Scientific research has verified that Scottish Heather Honey may be even more effective than the popular New Zealand Manuka Honey for beating bacterial infections.
The study, published in The Veterinary Journal, was carried out by Mr Patrick Pollock, an equine surgeon, and colleagues at the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
A keen bee-keeper, Mr Pollock was interested to know if honeys other
than Manuka might make effective anti-bacterial wound dressings.
‘Honey helps to promote healing, cleaning the wound and keeping it
free from infection. If vets were able to use locally-sourced, cheaper
honey as a wound dressing, it would be very beneficial, particularly in
The researchers took 29 honey products, including commercial medical
grade honeys, supermarket honeys and honeys from local bee-keepers, and
examined them for bacterial contamination before testing.
Of the 29, 18 were found to contain bacteria that excluded them from
the trial and the remaining 11 were tested against 10 equine bacterial
isolates at concentrations varying from 2% to 16%.
Eight of the honeys were effective against all the bacteria at
concentrations ranging from 2% to 6%.
Heather honey from the Inverness
area was shown to be particularly effective – killing MRSA microbes and
three other types of bacteria at concentrations of 2%.
Multi-floral honeys were found to be less effective in the study when it came to their anti-microbial properties.
Traditionally honey has been used medicinally by many cultures including the Egyptians. Honey has broad spectrum anti-microbial(anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral) properties, soothes the digestive system, rich source of antioxidants and may prevent certain cancers, increases energy, reduces cough and throat irritation.
Darker honeys tend to be richer in antioxidants than the milder color honeys. Raw honeys are the best way to consume honey in my opinion because they often contain traces of bee pollen and other nutritive factors such as propolis and royal jelly.
For the full article check out http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/horizons/archive/autumn2013/scottishheatherhoneyisbestforbeatingbacteria/