You may remember an Amish woman in Pennsylvania who died last year after a kerosene fire explosion left her severely burned. The woman first treated herself with B & W ointment but only after a few days of what must have been excruciating agony finally went to a hospital. By then it was too late. In Ohio over the weekend a 2-year-old boy who's Amish grandfather invented B&W died under similar circumstances.
B&W's ingredient label says it contains the following: Honey, lanolin, olive oil, wheat germ oil, aloe vera gel, marshmallow, wormwood, comfrey root, white oak bark, lobelia, vegetable glycerine, beeswax and myrrh.
I actually am an enthusiastic supporter of home remedies and insular cultures like the Amish and Native Americans may well have some non-traditional treatments that can be of value. But I think what has happened in both these cases is some basic common-sense was not applied. I think it's possible if one suffers a minor burn the ointment may well help. But, c'mon, there's not a cream in the world that can help when you've got third degree burns over a large part of your body. Just sad and senseless. Even B&W's own label doesn't recommend the ointment as a first treatment, it says to use "after first aid has been given" (which admittedly is vague). So I'm not sure the cream is to blame as much as the people using it.
Has anyone used B&W? What was your experience with it?