Make Your Own Honey Ointment!
- 1 oz local raw honey or imported manuka honey or Medihoney ™ (Honey with crystals is extra potent and prized for medical use)
- 1 oz Aquaphor (may use Un-Petroleum TM (Alba Botanica—Ingredients: Castor seed oil, coconut oil beeswax Available on web if there is objection to petroleum products or if allergy to lanolin, but less clinical experience with wound healing)
- 1 2 oz plastic cosmetic jar with threaded sealable cap (available in pharmacies)
- 1 label or marker pen
Run hot water bath over ingredients for 30 minutes to bring up to about 105
deg F. but do not boil water or ingredients. Wash hands before mixing. Add 1 oz of
honey and aquaphor to jar. Mix thoroughly with small butterknife for 1 minute. Increase
recipe proportionally and mix with hand mixer. Mixing vessels should be clean from
dishwasher but need not be sterile. Label with contents (eg. Raw Honey: Aquaphor 1:1,
your name and date) Shelf life is unknown, perhaps many years. Refrigeration can be
used to prolong shelf life but ointment may be stiff and hard to use unless rewarmed
First, irrigate wound with sterile saline. Pat dry with sterile guaze.
Wounds with profuse bleeding which are new (less than hours old) may do better with
sutures (stictches) in a clinic or ER. Hydrogen peroxide can be useful for initial cleaning
of grossly contaminated wounds but is toxic and delays healing when used at dressing
changes. Deep wounds sometimes do best with pure honey covered with non absorbent
gauze dressing. Superficial wounds are easier to manage with above ointment to control
honey’s tendency to run at body temperature. Cover wounds with nonabsorbent gauze.
Plastic adhesive dressing covers are now available popular and practical. Clear plastic
dressings may allow patient to wash, even shower. Honey based dressing can and should
be left in place for 3-4 days to avoid disturbance of wound matrix. Change dressing
sooner only if pain, fever, drainage, or soiling or wetting of dressing. Infection of such
wounds is very rare. Honey reduces risk of infection, cost of materials, labor, time and
pain associated with dressing changes. Odor is eliminated.
Call your Doctor if increased pain, drainage fever, chills or growing redness or swelling
about the wound. Streaks heading to center of body may be warning of spreading
infection requiring a medical visit.