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What honey is the best for me?

The health benefits of honey are well recognized and scientifically proven today. Besides its topical use, honey has a wide range of internal therapeutic uses triggered by its amazing properties. Although all types of honey are good for our health, yet due to their floral source, some of them have specific particularities which recommend them for specific conditions and diseases. And every person wants to know what honey is the best for him.

Here are some of them, focusing on the ones with scientific studies that investigate and support their therapeutic properties. You can find them at each type of honey’s article, on this site.

Also, please always remember that honey is not a magical pill and it is more preventative than curative. If it is too late for you to change your habits, it is not for your children. Help them appreciate honey and whenever possible, replace sugar with honey.

So, let’s see what honey is best for your condition

Cardiovascular diseases

hawthorn, lavender, mint, sunflowerneem
blackberry (atherosclerosis, varicose veins, hypertension),
sweet chestnut (strengthens the blood vessels, prevents formation of varicose veins and hemorrhoids),
coriander (activates blood circulation and lowers cholesterol),
rape (against cholesterol),
phacelia (maintains blood cholesterol levels),
sage (helps in cases of poor blood flow) honeys.

Honey lowers levels of homocysteine (HCY), a metabolite of the amino acid methionine involved in cellular metabolism and the manufacture of proteins. Elevated HCY levels are responsible for about 10% of the coronary deaths each year in the United States.

Honey lowers triglyceride and cholesterol levels and increases HDL (good) cholesterol. The fructose in honey actually protects against triglyceride formation.

Digestive conditions

Rosemary, thyme, mint (spearmint), sunflower, honeydew, sweet chestnut, manuka, sidr
Anzer honey – protects the stomach against increased vascular permeability due to alcohol ingestion.
dandelion honey – reduces gastric juice acidity by 56% ( BALTUSKEVICIUS et al , 2001) and also keeps the bowels in a healthy condition, which is particularly important to dyspeptics (persons who suffer from indigestion or irritability)
Jarrah honey (helps combat stomach bacteria like Helicobacter pylori that may cause ulcers and bad breath).
linden honey
(reduces the hypersecretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach (in the form of heat) or, on the contrary, increases it (in the cold state). Also diuretic and laxative),
coriander honey (constipation and flatulance colic, gastritis and ulcers).
rapeseed honey (for ulcer, especially rape pollen) – also good for colon and intestinal health
rosemary honey (in intestinal conditions, especially slow digestion)
sage honey, sourwood and alfalfa honeys (stimulate the growth of five human intestinal bifidobacteria)
pear honey (enterocolitis)
noni (morinda) honey – gastric ulcer healing activity

Diarrhea: apple honey, blackberry, red clover, oregano, Moroccan oregano honey

Constipation: honeydew honey (Oligosaccharides from honeydew honey have prebiotic activity), oak, coriander, sidr honeys, loquat honey.

Respiratory conditions

honeydew (forest), thyme, fir, spruce, lime, marjoram
 (a plant closely related to oregano), eucalyptus, Neem, red clover, sidr
sunflower (bronchites), blackberry (upper respiratory disorders),
white clover – expectorant.
sage – expectorant.

Renal diseases

sweet chestnut, fruit trees, wild rose, rape (brassica), heather , sunflower, sidr
red clover
– for fluid retention
dandelion – for kidney and gall bladder diseases

Liver diseases

Rosemary, coriander, dandelion, sidr 
Anzer honeytreats and prevents liver damage.
citrus honey – 
decreases the affects of alcohol intoxication
clover and rape honey – for hepatitis, causing a decrease of alanine aminotransferase activity (by 9 to 13 times) and of bilirubin production by 2.1 to 2.6 times.
rosemary honey – treats hepatic insufficiency
heather Polish tradition uses it for the treatment of prostate, liver and biliary system diseases.

Any honey facilitates the detoxification of alcohol. The fructose from honey facilitates the detoxification of alcohol by restoring NAD, the liver enzyme responsible for metabolizing alcohol.


avocado (especially good for anemia as it is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium or phosphorus deficiency),
heather, blackberry, rosemary, sweet chestnut honey, sidr
honeydew honey (But not linden honey, as it is said to obstruct  iron absorption),
Lifemel honey: Life Mel Honey was effective in decreasing the incidence of anemia in 64% of the patients, decreasing the incidence of severe neutropenia and lowering the incidence of potentially fatal thrombocytopenia (low platelets).
Rosemary honey – a powerful tonic, recommended to children and old people. Also good for workaholics.

Red clove honey: helps fix calcium in bones.


Raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) and linden tree honeys (for their confirmed diaphoretic and antipyretic effects);
Manuka honey (antiviral effect)

Oral problems

neem honey, jarrah honey – clears mouth ulcers and bad breath

The use of honey chewing-gum three times a day after meals significantly reduces plaque and the risk of gingivitis. It also has therapeutic properties in the treatment of gingivitis and periodontal disorders.


sweet chestnut, dandelion, sidr honeys
Honey rich in antioxidants, stimulates our immune system. Look for the darker ones.

Sleeping problems

linden honey, citrus honey.

Any type of honey promotes restorative sleep and improves sleep quality and duration, when consumed before bedtime. Restorative sleep reduces risk for hypertension and other metabolic conditions and diseases.

Menstrual disorders

blackberry, oregano, sidr honeys, Moroccan oregano honey

Depression, anxiety, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

lavender honey, buckwheat, linden treehoneydew honeys (depression an neuroses)


leatherwood honey from Tasmania. Generally, honey is known to be an excellent detoxifier of liver, being recommended to be taken before the drinks, and immediately after.

Mountains sickness

rapeseed honey

Skin conditions

sage honey, sidr honey – Reduces the time of healing wounds and deep scars.
rosemary honey – Moisturizes the skin.
kanuka honey – for acnee and rosaceea
manuka honey for wound, including: traumatic wounds, surgical incision sites, burns, sloughy wounds, and pressure ulcers.
pine honey – For open skin pores and withered, aged skin 
revamil, activon, medihoney, surgihoney for any hard to heal wounds

The use of honey in surgery is today strongly recommended for topical treatment of postoperative wounds, such as Cesarean sections. The topical use of concentrated raw honey has been proven to promote faster eradication of pathogenic bacteria, reduce the length of antibiotic treatment and hospitalization and prevent wound dehiscence and eschar formation.


honeydew honey (aka forest honey), chestnut honey – a pain-soothing effect triggered by quinoline alkaloids


linden (lime, basswood) honey, sweet chestnut (for both  physical and mental fatigue), sunflower honeys


rapeseed honey, sweet chestnut honey, buckwheat promote the regeneration of bone tissue)


jarrah, acacia (with low GI), tualang, neem honey, Moroccan oregano honey,
coriander (regulates insulin levels ),
buckwheat – Folk medicine says buckwheat influences the process of glucose tolerance. For this, one should mix one spoon of buckwheat honey with three tablespoons of yogurt or milk and  leave it over night in a warm place. (Then eat it in the morning on empty stomach.) Also recommended to diabetics and for the treatment of inflammatory conditions of the kidney, urinary tract and joints;
Sage honey may stabilize our blood glucose level. According to some apitherapists, despite being high in fructose, it seems that this honey does not lead to the rise of sugar level in the blood
noni (morinda) honey

Rape honey (brassica honey) can be consumed in moderate amounts by type 1.

Honey has a lower insulin response than that produced by the ingestion of similar amounts of sucrose or HFCS, thus delaying or preventing the development of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance and intracellular oxidative stress are the underlying causes of many diseases and conditions associated with the metabolic syndrome and diseases of aging.


buckwheat, pine, tupelo,
eucalyptus honey – is helpful in the treatment of non‑small cell lung cancer patients with bone metastasis
gelam honey has been found to kill liver cancer and colon cancer cells exhibiting selective cytotoxicity, anti-angiogenic, cytotoxic, and anti-proliferative properties. It also acts a radioprotector against gamma-irradiation by attenuating radiation-induced cell death.
Nenas honey – colon cancer
manuka honey – against colon adenocarcinoma, has antiproliferative activity of manuka honey on three different cancer cell lines, murine melanoma and colorectal carcinoma as well as human breast cancer cells in vitro.
strawberry tree honey – against colon cancer
thyme honey – may prevent cancer related processes in breast, prostate and endometrial cancer cells.
tualang honey –  induces apoptosis and disrupts the mitochondrial membrane potential of human breast and cervical cancer cell lines
LifeMel honey – for acute febrile neutropenia
Egyptian clover honey – Febrile Neutropenia in Children With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Overheated honeys (not raw) could potentially compensate the loss of quality by winning anti-cancer properties, due to HMF, a compound found in heated honey.

All honeys have antimutagenic and antitumor properties. They indirectly lower overall cancer risks and improve the body’s ability to fight cancer by several known mechanisms of action, including impeding the replication and growth of cancer cells and improving immune system functioning.

Today honey is used in oncology as a barrier against the implantation of tumors in laparoscopic oncological surgical procedures. In the same field, the intake of honey reduces chemotherapy-related neutropenia fever by alleviating pancytopenia, of which chemotherapy fever is a symptom.

Antioxidant honeys

buckwheat, jarrah (2 to 3 times higher than in manuka honey or leatherwood honey), honeydew, blackberry, blueberryheather, pine, tualang, Indian forest, gelam, pineapple, lavender, strawberry tree honeys
Croatian honeydew honey presented the highest radical scavenging activity (1.39 mmol Trolox/100g honey);
Bulgarian honey presented the highest value of total antioxidant power (11.45 mmols Fe2+/100 g honey).
Sidr honey from Yemen
Stingless honey

Antioxidants are substances that prevent and fight against many chronic and age dependent pathological conditions like cancer, diabetes, atherosclerosis, cataracts and other chronic pathological conditions.

Anti-inflammatory honeys

Gelam honey, neem, rosemary, spruce, rhododendron, tualang,
(higher effect than aspirin and indomethacin)

Antibacterial honeys

blueberrybuckwheatchestnut, cotton, fire-weed, heatherjarrahhoneydew, linen vine, red gum, revamiltualang, ulmo (MRSA),
(Helicobacter pylori; Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), E.coli, Streptococcus pyogenes), blackberry, marri , kanuka,
lavender (Candida krusei.),
manuka honey – against many strains of bacteria
sidr honeyfrom Yemen (MRSA, P. Aeruginosa)
Greek pine honey (S.marcescens, and E. coli, B. sphaericus and B. subtilis.)
tualang honey (Streptococcus pyogenesSalmonella typhiStaphylococcus aureus, coagulase-negative Streptococcus spp., and Escherichia coli.)
Stingless honey


Allergy: Cases of honey allergy are rare, yet possible. Make sure you try first a very small quantity.
Irritable Bowel Symptom (IBS) – DO NOT EAT any kind of honey in your IBS crisis. After the treatment, reintroduce honey in your diet, little by little. Please read the article: Can I have honey in IBS?

how much honey should we eat per day

Always remember that honey is more preventative than curative!

References and further reading:


The New Honey Revolution: Restoring the Health of Future Generations, by Ron Fessenden

Laura Bujor

Laura Bujor is the author and founder of HealthyWithHoney.com. She built this website as a personal journey to discover the power of honey and share it with the world. She learned directly from beekeepers and took a course in apitherapy. From a hobby, honey and apitherapy turned into a professional career. You can find her on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and X.

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