Fight germs with antibacterial honey

Get an immune boost with Manuka Honey, which provides all the goodness your body needs.

Published: Thu 28 Jan 2021, 11:15 AM

Last updated: Thu 28 Jan 2021, 1:28 PM

Manuka Honey has been shown to provide support for the body's respiratory and immune system, regardless of whether you're fighting off the common cold, influenza or even nastier germs.

We know manuka honey contains more methylglyoxal (MG), the compound responsible for its antibacterial activity, and we also know the higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect. But manuka honey also has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, and some research has suggested it may also have antiviral effects that could help protect you from colds or flu, and possibly other viruses. Manuka honey is also loaded with both enzymes and minerals.


Being full of sweetness, manuka honey also gives you a buzz when you're feeling tired. Its high nutrient density makes it a great natural energy booster.


Not all Manuka honey is created equal and MGO levels can vary greatly. Manuka honey should therefore be labelled with the actual MG test results (in mg and kg). Every jar of manuka honey we sell is tested and certified for natural MGO content. The MGO number tells you how much MGO is in your jar of honey - the more MGO the more active your manuka honey is - simple.


Whether it's by the spoonful, or stirred into a hot drink or porridge, manuka honey can be very helpful for your wellbeing, and boost your immune system.

According to the many experts out there, to get the most immune-boosting benefits from manuka honey, you should take a dose of about 1 to 2 tablespoons a day. The easiest way to do this is to eat a spoonful straight from the jar. Manuka honey is typically thicker in consis­tency, darker in colour, and has an earthier flavour than other honey, so if spoons of honey are a bit much for you, you could incorporate it into your breakfast meal by:

  • Spreading it on a slice of wholemeal or granary toast
  • Adding it to your yoghurt or porridge
  • Spooning it into a cup of herbal tea for added sweetness.
  • Working it into a smoothie


We've also got an easy recipe to really boost your immune system. Made with pure raw manuka honey, raw apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, lemon juice, and propolis extract, this manuka honey vinegar elixir will kickstart your defences and is a great way to start your day. It's delicious, refreshing, and the manuka honey adds a nice sweetness.

You can drink this daily to keep yourself well or take it when you're sick for a speedier recovery.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Al Shifa Manuka Honey
  • 1 to 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 drops honey propolis extract - optional


Add the ginger to two cups of water and boil for about 10 to15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool to almost room temperature. It can still be warm, but you don't want it to be too hot as that would kill some of the benefits of the honey.Strain the ginger from your ginger tea.Put 1 to 2 tablespoons of manuka honey into a large cup or mug.Add the vinegar, lemon juice, and propolis.Once the ginger tea has cooled sufficiently, add to the mug and stir well to combine until the honey has dissolved.Drink and enjoy!If you'd like to make a larger batch, you can double the recipe and store it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Use high-grade Manuka honey, like Al Shifa Manuka Honey, available in multiple retail hypermarkets.


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