Australian researchers were amazed by their latest discovery – a cure that has been right under their noses. Believe it or not, they found the most powerful cure on the shelves in a healthy food store. This store was selling honey as a natural cure.
But, you should not worry. Manuka honey, as known in New Zealand, or jelly bush honey, as Australians prefer to call it, has proven to kill every bacteria or pathogen researchers tested it on.
Manuka honey is applied locally, directly on the skin. It helps in treating skin infections, bites and cuts.
Dee Carter, from the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, explained that this honey comes from bees that feed off tea trees native to New Zealand and Australia, and that is what makes it distinctive.
Their findings can greatly influence modern medicine, which would contribute to the production of honey-based products that would replace heavy medications, antibiotics and antiseptic creams.
Professor Carter has two sons, Marty, 8 and Nicky, 6, and they both think it is funny that their mother puts sticky and sweet honey on their sores. But, she could swear that honey can quickly and efficiently cure any infection.
“Honey sounds very homey and unscientific, which is why we needed the science to validate the claims made for it,” she explained.
Many cultures have praised honey as a miraculous remedy, and people have been using it for thousands of years. There is no need to mention that honey was used as a remedy for wounds before scientists even thought of creating antibiotics.
“Most bacteria that cause infections in hospitals are resistant to at least one antibiotic, and there is an urgent need for new ways to treat and control surface infections,” Professor Carter explained.
“New antibiotics tend to have short shelf lives, as the bacteria they attack quickly become resistant. Many large pharmaceutical companies have abandoned antibiotic production because of the difficulty of recovering costs. Developing effective alternatives could therefore save many lives.”
Professor Carter also said that it is quite fascinating how none of the bacteria honey was tested on, including superbugs like the flesh-eating bacteria, was able to build up any immunity.
She added that when combined with other unidentified compounds in honey, methylglyoxal, a compound found in honey and toxic on its own, causes “multi-system failure” in bacteria.
The European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases published the results of the research.