Are you surprised I’m writing about how sugar heals wounds? I’m not talking about healing emotional wounds through eating it (though I used to try that!) I’m talking about using sugar or honey on actual, physical wounds.
If you have an open wound or cut, skip the antibacterial ointment and use honey or sugar instead. Pack sugar into the open wound/sore or spread as much honey as will fill it up. Place a bandage over the wound.
Why? Research has proven (in my home and all over the world) that honey disinfects wounds and speeds up the healing process. Enzymes in the sugar, in reaction with your blood, produce hydrogen peroxide. In addition to the anti-bacterial properties, the moist environment it provides helps your skin regrow over the wound instead of regrowing under a dry scab and leaving a scarring indention.
My Mamaw used to talk about how my great, great uncle Norman was a cattle inspector. When he was out riding the range of New Mexico and became injured, he would use sugar or honey in his wounds. Mom and I were in a terrible car accident in 1998 and her arm went through the window, leaving her with dozens of gashes with hundreds of stitches (and glass remaining in her arm.) My Mamaw came to take care of us and started packing sugar into Mom’s wounds. She wrapped up Mom’s entire arm. Overnight, the swelling and infection reduced significantly. It convinced me! I use sugar on even tiny cuts for overnight healing.
See, I never said sugar was ALL bad :).