Warning: Before you buy, read “What is Manuka honey”!!!

//Warning: Before you buy, read “What is Manuka honey”!!!

Warning: Before you buy, read “What is Manuka honey”!!!

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.

Check List

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 of 9 Manuka Honey brands and there license number to make sure your brand of manuka honey is licensed by the UMFHA.
Check List
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
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  1. Jan C November 27, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I have been eating raw honey for quite a few years, not only because it’s healthy, but it makes for a great sweetener. I use it in my coffee, cereal, and many times just like to have something sweet, but don’t want to eat processed sweets or white sugar.

    I had a friend of mine tell me she was eating raw Manuka honey. My first thought was, what is Manuka honey, and what is so special about this raw honey. So I ask her and she told me that she was eating this certain kind of honey because of its antibacterial action. I knew raw honey was healthy for me, but I didn’t know why, other than it is straight from nature. So when I got home I looked it up on the net. There it was, What is Manuka honey. I’ve learned a lot about this honey, and have decided to try it. I’ll stop back and let you know how I like it once I’ve tried it. I’m very excited and can’t wait to try it.

  2. Billy November 29, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I have been eating Manuka honey active 400+. I thought I would try this Manuka honey 16+ UMF rating. Sounds pretty comparable, but was wandering what the difference between the two are. Is one more potent then the other, or are they totally different kinds of Manuka honey? What is Manuka honey active? Sorry about all the questions, but this honey is a better price than what I pay and I would like to purchase some if it is comparable.
    Thanks again,
    Billy B.

  3. Fanny December 3, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for clarifying the different terms associated with Manuka honey. I am going to buy some, mostly because I love honey. I have tried many different raw honey’s. I can’t say that I didn’t like any of them. They all seem to have a unique flavor to them. I hope Manuka honey is not a disappointment. It cost a little more, but if it has good benefits, it should be worth it. I’ll be back to let you know how it taste.

  4. Lisa December 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I love Manuka honey. It has a very unique taste, unlike any other honey I have ever tasted. I normally buy a umf of 10. Mostly because it is cheaper and has the unique Manuka taste. I never really understood what the umf factor really was. Now I’ve got to try this umf 16+. I’ll stop back and let you know if I notice any difference between the umf 10 and the umf 16.

  5. Stan December 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Great video, I can’t believe that someone is studying honey. That’s one for nature. I eat raw honey all the time, cause I’ve always heard it was good for you. Never heard of Manuka honey, but I sure would like to try it.
    Article: What is Manuka honey

  6. Kiley P. December 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I learned a lot from this article and why Manuka honey cost more than the typical organic raw honey. Before I purchase Manuka, I was wondering if you could tell me if it is grainy? The raw honey I’ve been eating is very grainy and I could just as well do without that. I would still consider purchasing, but this would help me decide.

  7. Wagner December 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I eat at least a teasp. of Manuka honey everyday, and have been over a year. The flavor is fantastic. I wish they would come out with a larger jar (thats cheaper because you buy more) so I could save a little money.

  8. David Brown January 4, 2012 at 2:09 am

    “Manuka raw honey is found where the Manuka flower grows” This sentence right here just makes me want to learn more about this interesting topic, I didn`t know anything about Manuka raw honey but it sounds like something I can`t miss learning about! Great read!!

  9. Tony Lee January 14, 2012 at 1:16 am

    In life you need to find and figure out new things to keep yourself and others around you entertained and not bored! well, this is something that I wanted to be able to tell some of my friends about! I’m sure they have never heard of Manuka honey. This will be a good conversation starter.

  10. Sonya P January 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I hope its not a bad thing that I don`t know exactly what the difference between clover honey and Manuka honey is… I had to read the post over and over again to actually understand what we were exactly talking about. This is such a unique and different type of post! I must tell some of my family members about this post, they would really enjoy it I am sure!

  11. iona johnston March 14, 2012 at 12:48 am

    There are SO many health benefits of Manuka honey! I love how it tastes and it is so good for you. In fact, if you cut yourself or scrape yourself, you’re supposed to use this as an antibiotic / antiseptic since bacteria CAN’T grow in honey! How cool is that?!

  12. Mike April 19, 2012 at 7:23 am

    From my online research, honey is an excellent anti-biotic for use on skin ulcers. And the Manuka Honey is the best of all honey’s. Spread it on and cover it with a bandage. Change it daily. It is an excellent regimen for healing my leg ulcers and it doesn’t cost several hundred dollars like the old prescription strength antiseptic cream and collagen cream. Glad I heard about this.

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