Honey is mentioned in the Bible, the Koran and the Torah as being used for healing purposes.

Now, Australian researchers have found it is effective as an antibiotic cream to prevent infections when applied to catheter sites in kidney dialysis patients.

Kidney specialist David Johnson said honey also had an advantage over the commonly used antibiotic ointment, mupirocin, in that hospital “superbugs” such as staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as Golden Staph, had not developed resistance to it.

“There are no documented cases of honey-resistant bacteria,” Professor Johnson said yesterday.

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