The Healing Powers of Manuka Honey

Manuka honey, like aloe vera, is one of those miracles of nature that heal many minor health problems. Only found in New Zealand, manuka honey is a byproduct of bees that feed on the flowers of the manuka bush or the New Zealand tea tree that naturally grew only on the east coast of the islands of New Zealand. The Maoris, the indigenous people of New Zealand, have been using this honey for all sorts of ailments by using the honey in their tea, as poultices, and dressings. The honey has been found to have a high level of antioxidants and strong antibacterial agents. Because of this, New Zealand has graded the Manuka honey according to its level of antioxidants and antibacterial properties, using what they call the UMF. The higher the UMF number the more potent it is in its healing properties. For topical healing uses, it is recommended that you use Manuka honey that has a UMF of 16 or higher. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. A UMF number of at least ten is required for the honey to be graded active Manuka honey meaning that it is appropriate to be used for its healing properties.

Bees feed on th manuka flower to produce Manuka honey.  Photo attribution: Creative Commons
Bees feed on th manuka flower to produce Manuka honey. Photo attribution: Creative Commons

When tests were done with Manuka honey, the healing properties are not diluted or diminished in the presence of heat, light, or human enzymes! It is one of the most natural medicines that are out there to help protect the skin from bacterial infections. The following are some home remedies using Manuka honey.

  • For sore throat, stomachaches, acid reflux – mix ½ tablespoon of Manuka honey with a cup of hot water and lemon, then drink.
  • For facial care to moisturize face and prevent acne, try a Manuka facial mask – mix whipped up egg whites from one egg, a tablespoon of Manuka honey and a little flour until you get a thick consistency. Apply to your face and keep mask on for 15 minutes.
  • For cuts or lacerations, apply Manuka Honey on wounds. If the wounds is deep,cover the wound with gauze after applying Manuka Honey. It's a good idea to keep treating the wound daily until the skin heals which can take anywhere from a week to a month depending on the severity.
  • Pimples – when it starts developing your skin will be red and bump because it's form just underneath, spot treat with Manuka honey overnight will reduce the inflamation. This is best with a UMF of 20.
  • For eczema, psoriasis, skin inflammations – apply Manuka honey directly on the skin inflammation, cover the lesions overnight. Keep applying the Manuka honey until it's gone or drastically reduced.
  • Sunburns and minor burns – apply Manuka honey directly on burn area.


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TattoGuy 6 years ago

Methinks I gotta get out my money for da honey, great hub !

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ceciliabeltran 6 years ago from New York

This honey business on the face really works!

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi Tatto, good to see you! Manuka is one of those things that you should have in the pantry. It has so many uses.

Hi Cecilia! The facial mask not only works great, it smells good! Thanks for visiting.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

We love honey at our house and will have to try some of this one. Good hub.

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ThoughtfulSpot 6 years ago from PA

This is a really interesting hub! Thanks for posting. I'm at work, and can't read it all now, but I've got it bookmarked to come back to. Thanks!

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Thanks Pamela and ThoughtfulSpot.

@Pamela, I think you'll find the Manuka honey delicious and potent.

@ThoughfulSpot. I'm tickled that you bookmarked it. It's the first time someone' said that to me!

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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

Great Hub! I got some Bee caps capsules once, and they really helped. Great info! I'd much rather have a natural remedy than a manufactured one! I'll be back!

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haaris_1 6 years ago

Great Hub , Nice information. Thanks for sharing :)

Raz 6 years ago

I wonder whether it works for people suffering from bad breath??

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Thanks for the update on Manuka honey - I had no idea and need to get hold of some - sounds delicious also.

Gina_ M 4 years ago

Im from NZ and the Manuka honey works wonders, i got over my flu/sore throat in two days after taking 3 cups of lemon and manuka honey a day, its so beneficial. Im off to try the facial

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