Medical Grade Manuka Honey

Medical Grade Manuka Honey

Adult Beekeeper
Adult Beekeeper, Source Pixabay, Pexels

Did you know that some Manuka Honey is so full of health benefits that it can be rated for Medical uses?  Yes, medical grade Manuka Honey actually exists!

This is because it is jam packed with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.  These powerful properties act as a healing agent for the body.

This makes it a fabulous all-natural healing “go-to solution” for your medicine cabinet at home.How does Medical Grade Manuka Honey work?

Genuine Manuka Honey is graded according to a plant based phenol rating system.  Each batch of Manuka Honey is then Independently tested in a laboratory and allocated a strength via the producers rating system.  The main rating systems used in the Manuka Honey industry are based on the UMF, MG/MGO or NPA rating scale.

The best way to check if your Manuka Honey is certified or not is to look for these trademarked symbols.

Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association
Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association Logo, Source

The UMF rating system is a trademarked term and tests for the unique combination of three (3) compounds which are unique to Manuka Honey.

The compounds tested are Methylglyoxal, Leptosperin and  Hydroxymethylfurfural.  The UMF rating symbol looks like three honeycombs with a black Y in the middle (as displayed to the left). For more information on the compounds tested via the UMF rating system, please click here.

MGO Trademark
MGO Trademark, Source Australian Trademark Search. Manuka Health New Zealand

The MGO rating system is a trademarked term and looks like this.  The trademark is owned by a New Zealand Manuka Honey producer by the name of Manuka Healthy New Zealand.

The MG rating found on many jars / pots of Manuka Honey represents the Methylglyoxal rating of the honey and is not a trademarked term.


  • NPA rating system stands for Non-peroxide activity level of the Manuka Honey and is not a trademarked term. The non-peroxide activity or NPA level is usually represented as text typed onto the packaging of the jar / pot of Manuka Honey. For more information, please click here.

For more information regarding Manuka Honey Rating Systems, please click here.

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

When selecting Manuka Honey, in order to start getting any benefits from the powerful microbial activity, you should look for Manuka Honey graded UMF 5+ or MG/MGO of around 100 or more.  This is the best way to ensure that the antimicrobial properties of the manuka honey are in a dosage large enough to begin working on the body.

For Manuka Honey to be classified as medical grade, the rating system used should indicate a rating of 15+ or MG/MGO 514+ or higher.  Some very, very strong manuka honey has been awarded a grading of UMF 20+ or MG/MGO 829.  This is the strongest of the strongest Manuka Honey.

Just for clarification sake – this Manuka Honey IS VERY RARE indeed.  Consumers need to pause before purchasing Manuka Honey of this strength in order to make sure the are purchasing it from a reputable producer.  This is the only way to avoid being ripped off and paying top dollar for inferior Manuka Honey.

Honey on Food Plate
Honey on Food Plate, Source Pixabay, StockSnap

How do you use your Manuka Honey at home?  Do you only use it with food and cooking?  Have you ever tried it on wound of any sort?  How did it go? Did you get a great result?  Was it sticky and ended up on your pillowcase or clothing?

Please feel free to leave any comments, suggestions or helpful tips in the comments section below.

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Why Are Manuka Honey Dressings Superior To Other Wound Dressings?

Video Author: Manuka Health New Zealand       Video Date: January 18, 2012

Professor Peter Molan

Professor in Biosciences and Director of the Honey Research Unit of Waikato University, Hamilton N.Z.

Why are Manuka Honey Dressings Superior?

Manuka Honey applied in a dressing of a wound has features which are quite different from other dressings and the one important feature is that it creates a moist environment.  Now most of the modern wound dressings aim to create a moist environment, but with those, the moist conditions can favour bacterial growth and there are, with some of these that create moist conditions that are warnings or advice not to use them on the infected wounds, because of them encouraging bacterial growth.

Injury on Hand
Injury on Hand, Source Pixabay, Hans

Now because you have got the anti-bacterial activity, the very broad spectrum potent antibacterial activity with Manuka Honey, you won’t have any risk of bacterial growth in those moist conditions.

It also means that as a dressing it will not stick to a wound. If a dressing sticks to a wound when you peel it off, not only is it painful, it is also ripping away all the new growth repairing that wound, it gets taken away with the dressing.

A Manuka Honey dressing, because it draws out fluid, sits on a thin layer of diluted honey and it won’t stick to the wound.

And you get the features of the honey which will help with the healing process, the stimulation of the growth of the cells for repair.  The stimulation of the white blood cells to help with the clearing up infection.

The anti-inflammatory action which will remove the inflammation,  which is what stops a wound from healing and also it’s what makes the wound painful so honey will have a soothing effect on a painful wound when it’s used as a dressing.

The anti-inflammatory activity will stop the oozing out of fluid from a wound, the serum oozing out, which is the result of inflammation opening up the blood vessels and if a suitable dressing is used which will keep the honey there and will absorb that fluid without allowing the honey to be washed out,  like it would get washed out of an ordinary cotton type of dressing.

That will decrease the inflammation and you will find then, that you don’t need to change the dressing very frequently.  If you don’t hold enough honey on and keep it there, it isn’t absorbent enough to handle that fluid without the honey getting flushed away.  You won’t decrease the inflammation in a badly inflamed wound.  If the dressing is good enough to handle the fluid without the honey getting flushed away, then even on the wettest wounds, the worst cases you will find that the anti-inflammatory activity of the honey will very quickly cut down that amount of fluid coming out. So that you may need to change the dressing once a day for the first day or two of the worst cases and then change it every three (3) days and then after a week you will probably be down to only needing to change the dressing once per week.

Another way that the honey differs from other dressings is that it stops the bad smells that you get from bacterial action in a wound. When you have a wound kept moist with other dressings it can get very smelly.   Because of the action of the honey on the bacteria it stops the production of those bad smelling compounds.

MRSA on a Petri Dish
MRSA on a Petri Dish, Source Wikipedia, Xishan01

That anti-bacterial activity works on all types of bacteria which may be inflected in the wound and this includes the so called “superbugs”, the multi-resistant MRSA and the antibacterial resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae are the common ones. There is one that has been in the news of late and other “superbugs” that antibiotics don’t work on.

Manuka Honey will work on all of those.

And a big advantage of using it as a wound dressing on infected wounds is that you don’t need to know what the species is that is causing the infection.  You don’t need to get swabs and test for anti-biotic sensitivity.  Because of the very broad spectrum of action of the honey, it will actually work on whatever the species is that you need, without you needing to know.

Why Manuka Honey dressings are superior

  • Moist environment and anti-bacterial at same time
  • Effective against all bacteria including multi-resistant bacteria
  • Inflammation reduction leading to pain reduction
  • Stimulates new cell growth
  • Allows dressings changes and retails new cell growth
  • Removes odour from infected wounds.

Video Author is Manuka Health. To see more videos by Manuka Health, please click here.

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

To purchase wound care products containing Manuka Honey, please click on the links available below.

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What is your wound story.  Do you have a wound that just won’t heal?  Have you ever had MRSA or Golden Staph? When you get a cut or graze at home what do you do?  Have you ever tried Manuka Honey on a wound before?  If yes, how did it go?

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5 Replies to “Medical Grade Manuka Honey”

  1. This is crazy interesting: Honey can heal wounds! WOW! I took an interest to this article because a few hours ago I noticed my body wash used Manuka Honey. Is it possible to get the raw honey for consumption? I have to wonder what it tastes like. 🙂 but that’s just me. Please let me know. I suppose the medical grade would be too strong, but if another version exists, that would be good.

    1. Thank you for visiting our website today.  Your body wash already uses Manuka Honey, Wow! That is interesting, good on your for buying that product.  Have you noticed any improvement with your skin?  I would be interested in hearing your personal story of using this product.

      You are right, Manuka Honey is available for consumption! Is tastes fabulous and has so many health benefits that it is wonderful for you.  The taste is slightly stronger than Supermarket honey, and it is a lot “thicker” as well (ie it doesn’t drip off the spoon as easily).

      Manuka Honey comes in a variety of strengths and the higher the strength of the honey, the higher the price.

      A great product to start with is  Happy Valley Honey.  A have written more about this honey here

      You mentioned that your preference is for RAW honey.  This is an excellent choice and is how I prefer to have my honey.  I have written a review on a great RAW Manuka Honey here.

      Thank again for visiting us today.  All the best.

  2. This was an interesting read. I didn’t realize you could place honey on wounds directly and allow it to work it’s magic. I imagine to the ancients this was common knowledge but in today’s modern medicine, the basics have to be relearned. I really didn’t know about Manuka honey but have learned that it only comes from New Zealand and tends to be more potent in it’s antibacterial/antimicrobial properties.

    1. Hi Jen, Thank you for visiting our website today.  I am glad that you found this article interesting.

      I am happy to have shared some knowledge regarding Manuka Honey with you.

      Manuka Honey works due to a special enzyme that bees naturally add to the honey so that it works via non-peroxide activity (regular honey uses peroxide activity to heal).  This means that Manuka Honey is better for wounds because it is a lot nicer when interacting directly with blood.

      For more information, please take a look at an article on my website

      Thanks again for stopping by.

  3. Is there anywhere in Christchurch, NZ where we can get this?? For use on foot ulcers. Or can we just use any Manuka Honey with the sufficient factors to help heal.

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