In a disaster situation, wound treatment is always a problem because wounds can happen so unexpectedly, and they can vary so much in the type of wound that they are. How can you make sure that you have every possibility covered?
The answer may be that it isn’t possible to have medicines on hand to cover every possible wound type, but you can deal with a large number of possible skin wounds with one simple, common, and tasty food: honey. Offthegridnews.com, citing a PubMed article, notes:
Honey is one of nature’s most miraculous dressings for burns, ulcers, and even open wounds. The good news is that you can use honey to heal. The best news is that honey is very easy to use.
A nice aspect of using honey, besides how easy it is to get your hands on and the relative inexpensiveness of it, is that for many minor skin wounds, you don’t need to do much more than put honey on the wound and then cover the wound. You’ll also want to clean a deeper wound thoroughly before putting honey and a bandage on it.
Another recommendation from Offthegridnews is what kind of honey to use:
Finally, Don’t purchase over-processed (almost always overheated and over filtered) honey found in your grocery store. A much better option would be to use raw, unheated honey from a local farmer or health food store. Always shop “local” if you can. There’s usually a beekeeper in every community.
But, the good news is that, if you can’t find local honey to purchase from a beekeeper, then there are ways to locate a wild bee hive so that you can get honey that way. David C. Brown gives us advice on this:
Purposely finding a bee tree is possible because worker bees have a habit of returning in a straight line to the hive from a foraging area, hence the term “bee line.”
Once you locate or set up a feeding location for bees, they will bring other worker bees and take you right back to the hive. Once you’ve located it, getting the honey can be a challenge as it’s not uncommon for wild hives to be higher up in dead trees. Ideally, you’ll want one that you can reach easily because cutting down the dead tree can damage the hive, and, then, you’ll have to start all over again once you have exhausted the honey supply in the hive that you located.
Of course, once you have located a good source of honey, you can collect honey both for food purposes and also for healing purposes, and that double-duty means that honey is a good use of your resources.