Wound care in the wilderness: Is there evidence for honey?

James Austin Stewart, Owen Lane McGrane, Ian S. Wedmore

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Honey is one of the most ancient remedies for wound care. Current research has shown promising results for its use in wound care. This review is intended to inform readers of the physiological properties of honey and the evidence that exists to support its clinical use. When compared with evidence for current wound treatment, honey has proven to be a safe, effective, and sometimes superior treatment for various wounds. There are currently US Food and Drug Administration-approved medical-grade honey products available in the United States. Although there have been no clinical trials exploring the use of honey in wilderness environments, it may be a safe, improvisational wound treatment. More robust studies are needed for definitive conclusions of its efficacy and safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-110
Number of pages8
JournalWilderness and Environmental Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • burns
  • honey
  • topical
  • wound
  • wound care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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