Learn More About Manuka Honey, a Flu and Cold Fighting Superfood

Flu season is bad around here, ya’ll!

And while it is no secret that honey helps to soothe the throat and ease the effects of the cold and flu season (something I have blogged about extensively in the past!) many are not aware that there is one type of honey that contains far more medicinal properties than ordinary raw honey… Manuka Honey!

It’s long been on my foodie and natural living bucket list to try, and for good reason! Manuka Honey from New Zealand contains healing properties not found in other types of honey, making it extremely effective in treating a wide spectrum of health conditions. It is so effective in fact, that Manuka Honey’s natural antibacterial properties are now being used in hospitals to ward off antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that cause potentially life threatening conditions such as MRSA and VRE. (Having had MRSA myself, you can see why I am intrigued by this honey!)

In addition to its impressive antibacterial activity, studies have also revealed Manuka Honey’s antiviral properties which make it effective in treating cold and flu symptoms. It has also been discovered that Manuka Honey contains more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants than other types of honey. It has been argued that Manuka Honey can be more effective than any over-the-counter cold and flu medication found in pharmacies.

With flu season in full swing, I was reeeeeally excited when Wedderspoon reached out to let me know about their innovative line of Manuka Honey products. I have been so impatient to share this product with you guys!

About Raw Wedderspoon Manuka Honey

Drom the Wedderspoon website (CLICK HERE to visit):

Wedderspoon is committed to delivering the highest quality and purity of Manuka honey.  To identify and measure the complex properties found in Manuka, Wedderspoon has created KFactor™, a holistic multi-stage authentication system named for the Key Factors inherent in this distinctive honey.

Our KFactor™ rating system is a Manuka grading system that is compliant with New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) who develop standards and regulate Manuka (and all other food and agribusiness) for the country, as indicated in this official letter. Wedderspoon also takes pride in sourcing, packaging and labeling all jars of our Manuka honey in New Zealand to ensure the highest standard and quality, unlike many other Manukas available today.

In its second phase, KFactor will define additional properties we can use to authenticate Manuka honey. Wedderspoon is funding research using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) imaging. This highly sensitive technology will not only measure known components, but also seek to identify additional components present only in Manuka honey. It is the synergy of live enzymes, high pollen count, DHA, methylglyoxal, and other key factors we hope to identify by the unique NMR technology.

In contrast to pasteurized honeys, our raw honey has naturally occurring live enzymes – and every jar is traceable back to the master beekeeper in New Zealand. Here at Wedderspoon we believe in delivering only the best, which is why all of our honey is always kept in its natural state, raw and unpasteurized.

Manuka honey is hazelnut in color falling into the Dark Amber category on the Pfund color grading system. Smelling Manuka for the first time you will quickly discover the subtle notes of fresh rain, and caramelized sugar — New Zealand in a jar. The flavor is equally impressive; as the honey crystals dissolve on your tongue. Your taste buds will come alive as they recognize earthy notes and caramelized sugars with hints of pepper and ginger.

Wedderspoon Manuka is raw, Non-GMO verified and every jar is sourced, packed and sealed in New Zealand for the ultimate in authentic quality.

How to Use Manuka Honey To Fight the Flu and Colds

While there is no solid consensus on the “perfect” formula for Manuka Honey to fight active colds / flu, the general guidelines seem to be:

  • 1 mug of hot water
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1/2 to 1 heaping teaspoon of Manuka Honey 

Stir till the honey is dissolved and sip the whole concoction slowly. Repeat as needed. Safe for children, but DO NOT give to infants / babies!

If you are looking for a good source of Manuka Honey, CLICK HERE to check out / buy Wedderspoons KFactor16 Raw Manuka Honey. Unpasteurized, raw and sensually delicious, Wedderspoons Non-GMO Project Verified superfoods are sourced exclusively from New Zealand and are wellness multi-taskers. Every jar of KFactor16 guarantees 75% Manuka flower pollen grains and is sourced, packed and sealed in New Zealand for the ultimate in quality.

[Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this review. I am an independent product reviewer. I only review products I am truly interested in. I don’t accept payment for reviews. The products I take the time to jabber on about are either items I have personally purchased, or the product has been provided for review after me initiating contact and incessantly nagging for a sample. All of my reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained.]

Have you heard of / tried Manuka Honey before? Share below!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

47 thoughts on “Learn More About Manuka Honey, a Flu and Cold Fighting Superfood

  • 7 February, 2018 at 9:28 pm
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    I have definitely heard of this type of honey before!

    -Kati

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    • 7 February, 2018 at 11:45 pm
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      Have you tried it? This was my first time trying it and I’m in LOVE!!

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    • 7 February, 2018 at 11:47 pm
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      You should!! I have been wanting to try this for a loooong time!!!

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  • 8 February, 2018 at 12:04 am
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    Never heard of it before. I’ve tried other honey way back when, didn’t seem to do much for me. But I know it does have great qualities. Sounds like this one does even more so.

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  • 8 February, 2018 at 3:20 am
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    i heard about manuka honey when i went googling for cold remedies a few years ago, and somehow there was just a jar sitting at the back of the cupboard?! not sure how that worked out lol. i love honey lemon tea whether i have a cold or not! i had a cup last night because i wanted something a little sweet (:

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    • 9 February, 2018 at 10:29 pm
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      LOL you conjured up a jar of manuka honey!??! Wish a couple my way!!! haha!

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  • 8 February, 2018 at 7:29 am
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    Very interesting post, I must buy this honey 🙂

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  • 8 February, 2018 at 7:37 am
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    I always love honey and the great benefits it has but I never tried this Manuka.
    I heard it but never try it

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

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  • 8 February, 2018 at 10:17 am
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    My mother in law introduced me to manuka honey a few years ago. I always have a pot of Manuka honey at home – it is a great way to fight of those nasty bugs 🙂

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    • 9 February, 2018 at 10:44 pm
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      Do you find it works for you? My husbands sore throat cleared up right after he used this, but we don’t know how much was the honeys doing! lol

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  • 8 February, 2018 at 10:30 am
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    I never heard of this honey wish I could try it now have the flu for the second time.

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    • 9 February, 2018 at 10:48 pm
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      You should check out the website, they have some really great products to browse through!

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  • 8 February, 2018 at 1:00 pm
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    Someone recently told me about manuka honey when I was sick, and I didn’t quite get it. Thanks for sharing this. Didn’t realize all the benefits with this type of honey!

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  • 8 February, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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    I love honey. Especially in a hot cuppa.

    And after a week of fighting a cold and finally seeing the end of the tunnel, more than ever …

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    • 9 February, 2018 at 11:11 pm
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      I am seeing it listed as an ingredient in more and more beauty products these days! I have a face moisturizer with manuka in it!

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  • 8 February, 2018 at 5:26 pm
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    Definitely will look into this with it being the dreaded flu season! Thanks for the great article 🙂

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  • 8 February, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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    I swear by manuka honey and this is the brand I use. It’s also great for your skin and I mix it with matcha powder to make a brightening facial mask.

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    • 9 February, 2018 at 11:24 pm
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      What a great idea.. I know matcha is great for your skin and have been meaning to try that!

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  • 9 February, 2018 at 2:57 am
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    I’ve never heard of this type of honey before, but I’m all in if it can help minimize colds. Hugs…RO

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  • 9 February, 2018 at 3:56 am
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    I’ve never heard of this type of honey, but how cool that it can help fight off sickness! I think we could ALL use something like that.

    -Lauren

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  • 9 February, 2018 at 12:06 pm
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    Thanks so much for the useful information, it sounds very beneficial!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

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  • 12 February, 2018 at 5:47 pm
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    tis the season for lots of tea with honey! this sounds like an excellent brand.

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  • 15 February, 2018 at 4:18 pm
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    I actually have some manuka honey at home and am currently attempting to fight off a cold- so making this ASAP!

    -Ashley

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