporated into a sandwich or other culinary delight.