Today’s product recommendation is an all-natural Amish remedy for burns and wounds. I recommend it highly as a replacement for antibiotic ointments like Neosporin, which contribute to cases of MRSA infections.
While I wouldn’t recommend it as a cure for moderate or serious burns (putting anything on a burn could trap thermal energy, prolonging tissue damage), I have used it for minor burns from hot oil that splashed on my skin while cooking. I held the burn under cold water, dried my skin, put on some B & W ointment and bandaids, and put an ice-pack on top of the bandaids to draw out the heat (thermodynamics: heat travels from hot to cold).
The result? The B & W ointment provided noticeable comfort while I waited for the tenderness to go away (took 24 hours). The best part about the ointment: no scarring, little evidence of blistering, and smooth skin. The main ingredients, honey and lanolin (from sheep), do a wonderful job of keeping the skin moisturized while staving off inflammation and infection. I agree that it sped up the healing: normally it would take 2-3 days to see my skin doing this well and even then I would usually have some evidence of scarring.
There’s another plus! As you may have read in a previous STYDS post, I have a child with very sensitive skin. We have been battling an eczema-like rash since summer, brought on by going swimming in a highly-chlorinated public pool once a week. We have tried coconut oil and diluted tea tree oil to no avail. I put this B & W ointment on a rash that covered half my child’s body; within two days she was better, with only a little scabbing left from scratches in her formerly itchy skin. This stuff is amazing!
You can buy the ointment at several outlets online (I got mine from a friend). Here are a few:
- AmishCreek online store $9.50 + $3.49 shipping
- Natural Supplies Online $10.00 + $7.95 shipping
- Scroll Publishing Co. $8.65 + ? shipping
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