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    I was finishing some maple syrup last night when it boiled over. Without thinking I grabbed the pot off the stove. The boiling over foam ended up all over my hands. Not as bad as a burning clump of sugar , but pretty close.
    I put my hands in ice cold water right away. An hour later I couldn't take my hands out of water, I was in so much pain. I knew I was not going to get any sleep. My wife gave me two tylenol pills but they didn't seem to help. Then I found this article. As soon as I smeared the honey on my swelling, blistering fingers I felt the pain go away. Could it be the tylenol kicking in at the exact same time? Possibly. I wrapped my hands in clean gauze and went to sleep. I woke in the morning with still no pain, the honey seemed to have gotten absorbed (by my skin? gauze? both? either way, there was no stickiness on my hands) and the redness, blisters and swelling were hardly visible anymore.
    I am still in disbelief.

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    Don't be in disbelief, Aram! I spoke to a senior citizens group last year about the healthful benefits of honey. I had mentioned using honey in burn dressings and surgical dressings. A few days later I had a message on my answering machine from a woman who had been in the audience of that senior citizens group. She related that she had burned her hand while getting a baking sheet out of the oven the evening before. Remembering what she had heard about using honey for wound dressings, she applied honey to the burns. She said that the next morning the burns were gone and she had no pain. I believe that your experience is real and has been repeated numerous times by others.
    Susan

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    What a great testimonial! I had excellent results with a leaf cut off my aloe plant when spashed by boiling applesauce, but that was before my beekeeping days. Will remember honey in the future.
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    Aram, believe it man. I severely burned my self just last night. I made a pyrax dish in the oven I pulled out and placed on the stove top. Talking to someone a few seconds later I not thinking tried to pick up that disk to put on the trivet with my bare fingers. Instant sizzle and burned skin smell. I instantly grabed the honey jar and slathered on the honey on both hands. In 20 minuits all was fine and I did not even get a blister.

    I cook down maple syrup too. I ran 26 taps and got between 5 and 6 gals. of syrup. We cook ours down a little farther than 66 brix more like 67 to 70 brix. But is oh- oh good.
    Good luck to ya,
    Steve
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    Thanks all. Great to know it's not all in my head.
    Great story Susan. Was the woman elderly? Trauma and healing is a whole other challenge when dealing with the elderly.
    Hobie, we have an aloe plant just for that. It helps when the children get a burn boo-boo. I tried the aloe too but, on this occasion, it brought no relief. I had to keep my fingers under cold water, I just couldn't take the pain. I also wander if the quality of the honey had anything to do with it? This was fresh honey, just harvested, crushed and strained through nylon. Never heated and as fresh out of the comb as it ever comes. Lots of ???
    Steve, you did good. I got 5 gals out of 40 taps . My friend who does it commercially says he gets about a gallon per tap. But he uses vacuum pumps and all the other gadgets. Somehow I never get close to that. Still, it's such a great thing to do with my children while we wait for spring to arrive. :
    Sapsucker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aram View Post
    Great story Susan. Was the woman elderly? Trauma and healing is a whole other challenge when dealing with the elderly.
    Yes, she was elderly. And yes, a bigger challenge dealing with healing and the elderly.
    Susan

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    Wow! I have heard and read about honey being good for burns, but that is pretty amazing! I'll have to remember that for future use!

    Jennifer

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    Default Re: Honey and burns

    I got a bad burn this week while making pancakes and used a salve I got from a local apiary. It has honey and propolis in it, among other good things... probably a little magic in there too
    I just found it on their site, if anyone is interested...

    http://www.honeygardens.com/salve.htm

    Sherri

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    In the Middle Ages honey was used extensively for wound dressings. Sometimes it would be honey with a clove of garlic added, not mashed just peeled and put in with the honey. Of course then we got all modern and caught up with these new improved treatments.... and threw out the baby with the bath water.

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    Default Re: Honey and burns

    Honey is also good for sunburn!

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    but there is a growing trend toward more homeopathic medical treatments, and modern medicine is "discovering" the medical benefits of honey.

    I like how they are "discovering" something mankind knew a long time ago, they just didn't want to admit it was good, 'cause they didn't figure it out first.
    welcome to your new addiction!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbore View Post
    I like how they are "discovering" something mankind knew a long time ago, they just didn't want to admit it was good, 'cause they didn't figure it out first.
    There's that, the major lobbying pharmaceutical companies pay for and the lack of profit from promoting natural treatments.

    Susan

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    Default Re: Honey and burns

    About a month ago I got a nasty burn on my finger from a hot smoker. I decided for the first time to try the honey, so I put some on the burn and wrapped it in gauze (this was after I'd already been outside with it burning for an hour). The pain almost immanently went away, and that evening it barely looked like I had even been burned. I was blown away by how well it worked.

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    The most efficacious way to use honey as wound treatment is to saturate a multi-layer sterile gauze with the honey and apply to the clean wound. Cover with clean gauze and replace BID, soaking gently with warm water if necessary to loosen hardened exudate. It's best for "weeping"-type injuries such as burns, decubitus ulcers etc. since the honey's hygroscopicity makes it "pull" moisture through the wound, speeding granulation and bringing fresh lymph through the tissue. Additionally the low pH, H2O2 from glucose oxidase action and osmotic stress it can bring to bear makes for a stressful environment for infectious agents.

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    Today my niece's 5 year old son got quite a burn from the muffler of a motorcycle. It happened so fast that the skin was already immediately peeling off. Not sure if it had stuck to the muffler a bit or not.

    My sister applied ice and I said we need honey for that burn! We went into the house for Dad's honey and bandages. They gave him a little Tylenol and I applied a honey bandage. He had been complaining of pain. A little while later, thanks to Tylenol and honey, he said it didn't hurt any more. His family is concerned about him being able to sleep tonight. I said I think he'll sleep fine.

    The honey is supposed to help with pain, prevent infection and speed healing. We'll be watching it.

    Oh, and earlier today, I cut a finger and applied honey and bandaid to it.

    Yesterday, I was visiting a neighbor 4 houses down. While we were visiting outdoors, another lady came by walking her dog. My neighbor asked her how her leg was doing. The lady said she was on her second antibiotic and it was not helping. I asked if she had an open wound and she said yes, there was getting to be a hole. She was tested for MRSA and did not have that, but an infection that would not heal. I told her to get some raw honey and apply it and a dressing. Told her to check on the internet about that if she wanted to not take my word for that. She seemed very interested in the honey and said she would let us know how she does.

    Honey that is in contact with body fluids (sores, burns, etc.) will react and produce small (safe and good) amounts of hydrogen peroxide which inhibits infection. Honey is also antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal. Wounds treated with honey heal faster and scarring is reduced. Honey nourishes skin cells.

    I will update when I find out more on these cases.

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    I'm confident you will be pleased with the results. Have had numerous occasions to use honey on wounds, both myself and my kids with great results.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Honey and burns

    anyone ever use honey on stings? with what results?
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