Honey is one of nature’s oldest folk remedies, having been used for at least 5,000 years for its healing properties. Ancient civilisations used honey to help heal wounds.

Hippocrates of ancient Greece, the ‘father of medicine’, found that honey heals boils, ulcers on the lips and running sores.

Indigenous cultures have dressed wounds with honey for thousands of years. In New Zealand the Maori people have used a particular kind of honey, manuka, for centuries for treating flu, fevers and colds and healing skin and stomach ailments.

But along came antibiotics and the sticky stuff was nudged aside by modern medicine. But now honey is making a comeback. New research has shown that manuka honey kills every type of bacteria that scientists can throw at it, including the antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ plaguing hospitals and killing patients around the world.

These findings could lead to a range of honey-based products replacing antibiotic and antiseptic creams – that is, if the drug companies don’t block this healing agent that they cannot patent.