Skip to comments.Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It
Posted on 03/13/2012 9:41:37 PM PDT by Windflier
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 Sydneys 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.
Good News Ping.
How do yeast do in that environment?
The only “food” science can’t copy.
I’ve always heard that bacteria won’t grow in honey. I guess the thing about this honey is it “kills” bacteria.
I’d like some on my waffle.... I think.
Unfortunately, it’s almost free.
Not much profit in free. :)
” 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.”
While Manuka honey may be more effective to some particularly nasty bugs, plain raw honey has been known to be antibacterial for centuries. Well, at least it’s been known to “cure” cuts and the like even before we knew what bacteria were. Bee’s “hive glue”, propolis, is used as a tincture like iodine, and dissolved in water or alcohol and used as a gargle for sore throats. There is nothing new under the sun.
Manuka honey has been around for years...I used it for my sons acne..it kills staph and other skin infections.
Was this the stuff?
The Bible has a verse that says:
“Eat honey, for it is good”.
I think it could be found using the right search.
I’ve wondered about this for years. Honey is the only food that doesn’t rot, ever. So it has something in it that keeps bugs away.
Humble bee spit. Sometimes the answer is right under our noses.
Yes, Manuka recommended in survivalists’ books forever. This is not news.
Proverbs - 13 “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:”
I drink honey and lemon at any sign of sniffles or sore throat.
It’s the only kosher food that comes from an unkosher animal (in this case, an insect).
Honey badger don’t give a crap!
Yes, I believe it is. The product name they’re using on me is Medihoney and I believe it is manuka honey.
Here’s an article I found on Medihoney:
TRENTON, New Jersey Amid growing concern over drug-resistant superbugs and nonhealing wounds that endanger diabetes patients, nature’s original antibiotic honey is making a comeback.
More than 4,000 years after Egyptians began applying honey to wounds, Derma Sciences Inc., a New Jersey company that makes medicated and other advanced wound care products, began selling the first honey-based dressing this fall after it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Called Medihoney, it is made from a highly absorbent seaweed-based material, saturated with manuka honey, a particularly potent type that experts say kills germs and speeds healing. Also called Leptospermum honey, manuka honey comes from hives of bees that collect nectar from manuka and jelly bushes in Australia and New Zealand.
Kills all bacteria, eh? It should be on the menu at the White House.
The ancients knew that honey had health benefits. The oldest texts / scriptures mentioning this are the Vedas, 4000+ years ago.
“Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It.”
I have a recipe for Thanksgiving turkey that can do the same thing...
I’m still looking for that 250 year old man and when I find I’m going to ask him what he eats.
Not exactly new. The famed Roman physician, Galen, was known to use honey as an antibiotic in wounds. He didn’t know -why- it worked yet, but he knew it worked. Honey kept even serious cuts from becoming infected.
He learned about it from the Egyptians.
I have had the worst cold - really awful and could not get rid of it and it got so disgusting I was off work for a week. I tried to go in one day and a co-worker, told me to drink hot tea with lemon and honey. He said to drink a lot of this.
The first night I drank 5 big cups and got way better...that was a couple of days ago and now I’m back to normal.
Who knows, maybe I’d have gotten better anyway but it sure didn’t seem like it was going to happen until I started the tea.
is this the same stuff I used?
Oh, yes... and they learned about it from someone well before them. The important thing is that honey has been used as an effective antibiotic for a very, very long time. If anything, Galen was the first "modern" (more or less) physician that bothered to keep good records and left a wealth of notes for others to learn from.
Tea Tree oil is supposed to be an antibiotic/anti fungal/antiviral as well (topical use only--not to be taken internally). Maybe the bees are picking something up from the tea trees, too.
My guess is that any highly concentrated sugar solution will kill bacteria.
I put Manuka on my Dad’s Cheerios. It is his part of his daily diabetic evening meal. We also luv the benefits of Silver Sol (liquid and gel). Excellent for wounds not to mention a myriad of other ailments.
My chickens got into some oyster shale once and their eggs started to smell and taste fishy.
After I eliminated that problem I decided to give them cheddar cheese
cracker treats every day and I must say their eggs were really good.
Someone should do gourmet eggs.
Is that like algae? Hmmmmmmmmmm..........maybe we can fill our gas tanks? Har!
JR, thanks for this forum...you da bomb. ;)
I work with a guy who keeps bees. The stuff he tells me about bees and honey is amazing.
Manuka honey bump...
Finally a voice of reason!
A high sugar environment will not allow bacteria to grow. This is why fruit preserves have quite a bit of sugar in them and why one should not try to adjust the amount of sugar in the recipes.
Bacteria may not grown in a dish full of honey, but eating the honey will dilute the sugar concentration though the human body and render it ineffective.
I would give more weight to its use as a topical treatment than a systemic treatment.
Only free to Bushmen.
Only free to Bushmen.
Beeswax too has anti-bacterial properties. If you think about it, it makes sense since the larvae are housed in the comb and it is true that we have had a jar of honey in our cupboard for years and it has never gotten moldy. That’s why I use beeswax for the finish on my wooden spoons.
My Grandmother knew a guy who lived to be 105 years old and he said his secret was to drink a glass of what he called “swaysel” (not sure of the spelling) twice a day, which was water, lemon juice and honey.
Woot! honey and tea tree oil! Awesome combo. TTO is an incredible microbe killer, and honey’s topical healing history is long and illustrious. Melaleuca (tea trea) is a very effective disinfectant. Stinks to high heaven, but it sure gets the job done.
ULEE'S GOLD is one of my favorite movies.
One guess what the "gold" is.
It appears only 10% of the honey have enough of the compound “methylglyoxal” which is responsible for this.
Even though only ~10% contains the compound, honey is still good for you.