Manuka honey is not like your everyday honey. It is made from bees that pollinate manuka tree flowers. Commonly known as tea-tree, the manuka tree grows only in New Zealand and southern parts of Australia. Indigenous people have been using the healing properties of this honey for many centuries.

Manuka honey has very potent anti-bacterial properties. It contains a special compound called methylglyoxal (MG). The more concentrated MG is in the honey, the stronger the antibiotic effects. This honey is also very rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids.

Apiarists (bee keepers) producing manuka honey have each batch tested to determine its bioactivity. Honey is then given a rating, known as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). The UMF range is 5 to 15 or higher. The higher the UMF rating, the more powerful are the antimicrobial activity properties of the honey. High grade manuka honey can help to protect from harmful bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and E-coli.  Manuka honey over UMF 10+ is considered to very active and medical grade.

This high grade manuka honey is so powerful that it is used in hospitals to treat burn victims and care for other minor wounds. Researchers at Ottawa University in Canada found that manuka honey can be used to heal lesions that are otherwise untreatable. This is thought to be because the properties of the honey not only destroy harmful bacteria, but they also help to restore the balance of good bacteria needed by the body. In some instances, it has been shown that manuka honey is more effective than antibiotics. So far, researchers haven’t found viruses or bacteria that are able to build up a resistance to the bioactive properties of this honey.

Manuka honey helps to boost the body’s immune function, speeding up new cell growth and repairing tissue. It is also a humectant, drawing in moisture to the skin and helping to protect against dehydration. Manuka honey is excellent for skincare because it nourishes, hydrates, rejuvenates and protects.