Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey is only made in New Zealand. This rare and special honey is derived from bees who collect and transform nectar from the native Manuka Tree “Leptospermum scoparium” into wonderful Manuka Honey. The natural chemicals of this Manuka Flower give Manuka Honey its very special properties. 

The Manuka Tree is found throughout New Zealand and flowers only for a short period. Starting in late spring/early summer in the north to mid-summer in the south. Manuka has a long history as a respected medicinal plant, traditionally used by the New Zealand Maori people as a remedy for ailments such as infection, stomach complaints and insomnia. 
Recently Manuka Honey has been extensively researched in its possible benefits for skin care and its ability to fight infection, both topically and internally, through its powerful antibacterial properties. These properties make Manuka Honey stand out against other honeys such as clover honey, and has been used for years by those wanting to protect themselves against winters ills and chills, or for wound protection and skin conditions. 

What to look for in a Manuka Honey? 

1. Make sure it’s made and sourced in New Zealand. 

2. Check the UMF® rating. The UMF® (Unique Manuka Factor) corresponds to the measure of antibacterial properties that is present in the honey. The higher the rating, the higher number of antibacterial properties are present. For example, a ‘UMF® 10+ will have twice as many properties than a honey graded UMF® 5+ It’s also important to check the UMF® certification as well, making sure that it certified by a recognised laboratory.