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Why Applying Honey to Small Hand Injuries is Practical

Updated on September 30, 2012
Honey is more than something to sweeten your tea
Honey is more than something to sweeten your tea | Source

I am the poster child for easily injured adults.

Within the last year I’ve sliced, gashed, scraped, cut, and lacerated each of my digits doing normal everyday things. Got a bagel you need sliced? I hope you like blood on it. Want me to wash the dishes? Keep the glass and cutlery out of it or else you’ll have pink water. My hands look like the aftermath to an old horror movie.

Even as I write this hub I have to be careful to use the spacebar delicately and sparingly as I injured my thumb last night.

I came home last night with a pizza precariously balanced in one hand along with a small bag of groceries hanging off of one of my pinkies. My other hand was fishing the keys to my front door out of my pants pocket. I’d just gotten the door unlocked and opened when the pizza began to fall forward. Luckily my wife was there the catch the box. However the impulse to catch the box had already signaled in my brain before I’d gone through the threshold of my door and my hand was unaware of the large door frame that was in between it and the pizza. My thumb struck the door so hard that I jammed the joint and cut my thumb with my own thumbnail.

The pain was excruciating and I began to curse loudly in many non-alphanumeric characters because blood was quickly gushing from my thumb.

My wife, who is now numb to this, walked me over to the sink and began to run the cold tap water on the wound. She has the special “Oh-God-I’ve-Married-A-Clumsy-Idiot-And-I-Need-To-Know-How-To-Make-A-Tournequette-Out-Of-Toothpicks” knowledge of healing that comes with every wedding ring. She really should be nominated for sainthood for enduring me.

As she was doing her healing magic on my thumb, she grabbed a jar of honey and began to drip it onto the wound.

“Honey is a disinfectant and helps blood coagulate quicker,” she said.

Before I go on, this is what she did.

First Aid Emergency Kit
First Aid Emergency Kit

No home should be without one of these. Sure, home remedies are fine, but it's always good to be prepared.


How to apply honey to a wound to get it to stop bleeding.

  1. Calm the injured idiot (me) by saying soothing things like, “Fingers bleed a lot. Don’t worry.”
  2. Apply pressure to the wound with some kind of absorbing material. Paper towels or toilet paper work just fine if you don’t have gauze available immediately.
  3. Wait for the bleeding to slow down and keep your hand above the level of your chest. If it doesn’t stop bleeding and it continues to gush or spurt, head for a hospital. The bleeding should slow down within a minute or two.
  4. Once the bleeding has tapered off, drip honey on the wound, and apply new gauze, cotton, or paper towel with pressure to the wound for a few minutes, making sure to hold your hand over the level of your heart.
  5. The bleeding should have coagulated and stopped. After an hour or so, clean the wound again and apply fresh gauze. If the wound is severe, go to a hospital for sutures.

Final Words

According to my wife, honey is a disinfectant. It also works as a natural antibacterial and a natural coagulant. You can do the same thing with sugar, but apparently, honey works better. Hospitals and doctor’s offices are flooded with people who have become whining hypochondriacs and are willing to spend whatever money they have to get patched up.

Almost all of us have forgotten the basics of first aid and how to deal with a situation without panicking. In our grandparents’ day, they essentially were able to get a band-aid or plaster and get on with their day without worrying too much about anything. Chances are things won’t be that terrible.

Of course, there are times when you actually need to go to a hospital because something is happening and whatever preliminary things you’ve done to solve the problem using over the counter medications are not working.

And, trust me, you’ll know the difference.

What we as people need to know are these little home remedies that our grandparents used with great effectiveness. I’m only lucky that my wife is one of these people who knows how to wrap a bandage, heal a wound, or know that lavender is a great way to relieve a headache.

You may not have what you need at the time and sometimes you need to make do with whatever is at hand before going to a doctor.


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    • mejohnson profile image

      mejohnson 5 years ago

      I love honey in tea, bread, learning about its other practical use is awesome. Voted up.

    • Brittanie2216 profile image

      Brittanie Pervier 5 years ago from Seattle WA

      Awesome hub! I love learning new home remedies and I use honey all the time. Thank you for sharing :)

    • SidKemp profile image

      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Wow! And I thought I knew all there was to know about honey. This is a new one.

      Take care of yourself, my friend! :)


    • teacherjoe52 profile image

      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Hi cperuzzi.

      Thanks for the morning laugh.

      Yes honey isgreat at sterilizing wounds and promting healing. I used it all the time while working in bush camps.

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      Christopher Peruzzi 5 years ago from Freehold, NJ

      It was an interesting picture. Me with a bandaged up honey thumbs up like some kind of demented Fonzie eating a slice of warm pizza in the other hand.

      One other thing I would mention as well. Doctor House was right. I came home with a nagging headache. Once I slammed my thumb into the door, the headache went away. Apparently, it's true: Your brain can only process one major pain at a time.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      It's a wise husband who recognizes his wife's saintliness! I agree with you that many 'forgotten' home remedies should be brought out, dusted off and put to use. So many people go to hospital emergency rooms these days for minor injuries or illnesses that the waiting rooms are usually jammed and the waiting time is long (except for the critically ill or injured, who go right in to triage).

      Not everyone, however, recognizes the difference between minor and serious, and some people panic over the sight of a few drops of blood. If the degree of seriousness isn't really clear, those people should call and speak to a medical professional before heading for the hospital --describing the injury or symptoms and taking that pro's advice about what to do.

      Enjoyed your hub, and I keep a jar of honey on my kitchen counter. (I tend to be a klutz, too.)

      Voted Up++