Some natural substances have been known for their therapeutic
properties and ginger and honey are from them. Both have a
history of medicinal use dating back to ancient times and have
played an important role in folk medicine in many different
cultures around the world.
However, it is not until recently that people realized that
ginger and honey, while great on their own, are even better in
combination with others. Modern research is just beginning to
realize what many traditional healing practices have long known
that ginger and honey, when used together, can fight many
different diseases and infections – naturally. The breakdown of
the new research is as follows.
The new study
Recent research coming out of the Faculty of Medicine of the
University of Gondar in Ethiopia has found interesting facts
about the combination of honey and ginger. In the recent study,
it was found that the combination of extracts of honey and
ginger can inhibit the growth of certain strains of bacteria.
This even includes severe strains such as MRSA (a very
resistant form of staph) and Escherichia coli (e. Coli), both
of which are serious human pathogens.
This study tested ranges inhibition, a technique that measures
the inhibition means after culturing the bacteria in a broth
solution, then using agar as a means for measuring. The broths
were treated with antibiotics for up to 24 hours in order to
measure the degree of effectiveness with which treated
bacteria. The test uses separate Ethiopian ginger and honey and
ginger and honey in combination with one another. These were
tested against three common antibiotics, amoxicillin,
penicillin and methicillin to demonstrate its effectiveness.
results this study showed that both honey and ginger in their
own were more effective than amoxicillin, penicillin or
methicillin, amoxicillin but was closer to the three in terms
of efficiency. However, when ginger and honey extracts were
used in combination with one another, which have shown that the
strongest effect of all in each strain of bacteria in the
The implications of this study are potentially huge. Due to
overuse of antibiotics both in medicine and in the industry of
meat and dairy products, multiple antibiotic resistant strains
have emerged that has the medical profession that deals largely
because it will cause infections in the future much more
difficult to treat.
Ginger and honey have a long history of medical use – and with
good reason. Medical science is discovering what the oldest
traditions have long known that these natural substances have
potent antibiotic properties that could prove to be effective
even against resistant forms of bacteria.