"Honey is now regularly being shown to kill superbugs in the laboratory and save patient’s limbs on hospital wards, but why is its medicinal use still so limited in the UK?
The antibacterial properties of honey have long been known, both ancient Greek and Egyptian physicians are said to have valued it and it was used in the treatment of wounds right up to World War Two.
Honey’s reputation was relegated to that of an old wives’ tale in the twentieth century after the discovery of penicillin heralded the widespread use of antibiotic drugs to combat infections.
But with antibiotic resistance now high on the global agenda, scientists and doctors are working together to once more prove honey’s effectiveness in battling life-threatening bacteria.
Researchers say honey has been successful in treating severe wounds including ulcers, pressure sores, trauma injuries and infected surgical wounds - reducing the reliance on antibiotics and providing an alternative to antiseptics which can harm healing tissue.”