How to use manuka honey to treat sinus infections

Updated November 21, 2016

Manuka honey is honey made from the pollen of manuka bush flowers. Cultivated in New Zealand, the unpasteurised, raw honey contains beneficial antibacterial compounds. According to studies conducted by Dr. Peter Molan of Waikato Univeristy, regular doses of manuka honey can kill infectious bacteria such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus and Helicobacter pylori. As such, it has become a popular alternative remedy for skin ulcerations, acne, sore throats, staph infections, sinus infections and treatment of the common cold.

Measure 1 cup distilled water into a microwaveable bowl, and place in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Alternatively, heat the water in a small sauce pan to near boiling.

Remove the water from the oven. Add ¼ tsp standard table salt and stir until the salt has dissolved completely.

Add 1 tsp raw manuka honey to the salt water and stir until thoroughly blended.

Cover the salt and honey mixture and allow it to cool to room temperature. Then transfer the solution to a sterile bottle and seal tightly. Add a label describing the contents and the date it was made.

Use the honey solution as antibacterial nose drops to help counter a sinus infection. To apply the drops, wipe the end of a bulb syringe or eye dropper with alcohol to chemically sterilise the surface. Insert the sterilised end into the bottle of drops, and draw out a small amount of liquid. Tilt your head back and insert the tip of the filled syringe into one nostril. Dispense approximately 10 drops of medication into each nostril.

Reapply the treatment as often as necessary, and store any unused portion of nose drops in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.


If you can’t tolerate nose drops, add 1 tbsp manuka honey to 1 cup of hot tea three to five times per day. The tea infusion isn't as effective as the nose drops; however, steam from the tea can comfort irritated nasal tissues, and the antibacterial properties from the honey can bolster the immune system and help the body fight infection.


Do not give honey to infants under 1 year as it may cause infant botulism.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp manuka honey
  • Sterile bottle
  • Bulb syringe or eye dropper
  • Alcohol
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Lisa Parris is a writer and former features editor of "The Caldwell County News." Her work has also appeared in the "Journal of Comparative Parasitology," "The Monterey County Herald" and "The Richmond Daily News." In 2012, Parris was honored with awards from the Missouri Press Association for best feature story, best feature series and best humor series.