Why You'll Be All Abuzz About Manuka Honey

by Ellen Pope
Consider Manuka honey the powerful, ultra-healthy cousin of the everyday honey sitting in your pantry right now —it's making headlines as the next superfood. From New Zealand, created specifically by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, this particular honey’s strong health credentials, antibacterial properties, and beauty benefits have drastically popularized the sticky sweet stuff anew. Here's why you need to get ahold of some Manuka honey yourself.

Manuka Honey's Top Health Benefits


It's Nutritionally Loaded

Manuka honeyResearch claims that Manuka honey can offer up to four times the nutritional value of your average off-the-shelf convenience store honey, so when you consume it, you can nearly quadruple your intake of key vitamins and minerals including, B vitamins, iron, zinc and potassium.
Health Tip: Include Manuka honey as part of your breakfast routine by spreading on toast or crumpets, creating Greek honey yogurt to add to your muesli.

It Can Treat Sore Throats and Colds

The antibacterial benefits of the honey can help soothe and treat the onset of sore throats and colds.
Health Tip: Add a spoonful of honey to warm water as a soothing drink, or take 1 neat teaspoon of honey to sooth an aching throat.

It Can Alleviate Allergies

Many studies have claimed that increasing the amount of honey in your diet may overtime help to lower the symptoms of pollen-related allergies.
Manuka honeyHealth Tip: Add Manuka honey to your smoothies or your tea as a natural sweetener.

Beauty Benefits

Manuka honey is being used as a leading ingredient in many new beauty and skin products for its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, moisturising, and healing benefits.
Beauty Tip: Add Manuka honey to your homemade facepacks or use directly on red or inflamed skin as a soothing treatment. Leave on for 10 minutes, then remove the honey with warm water.

Buy Real Honey Only 

Be aware, real Manuka honey only comes from New Zealand and will have a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating of 10+, which measures it's potency. Other alternatives may not have the same effectiveness. And FYI: People who have allergies to bees must use Manuka honey with extreme caution.

Ellen Pope is a food writer, Instagram snapper, and ex-carnivore. For pescatarian meal prep ideas, check out her blog, Being Pescatarian.

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