The Best Holistic Uses for Manuka Honey



Mānuka honey supports the entire body, not just impacting one body system or function but holistically benefiting the entire body. From oral health to topical skin and abrasion treatments, digestive tract health, and an array of illnesses, a teaspoon of Mānuka honey goes a long way!

Caroline in the kitchen tasting a spoon of honey.

Origins Of Mānuka Honey

The origins of this beautiful honey come from the Mānuka tree (scientific name leptospermum scoparium), which is native only to New Zealand. Mānuka honey benefits have been scientifically proven to be significantly higher in active enzymes and antibacterial properties compared to your average jar of honey. So, what makes Mānuka honey so special?

Scientific research into the health claims of using the Mānuka bush for medicinal purposes started back in the 1980s. It’s important to note that the concentration of MGO (Methylglyoxal), the compound responsible for the antibacterial properties of Mānuka honey, similar to hydrogen peroxide, determines your honey’s strength. The grading system of the content of MGO helps determine whether or not your honey is able to be used for clinical use, unlike traditional types of honey, which have no rating system. 

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Health Benefits of Mānuka Honey

Genuine Mānuka honey has been proven to be more effective in treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the use of Mānuka honey has been an effective treatment for periodontal disease. In recent years, the demand for this raw honey that has been being used by people since ancient times has increased drastically. (Source

The amazing health benefits and the lack of any adverse side effects compared to other modern-day cures in the same category makes the benefits of pure Mānuka honey worth the price tag.

Mānuka honey is truly one of the most powerful and holistic additions to your daily wellness rituals (and great for the whole family too)!

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A list of 10 Holistic Uses for Manuka Honey

1. Daily Immune Boost:

A spoonful of Mānuka is our daily go-to immune system support for the whole family—and it’s so effective. Mānuka, with a high MGO level like this one, is high in antibacterial properties and active enzymes—it’s also incredible against antibiotic-resistant strains. It’s powerful against viruses and germs due to a natural type of hydrogen peroxide produced by bees.

2. Seasonal Allergy Relief:

Mānuka is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine and very soothing to nasal passageways. This can help calm seasonal allergy flare-ups.

3. Gentle Immune Boost for Pregnancy + Kids:

During pregnancy, there isn’t as much you can do for immune support because most herbs are out of the question. Mānuka is gentle enough for all seasons of life (and with littles over 12 months) and very, very effective.

It’s truly been a lifesaver to me this pregnancy when a lot of sicknesses and sniffles have been going around—I’ve noticed quick improvement and can usually navigate the sickness with much more ease.

4. Clears Congestion:

Honey helps soothe nasal passages, but Mānuka honey has added antibacterial and anti-viral properties. At first signs of congestion or sniffles, I double up on the honey! For congestion, I like a spoonful of honey paired with a few drops of Mānuka Essential Oil all over the chest. You can also diffuse this essential oil. It’s very effective and quickly clears clearing congestion.

5. Natural Cough Syrup:

So many cough syrups on the market, especially for children, are filled with not-so-great ingredients like food dyes and synthetic sugars. Pair with a splash of lemon juice for a great all-natural cough syrup.

6. Sore Throats:

Mānuka will help fight the root cause of the sore throat (bacteria or viral) but also soothe throat irritation at the same time. You can take a spoonful at first symptoms, gargle with a splash of apple cider vinegar (which also has antibacterial properties), or add a drizzle to warm tea. 

7. Clarifying Facial Mask:

Mānuka is very cleansing to the skin and promotes skin regeneration, repairs cellular damage, calms inflammation, and lessens the appearance of scars. If you are in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner, use this as a spot treatment to calm blemishes and breakouts.

8. Burn + Sunburn Healing:

Mānuka has incredible skin regeneration and healing properties due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It is very effective against burns and sunburns as well as other wound treatments.

You can use the honey to spot treat, but I prefer the Mānuka Essential Oil for skin issues. I love adding a few drops to my favorite lotion post sun exposure. Personally, I had a bad second-degree burn and dosed it with Mānuka Essential Oil, which relieved the pain and healed VERY quickly. 

9. Digestive, Prebiotic Support:

Mānuka is wonderful for supporting the natural digestive microbiome. Because low stomach acid can come from an overgrowth of bacteria, Mānuka is a great way to rid your body of those pathogens and keep the digestive system flowing properly. This is because it contains oligosaccharides, which have a prebiotic effect on the gut and promote the proliferation of good flora.

10. Naturally Sweeten Drinks:

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The flavor of Mānuka is so rich and pure that it’s great as a natural sweetener for drinks. I love adding it to my daily iced vanilla matcha, honey mint lemonade and sleepy tea for an extra immune and digestive boost while I sip. Due to the high mineral and active enzyme properties, I’ve noticed this Mānuka honey is gentle on my blood sugar, too, as someone with Type 1 diabetes.

Image of Caroline in the kitchen enjoying the holistic benefits of Mānuka Honey.

Why is Manuka Honey so expensive?

Mānuka honey is significantly higher in active enzymes and anti-bacterial properties than regular honey. Mānuka has been proven to have efficacy against antibiotic-resistant microbes, promoting its healing powers against pathogens internally and externally. It is measured in MGO levels – the 850+ level is considered medicinal grade and extremely effective even when taken in small amounts.

As Mānuka Honey gains popularity, many companies are creating highly processed and not very effective versions. Typically in stores, you’ll see an MGO level of 40-250, which, simply put, won’t give you as many benefits but still costs you quite a bit of money.

The honey we stock in the apothecary is 850+ MGO at $85, but the potency is significantly higher and medical grade!

The health benefits of mānuka honey and the use of honey with all of its potential benefits are pushing medical professionals to study and regulate medical-grade honey.

A jar of Mānuka honey can go a long way in helping you and your family get through the healing process of all kinds of sicknesses and infections, from tooth decay, to wound healing to clearing acne blemishes.

Just make sure to pay attention to the MGO levels of your real Mānuka honey, as it stands apart from most traditional honey. So, savor this jar of Mānuka Honey and pull it out as you need it—you’ll experience a quick change in your symptoms!

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