What is Manuka honey?

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Manuka honey comes from the white flowers of the manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium), a native bush which grows in remote areas of New Zealand. The honey bee pollinates the Leptospermum scoparium flower and uses its nectar to create the Manuka honey.

What are the benefits of Manuka honey?

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The natural antibacterial properties found in Manuka set it apart from other types of honey. An active ingredient, ‘Methylglyoxal’ (MGO) is responsible for these antibacterial properties and has made manuka honey the popular natural medicine that it is today. 

Manuka honey effectively assists:

* Wound healing –  amplifying the regeneration of tissue and decreasing pain.

* Oral health – attacking harmful oral bacteria.

* Soothing a sore throat – reducing inflammation and bacteria that causes pain.

* Improved digestive system – attacking bacterial infection that causes bowel inflammation and diarrhea.

* Cystic Fibrosis – fighting bacteria that causes upper respiratory infection in the lungs.

* Treating Acne – keeping skin free of bacteria and decreasing inflammation.

* Antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

Not only that, but Manuka has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits too.

What does MGO and UMF® mean?

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MGO stands for methylglyoxal, the magic natural compound found in manuka honey that gives manuka its famous antibacterial properties. MGO grading has been created as a more accurate way to grade Manuka honey. The number found on your Keeper jar is directly related to the potency of the MGO compound.

UMF® stands for Unique Manuka Factor. UMF is a quality mark used to identify natural, unadulterated Manuka honey produced in New Zealand. The UMF® quality mark is registered in all key consumer markets. The UMF® number represents three chemical markers that demonstrate the purity and quality of the product. 

How do I work out the MGO number vs the UMF number?

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We’ve created a table so you can see the equivalent conversions between MGO and UMF®. For both MGO and UMF®, a higher number translates to a higher potency of manuka. The higher the potency of the manuka honey, the higher the quality of its antibacterial properties.


56      4+

113     6+

180     8+

263    10+

356    12+

459    14+

572     16+

696     18+

829     20+

How do I eat/use Manuka Honey?

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To reap the full rewards from manuka honey, it is best to eat raw. Adding manuka to boiling water often sterilises the honey, taking away its antimicrobial properties.

Ideas for eating/using manuka honey include:

* Stirring spoonfuls into your smoothie

* Make a salad dressing – vinegar, oil and Manuka honey

* Winter boost – Soothe a sore throat or include in a drink with lemon and warm water for a cold and wellbeing remedy. 

* Drizzle on pancakes, waffles or toast

* Replace sugar with manuka honey for baking goods

* Have some with your yoghurt