10 Surprising Benefits of Manuka Honey

Hey, guys. Dr. Josh Axe here. Welcome to Ancient Medicine Today. Today I’m going to be talking about my favorite
pantry item, Manuka honey. Manuka honey has been used as medicine for
hundreds of years. Also, it’s been used as food. So we’ll talk about the many benefits here. And actually, I think this is one of the best
sweeteners. If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth yet
not cause candida that overgrow in your body, this is the best sweetener in nature. And Manuka honey itself is actually created
by bees in New Zealand, okay, very, very popular honey that comes out of New Zealand. It tends to be a little bit more spendy. But I will tell you that because of all of
the incredible benefits, it can often times be worth the price you pay for Manuka honey. Here are some nutrition facts and some things
you got to remember about honey. One of the questions I get a lot is, “Well
I thought honey has sugar and sugar is bad for me.” You have to remember that sugar is not a villain. Isolated sugar consumed in too high amounts
is a villain to your body. It causes chronic inflammation, causes yeast
and bad bacteria overgrowth. So it’s all about getting sugar in its real
food form in small amounts throughout your day. For instance, here is a great example. Blueberries are an incredible antioxidant-rich
food that contains sugar. But because it has antioxidants and enzymes
and nutrients and some fiber, it doesn’t affect your body the negative way. It’s typically just good for you. Same goes with Manuka honey. Manuka honey typically contains over 200 types
of microbes. It has different antiseptic properties. It’s loaded with enzymes. It has some B vitamins and other things I’ll
share with you right now. As you can see here Manuka honey actually
contains amino acids, so the building blocks of proteins, contains B vitamins, calcium,
copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc and four times that of normal
flower honey of many of these nutrients especially in terms of its antibacterial agent. So you can see here, Manuka honey is probably
the most nutrient dense of all types of honey you could ever consume. And here are some natural treatments that
might surprise you about a Manuka honey or some conditions it helps. Number one is SIBO, that’s small intestinal
bacterial overgrowth, low stomach acid and acid reflux. Now there are studies showing that specifically
the things that are found in Manuka honey actually can keep ulcers at bay and actually
kill H. pylori bacteria, bad bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. And also I would say of all the sweeteners
you could consume with SIBO, this is probably the least damaging to the body. So SIBO, low stomach acid, acid reflux, Manuka
honey is a great natural remedy. Now with consuming Manuka honey, I typically
just recommend a single teaspoon at a time or a loaded teaspoon and that’s it. You don’t want to do several tablespoons or
a fourth of a cup or loads and loads of honey, but about a loaded teaspoon whether it’s mixed
in tea or part of a dessert or I’ll tell you just a great dessert. Hey, mix a little Manuka honey a teaspoon
with a tablespoon of almond butter and it is a delicious dessert, so good, I think you’ll
love it. So SIBO, one great natural treatment is doing
Manuka honey. Number two is acne and eczema. Acne, my favorite natural treatment for acne
is mixing Manuka honey in tea tree oil or Manuka honey and Manuka essential oil. Mixing those together, rubbing it on the face,
letting it sit for two minutes and then washing it off. Actually Manuka honey fights Staph aureus,
a certain type of bacteria that is the root cause of acne. It also can help balance your overall amount
of the oil your skin produces and helps with sebaceous gland and things like. So again it’s a great acne fighter. Also, it’s great for eczema. You know if somebody has eczema, I recommend
mixing geranium oil with Manuka oil or with . . . geranium oil with Manuka honey, rubbing
it on the area, letting it sit there for a time as well, maybe an hour or two and then
washing it off. It’s a great thing to do there. Or you can mix a little Manuka honey in with
something like a shea butter, beeswax and olive oil and actually rub it in the area
and just leave it on there permanently. But Manuka honey is often found in different
types of wound treatments or wound ointments that are good for treating wounds. Number three, it is great for staph infection. I mentioned Staph aureus which is a bacteria
that can often cause acne. Well, staph infections are especially infections
on your skin. Now one of the things they would do in New
Zealand as well as Australia is they do a natural remedy where they mix things like
tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil. They mix that in with Manuka honey and put
it on an area to treat burns, and wounds and cuts specifically staph infection, and you
will see our next one here, burns, wounds and ulcers. Again it is one of the most powerful natural
remedies in the world for, I think, it’s a natural antiseptic in keeping things from
getting infected there as well. So again burns, wounds and ulcers, great reason
to use Manuka honey there. Number five, tooth decay and gingivitis. It is the sugar that doesn’t cause tooth decay
really, or one of the foods that has high amounts of sugar that doesn’t cause tooth
decay because of the very unique compounds that are found in Manuka honey. Now when you buy Manuka honey, typically there’s
a grade on there. It will say anywhere from 10 plus, to 12 plus,
to 16, to 24 plus to even 30 plus. When I’m consuming this as a food, I tend
to do it in between the 10 and 16 plus. Sometimes I’ve done as much as 24 plus. The 24 plus is typically used even more as
medicine or just the maximum of a teaspoon at a time. But again, Manuka honey can be great for even
fighting tooth decay and gingivitis which could make it your go-to natural sweetener. IBS and IBD. One of the big causes of stomach ulcers are
ulcers that can actually line your intestinal wall and contribute to things like IBS and
inflammatory bowel disease are these ulcers and ulcers almost like a burn. Imagine you have a big burn on your skin or
a burn. And just touching it, doing things, it aggravates
it. Well, ulcers you can get those in your stomach. You can also get those in your colon and your
intestines. And specifically, Manuka honey has been shown
to be fantastic for naturally helping calm those ulcers and again H. pylori and certain
types of bad bacteria are what cause stomach ulcers. Manuka honey, those compounds kill off the
bacteria that cause stomach ulcers allowing it to fully heal removing that in interference. Number seven, wore throats and immunity. Again when you have a sore throat and you
have that virus or bacteria that’s in your throat lining and in your chest and even in
your upper neck area, you want something that can sit there for a while. What I love is doing a remedy of lemon essential
oil mixed with Manuka honey and just sort of swallowing that and letting it kind of
sit in your throat, doing it every hour or so, getting a little bit of Manuka honey with
lemon oil. Sometimes I’ll make some ginger essential
oil in there as well, so ginger, lemon and honey and maybe some cinnamon powder or oil. But doing those oils together really, really
good for sore throat and naturally supporting your immune system by balancing out the good
bacteria in your gut microbiome. Number eight, allergies and sinusitis. Now we’ve all heard that consuming honey can
actually help fight allergies. Now Manuka honey does it in a different way
than raw local honey. Now raw local honey is something you definitely
want to do for allergies. But you want to be taking it year-round. What happens is that if you get raw local
honey and you’re consuming it year-round, your body is being exposed to that type of
pollen. And you’re building up a natural immunity
over time. Now right when you get allergies for the first
time they come on, doing raw local honey isn’t as beneficial as Manuka honey. Manuka honey is the most beneficial to take
the day of or if you’re in the middle of fighting something. So again year-round or building up your immunity
year-round especially to your local immunity, the best thing to do is raw local honey. When you’re sick in the middle of it, Manuka
honey is one of best to do because it will actually help kill off any bad bacteria in
your body that is there as well. So great for allergies and sinusitis, great
for beauty treatment and a natural health booster. So especially for scarring, one of the natural
treatments for scars is doing certain types of oils like tallow or emu oil and other oils
that reduce scarring such as Helichrysum oil and mixing those with Manuka honey and letting
them sit there on a scar. Again if you ever have a cut and you are worried
that it’s going to turn into a scar, what I would do is take a mixture of Manuka honey,
Helichrysum essential oil, pretty large amount and maybe even a little bit of, well . . . start
with that, just the honey and essential oils. And then once it’s fully formed then I would
put on some other things to keep it hydrated like a tallow which is a beef fat or an emu
oil, things like that to keep it really hydrated along with the essential oils afterwards. But again, it’s great especially to heal cuts. And if you ever get a cut or burn, I would
do Manuka honey mixed with lavender essential oil immediately. And listen if you burn your hand, you will
immediately want to put something on it. You rinse it with cold water and within that
first minute, you immediately want to douse it with lavender oil and then with Manuka
honey and keep it on it for the next 24 hours. And number 10, improve sleep. By the way, if you’re enjoying this live training
right now, take a minute help me spread the word that Manuka oil is part of nature’s cabinet,
punch that Share button, click that Like button. Millions of people today are using unhealthy
sweeteners without real benefit. Manuka honey tastes amazing. It’s honey and it can be used as medicine
as it has been for hundreds of years now. It’s also great for improving sleep. Some of those scents in Manuka honey, there’s
also a Manuka essential oil, but it’s very invigorating in uplifting. It’s actually been shown to or used historically
to naturally fight anxiety and depression there as well and to calm the body as you
improve sleep. Doing a mixture of Manuka honey or a Manuka
oil mixed with lavender, chamomile and ylang ylang is a great blend to support a healthy
night’s sleep. So look at all of these incredible benefits
of Manuka essential oil. It actually is good for SIBO and acid reflux,
great for acne and eczema, great for your sinuses and allergies, great for treating
burns and wounds and ulcers. It has sugar in it, but still helps fight
tooth decay and gingivitis, it is good for IBS and inflammatory bowel disease, can help
soothe a sore throat, fight allergies, be used for beauty treatments and relax the body
and improve sleep. As you can see, Manuka honey, it should be
an absolute must in everybody’s at-home medicine cabinet and food cabinet and pantry for that
matter as well. And hey, if you’ve enjoyed this live training,
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Comments 97

  • Honey and Propolis are a trigger for EoE (Eosinophilic Esophagitis) for me, no thanks.

  • damn..he is very handsome… 😔

  • I've read there are no proven benefits of Manuka. After reading this I wanted some written information and I tried to contact one of the packagers in New Zealand. There was no way to get any information from New Zealand. I called the distributor in the USA and they said there's no way to contact Manuka bottlers in New Zealand. I thought this was really weird. I no longer buy Manuka honey as I've come to the conclusion that it's a waste of money. It's very, very expensive!!!

  • I LOVE YOU ❤

  • #Draxe thank very much for all this information, whay is tbe mixture of Olive oil and and Bay leaf oil good for? thank you very much

  • does your book have the recipes on how to make the oils? or, does it just state the benefits of certain oils?

  • Please tell something about DIM suppliments. or make a video about it. I don't have gyno but have too much fat on my chest. I worked out for 3+ years but can't help much. help me about it.

  • Thankyou I find honey good for sore throats.

  • Can you pls share some of the goid brands of manuka honey?????

  • it's really helped by the grace of God in many ways for me. I always have it at home.

    Many hospitals use Manuka honey as the results are very effective.

    Great video. Thanks!

  • thank you again for the info…

  • My mom has an leg ulcer about 22 inches wide cause by corynebacterium and pyoderma gangrenosum. She is also a diabetic. Any suggestions as to how I can help?

  • You are the best doctor ❤️

  • l have heard it can be dangerous. Is this true?

  • i have been using this manuka honey..its president's choice brand from canada..i just wanna know if this is legit and if so, what is the grade of this manuka honey that i am using?

  • Dear Doctor, Is Manuka Honey boosting your immune system or/and killing bacteria withing your body or only in your stomach? thanks!!!

  • I feel like I am talking to myself… great info .. thank you..

  • Thanks! Love this!

  • Unreal, over 8,000 views but only 700 likes…. does it really take much to hit the like button?

  • This guy is a chiropractor. He should advise on adjusting people and not give false medical advice.

  • what plant is the source of this honey? How do we know we are getting the real thing. There has to be a limit to this source, just thinking about the bees.

  • This guy is a agent of Monsanto. Manuka is grown by the Monsanto group affiliates meaning its a GM Honey. Do your research sheeple.

  • great for pressure sores/bed sores (grows new skin) and wounds and face masks!

  • Great info to  get healthy & stay healthy.

  • The "Only" way to be sure you are buying genuine Manuka Honey, is to make sure it originates from and is "Packed & Labeled" in New Zealand, We have very strict Manuka Honey Labeling laws in New Zealand, its best to check the MGO level as well to be safe. If you have any questions regarding this we would be only to happy to answer them.

  • Dr. Axe, I have a 91 yr young friend whose friend/MD recommended Manuka Honey. She ate a tsp of it and had a severe allergic reaction that landed her in the ER… thoughts?

  • Would manuka honey soothe or heal Barrett's oesophagus, please? Should it have some oils mixed with it too? Thanks.

  • Can anyone tell me where to purchase manuka oil. I have the honey but in regards to healing skin, it's too messy& oil would be best.

  • We use high-grade Manuka Honey on our dog to heal hot spots and they are always healed after a few days.

  • Dr. Axe, can I put manuka honey in warm water or will this destroy the nutritional benefits?

  • Thanks for info. One note Eucalyptus oil is largely not recommended as dangerous in most essential oil publications. Also no need to add expensive honey for burns. The lavender essential oil with coconut oil is enough.

  • Is it bad for high sugar problems

  • I just found out about Manuka Honey. It is a miracle product it seems

  • Please help me. I love eating plain Greek yogurt with small amounts of honey from time to time but last week I put a shit ton of honey into my yogurt. I felt bloated and had stomach discomfort but the next morning I felt fine. Then the day after that I ate some more yogurt with even MORE of a shit ton of honey. Since then I have been feeling like shit, bloated with stomach discomfort. Terrible feeling. I was constipated for the first few days but now I'm able to go, however I'm still dealing with the stomach discomfort and being bloated. I read somewhere too much honey can permanantly damage your small intestines to where your small intestines won't process essential nutrients anymore. The type of honey I consumed was Kirkland's Organic Raw Honey. I bought it at Costco. It never made me sick till I ate a shit ton of it. Fuck man, I hate going to the doctor's office, do you have any advice, please

  • So you can take UMF 10+ daily? Basically, what is the general consensus as far as UMF goes, of daily intake?

  • Is it safe for children?

  • He lost me when he used the word "spendy"

  • Hey from New Zealand! 🇳🇿 Manuka honey is very expensive here so hate to think what you pay there. Amazing stuff though and definitely worth it. Loved hearing all the uses, I only knew a few!

  • Look at those arm muscles!!

  • Are you talking one teaspoon a day or week. Thanks for sharing

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  • I am loving manuka honey, have never liked the taste of regular honey but love the flavor of the manuka honey

  • Don't worry about the essential oils just eat the manuka honey

  • I want to suck off all of your Manuka honey 😛

  • i burn my hands a lot i should try that lavender and manuka honey thing. usually i use tomatoes

  • After struggling for a year with a bladder infection which cannot be cured with antibiotics i am now convinced that natural products like Manuka honey are the solution.
    Doctors say i have a MRSA infection,cause unknown,it can happen to anyone they say,thank you very much.
    I just started using my first yar of New Zealand Manuka honey,i think so many bees cannot be wrong!
    Two full teaspoons a day is my ration.
    Bees are known to be very sensitive to polution and poisons,agricultural poisons would kill them instantly,as is the case in Europe right now.
    New Zealand has hardly any industry,nature is very pure and clean.
    As such i have reason to believe the Manuka honey will do the job.
    It does not come cheap like honey sold in supermarkets,the latter being basically processed sugar.
    The medicines prescribed to me over the last year were very expensive and The Netherlands these come at your own expense.

    Also,much to the dismay of my wife,i have taken pure raw garlic,with the type of breath to come with it.
    It is said that garlic has great power to defeat bacteria,including MRSA.
    English recepies with garlic as healing medicine go back to the early middle ages.
    Apparently we have forgotten this and handed over our faith to the medicine multinationals.

  • I’ve been using Stevia to sweeten my ice tea. Is there a way to make Manuka Honey portable to use instead? Like dining out.

  • He is gorgeous and my reading glasses are fine. @Nadia

  • Which is better Manuka honey or killer bee honey? I use killer bee honey almost every day

  • please confirm, what is 5+, 10+ and 15+ in Manuka honey and who should use which one among these

  • Will this fix my dried sinuses?

  • Thanks for the info,thanks for all your work in helping us . One love

  • Does it contain any digestive enzymes?

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

  • Thank you for useful info 🙂 Which rate of MGO do you recommend for kids (3-10 years) for a general well being purpose?

  • Does Fopobiacne Secrets (google it) help me break free from acne? I notice a lot of people keep on talking about this popular natural acne remedy.

  • "Spendy" never heard that term before

  • Thanks for the explanation doc. See your manuka honey at www.beevitamins.net.au

  • Whats your take on royal jelly?

  • Your one of the very best with your info on health.👍 love to see you and your wife doing together videos.

  • It also cures Ebola, HIV, Anthrax, Zika Virus and Alzheimer. Almost everything. Should we treat Donald Trump with it?

    By the way, 80% of the stuff is falsificated. And listening to him for 5 min, makes my ears bleading.

  • How much zinc and B vitamins are in Manuka honey? I can't find any information on this anywhere. When I add Manuka to Chronometer it doesn't add any vitamins or minerals…

  • Is it possible that this honey works so well against today's bacteria because it hasn't had a lot of exposure to this honey's anti bacterial/microbial properties?

    It's known that bacteria and disease grow resistant to today's antibiotics because they get used so often or because people take an antibiotic and don't finish the series of pills/ syrup because they start feeling better, which in turn gives the bacteria/ disease a chance to grow that resistant strain.

  • This stuff tastes Horrible!

  • If you go to a "Marshalls" they have close out deals from gourmet food shops and suppliers.
    I found the "BioSota Organics" Manuka Honey MGO level 30.

  • Is it better to have higher or lower methylglyoxal in honey

  • What is Fopobiacne Secrets? I've noticed several amazing things about this popular acne treatment.

  • remember this is not CBD

  • Word of the day. "Spendy"😀

  • Even raw honey will over time cause tooth decay if vitamin K2 is missing in the diet.Honey (even if raw, and even if Manuka) is very insulingenic…so when you mentioned only a small amount of it, like a teaspoon, I totally agree.

  • So grateful I live in NZ. Awesome medicine for heartburn. Thankyou

  • Why not MGO?

  • I'm laughing at all comments from the women in here. Good to know not just us men are perverts 😂🍻

  • What happens if I have scars all over my face

  • Thank you so much for this amazing information on manuka honey. I love natural remedies.

  • He’s not kidding. This stuff is worth the cost. I bought it for stomach issues- severe constant pain, unable to eat much if anything at all. Horrible constant nausea. I was already to the ER several tones and the gastrointestinal dr.’s and had some tests done- they couldn’t find anything. Ended up on expensive Carofete with best guess diagnosis of gastritis or stomach ulcers. I had been taking the Carofete for three weeks..not a whole lot of progress, then ordered this to try. No kidding- within 3 days of taking this twice a day, a little less than a teaspoon on an empty stomach I could EAT again, without pain! No more nausea or constant pain. I will not go without this product in my house again. This is GOLD stuff.

  • Do you still get to keep your teeth lol 😁

  • Thanks for your videos doc, I trust you.

  • Can you just buy any Manuka honey…what about k factor or k factor 16

  • Does manuka honey have pollen in it? As i am allergic to pollen. I get anaphylaxis when I consume pollen.

  • My Manuka honey says 525+

  • Just wondering how many times a week you suggest this , I have a stomach acid problem my stomach produces to much acid I have not done a stool test yet so i could have h.ploryi or even an ulcer. I am wondering I have some 15+manuka honey and I started taking 1 tablespoon a day just wondering how many days a week I should do this… thank you

  • Subscribed!!! Thank you!!!

  • Got my first jar today. It's great. Thanks for the info, Dr. Axe.

  • When would be best time to take this honey? During the day or before going to sleep?

  • Has manuka honey actually helped anyone on here with allergies?

  • ☀️🌟💖

  • Does Manuka honey help with candida though? Or hinder

  • I have The Essense of New Zealand PRI Manuka Honey 15+. It was $42.00 for 500g / 1.1 pound. The 15+ has an MGO (Methylglyoxal) content over 150+ mg/kg. It's also Kosher , 100% Raw, U.S. Fancy Grade, and Independently Tested, Packed and independently tested in New Zealand. It is compliant with Manuka Honey standards set by the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries.

  • Thank you so much for sharing this ! I am in lots of pain for years cant wait to try it ! I have crohns and bleeding ulcers its causing my teeth to go bad !

  • 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼😀

  • Manuka Honey is great for me

  • As expert, I do think Fopobiacne Secrets is actually great way to cure your acne naturally. Why not give it a shot? perhaps it's going to work for you too.

  • It’s also been medically proven to kill staph and strep infections, even MRSA. But you need one with an UMF of 10 or greater. The higher the better. My sister-in-law swears it healed her bleeding ulcer and now takes it every day to prevent another one.

  • Which honey should I get that kills H pylori ?

  • How long does Manuka honey take to work ?

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