Health Benefits of Mānuka Honey

Natural Mānuka honey is special - there is no doubt about it.


Extensive scientific evidence exists to support honey’s natural health benefits. Hydrogen peroxide, for example, gives regular honey it's antibiotic quality, making it ideal for treating minor wounds and some bacterial disorders. But the unique antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial qualities of Mānuka honey set it apart from other honey types.

Head over to our blog for more research on the health claims around Mānuka honey as medical-grade honey.

New Zealand Manuka honey

Antibacterial Properties


One of the most significant potential health benefits of Mānuka honey is its antimicrobial properties that can help prevent bacterial infection. The medicinal property of Mānuka honey can help to treat infections by preventing enzymes from breaking down healing proteins. Read our blog about the MGO and UMF rating system if you're unsure which grade of therapeutic Mānuka honey is right for you.

Treat Wounds


Traditionally Māori used the Mānuka tree – also known as the Tea Tree – for burns and wound care. Today, many families keep Mānuka honey in the medicine cabinet to enhance wound healing. This is because Mānuka honey provides a protective barrier that helps maintain a moist environment, prevents the dressing from sticking to the wound, and can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.

Some users suffering from mild to moderate burns and wounds have found applying Mānuka honey topically to the wound site helps to decrease pain, while the anti-inflammatory properties help with healing wounds and tissue regeneration. Learn more about how to apply Mānuka to cuts and wound here.

Mother using Manuka honey on child to help health infected cut

Improve Oral Health


Calcium, zinc, and phosphorus are present in genuine Mānuka honey. Combining these minerals with honey’s antimicrobial activity can help to reduce harmful oral bacteria. As a result, adding Mānuka honey to warm water and using it as a mouthwash may cause a significant reduction in plaque, Gingivitis, and Periodontal disease.

Promote Gut and Digestive Health


Many of our customers consume Mānuka honey to help support the digestive system. The natural antibiotic activity found in authentic Mānuka honey can help to kill germs and protect against bacteria-related digestive disorders. These disorders include Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), low stomach acid, and acid reflux.

Treat Stomach Ulcers


Natural health practitioners often use medical-grade Mānuka honey to attack harmful bacteria responsible for causing stomach and gastric ulcers, speeding up the healing process.

Soothe Sore Throats


Mānuka honey’s potent anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidant properties can help to reduce inflammation and swelling. Our honey may also help prevent sore throat-causing bacterial infections such as Strep throat. Many customers rely on Mānuka honey’s power to soothe coughs and sore throats. Find out more about using Mānuka as a cough medicine remedy here.

using manuka honey to soothe and stop sore throat naturally

Alleviate Acne and Skin Conditions


People who suffer from sensitive skin conditions tend to be at a higher risk of developing Staphylococcus aureus (staph) or other topical skin infections. Mānuka honey’s natural antibacterial activity can help provide relief for sensitive skin.

Our customers create their own DIY beauty treatments to treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, and milia. Mānuka honey fights free radicals in the skin, supports detoxification, and helps heal wounds while improving skin tone and texture.

Support your Immune System


The higher the concentration of MGO (Methylglyoxal) in Mānuka honey, the more potent it is. Its powerful antiviral properties may also stimulate immune cells, preparing the immune system to fight infection. Our customers take Mānuka honey daily as a winter well-being boost and to support a healthy immune system.

Use it as a Natural Energy Booster


Our customers rave about the natural energy boost they experience when consuming Mānuka honey. Even sports stars like Novak Djokovic add Mānuka honey to their sporting regime! This superfood alternative helps you get the most out of your workouts or mid-afternoon slumps, as well as balancing sugar levels. Learn more about the Mānuka for extra energy here.

Manuka honey for extra energy naturally for running, hiking, exploring

Add it to Drinks as a Natural Sweetener


Mānuka honey is an excellent natural sweetener for food and drinks. To experience the maximum health benefits of Mānuka honey, include about one to two tablespoons in your daily diet. Cook with it or eat it raw, you can add Mānuka honey to baked dishes, hot drinks, or just eat it straight off the spoon! Check out our Mānuka honey recipes for inspiration.

Is Mānuka Honey Safe?


Possible Side Effects of Consuming Mānuka Honey

Like most foods, Mānuka honey can be safely enjoyed in moderation. However, it may trigger an allergic reaction if you have a bee allergy. In addition, the high sugar content of honey means that if you have diabetes, you may need to monitor your intake. Any raw honey isn’t recommended for children under one year of age, due to risk of botulism. Mānuka honey may also interact with certain chemotherapy drugs and other medicines. Seek medical advice if you’re unsure. 

Benefits of Purchasing Happy Valley Mānuka Honey


Mānuka - Sourced with Happiness:

We source the purest Mānuka honey from the most remote parts of New Zealand. Our beekeepers hike, drive, or helicopter to remote and isolated locations to reach our honey bees’ hives.

The result is raw, non-GMO unpasteurized Mānuka honey that we source, extract and pack ourselves to ensure quality and transparency. Shop our honey products USA-wide today.

Trusted and Traced from the hive to your home.

We can track each honey jar right back to its hive and location. When buying Mānuka honey from us, you’ll see your unique batch information printed on the label. You can also see the independent testing and Certified UMF (Unique Mānuka Factor) results for that jar of honey. The UMF ® Grading System is an independent association and industry best practice in New Zealand. It means we are audited to ensure we don’t just say our product meets the rating number you are buying - it does. To find out more about our grading systems, click here.

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