Australian Manuka Honey

Australian Manuka Honey

Australian Manuka Honey
Australian Native Bee on Tea Tree Bush, Source Wikicommons, TTaylor

Australian Manuka Honey and New Zealand Manuka Honey have some of the highest antibacterial properties in the world.  It is one reason why it is one of nature’s most sought after super foods.

Manuka Honey is created when bees visit the flowers produced by the Leptospermum plant (also called the Manuka Bush or Native Tea Tree Plant) which is native to New Zealand, Australia and some plants have even been found in South East Asia.  To learn more about the botanicals involved with this plant, please click here. Continue reading “Australian Manuka Honey”

Manuka Honey Rating System

Manuka Honey Rating System

This slide helps explain UMF and MGO, Source Comvita, 2017

Don’t get ripped off next time you go to purchase Manuka Honey.  Many customers over pay for their Manuka Honey simply because they don’t know which products are authentic and genuine and worth the extra price.  A quality Manuka Honey Rating System would definitely help people out here.  Join us as we attempt to explain the two most common rating systems used to identify the quality level of Manuka Honey.

This chart will help you next time you go to make a purchasing decision, because you will know that the higher number is worth the extra money.  Don’t get ripped off ever again!

Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Honey rating system

There are two main Industry Rating Systems used today.  The first one is called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Honey rating system.  It is an international trademarked rating system owned by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association.

Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association. Source 2017

The New Zealand producer needs to pay for an independent laboratory test to prove the purity and quality of the Manuka Honey contained in the jar. These include: the key markers of Leptosperin, Hydroxymethylfurfural (DHA) and Methylglyoxal.  (source:


The UMF rating system tests the level of antibacterial performance of raw Manuka honey and compares it to a known disinfectant – phenol. This means that a UMF rating of 20+ is equivalent in strength to a 20% solution of phenol.

In order for a jar of Manuka Honey to be considered “active”, it must have a UMF of 10+ (source: Aliveplushoney, 2017).

Methylglyoxal Rating System MG or MGO

The MGO rating is a trademarked measure of the Methylglyoxal content of Manuka honey. The trademark owners are Manuka Health New Zealand Ltd. Industry competitors often use the generic term MG to represent the levels of Methylglyoxal found in their honey. The MGO rating (or MG rating) measures the levels of Methylglyoxal content ONLY and it does NOT measure the levels of Leptosperin or Hydroxymethylfurfural (DHA).

Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Honey rating system vs MGO (or MG)

This slide helps explain UMF and MGO. Source: Comvita, 2017

Manuka UMF and MGO explained by Manuka Natural

Video Author: Manuka Natural                   Date Published: Nov 26, 2013

Welcome to Manuka Natural in New Zealand. I am Bill Gluyas and in an earlier video I mentioned the relationship between the compound Methylglyoxal referred to on some Manuka Honey labels as MGO and the longer standing method of interpreting the antimicrobial activity of Manuka Honey, UMF or Unique Manuka Factor.

Now today, I have drawn a small graph, its just indicative only. It gives us the relationship of the quantity of Methylglyoxal in Manuka Honey and the UMF Rating.

So you can see here that if we had a UMF level of for example of UMF 10+, it would be somewhat similar to around about 200 to 250 on the scale of Methylglyoxal which is measured in milligrams per kilogram of honey.

It’s not a linear, its not a straight line graph.  As the UMF level of certification increases upto say UMF 25+, which is really quite rare, the proportion of Methylglyoxal is (somewhat lower). Well it has to be so much higher in fact to reach that 25 UMF+ level.

Methylglyoxal is not the only compound that is responsible for the antimicrobial properties of Manuka Honey and it is only a measure of the quantity or the concentration of Methylglyoxal in the honey. Not totally, the antimicrobial properties or the antimicrobial effect of the honey in total.

UMF is a measure of how effective it is against certain bacteria. Methylglyoxal is a measure of the concentration of Methylglyoxal compound in the honey.

So if you have any comments, please comment to us and we will come back to you on that. Or if you think that other people could be interested in this explanation, please feel welcome to share this with other people.

If you would like to know more information about the amazing befits of Manuka Honey, please click here.

How do you use your honey at home? Do you use Manuka Honey or are you thinking of using Manuka Honey?  Please feel free to leave any comments, tips or advice regarding honey or any sweeteners in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by our website today.

New Zealand Manuka Honey


Australian Honey Bee


Australian and New Zealand Beekeepers have long known an industry secret. That raw honey produced from bees that visit the Australian and New Zealand Native Plant Leptospermum (Native Tea Tree Plant) contain some of the highest bacterial properties in the world.  Australia has over 83 species of Manuka trees (Leptospermum) and New Zealand has one.

Australian Manuka Honey & New Zealand Manuka Honey is now being adapted into medical grade honey to help in the treatment of serious wound and skin infections such as Golden Staph, E-Coli and other superbugs.

To find out more about this amazing honey, please click here.

“Antibiotic resistance is a global health problem and the industry pipeline for new antibiotics is running dry. Honey is steadily emerging in clinics as an alternative treatment for various infections (source:

Here is a short video, 3 minutes video on New Zealand Manuka Honey collection. The video author is Bee PlusNZ.

Video Title is Bee+ Manuka Honey Northland New Zealand

Video Author is: Bee PlusNZ                             Video Date is: 6 Dec, 2015

Find out today how Australian & New Zealand Manuka Honey can help you.
Manuka Health – MGO 550+ Manuka Honey, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey, 8.75 oz (250 g)

Manuka Health NZ 8.8 oz pot (250 g)


How to Identify Pure Manuka Honey

What’s The Quickest Way For Customer’s To Identify Pure Manuka Honey?

Consumers are often uncertain about what to look for when buying pure Manuka Honey.  There is a lot of confusion around identifying the markers of genuine Manuka Honey and how customers can be sure that they are in fact buying pure Manuka honey.

This short 2 minute video helps us answer this question. The Author is Ka Noa Manuka and it’s called: Identifying Genuine Manuka Honey.

To learn more about the benefits of Manuka Honey, please click here.               To learn more about the Manuka Honey rating system, please click here.

Have you ever been confused when trying to buy pure Manuka Honey?  What are your personal do’s or don’t to look for when purchasing Manuka Honey?  Do you have any helpful advice that might help someone else out?  I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.  Thank you for stopping by.

Single Bee on Honeycomb, Courtesy of Pixabay, Womby


Video Title: Identifying Genuine Manuka Honey
Video Author: Ka Noa Manuka  Published: February 1, 2017

To many consumers, there has always been a lot of confusion as to how to tell what is a Genuine Manuka Honey.  Unfortunately, a lot of Manuka Honey branded products are not what they claim to be.

Manuka Honey comes from the nectar of the flower of the manuka bush – Leptospermum scoparium, which is native to New Zealand.  Manuka Honey is a rare and special type of honey with  unique properties which is what makes it so desirable worldwide.

Manuka honey is made when bees collect the nectar from the flower of the Manuka bush, and store it in the honeycomb.  The unique design of the honeycomb causes evaporation to take place, creating the thick sweet liquid that we call honey.

While 56% of the UK population are aware of Manuka Honey a staggering 73% of people don’t know why it’s different.

To really understand if Manuka honey is genuine or not, It would probably have to come from a retailer that I trusted.

The excessive number of grading systems in the UK market currently, has led to a position which is confusing consumers.

With the demand for Manuka Honey soaring, many unscrupulous suppliers have been exploiting this opportunity and misleading consumers.

When it comes to the grading systems on Manuka Honey, I really don’t know that much about it and I would say that I wouldn’t know where to find out about it either.

Fera and the FHAA have been working together on a world leading science programme, we have been trying to identify compounds which are unique to Manuka Honey.  This allows us to ensure the consumer that they are getting a genuine product.   So the research that we have been undertaking has involved taking nectar which has come from the Manuka bush in New Zealand and comparing the compounds which are present in them from Manuka Honey.  There are around 200 of these which we have identified.  Of these 200 which we have identified, three are absolutely unique.  The three compounds that we have identified are Hydroxymethylfurfural, Leptosperin and Methylglyoxal. 

Leptosperin is a unique signature compound that defines authenticity of a Manuka honey.

Our knowledge of the unique signature compounds in Manuka Honey allow us to grade it according to purity and quality using the UMF grading system.  When you see the UMF quality mark, it means that the honey has been tested to a high standard and we do that test in here at Fera, so we can be absolutely certain that honey that contains the UMF marking contains the genuine Manuka honey.




Having this research validated by Fera offers consumers greater protection and confidence in the products that they buy.  The Manuka Honey Industry is committed to this independent scientific research and will support the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association on this journey, as well as supporting the unique mark.

If it has that mark I will buy it, if not I won’t.


Thank you for stopping by today and watching this quick video.  Please leave any helpful, comments, suggestion or tips on how to buy pure manuka honey in the field below.

Thanks again.


How Is Honey Made?

Many people are curious and want to know How Is Honey Made?

So to answer this question, I have searched the web and found a great little educational video which I think could really help you to answer this fascinating question. How is Money Made?

The author is It’s Okay To Be Smart by PBS Digital Studios. Video length is 6 minutes and we thank them for producing this short educational video.

If you would like to learn more information about Manuka Honey specifically, please click here.

I hope you really like it.  I welcome any comments or feedback in the Comments section below.

Thank you for stopping by.

How Do Bees Make Honey?

It’s Okay To Be Smart by PBS Digital Studios

Publish date of March 28, 2016

The Western or European Honeybee (Apis mellifera) pollinates ¾ of the fruit, vegetables and nuts that we eat.  We would be in trouble without them. Of course there is a reason we don’t call them zucchini bees, almond bees or Applebees, they also give us honey.

One healthy hive will make and consume more than 50 kilograms of honey a single year.  And that takes a lot of work.  Honey is made from nectar, but it doesn’t come out of flowers as that golden sticky stuff. But after finding a suitable food source, bees dive in head first, using their long specially adapted tongues to slurp up tiny sips of nectar into one of two stomachs.  A single bee may have to drink from more than  1,000 flowers to fill its honey stomach, which can weigh as much as the bee itself when it is full of nectar.

Now on the way back to the hive, digestive enzymes are already working to turn that nectar into sweet gold.  when she returns to the hive, the forager bee will vomit the nectar into the mouth of another worker and that bee will vomit the nectar into another bees mouth and so on.

This game of regurgitation telephone is an important part of the honey making process.  Since each bee adds more digestive enzymes to turn long chains of complex sugars in the raw nectar into simple mono saccharides like fructose and glucose.  Now at this point the nectar is still pretty watery, so the bees beat their wings and create an air current inside the hive to evaporate and thicken the nectar. Finally capping the cell with beeswax so the enzyme rich bee barf can complete its transformation into honey.

Because of it’s low water content and acidic ph. Honey isn’t a very inviting place for bacteria or yeast spoilage.  It has an incredibly long shelf life, either in the hive or in your pantry.  Honey has even been found in Egyptian tombs dating back thousands of years, pretty much unspoilt.  Although I wouldn’t personally eat it, you know, just in case.

For one (1) pound (1lb of honey), 10,000 of foraging bees will together fly more than three times around the world and visit upto 8 million flowers.  That takes teamwork and organisation and while they can’t talk, they do communicate, with “body language”.

Bee foragers “dance” to tell other bees where to find food. A circle dance means flowers are pretty close to the hive, but for food that is further away, they get their waggle on.

The waggle dance of the Honey Bee was first decoded by Karl von Frisch and it’s definitely one of the coolest examples of animal communication in nature. First the bee walks in a straight line wagging it’s body back and forth and vibrating their wings.  Before repeating in a figure 8 shape. Whatever angle the bee walks while waggling, tells the other bees what direction to go.

If it’s straight up the line to the honeycomb then the food is in the direction of the sun.  If the dance is pointed to the left of the right, the other bees know to fly at that angle relative to the sun. The longer the “waggle” the further away the food is.  The better the food, the more excited the bee shakes it’s body.

If that is not amazing enough, even if they can’t see the sun itself, they can infer where it is and the time of day by reading the polarization of light in the blue sky.

A single bee is a pretty simple creature but together they create highly complex and social societies.  There are three main classes in a bee hive,  Drones, Workers and Queens.  Now when a new queen is born, she  immediately runs around and kills her sisters.  Because there can be only one.

During mating season she will fly to a distant hive and mate with several males and then store away their sperm, which she will use back at her home hive to lay more than 1000 eggs per day throughout the rest of her life.

Any unfertilized eggs, those that don’t meet up with sperm, will mature into male drones.  Which means they only have one set of chromosomes.

All fertilized eggs are all genetically female and are destined to be either Queen Bees or workers. Queens do the egg laying of course, but worker bees are the backbone of the beehive.

Queen Bee in Hive with worker bees. Source: Wikimedia Commons

So what makes most females become workers while just one wears the hive crown?  A baby bees diet activates genetic programming that shifts its entire destiny.  Every bee larvae is initially fed a nutrient rich food called “Royal Jelly”.  But after a few days, worker bee babies are switched to a mixture of pollen and honey called “bee bread”.  But Queens eat royal jelly their whole life, even as adults.   Scientists used to think that it was just Royal Jelly that put Queens on the throne.  Just last year, they discovered one chemical in Bee Bread, the food the Queen don’t get, that keeps worker bees sterile.  Being a Queen seems to be just as much about what bees don’t eat as well as what they do.

Making honey is insect farming on it’s grandest scale. With intricate societies cooperating to make a food to fit for bear tummies, big and small.  With the pleasant side effect of pollenating most of the world’s flowering plants.   I’d say that it’s a “pretty sweet deal”.

Stay Curious.

To learn more about  Manuka Honey, please click here.

To watch more videos by The author is It’s Okay To Be Smart and PBS Digital Studios please click here. 

What did you think about how bees make honey?  Did you learn something new?  Can you add any personal stories to information above?  If yes, please feel free to leave any comments in the section below.  Thank for visiting my site and watching this video.

Honey and Milk

Honey and Milk

Milk with Honey, Source WikiMedia Commons







Hello Friend,

I was talking to a friend of mine recently and they said how they had trouble sleeping at night.  Can you relate to this as well sometimes?

We are all a bit like a “bear” during the day if we haven’t had a good night sleep the night before.   So, we did a quick search of the internet for all natural sleep remedies and low and behold, “Honey and Milk” popped up as a great combination for a DIY sleep remedy health hack!.

We were so impressed with the results, so we thought we would share the information with you.

Did this Honey and Milk remedy work for you? What do you prefer to you use instead?  If you are lactose intolerant, what is a great alternative to use?

Please let us know in your comments below.  If you have any suggestions regarding upcoming articles or Honey topic that you would like to know more about, please feel free to let us know as well.

If you would like to know more about Manuka honey, please click here.

Thank you for stopping by today.


Video Title:  Honey and Milk Magic Sleep Remedy

Video Author: Article-TUBE2            Date Published: July 2016

You can’t sleep , so you wake up every morning tired and sleepy?

Well don’t worry, because we have the right answer for you.

If you suffer from insomnia, then you should definitely try this home made mixture of milk and honey.

This is the most effective ancient sleep remedy. All you have to do is drink just one cup of this remedy before you go to sleep and you will fall asleep in less than 10 minutes.

People used honey and milk for centuries to make remedies for insomnia, even if you consume them separately, they are both extremely effective ingredients, but their effects are multiplied by a couple of times if they are combined and consumed together.

Milk, Source Pixabay, Couleur

We can also mention that Honey is one of the sugary ingredients which cause a controlled increase in the amount of insulin being secreted, which also promotes tryptophan to be released into the brain.  So this compound tryptophan is being converted into serotonin which promotes a feeling of relaxation.  And the serotonin is usually converted to melatonin, a well-known sleep aid.

So if you understand this chemical pathway, then you can see why honey and milk are used to improve your sleep and to reduce insomnia.

Honey and Milk Magic Sleep Remedy

  • 6 ounces of milk (170 mls of milk)
  • 1 drop of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (5 grams)


Pour the milk into a small saucepan and put it on heat.  Wait until it is warm, but not boiling.

Then remove it from the heat and pour it into the glass.

Then you need to add the vanilla and the honey.

Stir well and drink it slowly before you go to sleep.

Note: For people who are lactose intolerant, follow the same recipe, but replace the milk with a lactose free substitute, just like soy, rice or almond milk.

Did this Honey and Milk remedy work for you? What do you prefer to you use instead?  If you are lactose intolerant, what is a great alternative to use?

Please let us know in your comments below.  If you have any suggestions regarding upcoming articles or Honey topic that you would like to know more about, please feel free to let us know as well.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Is Honey Healthy?

Is Honey Healthy?

Honeycomb, Source Pixabay

In today’s topic we look at our favourite pantry item – RAW HONEY.

In today’s busy lifestyles, more and more people are pausing for a moment to ask themselves “Is Honey Healthy?”  Even pantry staples that they have been consuming day in day out for decades.

This is a perfectly natural and wonderful thing to do.  Raw Honey is nature’s sweetener made naturally from bees working away in the Hive.

To learn more about the benefits of honey, please click here.

What do you think about honey? Do you think honey it’s healthy?  I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments below.

Video Title: Is Honey Healthy? 

Author: Dr. Josh Axe                               Date Published:  Jun 27, 2013

Hey Guys. Dr Axe here and welcome to the Chopping Block.  Today our guest on the Chopping Block is Honey.

Honey is a sweetener which has been used for thousands of years.  It has some health benefits and maybe some negatives along with it.  We will see if in the end, if Honey get “chopped or not?”.

Now a little bit of background on honey over the last 100 years.  Honey has been started to be bottled by BIG companies and there was a study done recently by Texas A&M University and when they went and tested 60 different brands of honey, they found that 77% of Branded honey contained no pollen what-so-ever.

The reason is that most honey today is heated and it’s ultra filtered to where what you get when you finally get it in the bottle, is no pollen.  Pollen is where most of the health benefits come from. Also they filtered out the proteins, the anti-oxidants and they damaged some of the other vital nutrients which are found in real, raw honey today.  So that’s just one of the major problems with honey today is that there is a lot of “honey fraud” going on, where when they tested companies like Wal-mart and Costco and KFC and McDonald’s they found that their honey contained ZERO pollen and ZERO of these other nutrients what-so-ever.  So there is a lot of bad honey out there.

Now lets talk about the good in honey.  Now if you look at honey and it’s found in its Raw Form (like I have in this bottle here). Raw Local honey is packed with Pollen.  Pollen can actually help you boost your immune system and help you fight allergies.

One major benefit is the immune boosting and the allergy fighting effects of honey.  Another major benefit of Raw Local Honey is that it can actually help to heal wounds.  If you get a cut on your arm or try to heal a cut, again you can put this directly on it and it again, help fight off bad bacteria in your system.  So again there are many benefits of honey.

One negative of Honey is that it does contain some sugar.  Now it’s in one of the most natural forms of sugar in fructose, but if you were  trying to burn fat or lose weight or just  get sugar out of your diet, then you probably don’t want to be consuming any sugars what-so-ever, so you may take honey off the list.

So when it comes to honey being on the Chopping Block… honey is not getting chopped.  We are keeping it here, we are keeping it whole.

Again, honey is my ABSOLUTE favourite, all-natural sweetener.  Just remember you use honey in moderation and it is staying here on the chopping block and it is not getting chopped.

Thank you from: Maximise Your Health with Dr Axe

What is your favourite way to use Honey?  How do you like to use it at home?  Do you put it on your breakfast or in your smoothie or do you bake with it.  I look forward to reading your thoughts and ideas about honey in the comments below. Thank you for watching.

What do you think about honey? Do you think it’s healthy?  I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments below.



Manuka Honey v Raw Honey

Manuka Honey v Raw Honey

Honey Jars, Source: Flickr, Vicki Brock

OK maybe you have heard people talking about Manuka Honey and how special this kind of honey is.

But have you ever stopped and asked yourself “So what exactly is the difference between this Manuka Honey v Raw Honey or Supermarket honey?



Well today we are trying to help solve that mystery for you.

As a consumer it’s great to know the differences between Manuka Honey and Raw Honey.

This information will definitely help you decide which honey to buy, next time you are in either your local health food store, farmers market or Supermarket.

Also, to learn some other “health hacks”, please feel free to visit my friends website at Holistic Health Hacks, for tips on how live better naturally. – Holistic Health Hacks – Feel Good. Live Better

Title: Manuka vs Raw Honey

Author: Health Cloud   Date published: April 16, 2014   Video length: 2 minutes

Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey is simply honey which has only been made by a Manuka Tree.

Manuka tree is native to New Zealand.  Manuka Honey differs from Generic Honey because it is significantly higher in an anti-bacterial compound called Methylglyoxal (MG).   This compound has been known to promote the health of the digestive system and help wounds heal.

Manuka Honey also contains a number of other known bio-active antibacterial components, which when combined with Methylglyoxal (MG) gives manuka honey it’s very powerful anti-bacterial properties.

Because many of these compounds are sensitive to farming methods, heat and light, then the quantities of these compounds of Manuka Honey can vary dramatically from one source of Manuka Honey to the other.

The Unique Manuka Factor or UMF, represents the Total Antibacterial Power of a batch of Manuka Honey.  (To get more information on the honey rating system, please click here.)

The higher the UMF factor, it indicates higher UMF abilities.

The UMF factor is often displayed on the jar and is considred to be a reliable medical measure of its antibacterial properties.

As most Manuka honey producers heat the honey to process it, many bio-active components are destroyed in the processing.

Manuka Honey V Raw HoneyThe top health Benefits of Manuka honey are:

  • Promote Digestive System Health
  • Helps to Heal Wounds
  • Powerful Antibacterial Properties
  • Unique Manuka Factor
Raw Honey, source Flickr

Raw Honey

Raw honey can be made from any plants and it is simply honey which has not been heated.

This means that any heat sensitive bio-active compounds are not destroyed in the processing.

Raw Honey BenefitsExamples of these bio-active compounds are:

  • Bee-Defensin Which is a powerful anti-bacterial agent, which is know to promote digestive health.
  • Caffeic Acid Another phenolic compound which is a powerful anti-oxidant.
  • Catechins Another phenolic compound which is also found in green tea.

Catechins are also a known powerful anti-oxidant and are associated with protecting the cardio-vascular system.

Due to the natural variation in honey, there no guarantees as to how much of these beneficial compounds will be present in each jar of raw honey.

This makes it’s potency less reliable than Manuka Honey.

So in short, Manuka Honey is a powerful anti-bacterial agent, which is tested for potency. Whereas raw honey has much more beneficial compounds, but the quantity is not measured.

Manuka V Raw Honey Benefits





So in summary Manuka Honey v Raw Honey

Raw Honey

Manuka Honey

  • Full of Beneficial Bio-Active compounds such as:
  • Promote digestive system health
  • Bee-Defensin
  • Helps to heal wounds
  • Caffeic Acid
  • Powerful Anti-bacterial properties
  • Catechins
  • Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) / Antibacterial power
  • No Guarantee of Potency, Less reliable than Manuka Honey
  • Often processed using heat, destroying many beneficial bio-active compounds.