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How To Use Manuka Honey for Sinus Infection Treatment

December 16th, 2010 · 5 Comments · sinus infection

Sinus infections afflict 31 million Americans each year. This inflammation of the paranasal sinuses is mostly caused by a viral (or bacterial, or fungal) infection, and in lesser amount by allergy or autoimmune issues. Symptoms are clogging up the spaces behind the forehead, nose and cheekbones.

Sinusitis can be treated effectively with the help of manuka honey. Manuka honey is the nemesis of tough infectious bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, Helicobacter pylori, and even MRSA. Increasing evidence demonstrates this natural bee product to be even more effective in killing bacteria than antibiotics. Another plus is the fact that no bacterium has ever become resistant against manuka honey.

Manuka honey has also shown to fight off bacteria which form protective biofilms. These are layers of living material that coat a surface (such as sinus cavities) and fight off medicines such as antibiotics the way a duck’s feathers shed water.

Lab research has demonstrated that manuka honey, once diluted still maintains its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. This makes it perfectly suitable for sinus infection treatment. Cooked, thus disinfected, water can be added (only add the water once it’s lukewarm.) This way the solution can be administered to the nostrils and throat area.

The solution can be applied using a dropper, bulb syringe, or neti pot. These items should first be disinfected with alcohol before use. The best strength of manuka honey is 16+. Lower is not potent enough. Higher may cause sensitivity.

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  • marsha bradford

    I know manuka honey works for nasal polyps as I have used it for this purpose! I got them after sinus surgery and my ENT grudgingly admits that it works for me, but says he can not recommend it officially to his other patients. He is surprised at the results I have achieved using it as a nasal and sinus rinse. I use a NeilMed bottle with distilled water and about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of the honey. I heat the water in the microwave and let the honey dissolve, then rinse, I typically rinse about twice a day.

  • beas

    Hi Marsha, good to hear manuka honey worked for you too. Very interesting how it helped and also very typical how medical professionals are hesitant to recommend this honey because research is limited. But as more and more clinical trials are conducted the approval of this natural medicine will continue to grow. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dave

    Which particular brand Manuka honey is recommended for Sinus Infection ?

  • beas

    I use MGO by Manuka Health and Watson and Son. I know these brands provide medicinal honey that’s been tested for activity and have had very good results with using their honey.

  • Jeannette

    I have just started using manuka honey with a nasal rinse and already am getting hints of smell returning. I have had chronic rhinitus for years along with polyps and am feeling optimistic with results so far. I am amazed there is not more information available about this treatment.

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