Friday, November 28, 2008
Naturalist Cure for Turtle Wounds
Have you ever wondered how doctors cured deep skin gashes prior to the invention of antibiotics? Some vets at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center are using one such method on injured turtles right now, with much success. The salve is a mixture of beeswax from mashed honeycomb coated with lots of natural honey. The beeswax plugs the wound, keeping out water and harmful bacteria, while the honey fights infection and boosts the immune system. If such a simple home remedy can heal a propeller gash in a turtle fin, I might just have to try it the next time I'm injured. It would definitely be cheaper than going to the doctor for stitches and buying a round of antibiotics.