There's that old saying about how it's easier to catch flies with honey than it is with vinegar. It's true enough as a metaphor for how to treat the people in your life, but it doesn't hold as true when you're talking about the healing properties of honey and vinegar. Both honey and vinegar make terrific household ingredients for healing a number of different ailments. And interestingly enough, they can both be used to help wounds. So, next time you're at home and get hurt, you might want to head to the kitchen instead of the medicine cabinet.
Those who use home remedies on a regular basis often use honey to help heal wounds. There are a few different reasons for this. First of all, honey placed on the wound acts as a barrier to protect the wound from the outside world, preventing infection. It seems weird at first thought, since honey sticks to everything it touches, but when you watch the thick honey congeal on your wound, you'll see that it may catch dirt on the surface but there's no way that dirt is going to penetrate in to your body.
Honey can heal wounds not only by acting as a protective barrier from disease but also has properties which dull the pain. Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory. And it'll keep your wounds moist enough not to hurt while they are healing but it won't prevent the healing process from occurring. You can use honey to heal wounds simply by rubbing it on to the wound (after cleaning it out with water of course). Or you can use it in addition to other wound remedies; placing it on the wound and then covering the wound with a bandage, for example.
Okay, so you're buying the honey thing because it makes some obvious sense. Honey's good for you inside and out and you're not going to argue with that. But vinegar? Yes, vinegar can also help to heal your wounds. Apple cider vinegar is the most commonly used healing vinegar (and one you probably already keep around for its other health benefits). Like honey, vinegar helps to heal wounds by preventing the spread of bacteria. It may speed up the healing process and it also reduces the itchiness that comes along when a wound is healing.
The major difference in the wound healing properties of honey and vinegar is their side benefit properties. They both heal wounds by limiting bacteria. However, honey's main additional benefit is the way it acts as a painkiller while vinegar's is its anti-itch properties. Which one you'll want to use to heal your wounds depends on the stage of the wound and the sensitivity that you have to these issues. Either one could be good. If you're health-conscious and interested in home remedies, or you merely want to know how to make good use of the items that you keep in your house, you'll want to like to honey and vinegar. In their own way, they both help to catch those flies!
Mamaclark on October 27, 2015:
Honey also has antibacterial properties :-) We used honey & colloidal silver to cure MRSA that the doctor's meds couldnt touch!
Vano on August 27, 2013:
Great stuff :)
Rino Manarin on June 24, 2013:
Is there some merit to using honey to control reflux?
MMack on June 08, 2013:
i am so glad to hear of these post's one would have never known very good guys thanks a bunch.~~~~~ also go to little river botanicals web page there are some very good info there, (bufford the herbalist) check it out~~~ thanks
Carl B on March 07, 2012:
I think that different home remedies are unorthodox yet very useful because no one would ever think about using these type of methods! Great article
dadhwalz on March 31, 2011:
honey is very useful for many remedies.It also avoid acid reflux and vinegar also a good option to cure fron heartburn.Nice info,helps many.
khmohsin on March 07, 2011:
I really glad to read this topic .. very well written ..great job done ..
Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on February 09, 2011:
this is the only time I knew about the healing properties of honey and vinegar on wounds, thanks for the very useful information.
holdon100 on July 26, 2010:
thankyou for sharing this with us very informative
dump on my chest on April 08, 2010:
sounds good ill try it
barbara bethard on April 05, 2010:
rnmsn on hubpages working [hardly] and couldn't recall name of vinegar solution for wounds and was proud to see another hubber on first page of bing!! you rock girl!! acetic acid, btw, was what I was trying to remember love to you!
healthgoji on March 16, 2010:
Wouldn't the honey stick to the dressing?
I will remember if I ever need to. Thank you for the hub.
JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on August 02, 2009:
I have heard about people saying about this. But I never thought that it was true. Now I know. Great hub!
The Real Tomato on February 25, 2009:
I was just reading up on this the other night. So many people swear by the remedies you mention. Personally, I use white distilled vinegar for insect bites, it works better than the baking soda paste.
Good Hub, Kathryn
cindy on July 26, 2008:
I read something about vinegar in "Edgar Cayce's Book on Healing" years ago. Any time you get a burn in your kitchen, rinse really quick with cold water and then soak it with vinegar. I actually poured hot vegetable oil on my arm and hurried over to the vinegar. Not only did it instantly stop the burn, but never blistered or scarred. It went away. I have also done this with curling iron and clothes irons, and oven burns, too, and it also works the same. Never, Never, Never, use butter on a burn!!! That is an old wives tale, and all you are doing is putting more fuel on the fire! Ever wonder why is still stings like crazy?
Just thought I would share that with you readers.
Honey also has healing properties in it. My grandfather raised honey and was hardly ever sick. I believe he lived to be "98!"