What is Manuka Honey Used For?

If you don’t quite know what manuka honey is, don’t worry. I didn’t either, until recently. I heard from a reader that she and other horse owners use manuka honey with their horses for treating lacerations. They apply it directly to the wound. This intrigued me so I dug a little deaper. Turns out there are lots of answers to the question: What is manuka honey used for?  But first things first…

What Makes Manuka Honey Special?

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Manuka or Tea Tree Flower

The manuka tree or bush is native to New Zealand and only grows in parts of New Zealand and Australia. While regular raw, unfiltered honey has tons of nutritional benefits, manuka honey takes this to a whole new level. It is much more nutrient rich with much higher levels of the enzymes that convert to hydrogen peroxide and result in powerful anti-microbial properties.

However, not all honey that is labeled ‘manuka’ is the real deal. Look closely at the labels to make sure you are getting medicinal quality manuka honey, if that is what you’re after. The rating system is called UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) and anything rated UMF 15+ or higher is considered the high quality.  Because of the increasing awareness and popularity of manuka honey, there are lots of products on the market that are labeled manuka, but are not at the medicinal level the name implies.

So, back to my original question:

What is manuka honey used for?

Because of manuka honey’s powerful antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal qualities, it has many uses and has been used medicinally for thousands of years Get More Info.

Here are a few of the uses I found:

  • Externally for wounds, burns, eczema, acne & staph infections
  • Immune health and sore throats
  • To calm nerves and help sleep
  • For stomach acid and acid reflux
  • To prevent tooth decay by reducing plaque
  • In natural beautry products, such as skin creams
  • To help certain allergies

Please do your own research if you’re thinking of using this for any medical conditions. Honey is usually not recommended for babies, diabetics and those with some allergies.

Below are a few links to good quality manuka honey. The real stuff is not cheap. If you see something labeled manuka, that doesn’t seem expensive, it is most likely not the best quality.

Let me know how you like to use manuka honey in the comments below.

Thanks Bees!

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22 thoughts on “What is Manuka Honey Used For?

  1. Hi this is an excellent site for a valuable health product I use Manuka honey sometimes for its naturally occurring antibiotics it is interesting to see it has so many uses and health benefits. I will come back here when I need the honey again
    Daniel.

  2. Manuka Honey is truly a wonderful product, due to its significant anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. As it happens my husband has a bad cold with sore throat today, and he says spoonfuls of the honey are helping soothe the rawness. This honey will never go to waste; use it in tea or on toast for a sweet treat!

    1. It’s great for soothing a sore throat! Really any kind of raw, natural honey is. I hope he feels better soon! Thanks for your comment!

  3. This is the first time I heard of this honey…..could you perhaps create a space in your site for directions on the usage of this honey e.g. on wounds how to make paste or how much to use for certain type of wounds or burns, insect bites etc.
    the same process for skin problems, do you apply it directly on the problem or mix it with something

    1. That’s a great idea for the site. I will look into putting more information on there. If it’s medical grade, high quality you can use it directly on the skin problem on it’s own. It is also an ingredient in a variety of skin creams mixed with other ingredients. Thanks for the great suggestion!

  4. I’ve heard great things about Manuka honey. The only real problem is the price. Although for the amount of health benefits you’re getting I guess its worth it.

    Here’s a question: Can I get these health benefits from normal honey from the supermarket? I’ve got a sore throat right now and could do with some natural relief

    Thanks for the interesting read by the way!

    1. Yes, the good stuff can be expensive! I do think it’s worth it though. However, regular honey that is raw and unfiltered also has excellent health benefits. This would be honey that you could buy at a farmers market or a natural foods store. I take this when I have a sore throat, especially before bed if I have a cough. Give it a try and let me know how it works. I hope it helps your sore throat! Thanks for the comment!

  5. Hi Sarahl,

    Wow! Very interesting. I never heard of this honey. It supplies higher levels of the enzymes that convert to hydrogen peroxide and result in powerful anti-microbial properties. Sounds sweet to me. Ha ha. I love honey, however, I am pre-diabetic so I sneak it every so often (to eat). Have you tried it yourself for anything? If you have has it helped you with any ailments?

    Julie

  6. I had never heard of manuka honey. I knew there were health benefits rom regular honey, but never knew about manuka honey. This was very informative and I may have to do some more research on it, especially since one of the uses you stated was helping with sleep. I wake up several times during the night, and could really use something would would help me sleep better and feel more rested. Thanks for the great information!

    1. Hi Denise, Thanks for your comment! From what I’ve read, honey can be great to help sleep. It doesn’t have to be manuka honey, but any great quality raw honey (not supermarket honey!) is recommended. You could try a teaspoon or two before bed for a few weeks and see if it helps. Let me know how it goes if you try it.

  7. Thanks for the infoI have noticed over the years so many manuka products popping up everywhere and questioned the manuka honey I might buy in the supermarket. Do you know what price you would expect to pay for the real deal for say 250g? I think that some products are way over priced when they are not really the real thing.

    1. Thanks for your commment Liz! Yes, I would be suspicious of manuka products in supermarkets that seem inexpensive. It doesn’t mean they’re bad, might be just fine to consume like regular honey, but if you’re looking for real manuka honey with all of it’s healing properties, that’s most likely not it. From what I’m seeing, prices for real manuka honey are around $40 (USD) for about 250g. There are probably less expensive ones out there, but you will pay for shipping from New Zealand I’m guessing. I’ll post an update if I find a good one at a better price!

  8. Thanks for the article; without your article I would still know nothing about the manuka honey. Actually I ove honey and my favorite is wild honey, collected in the forest. The honey tastes great and is a great substitute for sugar. How does manuka honey taste? Is it similar taste to average honey or does it have some very distinctive taste?

    1. Thanks for your comment! Manuka honey tends to have a strong, distinctive taste. In general it is not the preferred honey if you are just going to eat it or use it for cooking (a bit expensive too). Some people do not like the taste, compared to regular raw pure honey. Give it a try and let me know!

  9. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing. I heard that manuka honey can help with cold sores/ herpetic lesions on the lips from a client of mine.

    You have a typo in your first paragraph. “deaper” should be “deeper”.

    I like your layout. Very easy to read, not too long, clean and you kept it interesting.

    Thanks,

    Sofia

    1. Thanks Sofia! I appreciate your comments. There are tons of uses for Manuka honey. I’d be curious to hear how it goes if you try it. Thanks for letting me know about typo. Oops!

  10. The uses I use for honey are quite simple. haha I usually eat it as a snack (I know weird huh), or with apple cider vinegar as a cold suppressant. I like the fact that honey is a natural sweetener. It brings me comfort knowing that I don’t have to necessarily worry about artificial sweeteners clogging up the honey. I also like honey on my morning waffles (it’s basically like syrup, but better)

    1. I love your use for honey Will! Probably the best one, and the post didn’t even mention it! Ha! I think I’ll steal your idea and try it with apple cider vinegar this winter.

  11. Hi Sarah, thanks for your informative post. I am living in New Zealand and have seen how the popularity of Manuka honey has increased over the last few years. And so has the price, unfortunately.
    We like to use the honey mixed with apple cider vinegar in water as a daily health drink.
    I think it is definitely worth the investment. If you just use a teaspoon a day, a jar will go a long way.
    All the best from Anke

    1. Hi Anke, Thanks for your comment. Yes, it is quite expensive. That sounds like a great way to use it in a way that will allow it to last. I think I’ll try it. Have you found your general health improved when drinking this regularly?

  12. Because this honey is becoming more popular, there are many brands entering the market, so you do have to be careful what you buy.

    My wife and I bought some recently and are satisfied that it is good quality stuff, even though we haven’t opened it yet.

    I think honey has great medicinal qualities, particularly the Manuka honey, whenever I have a sore throat or the flu, I mix some honey with apple cidar vinegar and warm water together, this always helps relieve the symptoms and makes me feel better.

    1. Thanks for your comment Adrian! It’s very true what you say about Manuka honey. I agree with you completely about the medicinal qualities of honey. I try to have a little raw honey every day and I really feel like it helps me stay healthy throughout the winter. I don’t currently drink much apple cider vinegar but lately several people have suggested I make this part of my routine. Sounds delicious.

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