Scientists have found that the common cooking herb, thyme, could be a miracle cure for the deadly MRSA bug.
Researchers at the University of Brighton, East Sussex, discovered that oils extracted from the plant can kill the bug - linked to at least 8,000 deaths each year - within two hours.
An extract from thyme has been found to kill MRSA in two hours
They hope the findings, published in the International Journal of Essential Oil Therapeutics, will be the first step in developing a new treatment to stop the spread of MRSA.
The infection is rampant in many hospitals and resistant to antibiotics.
Most healthy people carry MRSA on the surface of their skin but can become infected during operations or other procedures that puncture the skin.
Researcher Dr Jonathan Caplin said: 'These are very promising results. We have shown at least in the laboratory that this blend of thyme has a very strong effect on MRSA.
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