Therapeutic Benefits of Manuka Honey

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There are many therapeutic and medical benefits to manuka honey. Manuka honey is highly effective at healing wounds and other injuries due to its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Unlike regular honey, manuka has the capability of combating the bacteria that infects a wound.

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What is manuka honey?

Manuka honey is a floral honey produced by bees that feed from the manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) native to New Zealand.

What is it used for?

Manuka honey can be used topically for skin conditions like burns, eczema and ringworm, or internally to treat strep throat, gastritis and stomach ulcers.


UMF stands for the “unique manuka factor” and is a rating of a honey's antibacterial property. The higher the honey is rated, the stronger its effectiveness.


Even when manuka honey is diluted more than 50 times it remains as powerful. Therefore, when applied to a wound it will remain resilient.

Treating MRSA

Manuka honey has been highly effective at destroying the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria. This staph infection is extremely resilient to some forms of antibiotics.

FDA Approval

As of 2009 the FDA had not recognised manuka honey as a drug; therefore, many products containing this honey do not have a UMF rating.

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