While best known for being delectably sweet, honey is also a historically well-documented remedy for wounds, particularly burns. Because it's so effective against harmful bacterial and fungal strains, it often times successfully prevents infection that comes with burn wounds. In fact, as Wellness Mama says in this extensive blog on honey as a wound remedy, it may be the best choice available in many cases.
So, how does honey work on burns exactly? Wellness Mama lays out a few key elements of the healing process:
There are several reasons why honey is so effective for burns (and all types of wounds). Besides the antibacterial action explained above, it also:
Even in wounds where no infection was present, honey showed anti-inflammatory properties. This shows that honey actually has an anti-inflammatory effect and this isn’t just a side-effect of its antibacterial properties.
Provides a Physical Protective Barrier
Honey creates a moist and protective barrier around the wound. since it draws out fluids and keeps the wound covered. This promotes more rapid healing (especially compared to wounds exposed to air and left to scab) and creates an optimal environment for new skin cell production. Honey also keeps the wound from adhering to the bandage during healing, which can cause new skin to be removed and slow the healing process.
Provides Nutrients Directly to the Wound
Honey provides a direct source of easily metabolized carbohydrates, vitamins and amino acids that are helpful for healing. Honey actually provides direct fuel in the form of glucose to the wound, increasing the speed and healing ability of these cells. Indirectly, honey also stimulates the flow of lymph which is helpful for healing.
Read more about how to use honey to heal, as well as how to add lavender for added benefit over at Wellness Mama.