How to Use Manuka Honey

by MHeart

An article about the health benefits of manuka honey. Provides tips and advice on how to use it.

The health benefits of manuka honey are many and range from helping to heal skin infections to being a cure for sore throats and the common cold. Due to this, the popularity of manuka honey is rising steadily and it is frequently mentioned in the press. In fact, internet searches for the native New Zealand honey have been growing steadily for the past 6 years.

More and more people are using manuka honey and the release of more clinical studies around it is likely to make this honey more popular in the future and cause more people to search for the uses of this special type of honey.

How to Use Manuka Honey

There are two ways to use manuka honey and these can be categorized as topically and internally. The method that you choose depends on your reasons for using it and/or the health conditions that you are attempting to treat. Tips on how to apply manuka honey along with reasons for doing so are discussed below:


Topical application basically means applying it directly to your skin. You can apply it topically for short periods of time before washing it off or apply it to your skin and then cover it with a dressing for longer periods.

For skin conditions such as acne and eczema, you would apply it to your skin and allow it to sit for a few minutes before washing off. For example, if you had acne on your skin, you could make a honey face mask (just like any other type of face mask for cosmetic reasons) by rubbing manuka honey into your face in a circular motion.

If you have a skin infection or open wound, it would be better to cover that area of skin with the honey and then apply a dressing over it. Leave the dressing on for a few days before changing until you see results.


Another way to get the benefits of manuka honey is to consume it internally just like any other food. You can take it on it's on or mixed in with another food such as toast or cereal. Internal usage is more effective for sore throats and colds.

Manuka honey is readily available from health food stores but you can also buy manuka honey online at your convenience if it is not available locally. Also remember that the honey you purchase must be over UMF 10+ or else it will not have the appropriate anti-bacterial activity. By using the tips provided in this article you should be able to use manuka honey correctly for the treatment of common ailments such as sore throat, colds, acne and skin infections.

Updated: 02/17/2012, MHeart
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