Honey, that luscious stuff that Lovely Hubby loves so much and wants to raise his own bees in the future to produce. He loves it on toast and it's gorgeous in so many recipes, flapjacks, cakes, drizzled over veggies for the final five minutes of roasting.
Last week though I slathered it onto a nasty burn I got from catching a slipping bread tin straight from the oven with my arm. I know we do the daftest things don't we, better to let it go but instinct takes over and you catch something, knowing full well how hot it is.
At first I did my old trick of putting on some Lavender Essential oil straight away, it takes the pain away and usually stops the scar from being as bad. But this time although it partly did the trick the burn was too deep and too wide and as it healed the scab kept being stretched and then coming off leaving sore exposed flesh once again.
So I changed tack and went to my second failsafe method, I put liberal amounts of honey onto the now scab-less burn and covered it with a sterile plaster. The next day I removed it and put a slightly less liberal application on and covered it again.
After two days the healing had really started and I left the dressing off whenever I wasn't doing messy or dirty jobs.
It healed together well ....
... and this is my arm after just over a week, the mark is perfectly flat, not sore in the slightest and no longer red and inflamed.
So two natural products both brilliant in their own way. In future if it is a small surface burn I will continue with my Lavender Essential Oil, but if it goes deeper or wider I will turn to Honey straight away.
No dashing to the chemist and buying special artificial burn remedies, just opening up the storecupboard and grabbing something that is already to hand.
Oh and by the way ... I can't stand the taste of the stuff .....