Trying to heal those random scrapes you're finding after drinking too much at last weekend's tailgate? Or perhaps putting your knees back together after this week's skateboarding accident? UH Mānoa students are here to help you take care of those burns, blisters, and wounds from that moped of yours with a sweet treat—honey.
How does this work?
Honey swiped from your local café or coffee shop (if it's Grade A honey), is cheaper than a $7, 1-ounce container of Neosporin. Not to mention, more effective and less painful than that bubbly peroxide. The bees have given you the sweetest, most natural way to heal those accidental wounds of yours.
Make sure that your wound is at least decently clean, using soap and water. Don't leave rocks and dirt in your bloody, stinging cut and think that pouring honey on it will heal it.
Spread the honey evenly on that nagging cut or burn. Treating it the same as applying Neosporin and cover so it doesn't get everywhere. Easy peezy.
Why does this work?
Honey keeps wounds moist and has many naturally-occurring antibacterial properties. In fact, in 2007, the US Federal Drug Administration approved honey as an acceptable aid for healing wounds. Scientists have even begun to study honey as an effective treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Scrapes, burns, and cuts hurt, and having too many unexplainable scars (or non-work appropriate, explainable scars) when you are thirty is not going to be cute or fun. Next time you're at the store looking for Manuka honey and can't find it, buy honey with limited added sugars and no corn syrup instead.