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The Benefits Of Manuka Honey & How To Use It

Benefits Of Manuka Honey & How To Use It

We’re all familiar with honey, but have you ever heard of manuka honey? This special kind of honey is definitely having a moment in the health and wellness community. I didn’t know much about it honestly, until my curiosity got the best of me! So I did some research and want to share with you just why manuka honey is so special, and how you can use it to support your personal health and wellness.

Benefits Of Manuka Honey & How To Use It

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is a specialty honey that is produced by bees that pollinate the manuka tree. The manuka tree is closely related to the Tea Tree tree. (Yep, the one that produces Tea Tree essential oil!) As a result, the honey these bees produce possesses many of the same qualities as Tea Tree oil. It’s antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and rich in antioxidants.

Additionally, manuka honey has even more of the same beneficial vitamins and minerals that your average raw honey contains. Manuka honey has up to 4 times the amount of amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and more. It also possesses the same antibacterial qualities as raw honey. So if you consider the beneficial qualities of the manuka tree, on top of the impressive vitamin and mineral quality of this honey, you can start to see why people are so enthusiastic about it!

Benefits Of Manuka Honey & How To Use It

How is Manuka Honey Graded?

A scale called the “unique manuka factor” (UMF) appraises the potency of manuka honey. A rating of 10 or higher indicates that the honey contains high levels of antibacterial agents. Honeys rated at 10 and above are generally labeled “active manuka honey” or “UMF manuka honey.”

Manuka honey with a UMF rating of 16 or higher possesses therapeutic levels of antibacterial agents. (Simply put, this is not a honey you would want to consume very much of in one sitting.) However, it does make an excellent addition to any medicine cabinet!

7 Uses for Manuka Honey

Benefits Of Manuka Honey & How To Use It

1. Treat Minor Wounds

You can use manuka honey to treat minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. The therapeutic qualities of the honey will fight infection and speed up the healing process. Simply cover the affected area in a thin layer of the honey.

2. Treat Skin Conditions

Manuka honey can help treat acne, rosacea, hives, and eczema. Apply a thin layer of honey to the affected area. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then wash the area with a gentle soap and warm water. Repeat daily for the best results.

Benefits Of Manuka Honey & How To Use It

3. Promote Oral Health

Studies suggest that chewing or eating manuka honey can help reduce plaque and gingivitis. The minerals in the honey are great for teeth, too.

4. Soothe a Sore Throat

Manuka honey helps to heal inflammation and boost your immune system. It also helps stop the growth of harmful bacteria (like the ones that cause strep.) Swallow a small spoonful of manuka honey when you feel a sore throat may be coming on.

Benefits Of Manuka Honey & How To Use It

5. Treat Digestive Issues

Eating manuka honey (around 1 Tablespoon per day) can help eliminate acid reflux and soothe other digestive problems. Add the honey to tea, yogurt, or you can eat it plain. (But be warned – it has a pretty strong medicinal taste!)

6. Relieve Allergies

Studies suggest that consuming a small amount of manuka honey daily can help to reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Benefits Of Manuka Honey & How To Use It

7. Sleep Better

Manuka honey slowly releases a substance called glycogen into your blood stream when ingested. Glycogen supports your body’s essential functions during sleep. This kind of support can help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed and well-rested.

As a general disclaimer, I am not a doctor and cannot give out medical advice. This post is written for reference purposes only. Use your best judgment, and seek the advice of your health-care professional.

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  • Thank you for the post about Manuka Honey. I’ve been wondering what all the chatter was about. As a retired RN, I can say that honey has been used for years as an antibacterial agent. Nothing can grow in it. As for the taste that you mention, yuk, I think I’ll stick with the regular raw stuff. Thanks for passing on the research. Great as always.

  • Doesn’t most honey have these benefits? I read a very authoritative article — sorry can’t recall the source — that put to bed the theory that local honey has any benefit for allergy sufferers. I googled “Alternatives to Manuka Honey” and got some surprising results, including other honeys (Scottish). I can’t imagine a world without honey or honeybees – everybody plant flowers everywhere to help them survive, PLEASE.

    • Honey has been used for ages as a health and beauty agent. Raw is better than pasteurized if you can get it. Don’t give to babies due to the allergy factor.

  • HOLY COW!!! Have been looking on Amazon – this stuff is OBSCENELY expensive! I can’t afford anything for *Christmas*, let alone shell out $60 for about 8 oz of honey fer gossake! There are “better” prices, more or less, but not by much.
    Hooooly coooow…!
    God bless rich folks. That certainly doesn’t include my husband or me. Wow….

    • Honey is also amazing for burns, when I was little I spilt acid all over my face. Mum rushed me to the old lady next door, she covered my face in honey. I was left with not a mark. I have used it for burns ever since.

  • Good article on Manuka honey! I learned of it several years ago and keep the 10+ on hand for adding to hot tea for sore throats . . . did not know about its sleep benefits! I also keep a jar of both the 15+ and 20+ for serious cuts and burns which, if covered with a good waterproof bandaid, heal very quickly! Grandkids like it because there is no sting on open wounds. Be sure it is Manuka honey from New Zealand . . . pricey but well worth it!!!

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  • I was able to use Manuka honey to heal a horrible open wound on my Labrador Retriever’s leg earlier this year. From now on, I will keep a bottle in my first aid kit. It’s wonderful for healing from the inside out.

    Like Natalie already pointed out, the Manuka honey must be 15+ or higher to really be useful, and it should ALWAYS have the UMF logo (it looks like 3 pieces of honeycomb) on the label along with the rating number. In addition, there are roughly 100 companies with the credentials to sell pure Manuka honey, each company has a registration number that will be found on the jar. Trader Joe’s isn’t one of them…not saying theirs isn’t a good honey, it just isn’t for the uses here.

  • Hi Jillee,
    I am a Kiwi living in the UK.
    Nurses here use manuka to treat wouwouns, especially ones that won’t heal easily.
    I have used manuka honey for de ades now,
    However, after visiting one store in the UK and seeing all the brand’s of NZ manuka honey I realised they could not all be manuka honey, even though the jars said so.
    There simply are not enough bees in NZ to be able to make as much is sold in NZ, Australia, the UK and USA etc.
    So, I would suggest people do some good research first to make sure that is actually what they’re getting.
    Thankfully for me my sister sends it direct to me from the bee keeper.
    All the best Lisa

    • It’s actually not regulated. As long as the jar has a touch of manuka honey in it, they can label it as such. So they could buy 10 ounces of manuka, mix it in with a few gallons of cheap honey, and label all of it as manuka.

      Honey you buy at the grocery probably isn’t honey. http://www.foodrenegade.com/your-honey-isnt-honey/

      Stick to the farmers market or local sellers for honey or olive oil.

    • Good morning thanks for all the great tips how ever the manuka honey needs to be 15 + or higher 10 does nothing for you. I having been using for years. Hospitals in Germany use manuka in patches. And you also can’t use it in hot tea it ruined the honey. The best place to buy the honey is Wholefoods you can trust it’s the real deal! Thanks again

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