Why Eating Manuka Honey for Sinus Infections Is Effective
Although research specifically looking into manuka honey for sinus infections is somewhat limited, there’s plenty of evidence to show how manuka honey might help based on other studies.
Here’s why you should be using manuka honey for your sinuses.
It alleviates sinusitis symptoms
Manuka honey can help to clear airways⁷, reduce mucus⁸, and regulate the body’s immune responses⁹.
All these things help to make us more comfortable while riding out the infection naturally.
Read more: Manuka honey for allergies.
It helps the immune system to heal the area
Manuka honey has been shown to help clean, clear and protect wounded tissue, stimulate the healing process, and inhibit the further growth of bacteria¹⁰.
Read more: Manuka honey for wound care.
So whilst manuka honey helps us to feel better, it’s also working hard behind the scenes to clear up the inflamed area, too.
Pretty impressive, right?
How much manuka honey should I take?
It depends on your preferences, but a spoonful of high-grade manuka honey daily should ease your symptoms and inflammation.
We recommend UMF™ grades 24+, 26+ and higher for the most potent antibacterial properties and best results.
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How to Use Manuka Honey for Sinus Infections
There are a number of ways that you can use manuka honey for sinus infections to harness its beneficial properties.
Eating manuka honey
This is probably the most popular way to use manuka honey for health and wellness in general.
Take a spoonful of high-grade manuka honey directly, or try mixing it with warm water (not hot!), herbal tea, or lemon juice for a restorative drink.
Manuka honey sinus wash
A manuka honey sinus rinse is a great way to flush out the blocked passages and get the beneficial properties of manuka honey straight into action.
You can mix manuka honey with saline, warm distilled water and a pinch of salt to help calm and open up the nasal cavity.
Manuka honey-infused nasal spray
If you’re not so keen on washing out your nasal cavity but still want to get the honey as close to the inflammation as possible, you could try a nasal spray. To do this, add your high grade manuka honey to a sterile saline solution and transfer it to a spray bottle.
Given that manuka honey is thick and viscous, it’ll need to be diluted to spray, so you may need to test different concentrations to get the right blend for your needs. Remember to shake thoroughly before use.
What not to do: steam inhalation
You might see a lot of recommendations for using manuka honey in hot water and enjoying the soothing steam pass through your sinus cavities.
There’s just one major problem with this.
Water hot enough to release steam will destroy the beneficial properties in manuka honey. It’s why we recommend waiting for your coffee to cool before adding honey.
The steam might smell nice, but it’s unlikely to have any meaningful effects.