Can Manuka Honey help with flu symptoms?

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Amidst the global Covid19 pandemic, many Australian’s are searching for answers or solutions to their healthcare. Information is being shared, discussed and argued not only in the main stream media but also on Social media Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

At AB’s Honey, we have been getting a large number of questions from our customers surrounding our delivery methods and our online store, but we have also been getting asked, “Can I use Manuka Honey to help with the flu?” and “If I get sick will Manuka Honey help me?”

To answer this question and with winter just around the corner, we looked at the research contained in countless scientific journals and found some very interesting benefits of Manuka Honey.

Much of the research focused around the antibacterial properties of Honey, however as Covid19 is a virus, and knowing the differences between a bacteria and viruses, we needed to look at Manuka Honey destroying viruses in general and Covid19 more specifically. What we found was very interesting; below are a list of just a few viruses and bacteria that respond well to Manuka Honey as a treatment.


  1. Streptococcus mutans
  2. Staphylococcus aureus
  3. Staphylococcus albus
  4. Escherichia coli (Ecoli)


  1. Chickenpox and shingles.
  2. Respiratory syncytial virus
  3. Influenza

So what are the answers?

Whilst there are a numerous studies showing Manuka Honey does have anti viral properties, including those specifically relating to the influenza virus, or the seasonal flu, there are no scientific papers currently testing Manuka Honeys antiviral properties against Covid19.

There is still research showing the benefits Manuka Honey has on symptoms of people suffering an infection, including being used as a more effective cough suppressant than those from the chemist.

At AB’s Honey we have four different strengths of Manuka Honey 30+, 100+, 500+ and 900+, we can provide each strength in container sizes from 250g to 1450g.

If you’re starting to feel a little under the weather, or you’re doing your bit to flatten the curve, by staying at home, simply visit our Online Store and get your honey delivery safely to you at your place today. 

At AB’s Honey, we deliver our products via our freight networks like Australia Post and Fastway Couriers. So long as they keep delivering to you, we will too.

Disclaimer: We are not doctors; you should always seek the advice of a medical expert before commencing any treatment. We simply know the quality of AB’s Honey products and our Manuka Honey is the bee’s knees with a rich and distinctive bushland tones, coupled with its deep rich dark colour.