The Difference Between Manuka Honey and Manuka Essential Oil

The buzz on Manuka essential oil  

Manuka essential oil is obtained from New Zealand, through sustainably harvesting the leaves from the Manuka trees and extracting the oil through steam distillation of the potent aromatic compounds found in the flowers, leaves, and stems of the Manuka tree.  Manuka essential oil is said to be 100 times stronger than Manuka honey when compared gram for gram, and 30 times stronger than Tea Tree Oil! New Zealand Manuka Essential Oil is a pure steam distillation of these potent aromatic compounds found in the flowers, leaves, and stems of the Manuka tree.

Manuka Oil is renowned for its potent antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. For centuries, New Zealand Maori people have been using the Manuka Oil from the native tea tree, Manuka, to assist with managing symptoms of infection, fever, and skin blemishes, along with a broad spectrum of other health conditions.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is also produced in New Zealand, but it comes from the manuka bush flowers only, that the bees have pollinated. Advocates say it assists with the management of symptoms of wound infections and a host of other conditions.

Manuka honey has been used since ancient times to help with management of symptoms of multiple conditions, but it wasn’t until the late 19th century that researchers discovered that  Manuka honey is high in natural antibacterial properties.

Manuka honey protects against damage caused by bacteria and also stimulates production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection.

Manuka oil vs. Manuka honey

Both come from the nectar of the Manuka tree or the Manuka bush, which only grow in New Zealand and Australia. When the bees make honey from their flowers, it’s called Manuka honey. The Manuka essential oil is actually made by humans, through the steam distillation of the leaves, branches, and other parts of the Manuka tree, and unlike Manuka Honey, Manuka Oil is 100% VEGAN. 


  • Honey has vitamins and minerals
  • Honey is made from the pollinated flowers, where essential oil is made from the steam distillation of the leaves
  • Honey requires bees, where the oil is produced by humans
  • Essential oil is 100% vegan, and honey is not 


  • both are antibacterial
  • both are antiviral
  • both are antimicrobial
  • both are antiseptic
  • both are anti-inflamatory
  • both used for medicinal benefits for 1000’s of years

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