Did you know how awesome raw honey is?!
There are blogs all over the Internet that discuss the health benefits and dangers of raw, unpasteurized honey.
I mean, I knew local, raw honey helps with allergies.
But did you know you can apply it topically to heal wounds?
NEITHER DID I !!!
I was digging around trying to find something to help with the sore on Truman’s paw pad. I went through all those herbs (see previous post) trying to find one that might work. It felt a lot like the first time I tried to write a legal brief. I was only vaguely familiar with the vocabulary, and had no idea of its application or whether it would be successful.
So I kept hunting and read several accounts regarding raw honey to treat burns and other minor wounds.
According to this article in the Whole Dog Journal (by the author of my text book, CJ Puotinen)
raw honey is chock full of wholesome goodness, and has a wide variety of uses.
It contains vitamins & minerals including:
A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, and iodine among others.
- It’s antimicrobial.
- It contains an enzyme that kills harmful bacteria.
- In clinical trials, honey was used as a wound dressing and was shown to clear infection, inflammation, pain and odor while speeding the growth of new skin cells.
- You can serve it to your dogs mixed with their food, or right off the honey comb to help with allergies, digestion, sleep, or a sore throat.
- You can mix it in an all natural shampoo.
- The article discusses how to use honey with a diabetic dog for its medicinal benefits without dangerous elevations in blood sugar.You can infuse it with medicinal herbs to apply externally or take internally.
Or, you can just put a dab of raw honey directly on a boo-boo on Truman’s paw pad…
I was stunned at how much that sore shrunk in just 1 application. After 4 days, it’s almost completely gone. No cauterizing tool necessary.
From now on, I’m all about the honey for the boo-boo.
pugs & kisses,