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Benefits of Manuka Honey

August 21, 2019

Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine and founder of Today I want to talk to you about the incredible benefits
of manuka honey and how you can use it to cure certain illnesses and really support
the body in many different ways. Manuka honey has been used throughout areas
of New Zealand and Australia for a really long time. The incredible thing about manuka
honey is in certain cases it tends to be about four times more nutrient-dense in terms of
its healing compounds than regular floral honeys. You’ve heard me talk about before the benefits
of raw honey and local honey. Well, manuka honey is even more powerful. I’m going to
go through all of those benefits here, but the reason why manuka honey is so beneficial
is because it tends to be much higher in certain types of enzymes that create a type of hydrogen
peroxide or phenols, these phytonutrients that you’re going to find in manuka honey. So again, it has very powerful antimicrobial
properties. There are several things it’s great for treating, and one of those things
is SIBO, that small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. So if you have bad bacteria growing in your
small intestine, oftentimes that’s caused by bad bacteria growing like H. pylori in
your stomach and not having enough stomach acid. Actually manuka honey is effective at
treating that. This is actually a brand of manuka honey I’ve
used. There’s a few other brands here, and you can see it says “20 Plus Bioactive Manuka
Honey.” Again, you want to be looking for manuka honey that’s typically . . . it depends
on how you’re using it. If you’re using it for treating something temporarily, you typically
want to go about 16 to 20 Plus. If you’re just consuming it in your food and want those
benefits, you typically want to go with a 10 Plus or less when you’re actually looking
at the activity rating there. That’s how strong those phenol-like compounds are. When you’re actually taking this, the recommended
dosage is never more than one tablespoon at a time. In fact, with most of my patients
I recommend they do one teaspoon twice a day when they’re using manuka honey, but it’s
great, just a little bit of sweetener there, that you can add as well. Again, it’s great for small intestinal bacterial
overgrowth. It’s also very great in treating ulcers. If you have ulcers or stomach issues,
this is the best sweetener to use and using it as a supplement, one teaspoon twice a day. It’s also powerful at eliminating allergies
and a sore throat. One of the most common treatments for a sore throat is raw honey
and lemon. Well, manuka honey is even more effective than regular honey. I recommend
mixing a little bit of lemon essential oil with manuka honey and swallowing that probably
about three to four times a day, and it can help soothe a sore throat. The other thing that this is really effective
for is treating acne and eczema. In fact, if you have acne or eczema, I recommend making
an ointment at home using manuka honey along with essential oils like tea tree oil and
geranium oil. Mixing these together is a very powerful treatment for acne. With eczema you
also want to add a little shea butter, and that will help keep it on the area even longer
and actually help really hydrate that area. Also, here’s one of the most incredible things
about manuka honey. It’s been used effectively in the treatment of MRSA. MRSA is a type of
bacterial infection that tends to be antibiotic-resistant. It’s antibiotic-resistant, and manuka honey
has natural antibiotics that can actually kill off MRSA. That’s just another powerful
effect. And last but not least, wounds. If you have
a cut or a burn of any type, I recommend using manuka honey. If you have an open infection,
put manuka honey on the area. This is how it’s been used for thousands of years. It
was used by the early Egyptians. It was used by the Chinese. It’s referenced throughout
history as well in many different ways. But again, manuka honey should be used in treating
wounds as well. You want to be looking for that different rating system that I talked
about and typically one teaspoon twice a day. So again, try manuka honey. I will say this.
It’s a little bit spendy. You have to spend more on it, but the healing benefits, if you
have any one of those conditions, are worth it. And hey, if you don’t have one of those
conditions and you just want to experience the benefits of honey, then buy raw local
honey from your local farmer’s market. Raw local honey that isn’t manuka honey still
has tremendous benefits, especially if it’s raw and local. And hey guys, if you’ve enjoyed this video
on the many benefits of manuka honey, make sure you check out the article I wrote on
manuka honey here on as well as our YouTube page. You can subscribe there
and check out more of my natural healing remedies there as well. Hey guys, this has been Dr. Axe with the many
benefits of manuka honey.


  • Reply Sridhar krishnappa navanertham March 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    i am having pyoderma gangrenosum wound in my lower left leg since 2 years, and is not healing. has any one been cured this type of wound completely with menuka honey.. if so i will use this.

  • Reply Karol Kress March 11, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Great for everything

  • Reply Jade Rose March 12, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Thankyou Dr Axe. My Egyptian friend recommended Honey for sore throats and it really does work. As a qualified nurse we used honey soaks for deep bedsores and this helped with granulation, the production of new cells. Good for wounds generally speaking!

  • Reply raat kana March 13, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Dr, I'm wondering if Manuka Honey would help to smooth wrinkles especially laugh-lines? Thanks

  • Reply aligator_k aligator_k March 14, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Hello Dr. Josh Axe, I have a question..some People say a daily tea spoon of honey in a Cup of warm water would help healing same time some other people say honey is very bad for gastiritis since it is sweat… so now I'm not sure which group is right? would be very gratefull for your advise!!

  • Reply Altex lan March 15, 2018 at 7:19 am

    According to honey expert, you must eat local honey. so if you leave in Malaysia, no point eating USA honey, google for more info.

  • Reply March 16, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Manuka Honey and Jelly Bush Honey Domain Names FOR SALE – to dominate the market.


    "Its only the giving that makes you what you are." – Jethro Tull.

    Thanks Dr Axe.

  • Reply America Bless God March 28, 2018 at 12:20 am

    This may heal Hpylori baceteira, but doesn't this feed Candida and parasites? Let me know!

  • Reply Igbo Thunder April 6, 2018 at 3:10 am

    I wanna try some to see if it’ll aid me with digestion, can someone tell me which brand to get? And just briefly explain this whole umf thing lol?

  • Reply Best Product Review Labs April 7, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    HelpFul video 🙂

  • Reply Bongiwe Mlotana April 11, 2018 at 10:58 am

    dr i have stomach i am wondering if i do not get this manuka honey, i used another honey i am going to be healed?

  • Reply Lauraqueen F April 11, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    It helped me with my dry thickly cough

  • Reply plezx29 April 15, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Have you got any proof that this honey can fight MRSA

  • Reply Besa65 April 27, 2018 at 3:02 am

    What do you mean by 'local'? I always see raw but never local. And why is local important? Thanks!

  • Reply Borislav Yordanov May 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    What egyptians when this honey is only in Australia and New Zeland ?

  • Reply J Jarvis May 23, 2018 at 2:04 am

    manuka honey is one of the most favorite food of vocal coaches and singers

  • Reply slash2jimi June 5, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    This cured my cancer. I had tons of cancer and tried one tablespoon of it and it immediately killed every cancer cell in my body. I just mixed it with Kombucha, garcinia cambogia, turmeric, apple cider vinegar and everything I see on tv and put it all in a blender. I drank it once and it cured my cancer and my chiwawas cancer. My dick grew 7" and I got a six pack all from this one time I tried my manuka shake.

  • Reply CasualAgent June 22, 2018 at 12:32 am

    If Manuka Honey 🍯 is from New Zealand, how did the Ancient Egyptians get hold of it, Egypt Air wasn’t founded till May 1932.

  • Reply abir H July 5, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I bought it today. But mine says 400+
    What does that mean ?

  • Reply Haidee Lum July 5, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Dr. Axe can I use what's available @ Costco on wounds. Like human bites, dog bites etc.? Pls respond asap. Thank u Sir!

  • Reply KidsWith ACamera July 10, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Will manukau honey kill good bacteria

  • Reply Daniel Mercado July 13, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Should i use the 30+ or is that too much

  • Reply mint July 20, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    manuka honey completely cured my staph infection that broad spectrum antibiotics didnt touch

  • Reply Muhammad Alam August 5, 2018 at 8:45 am

    kindly do a video on H.pylori. natural remedies for its treatment.

  • Reply Rebeca V August 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Hello Dr. Which is the best brand in Us? and what is better for acne Manuka honey or the oil?

  • Reply Jay Dee August 14, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Can you use it with vitamin E oil

  • Reply Batcat August 15, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Just don't buy fake Australian honey!

  • Reply Benji Banks August 28, 2018 at 1:27 am

    My 13 yr old son has mono. Would this help him get better?

  • Reply Metro Alphie August 29, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Is that umf or mgo honey?

  • Reply Crazy World September 2, 2018 at 9:10 am

    why is an american spruking for manuka honey which is aussie honey. i turned the video off when i started hearing the flowery over the top language like incredible and amazing and all those words americans use in their over excited speels. please.

  • Reply angels are in heaven September 2, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Is eating raw honey with the comb safe to eat

  • Reply angels are in heaven September 2, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    I wish he was my doctor because i have trust issues i dont trust a lot of doctors…….. now of days they would tell you any ol darn thing

  • Reply c Dollaz September 5, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Organic manuka honey for 20$ at

  • Reply Wilfried Schuler September 9, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Hydrogen peroxyde is cytotoxic. It has nothing to do in the body. The body is fighting against it with the enzyme catalase. So this message is just ignorant and stupid. One molecule catalase destroys 10 mio molecules per second. So the famous honey will be finished off in no time at all.
    Any honey has disinfecting properties if put on a wound. Due to osmosis it takes the water out of any microorganism.
    He forgot to mention that the famous honey is also useful fighting Zika, Anthrax, Ebola and mad cow desease.

    Here is the prayer of a midwest sales man:

    Dear Lord. Please help me to keep my damn´d mouth shut
    until I know what I´m talking about.

  • Reply Wilfried Schuler September 9, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Manuka honey is used since thousands of years.

    The problem is that New Zealand was uninhabited til 1300. My the kiwi birds used it?

  • Reply JckSwan September 22, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    I was blind and now I can seeeeeahhh falls off cliff

  • Reply From Chronic To Cure September 28, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    If you go to a "Marshalls" they have close out deals from gourmet food shops and suppliers.
    I found the "BioSota Organics" Manuka Honey VERY INEXPENSIVE.

  • Reply Ranek Inpinewoods September 30, 2018 at 3:46 pm


  • Reply Absolute Genius October 6, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    People say Manuka honey has an acquired taste.
    I loved it when I had the first spoon of it.

  • Reply S J October 8, 2018 at 4:18 am

    My question is… this honey worth the outrageous price!!!!????? $25.00 for a small jar of 5 ounces just seems like a total rip off when i can get 32 ounces of raw unfiltered wild flower honey for the same price

  • Reply insanemaori October 14, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Tbh all umf honey really gave me is a headache cause I had to take out a second mortgage and almost lost my house…

  • Reply Butterfly Divas October 15, 2018 at 2:20 am

    What brands of manuka honey do you suggest that’s best Dr. Josh?

  • Reply Sara Qasim October 18, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Can kidney patients on dialysis have manuka honey plz

  • Reply HAR H October 19, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you Dr.

  • Reply milkshooter75 October 24, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Can I axe u a question..!??

  • Reply L.I.F.E Project October 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I use honey clover high dessert for my gerd, more info text me whatsapp +628158936622

  • Reply Rivers_of_Blood Marshal November 4, 2018 at 3:11 am

    My dog has a deep open wound and I can't afford to go to the vet. Can this be used for her wound ?

  • Reply Ediane Voltaire November 12, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Does anyone know what type of honey is honey from Haiti? My uncle brings it to America. It's solid in cold temperatures and not as smooth as storebrought honey

  • Reply mixedandnot November 14, 2018 at 3:51 am

    Thank you for this informative video. Well researched and delivery was to the point. Which brand do you, Dr. Axe, or anyone else recommends?

  • Reply jake b November 17, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Hi, I am wondering about Manuka Honey's effect on probiotic gut bacteria. Does use of Manuka honey also kill off beneficial bacteria and enzymes, much like regular antibiotics? Thanks

  • Reply Chris Bradley November 23, 2018 at 7:12 am

    FYI….quality is not cheap

  • Reply Donald Bronson December 1, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Would Manuka Honey be good for inflamed Esophagus. If so, what strength.?

  • Reply Amber S December 8, 2018 at 2:49 am

    This is a great product! I've been sick for about a week and I got some more from amazon yesterday. My cold feels better today. I just have a sore throat but it helps to sooth it when I take it.

  • Reply Romeo Delicious Smoothies December 9, 2018 at 4:44 am

    I have subscribed from his emails for more than two years, and love how interested he has been informing prople, with real facts and educative. You doing a good job! Thank you for passing on every information, so detailed it to understand and learn well. God bless you. I get my manuka oil at whose food, but it is pretty expensive.!

  • Reply Hamida Al Shukairi December 11, 2018 at 10:37 am

    can it be use for 2years old baby…..

  • Reply Tam Poh Poh December 21, 2018 at 12:16 am

    I am using Comvita Manuka honey 10+ and 5+ so far so good….

  • Reply CineFutbol By Scarlos December 28, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    I found $300 manuka honey and $30 same company except one has more of something

  • Reply SUBHANALLAH WABIHAMDIHI December 30, 2018 at 1:21 am

    And your Lord inspired to the bee, "Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct. ۝ Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you]." There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.
    — Surat An-Nahl 16:68-69

  • Reply jai sarmiento January 1, 2019 at 2:10 am

    I get a crazy sore dry throat at night im not sure why, could tbis be inflammation from an infection? And would this help ? ?

  • Reply Uneak Tershai January 2, 2019 at 6:38 am

    It’s pretty affordable at Marshall’s 💕✨

  • Reply Sandy Villaver January 9, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I am living in Philippines.where I can order your manuka honey product?

  • Reply Mohammed Ali January 14, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Is it good for sex 🤔🤗

  • Reply A Zed January 14, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    its great for hangovers bro

  • Reply yjohnny y January 21, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Is that good for IBS?

  • Reply lynette Tillery January 23, 2019 at 12:28 am

    I have munuka honey blend mgo 30 it great too. Diabetic, bio active 24 Manuka to.

  • Reply moog Dome January 24, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Could you please make yourself more clear on your videos. Is swallowing essential oils not dangerous?. Also, you talk about acne, do you swallow or rub it on your skin?. Thank you.

  • Reply Ines Cervantes January 29, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    What benefits can it do for herpes?

  • Reply My Youtube Passion February 4, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Could this tipe of honey help with a scalp infection like seboreic dermatitis?I have a bad scalp infection and I need something natural to help cause I am alergic to certain medicines.

  • Reply sapna kumari February 6, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I can use manuka honey 15+ in place of 20+ …both have the same effect ?

  • Reply Shane Tillman February 10, 2019 at 4:55 am

    I bought the honey for a facial pimple which it did nothing for but only on day 2. I also had an ulcer which went away almost instantly.

  • Reply Theresa Cox February 15, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Dr. Axe is an awesome and caring person. His info that he shares is a blessing. Can anyone tell me which brand of Manuka Honey is the best and real thing?

  • Reply drweetabix February 15, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Does wonders for stauner rigidity

  • Reply Francis McDonald February 17, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    i lost my voice after surgery i took manuka honey now voice back to normal

  • Reply Clinique Cottingham February 24, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Omg! I have H. Pylori and I will try this. I was told about mastic gum for H. Pylori as well. Will do this for 30 days and hopefully it will be gone.

  • Reply Pris Dre February 27, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Manukas the best

  • Reply MJ MJ March 3, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Babylon and Sumerian people first used honey

  • Reply adolfina Chavez March 3, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Hi doctor. Can I used manuka honey for my 4 month old baby eczema? Thank you so much for all the information on this video.

  • Reply Ninja Asian lad March 11, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I have tea daily. Would it be advisable to mix one tsp of honey with my tea everyday to boost immunity/prevent illness?

  • Reply PungiFungi March 13, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I have this real vicious recurring dermatitis on my face (just my luck) for the past couple of months, The moment one breakout heals, another breakout appears else where…a constant back and forth. The steroid cream that I got via a prescription from a previous breakout didn't do anything and I tried everything…zinc oxide, creams for dermatitis, et etc. I heard about the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of honey and did a little research on the web which lead me to raw Manuka honey. I do not use any products base on it as I believe it dilute the effectiveness of the honey itself. I put the raw honey, as is, on the affected area. That place immediately feels better and the comfort last for as long the honey is there…it doesn't evaporate or get absorb like cream does. It actually acted like a seal of sort and the dermatitis finally disappeared. I have to see how effective this is long term, as now when I see my skin breaking out again, I applied the honey and it seem to stop the breakout dead in its track and it started healing immediately.

  • Reply Janice Nixon April 4, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    placebo effect

  • Reply Aizen Sousuke April 6, 2019 at 12:45 am

    What about kidneys? Does it help kill infections or any sort of bacteria?

  • Reply Jason Lant April 10, 2019 at 8:20 am

    I love a nice big teaspoon in my morning coffee, tastes great and I feel like I get less colds now.

  • Reply Gio XRP April 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Excellent video!! Thank you Dr Axe!!

  • Reply Monika Choudhary April 22, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    My almost 3yrs son always suffers from cough & cold. I'm giving him 1tsp sidr Yemeni honey everyday. But don't notice any effect. Now I want to start manuka honey. Can u plz tell me, Upto which umf manuka honey is sufficient for him?

  • Reply Nicki Minaj April 30, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I have 250+

  • Reply Ghada Abusalah May 3, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Is this honey fihgt cancer

  • Reply Houda Gorman May 7, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Why my daughter have caught one spoon it will stop it 👊👊👊

  • Reply Review Central May 15, 2019 at 1:42 am

    I found one for $16.99 it a tiny jar

  • Reply suha Malik May 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    is it true manuka lightens your eye colour?

  • Reply chim91 May 27, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    It doesn’t work against Propionibacterium acnes so it’s not effective in acne treatment but might work on staph aureus

  • Reply Luisa Moore June 7, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Does it worsen or help kill candida? Given that it’s a yeast?

  • Reply Maira Quinones June 15, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    How much would you recommend for children? For topical use how much would you use in a mix?

  • Reply Flash June 26, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    With all these wonder cures on YouTube it is a wonder there are any diseases left. How many things can you chase at a give time?

  • Reply annette norris June 30, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Neila Seepaul July 6, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Hi can I use it on my face for rosacea , dry cracked itchy skin, along with malasma

  • Reply Chevis Darby July 10, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Did he say, "most black patients" or, "Misty of my patients" ?

  • Reply Lori Roth July 11, 2019 at 5:24 am

    My friend has diverticulitis, which one should he have?
    Where do we order this?
    I’d like to get a newsletter from this company.
    I have major stomach issues,
    which one should I use # wise?
    Thank you. 🙏
    P.S. Can you also give us a recipe to use it. Thank!

  • Reply li ping July 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Bio active ranking for manuka honey is not real Manuka honey and the honey u are holding is banned by New Zealand government in 2016. When u buy Manuka honey you need to see if there is MGO ranking or UMFranking

  • Reply Travis N. August 6, 2019 at 8:10 am

    It’s said that true natural Manuka Honey won’t be sold as being above 16%. Apparently the 20+ % can only be achieved by boiling the raw honey. Which in turn might be taking away from some of the other active agents of the honey.

  • Reply Primo 420 August 14, 2019 at 4:26 am

    If I have like scars on my face and forehead from pimples that I kept picking at, do u think applying this topically would help..? If so, how long should I leave it on?
    Since it’s SO expensive, I’d like to leave it on as long as possible… but it’d be nice to know, at what point does it become “too long” to where your not getting the benefits anymore.. or at least not as much? 🤔
    Thanks in advance !

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