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Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It

John Stapleton
The Australian

Australian researchers have been astonished to discover a cure-all right under their noses — a honey sold in health food shops as a natural medicine.

Far from being an obscure health food with dubious healing qualities, new research has shown the honey kills every type of bacteria scientists have thrown at it, including the antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” plaguing hospitals and killing patients around the world.

Some bacteria have become resistant to every commonly prescribed antibacterial drug. But scientists found that Manuka honey, as it is known in New Zealand, or jelly bush honey, as it is known in Australia, killed every bacteria or pathogen it was tested on.

It is applied externally and acts on skin infections, bites and cuts.

The honey is distinctive in that it comes only from bees feeding off tea trees native to Australia and New Zealand, said Dee Carter, from the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences.

The findings are likely to have a major impact on modern medicine and could lead to a range of honey-based products to replace antibiotic and antiseptic creams.

Professor Carter’s two sons, Marty, 8 and Nicky, 6, think it’s funny the way their mother puts honey on their sores. But she swears by it, telling stories of how quickly it cures any infection.

“Honey sounds very homey and unscientific, which is why we needed the science to validate the claims made for it,” she said.

The curative properties of various types of honey have been known to indigenous cultures for thousands of years, and dressing wounds with honey was common before the advent of 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 said.

“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 said the fascinating thing was that none of the bacteria researchers used to test the honey, including superbugs such as flesh-eating bacteria, built up any immunity.

She said a compound in the honey called methylglyoxal — toxic on its own — combined in unknown ways with other unidentified compounds in the honey to cause “multi-system failure” in the bacteria.

The results of the research project are published in this month’s European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

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Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It

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18 Comments on Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It

  1. Well, at the rate the bees are dying, in a few years, this will disappear as well.

  2. Shirley Kirkup // October 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm // Reply

    My mother used to say years ago, this was amazing for curing leg ulcers. Bathing the wound in light salt water, pat dry, pack with Manuka honey and bind.

  3. Gloria Thompson // November 2, 2013 at 4:11 am // Reply

    does it help with cancers

  4. This is no mystery honey, sorry. I’ve known about it for years and have been banishing colds, flues, sore throats, etc. with it in my whole household. Anybody who dabbles in naturopathy like me, knows the antibacterial power of tea tree oil. It may be “new” to scientists, but it’s not to us. Next thing you know, they’ll discover a very ancient Chinese system of medicine which cures all. ;)

  5. It also makes the BEST face mask. My Grandmother used it for everything (that and had a daily nip of apple cider vinegar) and had the most amazing complexion. If I am putting something on my skin, I need to know it contains no chemicals. Manuka honey is the best.

  6. Does it kill good bacteria as well?????????

  7. Will I am Ina... // November 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm // Reply

    Yea I know of this too for sometime but glad to read it again for the sake of people who don’t know…enjoy while the bees last…

  8. torolof (illi ollof) // December 17, 2013 at 6:58 am // Reply

    FASCINATING!!!

  9. is there a way to get this honey? i have had open, raw sores larger than a fifty cent piece all over my body. i have seen three dermatologists and have only gotten worse. i am so desperate.

  10. Have they done the same with Jarrah Honey as well? Reputed to have BETTER healing qualities it is also found in Australia where the Jarrah tree grows, mostly in W A. Don’t let the pharmaceuticals get hold of any rights to this or we won’t be able to afford honey either! Those vampires have been sucking us dry for decades!

  11. can be bought in health food shops or online. I had a leg ulcer when we lived in the tropics that resisted all attempts at cure. Had it for over 14 months. Horribly painful. The honey cleared it up in a couple of weeks….for good.

  12. maybe its not the honey, but the trees the bees are feeding off of.

  13. so what is the name of the miracle honey??

  14. Gerrie Goguen // December 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm // Reply

    Where is the corresponding article in the European Journal? I’ve looked through Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec ’13 and don’t see it listed.

  15. Honey cure was mentioned in the quran 1400 years ago (fact)

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