Researchers have found that a honey and water solution can be a useful weapon in fighting infections in hospital patients. They have found that this solution can stop bacteria from forming on the plastic catheters of patients. They are also looking into flushing catheters with this honey dilution to keep them clean while they remain in the bladder.
Honey has been used as a natural antiseptic for centuries, and also has been used to treat burns and wounds. Even at the low dilution of 3.3%, the honey solution stopped the bacteria from clustering together. Nobody knows exactly how or why honey works as an antibacterial.
The researchers are currently looking into how well the bladder will tolerate honey, as not to irritate it.