10 Easy Ways to Use Manuka Honey

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey, favoured for its medicinal qualities, is produced from the nectar of different species of leptospermum plants, which are native to both Australia and New Zealand.  

Manuka honey contains a heightened stable form of natural antibacterial activity. Considerable research has been undertaken to determine the cause of this activity, which is attributable to the naturally occurring chemical Methylglyoxal (MGO)  

10 ways to use Manuka Honey 

There are so many ways to use Manuka honey in your everyday routine. From taking it by the spoonful or including it in delicious recipes, to using it as the secret ingredient in your next DIY face mask. Here are some of our favourites:  

1. By The Spoonful

The incredible health properties of Manuka honey are now under growing research by scientists across the world. Boost your everyday healthy by taking a spoonful of Barnes Natural Manuka honey each morning, it’s a bioactive sweet start to your day. 

2. DIY Home Remedies

Have a sore throat or feeling unwell? One of the best ways to enjoy Barnes Naturals Manuka honey is when you’re feeling unwell. When taken by the spoonful, Manuka honey coats your throat helping to soothe it, meaning can you rest that little bit easier. It is also delicious in a glass of warm water with lemon.  

3. Natural Wound Healing Support

While honey has been a natural home remedy for cuts and wounds for centuries, Molan et al (2015) identified that Manuka honey provides antibacterial activity, allowing wounds to heal in a moist environment without the risk of further bacterial growth occurring [1]. Even more amazing, the research found that active Manuka honey helps to reduce swelling and pus, as well as support growth of healing tissues. A far sweeter treatment than conventional medicines!  

Simply clean the wound and then apply a small amount of high activity Manuka honey using a cotton tip. Cover the wound with gauze pads and adhesive bandage and if the wound is still not healing, be sure to consult your healthcare professional. 

4. DIY Skincare

The beneficial properties of Manuka have received praise for many years, but did you know that Manuka can be used as a highly effective ingredient in skincare? Use Barnes Naturals manuka honey to make your very own face mask, lip balm, soap, and moisturiser.

5. Superfood Drinks

There’s nothing like a glass of refreshing lemonade to quench your thirst this summer. Nutritionist @pheebsfood gave hers an extra boost by using our Active Manuka MGO300+. Alternatively add Manuka honey into your morning smoothie!  

6. Healthier Sweet Treats

Acting as a natural sweetener, Barnes Naturals Manuka honey will elevate your dishes to the star of the show. Indulge in your senses with this decadent and super healthy Choc Mousse or try our Healthy Berry Breakfast Muffins.  

7. Manuka Sweetened Salad Dressings

Sweet and caramel in taste, Manuka honey is ideal in salad dressings such as our Asian Fusion Dressing for your favourite poke bowl or salad today! 

8. Sweet Sticky Sauces

Manuka honey can be used in meat dishes to achieve the perfect balance between sweetness and spice. Don’t believe us? Try out Nutritionist, Angela Martin’s Sticky Honey Chicken that uses only four ingredients including our very own Active Manuka Honey MGO300+  

9. Roasted Vegetable Dishes

Quite often the toughest part to your dinner prep is sorting out the side dishes. Our Roasted Eggplant & Sweet Potato Salad with Manuka honey & Ginger Dressing is the perfect pairing to your meat dishes.  

10. Healthy Snacks with Manuka

Craving for a yummy, bite-sized treat? Use Barnes Natural Manuka honey as a natural sweetener in our quick Apricot & Coconut Roll-Ups recipe or White Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bars to supercharge your snacking the goodness of Active Manuka honey.   


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  1. ​Molan, P., et al. (2015) Honey: A Biologic Wound Dressing. 2015;27(6):141-151