From what I understand it has be used for millennia. I once read that Roman soldiers used to carry it for use in wound care. Propolis used as a surgical glue. (I wish I remembered where I read that though...)
I know it will heal up a cut much faster than bacitracin and a band-aid, or a split lip (from soccer).
It's for real!
Honey is a powerful healer for burns.
You're fortunate to have thought of it early enough to have it serve as a preventative, rather than later on, as a "repair".
A neighbor of mine got severe third degree burns across her abdomen from a spill of boiling soup. She didn't catch it as fast as you did, but while mending, the only things that gave her comfort and made her feel that she was healing were the honey-soaked bandages she would apply across the burnt area.
Ooh, applesauce burns... ouch. One year I had the bubbling sauce splurp up and land on my hand as I was carrying the full pan over to the canning area. Couldn't drop the pan, just moved as quickly as possible. I had no honey at the time, but took a big slab off the aloe, cut it open, and taped the entire leaf to my hand. It completely healed with no scar.
I've read that honey is widely used on serious burns because it does not stick to the damaged skin, as well as having antibacterial properties. I have used it when my cat was injured, since I knew she would lick off anything I put on, and some of the medications the vet gives you are nasty toxic.
With a welder, 3 teens, and an extremely clumsy cook in our house we use a lot of honey on a lot of burns. Hubby can't deal with honey on him at work though so he carries a small bottle of lavender essential oil in his work bag, I keep one in the kitchen too...it's the only thing we've found that takes the sting out faster than honey and doesn't get us sticky.
WBB didn't mention the herb infused oil that saved her from an ER visit when she decided to play firewalker in front of the fireplace though. We also make colloidal silver to treat burns with. We are one family that has learned A LOT about burns.
Honey is the best thing for burns. And since it's so sticky I have tried a lot of other things. Like efmesch said, it needs to be preventative. Just wish it wasn't so sticky! The times I have sucked it up and used it, you wouldn't even know I was burned.