Because of Honey’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties it has been used to treat illness and wounds since 3000BC in Egypt. When ingested it treats diarrhea and stomach ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria. For external wounds, it can be applied directly to reduce swelling and reduce the chances of infection. It is believed that on top of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, the viscosity of the fluid over the wound acts as a physical barrier to contamination after the initial injury. It also ensures that whatever wound dressings don’t stick to the wound. That sounds odd, but the honey keeps the dressing from getting directly onto the wound, so you are less likely to rip open the wound when you are changing dressings.
In a survival situation Honey is basically the only burn treatment you are going to have. Event a moderate sized burn can be dangerous if you can’t get professional medical treatment. Honey can keep that wound covered and help the wounded survive until the skin can close, or you can get them better care. The big issue with moderate to large burns is the secondary infections that set in once the tissue under the skin is exposed. Honey keeps that tissue covered up.
Put all that together and you understand why I put so much Honey on the shelves at my Bolt Hole.
First Aid Survival Gear
|Impact||Category||Item||Rank||Buy Now||Est Price|
|Extreme Survival Impact||First Aid Survival Gear||Bleeding Control Gauze Roll||924||$29|
|Extreme Survival Impact||First Aid Survival Gear||Portable Tourniquets||923||$10|
|High Survival Impact||First Aid Survival Gear||Honey||875||$99|
|High Survival Impact||First Aid Survival Gear||Comprehensive First Aid Kit||830||$25|
|High Survival Impact||First Aid Survival Gear||BlisterPod Ultra Blister Kit||820||$110|
|High Survival Impact||First Aid Survival Gear||WoundSeal Topical Powder||755||$12|
|High Survival Impact||First Aid Survival Gear||Emergency Laceration Closures||603||$25|
|High Survival Impact||First Aid Survival Gear||Mobile First Aid Kit||506||$55|
|Moderate Survival Impact||First Aid Survival Gear||MOLLE Medical Pouch||270||$23|
|Low Survival Impact||First Aid Survival Gear||Liquid Bandage Spray||185||$6|
|Low Survival Impact||First Aid Survival Gear||Antimicrobial Soap||96||$20|
- 0 to 199 Lower Impact
- Lower Impact items may not have a direct impact on physical survival but play a part in psychological or quality of life when it comes to survival.
- 200 to 499 Moderate Impact
- Moderate Impact items can save your life, but may be more situational.
- 500 to 899 High Impact
- High Impact items will not only save your life, but will have a large impact on everyday life. Without these items your odds of survival fall.
- 900 to 1000 Extreme Impact
- Extreme Impact items are life and death. Without them you are dead. That death may be slow or fast, but you will die without them.