We know that the raw, unprocessed honey has numerous benefits for the overall health. However, recently, Australian scientists have found out a type of honey that eliminates all bacteria.

The findings showed that Manuka honey, which is also known as jelly bush honey, is more effective than antibiotics and can significantly fight antibiotic-resistant superbugs. It has been used to treat numerous health issues, from relieving sore throat and digestive issues to treating infections and gingivitis.


Some of the most common health benefits of Manuka honey include:

1. Helps treat acid reflux, low stomach acid and SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)

Acid reflux, low stomach acid and small intestine bacterial overgrowth are common issues today. Due to its antibacterial properties, Manuka honey is effective in treating these health disorders. In addition, it is beneficial for lowering acid reflux and regulating stomach acid to treat intestine and stomach imbalances.

2. Helps treat eczema and acne

Thanks to its healing and antimicrobial properties, Manuka honey is effective in treating various skin conditions, such as eczema and acne. Studies show that Manuka honey is also effective in treating AD lesions. Therefore, apply Manuka honey on the affected places and let it acts for several minutes. Then, wash it off with water and gentle soap.

Use this remedy on a daily basis to treat eczema and acne.

3. Fights staph infections

According to the researchers, Manuka honey can regulate the genes of MRSA. Applying Manuka honey topically on cuts and skin infection on a regular basis can keep MRSA bacteria at a bay.

4. Helps treat ulcers, wounds and burns

According to the researchers, Manuka honey helps treat wounds in acute cases, relieve burns and reduce inflammatory processes. In addition, thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, Manuka honey can prevent skin infections in patients with ulcers. It has been also shown to be effective in promoting wound healing.

5. Prevents gingivitis and tooth decay

Studies found out that Manuka honey can treat periodontal disease and gingivitis. Due to its antimicrobial properties, sucking or chewing Manuka honey can reduce plague by 30 % and reduce bleeding in people with gingivitis by 35 %.

6. Aids inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Consuming Manuka honey provides protection against colonic damage. In addition, it reduces colonic inflammation and restores lipid peroxidation.

7. Improves sore throat and immune system

Consuming Manuka honey hinders the development of sore throat-causing bacteria. In addition, it is used to reduce inflammation of the throat caused by chemotherapy.

8. Promotes better sleep

Manuka honey helps promote better sleep. Moreover, it stimulates the production of glycogen, which is necessary for performing the functions of the body during sleep. Sleep can be promoted by adding Manuka honey to milk before going to bed, as it stimulates the production of melatonin in the brain that is crucial for better sleep.

Many health disorders have been related to poor sleep quality, like heart disease, diabetes type 2, arthritis and stroke. As honey is shown to promote better sleep, it also aids in reducing the risk of these health issues.


Manuka honey is produced by bees pollinating on the nectar of tea trees native to New Zealand and Australia and Manuka bushes native to New Zealand.

In the findings, scientists found out that this type of honey can eliminate all bacteria or pathogens. In addition, Manuka honey can be applied topically to help treat skin infections, cuts, bruises and bug bites, or it can be taken by mouth.

One of the most significant benefits of Manuka honey is that the super bugs it eliminated were not able to boost the immune system, a common issues with the antibiotics we use today. According to Dr. Dee Carter, a professor of Microbial Biosciences, new antibiotics have a short shelf life, so the bacteria they fight can become resistant. He thinks that Manuka honey is rich in methyglyoxal, a compound, which in combination with other compounds, gets rid of bacteria.


For better results, you should take 1 – 2 tablespoons of Manuka honey on a daily basis. You can take it straight. However, if it is too sweet, you can add it to your tea or yoghurt.


You can buy Manuka honey in all health food stores or online. However, as fake Manuka honey production has been reported, it is best to look for UMF-certified Manuka honey when buying it. The term UMF means Unique Manuka Factor, which is honey derived for the unique Manuka bushes in New Zealand.

Even though further research is needed, it is safe to use Manuka honey for treating and preventing one of the most common health issues in the 21st century.