SugarHealsWoundAre 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 :).


About ohappydaisy (Leslie)

I love happy things. That includes my silly husband, giggly daughter, polka-dots and daisies. We used to live in India, a land far away from the familiar, but we're back in the states. I cook a low-processed, gluten-free, sugar-free menu. I've struggled with my health since childhood. I learn a lot as I journey through my life and hope that readers with parallel paths will be encouraged and inspired towards happiness.

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  1. This is so interesting! Never heard of this before. I actually read your blog entry out loud to Russ and then to my Momma. Neither of them had heard it either. I will definitely give it a try though!

    I think my friend and I are making gluten free cappuccino bars tomorrow. Can’t wait to share. I hope they turn out good. Damaris’ 12th birthday is in about 2.5 weeks and she agreed on a gluten free pumpkin cake with maple icing since my Momma, my friend who I’m cooking with (Damaris’ is friends with her too), and I are gluten free. I’m trying to decide what I want to have for my birthday next week. Found a recipe for gluten free pumpkin scones with icing similar to Starbucks. Maybe I’ll try to make those instead of having a regular cake. Wish we lived closer together so I could learn from all your gluten free knowledge! 🙂

    • So glad you found it helpful. Let me know how it goes! You upcoming cooking adventures sound wonderful! Bryan and I each asked for a gluten-free cream cheese pound cake for our birthdays this year. Gluten free can be every bit as yummy. What would your first choice for your birthday be? I’m happy to share if I have a gf recipe for it!

  2. Christi says:

    Remember when we put honey in our eyes for pink eye? Definitely helped if not healed us. It was a little weird putting it in our eyes though. 🙂

    • I can’t believe I didn’t include that in this post! I actually have done that three times for pink eye and it’s overnight healing as well. It rises infection to the surface. BUT, it’s one of the most painful home remedies I’ve ever done so I try to block it out of my memory. The funniest thing about that memory is that we were “quarantined” by the university health specialist. Remember? We had to eat at a separate table in the caf and had our own toilet and shower assigned to us in the dorm! Memories :).

  3. Lauren Lee says:

    My Grammy even had “special” wound honey. I’m not so sure if it was more beneficial than regular but someone had to cash in on it I guess!

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