Honey and Burns

Burns can never be fun. Whether you had gotten burned on the stove, burned from the sun, burned from steam or in this case, got burned from 210 degree hot coolant. Regardless of the accident, burns are never comfortable. It is said throughout many writings of herbalists that honey is the golden medicine. Although I do technically consider my diet a “vegan” diet (which I will talk about in a later post), I am still an herbalist so I do include honey in our diets for medical reasons. (Not always though, as it does taste good on oats.) Honey, beeswax and propolis are all very good medicines provided by the bees. If you can, I would strongly encourage anyone to raise their own bees as I plan on doing when we move to a larger plot of land.

Honey is very prized in the herbal world as it can be used as an natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and provides nutrients such as amino acids, carbohydrates, and many vitamins and minerals. Honey provides many natural healing enzymes which makes it especially good for the skin when treating rashes or burns. It is important that you make sure the honey you use for healing is actual honey. This honey that you traditionally find in grocery stores is not generally real honey as it is instead very little honey and very much sugar and or corn syrup. So when in search of a healing honey, look for honey that is “raw” and that has been cultivated from someone local to you. It is also important that you find honey that has been sourced from someone who does not spray chemicals such as pesticides or herbicides as these will contradict the purpose of your using it as medicine.

Although honey is a golden prize winner for healing in the herbal world, it is important to note that when using honey in syrups, or anything that will be ingested that you abstain from giving it to any child under a year old as botulism spores can develop in the intestines of a small child and allergies could also be an issue if you have not introduced your child to honey before. I personally did not start giving my son honey until he was about 11 months old, mind you I also was breastfeeding and taking it as medicine while he was even younger. Now, I know this is against what I just said above, but I was willing to combat the worst if something were to happen. I am responsible for my own parenting decisions, as everyone else is too, and I was comfortable with the knowledge that I have about medicine and the body enough to know what to do in case of any situation.

Not only is honey great for sore throats, colds and flus but as mentioned above, it is a wonderful constitute for healing burns. Recently, a friend of ours had accidentally come into contact with 210 degree coolant and burned his hand quite badly. He asked for some help, and I did what I knew best, research and make medicine. I was excited to see what the results were, and as I have never treated a burn before, I am now more than confident that I will always go to this recipe for burns in the future.

First I will start with the pictures. I did take note that the  burn was not bubbled, infected or so deep that it needed allopathic assistance and help. If you have burns that are extreme, they may need modern medical attention but I will show you what I was working with.  This was day one of the burn. Notice how the skin was peeling off and the area is red but not bleeding? It is important to clean a wound before ever just applying a thick layer of medicine to avoid infection.

burn-day-1.jpg                                                              Day one of the burn.

I was surprised to find out how fast the salve worked. When in a matter of five days you could see a drastic and fast healing.

day-5.jpg                                               Day 5 after using the honey salve.

Now I don’t know about you, but I witness this as an amazing healing journey! Now, from the patients words. He has told me that the salve was applied at night wrapped up before bed (to avoid a mess of honey everywhere). With any wound. it is important to know that if the wound is fresh, it needs oxygen to heal, so if your wound is very fresh and still leaking bodily fluids (clear) then do not wrap it up. You can first make sure the wound has been cleaned, and then apply the salve and let it air dry. Once your wound starts to heal and is no longer “leaking” you may wrap it up in a clean cloth with the application of honey.

Now, although honey is great by itself, I in particular decided to infuse the honey with some healing herbs to boost its healing abilities. In this process I had to infuse the honey for about 3 hours and let it cool for a couple of more. During this process it is important to not let the honey exceed a temperature of 110 degrees to avoid burning off all of the healing enzymes! I only used two herbs while infusing the honey. The first herb I had chosen was dried lavender. Lavender is known for its wonderful healing and soothing properties for burns as well, so adding this to the honey was a great pick. The other herb of choice was Plantain (no not the fruit). Plantain is a common back yard weed, and although plantain alone can help heal burns, bites and scratches, I decided it would be a wonderful addition to the honey to make it extra powerful in healing this burn.

When making the infused honey, I used a crockpot and set it on the warm setting. I consistently monitored the heat setting to make sure the temperature did not exceed 110 degrees. If your crock pot does not have a warm setting, you could try to use the stove but keep the stove set on a very low setting and monitor the water and honey temperatures.

First take a pint size jar. Fill it about 3/4 of the way full with a 1:1 ratio of Plantain and Lavender flowers. (Dried is going to be best as you do not want to expose water from fresh herbs to the honey as it will shorten the shelf life of your salve and cause it to spoil quicker.) After filling the jar with an equal portion of herbs, ( You can eyeball this.) I then filled the jar completely covering the herbs with honey.

Take a butter knife down the sides to remove any air bubbles and to submerge all of the herbs in the jar. Let the honey infuse for up to 3 hours and then turn the heat off and allow the honey to come back down to room temperature.

After the  honey has cooled, strain the herbs from the honey and store in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Apply as much of this as needed as the honeys cooling properties will help soothe the burn.
You can also add a couple of drops of peppermint oil if desired as this is said to help create a cooling effect for your burn, but be cautious and only use a small amount as peppermint oil tends to be strong by volume.

I was happy to receive a great review  of the honey working for our friend, as I wouldn’t want anything different. I hope that those of you in need of this burn salve find this helpful in your healing journey as well. It is amazing to know, that there is a definite power that we can trust in natures medicine.

If you find you are not interested in making the honey yourself. I can always have one made up for you to keep in first aid. ill just need 48 hours notification and I can mail it out! honey save can be ordered from my website. http://www.happyherblady.com

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  1. I’ve never tried honey on burns as I find Lavender essential so miraculous that it’s my first choice and after accidentally burning my hand with boiling water, I poured lavender oil generously over the whole back of my hand and the next day, it had almost disappeared completely.

    I am a qualified Aromatherapist, soft tissue massage therapist and partially qualified (12 months certification) Medical Herbalist which I studied in the early 1990s. If you haven’t already done so, you might enjoy Robert B Tisserand and Jean Valnet’s books on Aromatherapy. Both were considered the experts in their field in early 20th century in France.

    Thanks for dropping by my Photo Blog and following. Hope you enjoy my nature photos.


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