What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka Honey is made from the nectar collected from the flowers of the native New Zealand Manuka Plant.

The Manuka plant is from the "Leptospermum scoparium" family that produces white or pink flowers in the summer.

Not only has the nectar but the eintire plant including the leaves and bark of the Manuka plant long been used in New Zealand for its natural healing properties.

The New Zealand Maori traditionally used the Manuka plant for its special medicinal and therapeutic properties. The Maori people used the leaves and bark for a wide range of ailments, including urinary problems and to reduce fever.

Pollen DNA Testing

Analyis results for our Manuka from a New Zealand Government accredited research laboratory.

The Mono-floral rating means our honey has ONLY been sourced from Manuka flowers!

Multi-floral Manuka Honey still contains honey sourced from Manuka flowers but also has honey from other flower sources blended into it.

All our Manuka Honey is 100% pure certified Mono-floral Manuka honey.

The versatility of the Manuka Plant

Each part of the versatile Manuka Plant has its own unique therapeutic application.

1. Manuka「Nectar」2. Manuka「Leaves」
The nectar is used by honey bees to make Manuka Honey. Reknown for its anti-bacterial properties research in New Zealand and now overseas has shown effecitiveness against intenstinal bacteria including h. pylori, e-coli, and salmonella.  The leaves of the Manuka Plant are packed with vitamins and were often boiled by the New Zealand Maori people for use in therapeutic drinks for treating stomach ailments.
3. Manuka「Bark」4. Manuka「Sap」
The bark of the Manuka Plant was stripped from the plant and boiled for use to relieve diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal disorders. Fresh sap from the Manuka plant was taken as a cough suppressant, to relieve inflammation, and muscular pain.
5. Manuka「Seeds」

Used in the same way as the bark, the seeds of the Manuka plant are were used internally for dairrhoea and dysentery.

Manuka Honey Properties and Effectiveness

  • 1. 「Long shelf life」&「Anti-bacterial」

    It's well known that Honey has high anti-bacterial properties and doesn't spoil when stored at room temperature (in fact National Geographic documented that honey pots dating back approxiamately 3000 years found when excavating the pyramids in Egypt was still perfectly edible).
    The secret behind honey’s eternal shelf life includes hydrogen peroxide, acidity and a lack of water all working together to make it last forever. Additionally, the high anti-bacterial nature of honey prevents any bacteria from multiplying.  The lack of water in honey is due to the high sugar content. Low water content in combination with glucose oxidase prevents the honey from spoiling.

  • 2. The anti-bacterial properties of Gluconic Acid

    Honey contains Gluconic acid which adds to it high anti-bacterial activity. Gluconic acid is used in hospitals for disinfecting wounds and for sterilization. Gluconic acidis a major organic acid found in honey and is prodcued by the action of the enzyme glucose-oxidase on glucose. The same process produces hydrogen peroxide. Honey contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase which breaks down glucose sugars and generates hydrogen peroxide, a kind of bleach, when there is free water available. 

  • Because of the anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties in honey, Manuka Honey is often used to treat wounds, cuts, and burns.

What makes Manuka Honey Special

What's the difference between Manuka Honey and other Honey?

Specifically, Manuka Honey contains Methyglyoxal.  Regular honey does not.
When Manuka Honey is introduced to the body the Methyglyoxal is not suseptible to oxidisation and therefore it proves effective against gastro-intestinal disorders caused by bacteria including h. pylori and e-coli.
The Methyglyoxal (MGO) contained in Manuka Honey is approximately twice as anti-bacterial than the hydrogen peroxide found in regular honey. The combination of all the anti-bacterial elelments found in Manuka Honey makes it up to 8 times as potent in terms of anti-bacterial activity than regular honey.

  • Manuka Honey effect on「H. pylori」 ①

    In recent years, a number of gastro-intestinal disorders have been attributed to h. pylori.
    H. pylori may be a contributing factor in the advent of gastric ulcers,duodenal ulceration, and intestinal cancers.
    There have been alarming reports that up to 80% of people aged 50 years and older may carry the h. pylori bacteria. The bacteria itself is said to be very hardy and able to survive the highly acidic environment in our stomachs. Once present, the bacteria stays in our system for extended periods.
    Recent research has suggested that the Methyglyoxal that is contained in Manuka Honey may be effective against h. pylori. Furthermore, Manuka Honey contains methyl syringate. Methyl syringate has anti-inflammatory properties and may contributed to countering the effects of the active enzymes produced by h. pylori.

  • Manuka Honey effect on「H. pylori」

    In medical institutions in Japan, patients infected with h. pylori are encouraged to consume Manuka Honey in order to reduce the effects of the bacteria.
    It is also said that the active elements of Manuka Honey have some anti cancer properties. While the amount of research into these effects is still in its infancy, it is hoped that further research will prove the accuracy of existing study results.
    It can be inferred that Manuka Honey is not only useful in helping rid the body of h. pylori but may also be useful in reducing the effects of a number of other harmful bacteria and viruses.

  • Improving the Intestinal Environment

    Not only does Manuka Honey help in ridding the body of h. pylori, but it may also be instrumental in improving the intestinal environment. Research has suggested that the Methyglyoxal found in Manuka Honey differentiates between harmful and useful bacteria present in our intestinal tracts and only effects harmful bacteria. Because of this, harmful bacteria such as salmonella, and e-coli, both major causes of food poisoning, may be suppressed by Manuka Honey and thus consumption may assist in returning the intestinal environment to an equilibrium. Because of this, Manuka Honey may be said to have a postive effect on both diarrhoea and constipation.

  • Cavities, gum disease, and the oral environment

    According to Peter Molan, a professor at New Zealand's University of Waikato, the first person to research Manuka Honey, the incredible anti-microbial effects of Manuka Honey may have significant effect on cavities, gum disease, and the suppression of bacteria in the mouth that causes them.
    Furthermore, it is though that because of its anti-bacterial properties, the direct application of Manuka Honey to mouth ulcers not only helps reduce the sufferers discomfort but also aides in healing. helps relieve the pain caused by mouth ulcers
    It is worth noting that the sugar found in Manuka Honey differs to cavity causing white sugar and with the presence of the anti-bacterial properties of Manuka Honey, it is thought that cavities should not be of major concern.

  • Relief from Sore Throats, Cold & Flu symptoms

    Manuka Honey not only contains incredible anti-bacterial and anti-microbial activity, it is also packed full of nutrients.
    Nutrients include vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and naicin. Additonally contains minerals such as calcium and  potassium, and amino acids. A study in 2010 found that honey was more effective on a cough in children than over-the-counter cough suppressants. A 2014 study of manuka honey found that in vitro, it efficiently inhibited influenza viruses, and another study found it had significant in vitro activity against shingles 

  • Cuts ・ Burns ・ Inflammation 

     It is said that the powerful anti-bacterial properties of Manuka Honey is effective in the suppression of infection in cuts and burns.

    • Manuka honey is probably becoming most well-known for its wound healing properties for, when applied directly to a wound, it may improve the healing process and decrease pain – so much so that the US Food and Drug Administration approved it as an option for wound treatment in 2015.  

      Manuka honey offers collectively antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which studies have shown may offer wound healing capabilities in tissue regeneration, acute wounds and superficial partial thickness burns, diabetic ulcers and eyelid wounds, for example, post-surgery.

Manuka Honey is an incredibly effective super food for fighting bacteria both internally and externally. 

How to eat Manuka Honey

  • Spread it on bread

  • With yoghurt

  • And of course just as it is♪

All our Manuka Honey is available in our online store