BBC News: Harnessing honey's healing power.
Even up to the second world war, honey was being used for its antibacterial properties in treating wounds. But with the advent of penicillin and other antibiotic drugs in the twentieth century, honey's medicinal qualities have taken a back seat. But that might be about to change - thanks to one New Zealand based researcher. Professor Molan has shown that honey made from the flowers of the manuka bush, a native of New Zealand, has antibacterial properties over and above those of other honeys.
The manuka honey has something an antibacterial agent in it that is not found in other honeys. This stuff can even affect antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. It's now being made into (non-sticky) honey bandages. Fascinating!