Honey as an AntibioticNovember 13, 2012 by Melanie Swick | 1 Comment
There area lot of things to love about honey; it tastes great and is healthier and denser in calories than sugar, it makes a great barter item, and it even encourages your kids to eat all their pancakes. But it has one important trait that few people today know about; it kills bacteria!
An emergency lasting more than a few days could easily decimate the first aid supplies of all but the most diligent preppers. At that point, an otherwise superficial cut could easily lead to a slow and agonizing death; something I try to avoid at all costs! Your stash of Neosporin, no matter how large, has a finite shelf life; usually at most, two years. Natural honey, on the other hand, can be stored indefinitely. In fact, honey has even been found in the burial chambers of Pharaohs in the Pyramids of Egypt, still as fresh as the day it was stored!
The secret of honey’s antibiotic effect is that because by comparison, it contains less moisture, it kills the bacteria by sucking the moisture from it. A few types of bacteria have a casing around them that protects their moisture from honey, but they can only survive in honey. To multiply and thrive they would have to first break through the protective casing, and that requires a higher moisture level than honey provides.
My advice is that you add natural honey to your supplies. Due to it’s astonishing shelf life, it can be one of those “buy and forget” items if it’s not something you use often. Personally, I’m going to aim for one gallon per family member.