A Comparison Between Medical Grade Honey and Table Honeys in Relation to Antimicrobial Efficacy

Rose A. Cooper, PhD; Leighton Jenkins, BSc


Wounds. 2009;21(2) 

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This study demonstrates the relatively low antibacterial activity of honeys available in British supermarkets and the presence of potentially pathogenic organisms in such honeys. To date, no infections have been traced to such sources, but the possibility of infecting vulnerable patients exists. While sterile, quality-assured wound care products that contain honey with proven non-peroxide antibacterial activity are available for clinical practice; the use of non-sterile honey samples cannot be justified. Both patients and practitioners should understand the limitations of self-medication with supermarket honeys and the benefits of proprietary wound care products.