New Zealand’s indigenous Mānuka tree (Leptospermum Scoparium) has become world-renowned for the unique properties of its honey and its essential oil.
THE SUPER OIL
Mānuka Oil is the essential oil extracted from the leaf of the Mānuka plant using a steam distillation process. The essential oil has rare very strong Gram-Positive antimicrobial properties that correlate to the levels of ß-triketone compounds that can be found in the oil. These are known as Flavesone, Leptospermone, Isoleptospermoneand Grandiflorone; and are collectively known as Manuka Oil β ß-Triketones (MβßTK™).
All our Mānuka honey products carry the Mānuka Originz guarantee. This gives every customer the ability to trace their New Zealand Mānuka product all the way back to its source of origin.
The unique antimicrobial properties of Methylglyoxal (MGO), the naturally occurring compound in Mānuka honey, is what makes Mānuka honey so special. Because of these studied antimicrobial effects, MGO Mānuka Honey is used in products that support our wellbeing – Medical grade Mānuka honey is used to aid the healing process of cuts, burns and wounds in hospitals and clinics around the world.
What is ‘MGO’ Manuka Honey?
MGO a nutritional rating system that tests for the strength of Methylglyoxal within the honey. Methylglyoxal is a chemical compound naturally present in genuine Manuka that is one of the five elements that is tested for at the source. These tests ensure that all certified Manuka Honey in our UK shop is authentic and of the highest quality.
The number that accompanies the ‘MGO’ on the label represents the mg per kg of MGO and the related strength of antimicrobial activity – the greater the number, the stronger the activity. The strength of Manuka Lab honey is measured using the MGO system, and ranges from 40+ to 850+ MGO.
Which MGO rating will be right for me?
The strength of the MGO all depends on the activity you’re using it for. A daily spoonful, in a cup of coffee or over a breakfast cereal as a flavouring, can be at the lower end of the scale to aid your ongoing wellbeing. If you’re looking to build protection against colds, a higher level of MGO will be better to use in your recipes (while not a cure, the antibacterial effects of Manuka can at least form a much better defence).
Check out our quick ‘Manuka MGO Chooser’ quiz which, after a few lifestyle questions, will recommend a suitable MGO strength based on your answers
How genuine Manuka is protected.
With its great reputation and growing popularity, Manuka Honey is often subjected to counterfeiting. To combat this, all Manuka that is exported from New Zealand is subject to a strict legal requirement to ensure its authenticity. Four different chemicals and a DNA marker are tested before a batch is approved for export – this process allows us to retail genuine Manuka to our UK customers.
A New Zealand government standard is placed on packaging, which ensures that the product is shipped to the UK in the same jar. This is obviously important for us, as retailers, but it also places confidence in the customer that they are buying genuine Manuka from a trusted supplier.
Why you should always buy genuine New Zealand Manuka.
Much of the counterfeiting has been done by companies who have diluted Manuka with other, cheaper honey or with artificial chemicals that make their Manuka appear ‘stronger’ than what it once was. The truth is that they won’t be stronger – non-genuine Manuka will always be of a lesser quality and is simply trading on its reputation.
You should always look for the ‘packed in New Zealand’ and a government marker on any Manuka Honey product. Ensure you look up the company online and look at reviews to see if it’s a trusted brand beforehand too.
What is the difference between multi and mono floral Manuka Honey?
Mono and multi floral manuka honey are the two classifications under New Zealand law, at a glance these determine a number of factors about the honey:
When manuka honey is MULTIfloral, it means that the bees producing the honey visited the Manuka bush as well as other floral sources. This means that there is less overall Manuka nectar in the final product itself, but still must contain ‘wholly or mainly’ Manuka nectar over any other kind. As well as this, it needs to meet four naturally occurring markers and hit a certain score on a pollen test. Manuka Lab multifloral honey averages between 40 and 85 MGO.
On the other side, when a honey is MONOfloral, it means that the bees primarily visited the Manuka bush over any other floral source. Monofloral honey therefore has a much higher amount of Manuka nectar in the final product than multifloral honeys, and the more ‘pure’ nature of the honey can make it a very rare product. The highest MGO Monofloral honey in our collection is 850+ MGO.
What is the antimicrobial activity in Manuka honey?
Manuka honey is said to be an antimicrobial product because of the presence of MGO, the active ingredient.
Antimicrobial products kill or slow the spread of microorganism such as bacteria, types of fungus and various parasites – which is why Manuka honey is such a good daily boost to your immune system.
In addition to the presence of MGO in Manuka honey, it also is high in antioxidant phenolic acids, which causes the slightly bitter taste that you get with higher MGO levels.
Browse Our Range of Genuine Manuka
Please take the time to browse our Manuka product selection – each clickable product page contains more, specific information about each item. On each page you may also reviews left by our customers – providing you with a clear insight about the products they received, how they used them and their verdicts.
This is a great way to make an informed decision before you purchase – moreover, if you have any questions about the items you see (or on any aspect of Manuka Honey), we would be pleased to hear from you! Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org