Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey is a unique honey from New Zealand renowned for its special properties which include the presence of the naturally occurring compound methylglyoxal. Research continues to uncover the many attributes of Manuka Honey.

Improving Antibiotic Activity against Wound Pathogens with Manuka Honey In Vitro

Rowena Jenkins, Rose Cooper
Centre for Biomedical Sciences, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom


Following the discovery of synergistic action between oxacillin and manuka honey against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, this study was undertaken to search for further synergistic combinations of antibiotics and honey that might have potential in treating wounds.

Fifteen antibiotics were tested with and without sublethal concentrations of manuka honey against each of MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa using disc diffusion, broth dilution, E strip, chequerboard titration and growth curves.

Five novel antibiotic and manuka honey combinations were found that improved antibacterial effectiveness in vitro and these offer a new avenue of future topical treatments for wound infections caused by these two important pathogens.

The full paper is available here