Healing with Honey
A few years ago Eva, our shepherd was in an accident. She had a wound on her paw that wouldn't heal. For over a year we tried several remedies. She wore boots like the dog's in the Iditarod, took antibiotics, went through miles of bandaging, nothing worked until she started healing with honey.
One veterinarian suggested re-breaking her leg to readjust the rod and plate. The theory that if Eva could walk straighter it would take pressure off the wounded paw. That seemed like a traumatic solution.
Then a family friend, who's also a veterinarian, suggested sugaring or honeying the wound. I decided to use crystallized honey. Every day we cleaned Eva's paw, spread honey on the wound and bandaged it. She started healing within a few days. By month's end the healing was nearly complete.
Bacteria can't grow in a high sugar environment, and honey is antimicrobial, too.
The healing properties of honey are well documented. Organic honey is perfect for cuts, burns, skin ulcers and surgical wounds.
The Results of Healing with Honey
More Sweet, Healthy Benefits of Honey:
- Consuming honey instead of sugar reduces weight gain, improves memory and reduces anxiety
- Diabetic ulcers and infected wounds that stagnate under traditional care heal rapidly with honey
- Burn victims and amputees, including civilian casualties during the Iraq war, respond well to honey bandages, making painful skin grafts unnecessary
- A spoonful of honey helps alleviate side effects of head or neck radiation in cancer patients
- Honey proves more effective and safer than children's cough medicines
- Functioning as both a prebiotic and probiotic, honey stimulates intestinal health
- Cataracts respond well to honey from sting-less bees from South America
This list is from the book, Two Million Blossoms; Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey, by Kristen S. Traynor, M.S.