Manuka honey benefits: the sweet taste of beauty and health

Find out why this honey from New Zealand is challenging traditional honey

Manuka honey

You’ve heard about the many benefits of honey–but what about Manuka honey benefits and why is this type of honey so extraordinary?

Honey itself is unique. It can last thousands of years without spoiling. It’s been a treasured food throughout history, renowned for its sweetness. And its medicinal qualities have been recognized for millennia.

But honey, in general, is no match for one of the most unique natural health benefits on earth: Manuka honey.


Manuka honey benefits for health

Manuka honey health

All honey depends on the bees and the plants, flowers, and bushes which they pollinate. Also, industrial demand for honey means that much of what is commercially available has been modified in order to create a greater mass production.

Manuka honey is from New Zealand. It comes from bees which have pollinated the Manuka bush. And its benefits are extraordinary.

1. Wound care

All honey is acidic, having a high concentration of pH, which promotes healing. This acidity can also fight against the enzymes which harm your body’s own natural resistance (proteins and peptides).


Likewise, honey is an excellent source of natural sugar, which protects wounds and similar injuries.

Manuka honey is particularly low in moisture, which means that, with the proper topical application, it can kill bacteria by dehydrating bacterial cells. It can also be part of the body’s ability to get rid of waste. Manuka honey, in particular, has been observed to speed the healing process.

2. Natural antibiotics

manuka honey antibiotics

Honey of every kind has been used for its antibiotic properties, long before human medical science had a concept of bacteria. The hydrogen peroxide within honey has antiseptic properties similar to that which you can buy in drugstores, only this one is produced organically.


Manuka contains something extra, not found in ordinary honey. That’s methylglyoxal – commonly called MGO. In many ways, it acts to increase the existing wound care and healing properties of honey, with added sucrose-related (natural sugar) effects.

3. Fighting strep throat

Related to the antibacterial properties, Manuka honey is specifically able to combat Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus.

Strep throat is a painful inflammation of the throat, caused by the Strep and Staph bacteria. It is highly contagious, painful, and can be disabling. It needs treatment with antibiotics, as well as soothing analgesics like honey, to heal safely.


(Note that Manuka Honey should not be used on its own; you should see your doctor for a strep test if you think you might have strep.)

Manuka honey benefits: the beauty in its properties

1. Treatment of acne and eczema.

Manuka honey can clean skin, reducing oil in pores and fighting against the microbes which can create pimples and other facial difficulties.

It also appears to be able to battle dermatitis, and could potentially reduce itching and the physical discomfort associated with disorders of the skin.


While it has not gone through an extensive clinical trial, there are numerous accounts of Manuka honey deeply reducing or even outright curing eczema. It’s definitely an important part of your skin and facial regime.

2. Improves gum (and thus teeth) health and appearance

Manuka honey Improves gum

Those strong antimicrobial properties have a great effect on the gums. At least one major school of dentistry in New Zealand, home of Manuka honey, has found that the honey reduces plaque significantly, by up to one third or more.

It also reduces gum disease (gingivitis). The proper way to receive mouthcare is by sucking on a hard lozenge product made with or including Manuka.


3. Skin luster

There are few things which are as helpful to appearance as having lustrous, glowing skin. It’s part of our biological definition of health and how we select for attraction evolutionarily.

Manuka honey can have extraordinary effects–not simply clearing or improving skin, as mentioned above, but actually causing its appearance to improve.

In other words, in addition to helping your skin be clear, it can make your skin look and feel more desirable and appealing through its healthy nutrients and the beneficial effects of MGO.


How should Manuka honey be taken?

For topical use, you can either use a product which contains Manuka honey or you can apply it directly. It will be helpful to warm it up first to make it easier to spread. For the mouth, use a Manuka honey product which comes in a lozenge, hard candy, or other suckable forms.

For intake, you can take the Manuka honey straight, via teaspoons. You can also combine it with tea or other beverages for easy drinkability.

Manuka honey benefits are wide-ranging but overall this syrup is one of the great natural health boosters. Give it a try!


And if you’re wondering about how valuable this honey is, check the following video to find out why they’re being targeted by criminals.

Written by Leonardo Oliveira

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