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.

Manuka Honey For Wound Care

Is Manuka Honey good for healing wounds on the Skin?

The short answer is that IT IS GREAT for treating wounds on the skin. It is very effective when used in both gel and bandage form. Manuka Honey For Wound Care is something that everyone can do at home.

How does Manuka Honey For Wound Care work?

Methyglyoxal (MG) is the unique anti-bacterial compound term that gives Manuka honey its turbo charged healing abilities (also called MGO via a company trademark) and it’s very important for wound healing in particular.  It is suggested that this one compound (Methyglyoxal) could be responsible for up to 90-95% of the total Manuka Honey anti-bacterial activities (source: Prof. Henle, 2017).

The PH of Manuka honey is between 3.5 and 4.5.  That makes it “acidic” in nature.

Ways Manuka Honey can help with common household wounds include:

  • Common everyday surface wounds
  • Minor cuts and lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Minor burns and scolds

Common wound pathogens (bacteria) that Manuka Honey can attack include:

  • aureus
  • aeruginosa
  • Coli
  • epidermidis
  • aureus – MRSA
  • faecalis
  • pyogenes
  • perfringens
  • albicans
  • niger

Please watch the short 4 minute video below to find out exactly how Manuka Honey can help you heal many common skin issues at home today.

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

How do you heal your cuts and scrapes at home?  Have you ever tried Honey?  How did it go?  What worked, what didn’t work? If you have any thoughts or comments on honey or wound care in general, please feel free to leave your comments in the section below.

The author of this video is Manuka Health New Zealand

Publish Date is: Feb 4, 2013

There are four products in the Manuka Health Wound Care range.

The wound Gel,

  • The wound dressings and
  • The Breast Pads,


All products are sterilized, and all products are made with New Zealand medical grade Manuka Honey.

The Wound Gel comes in a 30g presentation. Each tube has a flip top and all tubes are sealed so that you know the tubes haven’t been previously used.

Each tube of Wound Gel contains 94% Manuka Honey and 6% naturally derived gelling agents. The gelling agents allow the user to place the gel into the wound.

Each tube of wound gel has Methylglyoxal 250 medical grade Manuka Honey.

New speaker: Professor Thomas Henle   Technical University of Dresden.

Well Methylglyoxal is definitely the unique antibacterial compound of Manuka Honey. There maybe some other compounds which slightly enhance the antibacterial activity, but without Methlyglyoxal, definitely no activity. 90-95% of the total activity is definitely due to Methylglyoxal.

The Manuka Health Wound Gel can be used on all surfaces. Abrasions or grazes, minor cuts and lacerations and minor burns and scolds.

Once you have applied the Wound Gel to the wound, you will require a secondary dressing.  The ideal dressing is a Manuka Health Wound Dressing. Followed by tape or a bandage to secure the wound gel and dressing in place.

The Manuka Health family of products, the Wound Gel and the Wound Dressings are designed to be used together or separately. 

The Manuka Health Wound Dressings come in two popular sizes. 5 x 7 cm and 10 x 10 cm.

They come in standard medical packaging, which is easily opened and each dressing has three components.

1)  First component is a plastic liner which covers the specialized gel pad. We say that a customer required 25% more dressing than they have wound.

If they wish to cut the dressing, it’s best to cut it with the plastic liner on, because it provides stability to the gel dressing.

2)  Remove the plastic liner. The second component is the 3mm layer of specialized gel pad, which is 20% Manuka Honey. The Manuka Honey used in the dressing is Methylglyoxal 400 (MG 400).

3)  The third component of the dressing is the cotton breathable backing.  You can see how conformable the dressing is.

The Manuka Health wound dressings can be used on all surface wounds abrasions or grazes, minor cuts and lacerations and minor burns and scolds. 

This specialized honey hydrogel dressing denotes moisture to the wound.

Both the Wound Gel and dressings maintain a moist wound healing environment. Each dressing will absorb up to three times its weight in wound exudate and you will know when to change the dressing when the edges appear wet or saturated.

You will require a tape or bandage to keep the dressing in place.

  • If the wound is not exudating then the dressing can remain in place for 5-7 days.
  • If the wound is exudating then more frequent dressing changes will be required.

The ph of Manuka Honey is between 3.5 and 4.5 meaning it is acidic.  Wound pathogens including MRSA do not survive in an acidic environment.  Manuka Honey has a high glucose concentration Therefore assisting in drawing out inflammation from the wound, this enables wound healing to commence.

The high glucose content also has a rapid deodorizing effect by giving the wound healing cells an alternative food supply and preventing the cells from producing Sulphur and ammonia, which are responsible for the odour.

The Manuka Health Breast Pads come one pair per packet. They are circular and each pad comes on a plastic liner.  We encourage the Breastfeeding Mums to keep the packaging and the liners for use between feeds. Peel the pad off the plastic liner, but do not remove the breathable backing fabric.

This product is ideal for breastfeeding mothers suffering from nipple trauma. At the first sign of a crack or painful nipple, they should be applied.  Some mothers simply use the pads for the cooling and soothing effect that they provide.

Place the gel side of the pad against the nipple, the fabric backing will sit next to the bra, so friction doesn’t occur. The pad will absorb three times (x3) it’s own weight, however once the pads are saturated with breast milk, they will require changing.

Providing that the pads retain good integrity, they can be placed back onto the plastic liners and then into the fridge for an extra cooling effect. They can be reused for upto three (3) weeks.

Thank you for watching.

To read reviews regarding Manuka Honey Medical Grade Gel in Gel form, please click this link:  Derma Sciences 31815 Medihoney Dressing Gel, 1.5 oz Tube

To read reviews regarding Manuka Honey Medical Grade Bandage form, please click this link: Activon Tulle 2″ Wound Dressing with 100% Manuka Honey (Pack of 3) 2 inch x 2 inch pad


  • How do you heal your cuts and scrapes at home?  Have you ever tried Honey?  How did it go?  What worked, what didn’t work? If you have any thoughts or comments on honey or wound care in general, please feel free to leave your comments in the section below.


Disclaimer: Obviously this information is general in nature and all wounds of a more serious nature or any wounds which aren’t healing to your satisfaction will require medical attention.



Manuka Honey Acne Care

Manuka Honey Acne Care

Manuka Honey Acne Care has been used successfully for a super, super long time. Raw Manuka Honey is full of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacteria fighting properties. This is why it’s so good for people looking for a natural treatment for infections and inflammations such as acne.

Acne is a skin condition that unfortunately, is very common in a lot of people.

The Oxford Dictionary defines Acne as “A skin condition characterized by red pimples on the skin, especially on the face, due to inflamed or infected sebaceous glands and prevalent chiefly among adolescents.” (source Oxford

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

Manuka Honey Acne Care is a simple, safe technique that people can use at home to help in the treatment of acne. For more details, please watch this  4 minute video, by Cloudy Apples.

**People with a severe Propolis allergy (bee allergy) should avoid this treatment in case it triggers a severe Anaphylaxis reaction.

Please feel free to share your experiences with this treatment or Manuka Honey in general in the comment and suggestion space at the bottom of this video.  Thanks for stopping by.


Video Title: Manuka Honey on Acne

Video Author:  by Cloudy Apples.                     Published Date: September 9, 2014

Hey everyone, it’s Cassie. I am about to go to bed right now and the reason I look like a pile of ground beef is because I am not wearing any make up. I am going to try something that you guys have mentioned a lot in the comments and I have been reluctant to try. Just because putting honey on my face just seems like a very sticky and disgusting experience.

I have been eating a lot of bad food lately and I have mentioned before that when I eat bad food my skin in very easily impacted by it.  Pizza, Ramen Noodles, Deep Fried Pretzels and French Fries. They are all part of me know, so I have got to do something about it.

I’ve got these two really mean monsters right here. These hurt really badly and I also have this little constellation of acne all the way down my jaw.

I am going to try Manuka Honey.  I am going to use it as a Mask for 20 minutes, wash it off and then do a spot treatment, go to bed, wake up and then tell you guys what my first impression of Manuka Honey is.

I feel like it’s going to be really gross. That’s why I have never done it. But everyone in my comments, is like “Guys you gotta try Manuka Honey, it’s the best thing ever!”

I’ve got my 10+ Manuka Honey. My Mom got it for me. I know you can get higher numbers, but my Mom will always go for the cheaper honey if she can. Which I appreciate.

Here we go.  Gooey, Gooey, rich and chewy.

Yes, it feels quite disgusting, but the smell is AMAZING.

My current skincare routine smells really, really bad. It’s Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil and a bunch of really horrible things and Terry Cannot stand it.  I think he will like this a lot better if I end up adopting it into my skincare routine.

I am going to be honest with you guys. It’s kind of burning right now, and I hope that’s normal. I don’t know. I didn’t really look into it, because I wanted this to be a genuine first impression. But I hope the burning will fade. I am going to wait 20 minutes.  Hopefully just using water will be enough to get it off and my face won’t be sticky after. Because that’s one of the reasons why I didn’t want to use it in the first place.

I am going to go wash my hands.

It’s been about 5 minutes. The burning sensation has calmed down and I have to admit that it feels kind of good. It’s been 20 minutes so I am going to go and wash it off. I will let you know how it washes off.

It came off so much easier than I thought it would, my face isn’t sticky at all. My face doesn’t feel too tight or to dehydrated. It just feel good. And I put on some Lip Balm, but I am not going to put on any moisturiser, just because I am going to isolate the Manuka Honey and see if it does what I want it too do.  I am just going to spot treat these big horrible nasties with some Manuka Honey, go to sleep and wake up tomorrow morning and tell you what happens. Because these are the kinds of zits that will be there for weeks if you don’t do something about it.

This is probably going to make a huge mess anyway, but we’ll see.

Urgh.. This feels so gross.

It seems a little bit counter-intuitive to be fighting sugar with sugar.

I am going to go to bed and I will see you guys tomorrow.

Joke involving the boyfriend in the middle here.

Good morning, Well last night pretty much epitomized the reason why I did not want to use honey in the first place.  I am a face sleeper and honey got everywhere.  It’s a sticky terrible mess.

I woke up far earlier than I normally should and I couldn’t get back to sleep, so I like had this huge Missy Elliot Search and I was listening Missy Elliot and now I’m really, really tired.

But, that’s not the only thing that I havae to say about the Manuka Honey.  Despite the fact that the redness is still there, because that’s what hyperpigmentation does in my particular case. Today they don’t even hurt. If you couldn’t see the redness I wouldn’t be able to tell that I had breakouts.

There is nothing there that a little concealer can’t fix, so I am very, very intrigued. Obviously using a moisturising after you have cleansed is a good idea, but I didn’t do it because I wanted to isolate the honey to see what it did to my skin and all of my blemishes are visible but, they are less intense and they are not painful to the touch.

I am super impressed with that, so I am going to keep using it, but with a moisturiser and if I use it as a spot treatment, I am only going to use it during the day, because night time was horrible.

If you guys have any reviews, good or bad about Manuka Honey, please let me know because I am always in the Comments and now I am going to go and work out, because that is part of my morning routine.

I will talk to you guys soon. Bye.

Raw Manuka Honey YS Eco Bee Farms 12 oz Paste

Please feel free to share your experiences with this treatment or Manuka Honey in general in the comment and suggestion space at the bottom of this video.  Thanks for stopping by.

Product Review – Comvita Manuka Honey UMF – 15+

Product Review for Comvita Manuka Honey UMF 15+

Size: UMF 15+ 250g (8.8oz) jar

Click here to purchase: Comvita Manuka Honey UMF 15+ (Super Premium) New Zealand Honey, 250g (8.8oz)

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

Video author is: Comvita, 2017

Comvita Company Background

Comvita was founded in 1974 by Claude Stratford and Alan Bougen.  The Comvita purpose is to use bees and honey to “Inspire, enable and empower people to live healthy, happy and vibrant lives”. They started in Paengaroa which was a town in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand (North Island). (source: Comvita, 2017)

Comvita has been a licensee of the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) for over 18 years.  (Source: Comvita, 2017)  

They have grown in size to become the worlds #1 producer of premium quality UMF grade Manka Honey.

Comvita UMF Certification logo
Captiva Nutrition Facts


Comvita Quality Assurance Guarantee: 


Comvita’s claim of UMF 15+ can be independently tested and verified to confirm the level of quality, purity and level of UMF by an independent source.

Product Description: 

Comvita Manuka Honey UMF 15+ (Super Premium) New Zealand Honey, 250g (8.8oz)

Comvita Manuka Honey is graded using the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) trademark. This trademark is owned by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMF Honey Association)

The Comvita UMF 15+ Manuka Honey, produced in New Zealand contains honey made from the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka bush).which contains immunity boosting levels of plant phenols.

Key product quality and assurance elements found in this UMF 15+ product include that is:

  1. UMF® is clearly stated on the front label
  2. It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand
  3. It is from a New Zealand company licensed by UMFHA to use the name UMF®
  4. It has the UMF® licensee’s name on the front label
  5. It has a rating of UMF® 15+ or more.                                     (Source: Comvita, 2017)

Product Usage:

This product is safe to enjoy daily as food.

  • Some people eat it by the tablespoon (I prefer a teaspoon portion for daily usage myself)
  • It’s great as a jam substitute and can be spread on toast / bread or crackers
  • It can be mixed in with museli, or yoghurt
  • It can be a sugar substitute in tea or coffee
  • It’s great in smoothies
  • Toddlers over 12 months+ (1 year old) only please.
Honey being added to breakfast museli


This plant based product can be used daily as a great natural energy source to support

  • Digestive health
  • Support respiratory system
  • Help relieve coughs and sooth the throat

The company Comvita is the #1 producer of Manuka honey in New Zealand. They are fully accountable to both their consumers and their industry. Comvita is traceable from Hive to Shelf.


  • The price.  Quality costs my friends!
  • This is not the highest ranking in the range.  The #1 product is the Comvita ultra-premium UMF 20+.
  • A UMF 15+ rating is towards the top of the strength range.  Not everyone will require this strength for daily usage.
  • Not for children under 12 months of age (under 1 year).

Final Review:

The Comvita Manuka Honey UMF 15+ Super Premium New Zealand honey can be traced from the hive to the shelf. It is independently verified to be what it says it is. This is very reassuring for customers.  The UMF 15+ strength is very high and this quality product will  help a lot of people.  With Comvita customers can be assured that their investment in this product is well worth it.