WHAT IS MANUKA HONEY?
Manuka honey is a rare and unique honey made by bees from the nectar of the New Zealand Manuka tree. The special qualities of Manuka honey come from the Manuka flower nectar.
Extensive scientific research has shown Manuka honey has remarkable natural qualities that set it apart from other honeys. Not all Manuka honey is equal though, and it requires specialist expertise to be at its natural best.
Manuka honey is only made in New Zealand and only during a few weeks every summer when the Manuka is in flower.
To capture the nectar flow the beehives must be placed in the wild remote Manuka areas at just the right time, and conditions have to be just right - strong winds will blow the flowers from the plants, while rain keeps the bees from venturing out of their hives. Making Manuka honey is a lot more challenging than common honeys like Clover which grows all year round in backyards everywhere!
Why choose organic honey
Right from the beginning we learned to keep our honey production as natural as possible.
We know in cities and farming areas that pollution, antibiotics and pesticides found on plants can end up in pollen and honey. These chemicals may be bad for our health and wellbeing.
As different countries have different limits on how much chemical residues are allowed in honey, we stand by our 100+ years of knowledge that organic is the safest way to produce honey.
Over time we’ve learned that honey is more than just a sweet toast-topping or raw food ingredient. It’s the ultimate medicinal food. We know that you buy honey when you’ve got a sore throat, a cold, skin infection or cut, or to boost your immune system.
To be certified organic the honey we produce for you has to come from hives which are more than 3km away from any area of intensive agriculture, has to be surrounded by primarily native vegetation and be traceable back to individual beehives.
We also have to show we use no synthetic chemicals or antibiotics have been used in our beehives or on our equipment. We use minimal heat to prevent damage to the honey taste and colour.
MANUKA HONEY BENEFITS
Take advantage of the exceptional benefits that organic New Zealand Manuka honey can provide. But be warned, not all Manuka honey is created equal. ‘Active’ Manuka honey means very little. Looking for the ‘MG-MGO’ number is what’s important.
The ‘MG’ is a little something called Methylglyoxal which makes Manuka honey so special. Scientific research has shown it’s the naturally occurring MG that’s unique to Manuka honey, giving its superfood properties. All honey contains some MG, but it’s found in highest amounts in Manuka honey.
So we have each batch of our organic Manuka honey tested independently by an IANZ accredited laboratory to measure the amount of MG. Research tells us that having a minimum of 50mg/kg MG is needed for reliable health properties. Because each of our organic Manuka honey products gives you the MG value you can rest assured knowing you’re getting Manuka honey with the unique active ingredient it’s renowned for.
MG-MGO VS UMF™
Both MG and UMF are trusted Manuka honey grading systems, and both measure MGO (methylglyoxal) content. Testing for MGO levels is important as they can vary greatly – not all Manuka honey is equal.
The MG Manuka Honey grading system is a precise and reliable test that simply and directly reflects the MGO content of the honey. The higher the MGO content the higher the grade of honey.
We’ve provided a handy correlation between MGO™ and UMF™ numbers here.
You can use this chart to see how UMF and MG line up.
UMF 5+ MG 83
UMF 10+ MG 263
UMF 12+ MG 354
UMF 15+ MG 514
UMF 18+ MG 692
UMF 20+ MG 826
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MORE THAN JUST ORGANIC NEW ZEALAND HONEY
Propolis is made by bees to repair and protect their hives. Propolis is high in bioflavonoids, types of antioxidant which may help protect the body from free radical damage. Free radical can damage healthy cells in the body.
What makes us really excited is the research showing that bioflavaniods found in propolis may have a role in reducing inflammation and stimulating the immune system, which may help with respiratory health and viral, bacterial or fungal infections.
Combining the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities of propolis with the superfood properties of our organic New Zealand Manuka honey makes a powerful product that we’ve packaged as both a tincture, throat spray and throat and chest syrup for you.