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The Buzz Around Manuka Honey: Benefits and Uses

February 17, 2023

Mānuka honey is an extraordinary honey made by bees from the nectar of the New Zealand Mānuka tree.

Extensive scientific research has shown that it has remarkable functional properties, with people around the world prizing it for its distinctive taste and natural benefits for immunity and wellbeing.​

Mānuka honey is only made in New Zealand, and only during a few weeks every summer when the Mānuka is in flower – making it a truly rare gift from nature.

Mānuka Health – carefully crafting nature's finest honey

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Not all Mānuka honeys are equal, it takes specialist care to bring out its natural best. Manuka Health are pioneers in Mānuka honey science and New Zealand leaders in sustainable beekeeping, they have spent years discovering the secret to crafting the purest, most potent and most delicious Mānuka honey available. ​

What’s more, Manuka Health's honey is sustainably sourced, GMO-free, and raw and unpasteurised – truly nature's finest.

Rich & naturally complex

Darker in colour with a thicker texture and deliciously distinctive taste, expect a creamier and richer experience from this most tasty of superfoods. Rich in potent plant compounds, antioxidants, prebiotics, vitamins and trace minerals, its flavour and aroma are unlike any other honey in the world.​

Bursting with natural goodness, Mānuka honey is a true all-rounder for wellbeing.

Benefits & Uses of Manuka Honey For Wellbeing

the many uses of manuka honey

Naturally blurring the lines between pantry and medicine cabinet, Mānuka honey is beautifully versatile. It's sought after by people around the world who love the many different ways it supports their wellbeing.

Research to date has revealed Mānuka honey's potential wellbeing benefits in the following areas:

  • Wound care and skin care
  • Immune health and protection​
  • Soothing throat and coughs​
  • Gut and digestive health
  • Oral health ​
  • Natural energy boost

There is still much to discover about this amazing honey, and as leaders in Mānuka honey science, Manuka Health are committed to furthering the understanding of this potent natural superfood for the benefit of all.

Manuka Honey Is Also A Superfood For Your Skin 

woman using manuka honey as a facial

Mānuka Honey for Wound Care

Famous for its wound care properties, Mānuka honey has powerful long-lasting antibacterial activity when applied to wounds and broken skin. It speeds the healing process and helps to prevent scarring.
Clinical studies show that it is effective against a wide variety of bacteria including antibiotic-resistant strains. These unique healing benefits are why Mānuka honey is used for wound care in hospitals around the world.

Mānuka Honey for Skin Care

Loved by beauty therapists, Mānuka honey is also perfect for DIY home skin care. Because it's suitable for all skin types Mānuka honey can be used for general beautifying, or for more intensive care to nurture extra dry, depleted, aggravated or problem skin.
It’s so simple to use – just apply a thin layer to cleansed skin and leave on for at least 15 minutes, then gently rinse off with warm water and behold your new glow. Or try our specially formulated Mānuka skin treatments.

Not All Manuka Honey Is Created Equal

Be sure you're getting the best Mānuka honey Producing the purest and most potent Mānuka honey takes special knowledge and expertise. Look for the following when choosing your brand:

  • Trusted New Zealand brand with specialised processing facilities
  • Produced and packed in New Zealand​
  • Traceable right back to the beekeeper​
  • MGO & UMF cer​tified
  • Tested for quality, purity and authenticity
manuka health honey barcode

With Mānuka Health you can be confident you're getting the real deal

Each jar has a Trust Code – a unique QR code on its lid. This links to that exact jar of honey’s ‘birth certificate’ so you can see right away if the jar is authentic, and check its quality credentials. ​

To further protect our honey from counterfeit, Manuka Health have partnered with Oritain, a scientific traceability company that has created a unique fingerprint for their honey. This means any jar of our their honey can be traced back to its origin. ​

How to choose the right Mānuka honey for my needs?

different strengths of manuka health honey

One of the most popular questions we get asked is which Mānuka honey to choose. Mānuka Health pioneered MGO testing of Mānuka honey to provide a scientifically proven measure of the honey's potency and help you confidently choose the right Mānuka for your needs. Put simply, the higher the MGO number the more potent the honey.

As a general guide, Manuka Health recommend:

  • For use as a nutritious sweetener or for culinary use – go for the lower numbers MGO 30+ to MGO 115+
  • For daily protection and wellbeing enhancement – go for MGO 263+ or MGO 400​+
  • For more acute/targeted use, aim for the higher numbers – MGO 573+ and above ​

MGO - The Magic Manuka Ingredient

MGO stands for methylglyoxal, the naturally occurring compound that makes Mānuka honey special and gives it the unique potency that makes it so different to other honeys - to keep it simple, the higher the MGO the higher the potency.

MGO is an internationally recognised guide to help people confidently purchase Mānuka honey based on the trusted science of natural MGO potency.

Manuka Health honey is both MGO & UMF Certified

Manuka Healths iconic red MGO mark tells you how much MGO is in the jar (an indicator of its potency and power) and the UMF mark is an independent endorsement of New Zealand origin, quality and grade.

UMF is a trusted quality mark that assures consumers they are getting genuine New Zealand Mānuka honey and certifies it as the world's highest quality. The UMF Honey Association is also at the forefront of world-leading research into Mānuka honey to understand its benefits and quality.