Introducing Manuka honey – not your average runny honey
Manuka honey contains a ‘secret ingredient’ known as MGO (or methylglyoxal) which boosts its profile due to its anti-bacterial properties.
Where does Manuka honey come from?
Manuka honey gets its name from where it’s come from; the flowers from the Manuka bush native to New Zealand. The Manuka flowers blossom throughout the New Zealand summer time, whilst we’re shivering here in the UK! Bees forage from these flowers and then produce Manuka honey back in their hives.
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Why would I use Manuka honey instead of normal honey?
Here’s where it gets science-y. All honey contains hydrogen peroxide, which has natural anti-bacterial effects. In normal honey, these effects are lost when the hydrogen peroxide breaks down. However, in Manuka honey, its anti-bacterial properties remain well after the hydrogen peroxide has disappeared.
What are the benefits of Manuka honey?
Manuka honey is renowned for its antibacterial properties. Normal honey has a good rep in this field, too, but Manuka honey’s MGO content puts it ahead of the game. A big shout out goes to the bees who choose to frequent the Manuka bush, as the antibacterial substance DHA originates in the nectar of Manuka flowers. The bees then carry it back to the hive and transform it into MGO-rich Manuka honey for us to enjoy – bee-utiful!
Soothes and calms sore throats. You’ve probably been advised to drink some hot tea and honey when you have a sore throat. This is because honey does an amazing job at soothing those sore throats caused from coughing and illness. Pair that with Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties and you’re on to a winner!
How can I use Manuka honey?
Manuka honey has been used for centuries by ancient tribes in food and on their skin – it’s very versatile! Whether you spread it over your toast in the morning, add it to a smoothie or use it in your beauty routine – it’s definitely the new kitchen and beauty staple.
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How can I spot Manuka honey vs normal honey?
It’s easy to tell the difference! Normal honey has a yellow/orange colour and is usually runny and transparent. Manuka honey has a thicker consistency and has more of an orange/brown colour. You’ll also be able to tell whether it is genuine Manuka honey by looking out for certified labels.
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What do the numbers mean?
When buying a pot of Manuka honey, you’ll notice lots of different numbers on the label. These numbers identify the potency of the MGO – basically, the higher the number the better the antibacterial effects. But no matter which strength you choose, every jar will be packed full of benefits. Enjoy!
How do I know I’m buying real Manuka honey?
In 2018, we made the decision as a brand to adopt new stringent guidelines, in line with the New Zealand government approved standard, that ensured customers know they are buying genuine New Zealand Manuka Honey. Testing in both New Zealand, where our Manuka honey is harvested, and by Fera labs in the UK, ensures customers only get the purest, strongest, undiluted Manuka Honey, where antibacterial strength is measured and presented in a robust and transparent way.
For all other honey varieties, we ask our suppliers to meet Good Manufacturing Process in quality, traceability and taste, to ensure everything on our shelves is of the highest standard.
Last updated: 19 August 2020