For thousands of years, people have relied on natural ingredients and home remedies to combat minor illness and strengthen their immune systems.
When it comes to a bout of cold or the seasonal flu, raw and organic honey has been at the forefront playing nutritional and healing roles. As an antioxidant and an antimicrobial agent, it works alongside the immunity system to tackle seasonal triggers.
Manuka honey stands out with distinct curative properties and Methylglyoxal (MGO). This bioactive compound fights infections caused by viruses and bacteria.
The Manuka honey we produce at Biosota has been scientifically tested and classified as high-grade due to the therapeutic levels of MGO in our honey.
Manuka Honey Benefits for Colds & Flu
Viruses are responsible for the stuffy nose, chills, bouts of fever, and sore throat that you experience with changing weather.
These are not treatable with a course of antibiotics. You let it run its course using over-the-counter nasal drops and lozenges to ease the discomfort.
A safer and easier way to get cured and ward off future infections is to enlist the help of Manuka honey. According to a US study, Manuka was better than other therapeutic honey at obstructing the influenza virus from replicating.
The researchers concluded that using Manuka along with known antiviral drugs strengthened the body’s defense mechanism. In fact, the WHO has recommended using honey to combat common colds and influenza.
Manuka Honey Benefits for Sore Throats
With immune-boosting compounds and high MGO content, Manuka is in a class of its own. With nectar-based DHA turning into MGO during storage, its curative properties are enhanced
Sore throat is a viral illness while severe cases are likely caused by Strep bacteria. Throat lozenges provide temporary relief at best. In either case, you end up reaching for painkillers and finally antibiotics.
Consuming health-grade Manuka honey is an effective and healthier option (with antibiotic resistance becoming increasingly common).
Manuka Honey Benefits for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Painkillers and decongestants can only help so much for upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) including sinusitis and bronchitis.
As some of these URTIs are caused by Staph bacteria, Manuka can work wonders by attacking the biofilm.
Medical practitioners from Oxford university recommend honey for superior care in treating infections that affect the nose, larynx, and sinus.
According to this study, patients were given either Manuka honey or saline nasal irrigation over 30 days. High MGO honey derived from Manuka nectar provides better outcomes in terms of unclogging the nose and easing other symptoms.
Benefits of Manuka Honey for Bacterial Coughs
Manuka honey may be a preferable method to ease cough and sleep difficulty in children with upper respiratory tract infections.
Both WHO and the American Academy of Pediatrics have endorsed the use of honey to combat bacterial coughs.
In this 2010 study, 139 children were given three different cough treatments. A single dose of honey, cough suppressants like dextromethorphan (DM) and diphenhydramine (DPH), and one placebo was administered.
The aim was to see improvements in cough severity, cough frequency, and child-parent sleep.
The results revealed that honey was significantly superior at reducing coughs and resulting discomfort. Parents also reported significantly better sleep compared to using cough medications like Benadryl.
Medicinal Manuka Honey – MGO Grades Explained
Premium medicinal Manuka honey is defined as high-grade MGO Manuka honey that is scientifically tested for its curative compounds such as antioxidants, bioflavonoids, and immune-boosting enzymes.
This honey presents higher levels of MGO (Methylglyoxal) when compared to table-grade Manuka honey and is naturally bio-active with anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties for the holistic prevention and treatment of various health ailments.
Commonly known uses include burns, wounds, infection, oral care, ulcers, gut health, cold & flu, sore throat, cough, immunity building, general well-being, and beauty and skincare.
The higher the MGO number of the Manuka Honey, the stronger its antimicrobial bioactivity levels and the more potent the natural medicinal benefits.
The MGO levels of Biosota’s high-strength medicinal Manuka honey ranges are regularly tested and verified authentic by independent accredited laboratories both in Australia and New Zealand.
How to Use and Apply Medicinal Manuka Honey
Medicinal Manuka honey usage and dosage suggestions made are based on our own direct experience, from feedback received and collated from real customers, and from the latest published scientific journals and research papers.
Dosage and individual results may vary. Please consult your healthcare provider before beginning any treatment and if symptoms persist. (Allergy advice: honey should not be consumed by children under the age of 1 and people with allergies to honey or bee products).
How to use Manuka honey for Colds and Flu
Keep a jar of medicinal-grade Manuka honey handy in the medicine cabinet for winters and flu season.
Aim to use honey in the mid-to-high MGO or Non Peroxide Activity range. The higher the number, the greater the antibacterial bioactivity levels and the more potent the medicinal benefits.
And oral use of high-grade honey will provide faster relief from nasal and chest congestion or prevent it from getting worse.
Enjoy as-is or make warm honey tea with lemon, ginger or immune-boosting herbs and spices.
Just be sure to avoid overheating our medicinal Manuka as high temperatures can destroy essential enzymes, particularly MGO.
How to Use Manuka Honey for Bacterial Coughs
As with most oral uses, we recommend starting on a higher dose of Manuka Honey at the peak of the cold or infection: ingest one to two teaspoons twice daily, reducing to one teaspoon per day as symptoms improve.
Continue with an Everyday Strength Manuka honey to regenerate and maintain health and to rebuild immunity.
How to Use Manuka Honey for Sore Throats
Biosota’s Manuka Honey Range – MGO 300+ to 990+ takes care of persistent symptoms and provides relief to a scratchy and aching throat.
Dissolve a spoonful of Manuka honey in a glass of warm water. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, stir, let cool, and gargle. Repeat 1-2 times a day.
Manuka honey benefits for congestion or sinus infection
For congestion or sinus infection, try adding a few drops of pure Manuka honey to a warm steam vaporiser or to saline nose rinses.
At Biosota Organics, our passion lies in the natural healing power of Manuka honey.
Our premium Australian Manuka Honey is cultivated by nature with a whole lot of science and love as our secret ingredients.