What is manuka honey?

The Manuka flower is found through out New Zealand. It can be found on a shrub like tree that grows to around 26 feet tall and is pleasantly aromatic. The technical name is Leptospermum scoparium. More common names are:

  • New Zealand teatree
  • manuka
  • tea tree
  • manuka myrtle
  • broom tea-tree

What is Manuka honey? It’s a unique honey with many internal and external benefits. If you are going to buy manuka honey, there are a few things you ought to know and a few terms you should be familiar with. For instance: UMF Manuka honey, Manuka honey OMA, and Manuka honey MGO.

Raw manuka honey is found where the Manuka flower grows. New Zealand and Australia are the only two places on earth known to possess these flowers in abundance.

This honey is monofloral, meaning that the bees that produce the raw honey, extract the nectar from only one flower, the Manuka flower that

grows on the Manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium). That is why it is important that the manuka honey contain the UMF seal.

This tells you that the honey has been tested for the Unique Manuka Factor. It guarantees potency and purity. No other honey has been added. It is truly a mono-floral honey.

Amazon is a great place to go see what people are using manuka for and the results they are getting. These are individuals that buy manuka honey. They are either very happy or sometimes not so much. If you would like to read some of the reviews, you can go to Amazon Reviews and read what people are saying about manuka honey.


What is UMF and what does itf have to do with Manuka honey

Unique Manuka Factor

The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) is a standard that grades honey based on its anti-bacterial strength. It ranges from 0 to 30


What is OMA and what does it have to do with Manuka honey

Organic Manuka Active (OMA)

Organic Manuka Active (OMA) shows that the raw Manuka honey is certified organic, and active’


What is MGO and what does it have to do with Manuka honey


(MGO) is the active compound in Manuka honey thought to give it’s anti-bacterial benefit.

Comvita manuka honey benefits
Manuka honey and wound healing
Read Article

Manuka honey for beautiful skin

Manuka honey has been used on the skin for many years. Now there are several high quality products with manuka honey in them designed to relieve many symptoms.
Read Article

Manuka honey, the terms

Manuka honey UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. A standard that grades honey based on its anti-bacterial strength. It ranges from 0 to 30. Manuka honey OMA stands for Organic manuka active. This mark shows that the raw Manuka honey is certified organic, and active. Manuka honey MGO stands for methylglyoxal, which is the active compound in Manuka honey.

Manuka honey Monofloral means one flower (in this case, the bee takes from only one species of flower.

Interesting trivia on Manuka honey?

The Manuka plant only has a 3 to 4 week flowering period.
It takes one bee a lifetime to collect enough nectar to produce one teaspoon of honey.
Raw Organic Manuka Honey Active 16+ does not need to be refrigerated. Its anti-bacterial properties keeps it fresh. No need for preservatives.

Most do not recommend higher rating of 16+ for internal use. This raw manuka honey is an exceptional product used internally or externally.

What to look for when buying Manuka honey

What is Manuka honey: Technical articles

  • Chemical free honey
  • Antibiotic free honey
  • GMO free honey
  • Pesticide free honey
  • Certified organic honey
  • Unpasteurized honey
  • Monofloral honey
  • UMF rating
Technical article on why the non-peroxide  anti-bacterial content of  Manuka honey is important. Read article
Article on treating MSRA with Manuka honey and antibiotics. Read article
Comparing  methylglyoxal (MGO) against the  hydrogen peroxide content in Manuka honey and other honeys. Read article