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How to use honey to heal scabs and wounds

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to use honey to heal scabs and wounds

Honey is one of the best antiseptics and antibiotics in nature, with important healing properties that help improve the appearance of our skin after injury, simultaneously preventing infection. This product also works well as a natural expectorant, as a sweetener which is much healthier than sugar and as a perfect alternative to increase our energy. Do you want to know how to use honey to heal scabs and wounds? At OneHowTo we will explain.

You'll need:

  • Honey
  • Ph neutral soap
  • Syringe
  • Hydropolymer dressing
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Steps to follow:


One of the most important benefits of honey is its ability to accelerate healing of the skin due to its antiseptic and antibiotic properties, making it an excellent option to stop wounds and injuries becoming infected. This is because honey contains glucose oxidase, a substance that helps healing and prevents tissue damage following injury.


In addition to promoting proper healing, honey also gives vitamins and nutrients to damaged skin, helping to power an appropriate restoration and resulting in less visible marks.


Although using honey in healing is a common natural remedy, it is important to understand that this should not be applied to deep wounds or burns nor in lesions with stitches. If applied in a significantly infected area it will be necessary to accompany the treatment with some more potent antibiotic to prevent an advance in the infection.

Wounds and scabs where it is possible to use honey to heal are:

  • Shallow or superficial burns, as it will help heal the skin and reduce the appearance of scars.
  • Shallow wounds in people with a weakened immune system due to treatments to cure cancer or conditions that weaken the immune system such as HIV.
  • Ulcers caused by friction or pressure. It can also be applied to superficial wounds that produce odour, as honey will help eliminate the smell and improve the appearance of the wound.
How to use honey to heal scabs and wounds - Step 3

To use honey to heal the first thing to do is to thoroughly clean the wound with pH neutral soap and water, then dry the area gently removing all moisture. Apply the honey directly on the wound, preferably using a needleless syringe. It is important that when applying we leave a zone free of honey for the injury breathe properly.

Then just put on a hydropolymer dressing, sold in any drug store. This is a type of dressing that has a layer of foam that helps absorb fluids expelled by the wound.

How to use honey to heal scabs and wounds - Step 4

This treatment with honey should be applied once a day until the wound heals enough. Remember it is important not to apply honey on a wound which is too deep or a serious injury, in these cases is imperative to consult a doctor.

Honey will also be useful in fading the scar once it has healed. Check out our article on how to use honey to fade scars.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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How long do you leave the honey on for?
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Hi, since you are using the honey as an antiseptic you will only need to rub over a tiny bit, just enough to cover the wound. Once you have done this, you can wash it off with water. This is because if you leave it on, it will promote dirt thanks to its stickiness. Leaving it on for a few minutes will suffice.
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