Manuka honey, a honey produced in New Zealand, pronounced “MAH-nooka”. It’s named after the Manuka bush, from which bees gather nectar and pollen. Manuka honey is a unique type of honey, unlike normal honey has long been praised for its antibacterial properties. Its most notable attribute is its effect on wound management and healing. Manuka honey also has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that may help treat numerous ailments, including irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers, periodontal disease and upper respiratory infections. And Manuka honey is thought to be an even stronger infection fighter, and some studies suggest that Manuka honey’s benefits extend to treating skin problems and complications from diabetes.

Here are 7 science-based health benefits of Manuka honey:

  1. Aid Wound Healing
  2. Promote Oral Health
  3. Soothe a Sore Throat
  4. Help Prevent Gastric Ulcers
  5. Improve Digestive Symptoms
  6. May Treat Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
  7. Treat Acne

All things considered, Manuka honey is likely an effective treatment strategy that may accelerate the healing process when used in conjunction with more conventional therapies. It has about same sugar content with regular honey, though some reports suggest manuka honey could have a slightly lower glycemic index. Yet overall, manuka can be consumed just like regular honey: added to sweeten tea, spread on toast, drizzled on top of desserts, and more. One difference, however, is in its texture. Unlike standard honey found on supermarket shelves, manuka honey isn’t a liquid at room temperature.