What Each Ingredient Does
Garlic is both an antibiotic and an antiseptic, meaning that is capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of infectious agents as well as treating an infection as it occurs. It even works against bacteria resistant to penicillin and amoxicillin (1).
Recent research has also shown similar activity to an antibiotic called chloramphenicol, used for typhoid fever as well as conjunctivitis (2).
Honey is an antimicrobial agent that can be applied topically for prevention or treatment of infections, including those caused by multi drug-resistant bacteria (3).
It fight bacteria by acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration and polyphenols and y producing hydrogen peroxide. These different methods make it harder for bacteria to develop resistance (4).
While these different method are highly effective in killing bacteria, they do not damage healthy cells (5).
“Honey or isolated honey-derived components might be of great value for prevention and treatment of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.” Says Sebastian A.J. Zaat, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam (6).