Manuka Honey Reviews – My Top 3

Manuka honey is honey that is made by bees in New Zealand that take their pollen from the Manuka bush. The Manuka bush is a wild bush that is indigenous to New Zealand, and it is said that when the pollen from this flower is turned into honey by the bees, the bees add a chemical combination that creates anti-microbial properties. The honey is generally dark in colour, and has a strong sweet taste. In addition, some varieties are said to be antibacterial in nature, making them a natural cure for many ailments, ranging from the common cold to abrasions to bronchitis. The following are some Manuka honey reviews of popular brands on the market.

Top 3 Manuka Honey

1. Active Manuka Honey 15+ 500gms by Nelson Honey

Nelson Honey has been making Manuka honey and natural healthcare products since 1978. The family run business has over 4000 hives across the south island of New Zealand, and refrains from using pesticides or agricultural sprays. They take pride in offering high quality, ‘green’ products with natural health benefits. The 15+ 500gm bottle is priced competitively, and receives mostly positive reviews from customers. Many people who have purchased this product comment on the great taste. They also make reference to its ability to clear up anything from common colds to acid reflux, to bronchitis.

2. Wellbeeing Manuka Honey Active 20+ 500gms

Wellbeeing is a relatively new company that produces New Zealand Manuka honey. They test all of their honey in an independent laboratory to ensure that naturally occurring levels of peroxide are present. The peroxide in the honey acts as a natural antibacterial, and the active enzymes are said to improve stomach and digestion problems as well as low energy and immune levels. The Active 20+ 500gms has received very good feedback from users. Things that customers like about this honey are the smooth, rich taste and decent price as well as its ability to soothe sore throats, chest infections, burns and head colds.

3. Manuka Health MGO 400+ (20+) Manuka Honey 250g

Slightly pricier than the other two brands, Manuka Health claims to use a combination of 100% pure products and scientific research for all of their natural healthcare products. Each batch of Manuka honey is tested carefully with an MGO honey rating system to ensure that the active antibacterial levels are in fact as high as they say they are. As for customer reviews, many claim that the honey has helped facilitate in the speedy recovery of common colds, tonsillitis, and even abrasions.

Although Manuka honey does not have an official medical product license, there is a vast body of research out there that suggests that this type of honey does in fact contain health benefits and antibacterial properties. Thus, this is a great natural remedy for a wide range of ailments, with little to no harmful side affects. These three Manuka honey products are some of the best on the market based on customer Manuka honey reviews.

What do you think about manuka honey? Do you have any experiences of how it has helped treat wounds, conditions and ailments? Please fee free to share your tips and experiences below to help readers before they buy manuka honey:


  1. Assunta says:

    Do you have information about the safety of using manuka honey and prednisolone 15 mg per day for autoimmune diseases?

    • Mariele says:

      Manuka honey is completely natural so it is safe to use with any type of medicine. There was actually a study done in 2002 where manuka honey was tested in rats and it found that it was as effective as prednisolone. This led to claims that it could be just as effective for autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s and IBS but currently it has not been proven in a laboratory setting despite Professor Peter Molan being quoted as saying that he has heard good stories about it’s effectiveness from colleagues.

  2. Rachel says:

    Hi, great to read your site. I am from HK. Honey has been very popular recently here as people are paying more attention to health care products. ‘Manuka Health’ is a well-known brand here and ‘Comvita’ is another brand thats really easy to find in HK. But it seems u didnt mention about this brand, i wonder if it’s viewed good in NZ?

    • Mariele says:

      Yes, Comvita manuka honey is good and although it was not mentioned in the review, the products they produce are good quality and they offer a wide range manuka products. You won’t have any problems with them.

  3. Bushra says:

    Is manuka honey suitable for people with diabetes?

    • Mariele says:

      Studies have shown that due to the low glycemic index of honey, it can help to even out your blood sugar levels. Compared to sugar, which has a high glycemic index, it moves through your bloodstream more slowly which can help you resist cravings. There have been many reports of this from people who have type 2 diabetes.

  4. Margaret says:

    I have broniaxtasis and I am sure it is better than my antibiotics I have been taking in the past. I have been seriously taking it for about 7 weeks and when I told the dr., as I was sick a few weeks ago, He asked if I wanted to take an antibiotic. I took the antibiotic as well as the honey. So I figured I was doing the right thing in taking it. I take 15+ most of the time one teaspoon last thing at night. Margaret.

  5. Tina says:

    I take manuka honey when I have a sore throat and when I feel a cold coming on. It works wonders!

  6. Martin says:

    I have read that anything higher than a UMF of 10+ is “intended for external use.” Is that true?

    Also, which brand do you prefer ?

    • Mariele says:

      Products higher than UMF 10+ are also safe for internal use. Manuka honey products that are suitable for external use are usually marked as “medical grade” (Anything higher than UMF 16+ is recognized as being more effective for wounds, etc). Usually, they will come in the form of a cream or lotion depending on their intended purpose. I don’t have a preferred brand, I have tried all of the them featured on this page and can’t really say one is better than the other as they are all equally good.

  7. Yvonne says:

    I use raw honey daily in a raw juice/greek yogurt smoothie that I make first thing every morning. My sister has a problem with reflux and I just started reading about Manuka Honey, I would like to tell her about this product, but I guess what my real question is, can this be used in a raw juice fruit and vegetable yogurt smoothie and it still be as effective? In my smoothie I juice: carrots, ginger, apple, celery, and berries either strawberries or blueberries, then I blend this with non fat greek yogurt, salba, raw honey, banana, and cinnamon and nutmeg. You suggested using this honey on a empty stomach for it to be most effective, would its effectiveness be lost if it’s used with the described smoothie? I drink this smoothie on an empty stomach, and I don’t eat for at least 30 minutes after drinking it. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    • Mariele says:

      Hi Yvonne,

      Manuka honey can be combined with other foods including smoothies and it will still be as effective. The only thing that you should avoid is mixing it with boiling water as that will cause the enzymes to break down and make it lose its effectiveness.

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