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
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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. There are also a few terms you should be familiar with. For instance: Manuka honey UMF, Manuka honey OMA, and Manuka honey MGO.

Raw manuka active honey is not cheap, so you might want to familiarize yourself with the terms. Manuka raw honey is found where the Manuka flower grows, like New Zealand.

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).


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

Methylglyoxal (MGO)

Methylglyoxal (MGO) is the active compound in Manuka honey thought to give it’s anti-bacterial benefit
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Is your Manuka Honey UMF certified by the UMFHA

When it comes to the UMF rating of Manuka Honey, The UMFHA is the association that certifies. Check this list to see if the company you buy from is truly UMF certified.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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