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Completely heal wounds, infections, rashes, even ulcers: Raw Honey

Updated on August 15, 2011
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Raw Honey for your Skin & Health

The average person reaches for something like Bacitracin or Neosporin when dressing an nasty-looking scratch or set of stitches. Then some hydrocortisone or prescription lotion when dealing with an ugly rash that won't go away. These products do usually help, but there is something much more effective, as well as all-natural, that has been used for thousands of years... Raw Honey.

Raw honey is a gift to the Earth. It does wonders. The key reason for this is because of honey's low moisture level. Bacteria cannot survive in this environment. It has even been discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs, still completely edible. Any type of commercial honey can of course be eaten and used on the skin, but unheated, unstrained/unfiltered, organic honey is ideal. It sounds weird and unnecessary, yes, but just try it once and you will definitely be impressed.


Raw honey comes in small or large jars. It can be purchased at any natural foods store or ordered online. Really Raw Honey, Y.S. Organic, and Honey Garden Apiaries are all great brands, amongst others. It is more important to get unheated/unfiltered than it is to buy organic. This honey is more expensive than the commercial honey found on any grocery store shelf, but it is worth every penny.


You open up the jar, and usually see a layer of beeswax, pollen and propolis on the top. You can scoop this off and eat it, or discard it. It is actually great for you! Underneath is the honey, which is golden and opaque. It has never been adulterated with or pumped through miles of factory piping. Since it has never been heated or filtered, it is full of enzymes that aid in digestion, plus amino acids, and an array of vitamins and minerals. It is considered a super-food and is known to aid in longevity.


Raw honey is applied directly to the skin/open wound in liberal amounts as often as needed. It has no side effects. It is wise to cover the spot with a bandage and/or sleep with a towel over the bed because it is sticky. Although it may tingle or sting a bit when applied to a bad injury, the pain should subside shortly after application. Overnight, one should witness a drastic reduction or disappearance in pain. There should be a clean, pink appearance and reduction in size of the wound, and a complete cessation of any infection/puss. Rashes can disappear within a couple of days.. Best of all, scarring is avoided or minimized. Wherever raw honey is applied transforms into healthy new skin within a week.


I am not a doctor or a scientist, but look raw honey up anywhere else online and you only read wonderful things. I have been using this externally and internally for almost a decade, and have only experienced great results. I do not own honey bees or sell honey, I just think it is a truly awesome substance. I always keep a jar in the house.


Known to...

Cure ulcers when eaten regularly. Modern medicine knows that ulcers are caused by bacteria, not by acid. Acid irritates the ulcers.

Eat a teaspoon or more to settle your stomach.

Alleviate or even prevent allergies in some people because of the plant pollen that is contained in unheated, unfiltered/unstrained honey. It "immunizes" you. The key here is to purchase the honey from as local an apiary as possible so that the pollen comes from plants that actually inhabit your area.

Healthy Sweetener: The sweet taste is primarily sourced from glucose and fructose, not sucrose. Sucrose is white, table sugar. Fructose is fruit sugar and glucose is the sugar that our own body makes and utilizes.

Raw Honey NEVER goes bad or expires!

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      Cliff 4 years ago

      A plantar wart formed between my little toe and its neighbor. Not sure how long it was forming,only becoming aware when it started 'burning'. I tried salmon oil, tea tree oil and coconut oil plus an atheletes' foot powder for about six to eight weeks. No noticeable affect. I am a store clerk so am on my feet all day. This toe was always sending out pain signals, like a deep crack in dry skin. A week ago I put some raw honey on a swab of cotton ball and stuffed it between the toes. It was a few hours later at work that I realized there was no discomfort at all from my toe ! Kept applying it all week , morning and night. took my first peek at it this AM and it has shrunk in size and is no longer an open crack . (we also have been long-time raw honey users )

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      Susan 5 years ago

      I did not know that you could use honey for yeast (reading comments). I have used it for cuts and burns just recently and found that it works awesome! My favorite is from these guys though, as they are local to me:

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      helen 5 years ago

      is honey safe on in 30 year old wound when it is hurting in turning yellow from the outdide off your skin? please help ASAP. thanks.

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      Agatha 6 years ago

      My dog had a badly infected toenail that I thought would have to come out. I noticed it and called for an appointment with my regular vet and got the first appointment 3 days later. In the meantime, Frank was excessively licking his injured toe and I decided to work raw honey into his nail base to ease the discomfort. I was shocked the next day to see that all the redness, blood, infection had virtually gone away. I'm not kidding here, it was totally amazing. I love raw honey, it is a gift to the earth.

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      Frani 6 years ago

      On January 22/2011, I had a surgery for an Umbilical Hernia, sent home outpatient and nearly died of gangreen and septic shock 7 days later. Was hospitialized and had 20 inches of small intestine blockage, from the gangreen and a mesh put in, sent home about 7 days later so ill. There were staple that were huge in my stomach along with a row of staples. A few weeks went by and the doctor went to take out the metal staples and the large ones too that were at least 2 inches long, and there was a hole. The hole has never healed or stopped draining since February of last year and has this green puss and the doctors have been back and forths debating on if I should re go another surgery to Now remove the mesh atwhich they say could be a worst surgery than before with same results. Where I am getting at is this, the doctor had me pouring white vinegar from since last february in the hole and peroxide, no results....daily...but then just this past saturday, I grabbed a bottle of honey and said what have I got to lose as I may make it thru surgery or may not, so let me try this and I dumped the honey in the hole, covered it with gauze and waited. This is monday and so far inside of that hole which is a little smaller than a dime, there is beginning to form pink tissue!!!!!!! and the puss that has came out of the hole, from my mesh, or whatever infection it is since the doctors do not know and says it is incurable, is beginning to subside!! For over a year, from the infection in the frontal part of my stomach has been so very sore that I can't even let my cat sit on my lap and paw but today, and yesterday, I could....This to me is amazing and the most wonderfulist news for myself as I certainly do not want to have another could be failed surgery as the doctor's stated. So am very interested to see that within this month that this whole infection thing and the hole will heal as so far it is very promising....If this does indeed heal as quickly as it seems to be from the inside out, I plan to share this news with my doctor's as they are very pessimestic on me healing either which way of surgery or not and are not aware that I am trying this for last result....will be back with ANY update in case anyone else could use this information.....

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      gagal 6 years ago

      I 100% agree with this article. Using honey on rashes and cuts is genius, but another thing I have found it extremely helpful for is a bad yeast infection. I was suffering very badly and applied raw honey directly on the area, and within minutes the irritation, redness, and sting was completely gone! TRY IT - you won't believe how well it works. When you're desperate for healing (like I was) you'll use anything - medication for yeast infections doesn't work well over time (your body gets used to it and develops a resistance to it-Monistat, etc) but with natural healers like honey, you know it will work every time!

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      JasonGraines 6 years ago

      You can buy raw honey at Whole Foods. I use the Y.S. Organic Bee Farm Raw Honey. The taste is unbelievable! There is a pleasant aftertaste of pollen. It's worth every penny. I eat it straight from the jar.

      A word to the wise. Raw honey is crystallized (hardened) in the jar. To preserve all the nutritional value of the honey DO NOT microwave it. If you do,you may as well have bought the pasteurized transparent garbage sold at Wally World.

      If you insist on warming it: Heat some water. Once the water cools to BELOW 100 degrees Fahrenheit, place your sealed jar of raw honey in it. It should soften quickly and will remain soft for several weeks.

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      Winding Down 7 years ago

      I am very impressed with the info here on this site. I used raw un pas honey along with a vitamin C flush to cure my vertigo caused by bad allergies!! I am hooked and recently suggested my friend try raw honey on their cracking bleeding feet and hands, I hope it works.. Thanks for the info its great!

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      davidjames37 7 years ago

      Excellent article. I never thought about adding honey to rashes and other irritants. Raw honey is also good for allergies too if you get the raw honey from a local place. The reason why is the bees use the pollen in your local neighborhood to produce the honey. You are giving yourself small doses of the pollen and therefore you will begin to build a tolerance to the pollen.

      I eat raw honey everyday since I was diagnosed with an ulcer. I saw several doctors and was on multiple medications and nothing was helping me with my problem. Once I began eating raw foods and added enzyme vitamins and cabbage juice to my diet, the ulcer went away within 6 weeks.

      Make sure that you're getting raw honey, not the honey that you find in most stores. You'll know that the honey is raw because it's more of a paste than something that you can squeeze out of a bottle. Raw honey may seem weird at first, but you'll definitely see the difference.

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      Masumrana 7 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      This hub is very good. Thank you very much.

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      Organic Tea 8 years ago

      Thanks for adding some good advice here. This is what is good about HubPages.