Year-Round Cough Cold Remedies with Manuka Honey

Looking for a natural remedy to ease your cough and cold symptoms? Look no further than Manuka honey! This rare and precious honey native to Australia and New Zealand has been researched for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, and skin-soothing properties, making it an ideal addition to your medicine cabinet and kitchen counter year-round.

But what exactly is Manuka honey, and why is it so effective at soothing coughs and colds?

Manuka honey is produced from the nectar of Leptospermum (Manuka) plants, that grow natively across Australia and New Zealand. Its incredible antibacterial properties come from the naturally occurring chemical Methylglyoxal (MGO). The strength of Manuka honey can be measured using several different parameters, including MGO, UMF (Unique Manuka Factor), and NPA (Non-Peroxide Activity). Regardless of the rating system used, the higher the number, the more potent the honey’s activity!

So, how can you use Manuka honey to naturally support your cough and cold treatment routine?

Here are five tips to get you started:

  1. Take Manuka honey by the spoonful to coat a sore throat
  2. Swirl Manuka honey into a soothing cup of tea with lemon and ginger
  3. Stir Manuka honey into homemade health tonics, such as a Manuka Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Ginger tonic.
  4. Mix Manuka honey with garlic and ginger for DIY cough syrups or sore throat soothers.
  5. Spread Manuka honey on toast or in cereal or smoothies to naturally ward off sickness and support energy levels.
What’s the difference between New Zealand, and Australian Manuka?

One of the key differences between Australian and New Zealand Manuka honeys is taste. For a versatile, potent Manuka honey that tastes like smooth, sweet honey, we recommend Barnes Naturals Australian Manuka Honey. This honey is some of the finest, authentic Australian Manuka – and is independently tested to guarantee its MGO content, ensuring you get the most effective product possible.

It’s no wonder this versatile ingredient is popular across the world for its properties. Ready to get your hands on some? Find our Barnes Naturals Manuka Honey behind the sales counter at your local Chemist Warehouse store or explore our full range online today!


We know how important it is to support the health of your family with natural, effective remedies. That’s why we recommend incorporating Manuka honey into your cough and cold treatment routine for a natural, soothing solution to your symptoms.




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⁵ Cokcetin, N.N., Pappalardo, M., Campbell, L.T., Brooks, P., Carter, D.A., Blair, S.E. & Harry, E.J. (2016). The Antibacterial Activity of Australian Leptospermum Honey Correlates with Methylglyoxal Levels. PLoS One, vol. 11, no. 12, p. e0167780