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Can Manuka Honey help with flu and other viruses?

Coronavirus is now firmly established as an everyday viral risk, joining the common cold and influenza as an illness we can all expect to endure at some point. The viral symptoms are similar in many ways: cough, sore throat, runny or blocked nose, fever etc., so can they all be treated the same way? Many Australians search for healthcare solutions online. Information is shared and discussed in main stream media and on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Those seeking natural relief may ask, can Manuka Honey kill viruses? In this article we explore the use of Manuka Honey for sore throats, coughs, colds, flu, and Covid-19.

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, but Covid19 is a virus. Knowing the differences between a bacteria and viruses, we looked at Manuka Honey destroying viruses in general and coronavirus more specifically. What we found was very interesting. Below is 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

Can Manuka Honey kill viruses?

Whilst there are a numerous studies showing Manuka Honey does have antiviral properties, including those specifically relating to the influenza virus (seasonal flu), there are no scientific papers currently testing Manuka Honey’s antiviral properties against Covid-19.

The good news is research shows great benefits when using Manuka Honey to treat symptoms of coughs, colds, flu, and coronavirus. Manuka Honey can be a more effective cough suppressant than those from the chemist.

We have four strengths of Australian Manuka Honey available in a range of jar sizes. You can learn more about the various health benefits of each strength in our Manuka Honey Strength Guide, or by clicking the individual product links

4 Strengths of Manuka Honey

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, click on the Manuka Honey products above or visit our Online Store to get your honey safely delivered direct to you.

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 rich and distinctive bushland tones, coupled with a deep rich dark colour.

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