Manuka honey is the perfect natural remedy to fight infections this winter.

Manuka honey has long been making a buzz in the world of bee-keeping given its natural properties are so special. This type of dark honey, which is native to New Zealand, is produced by bees pollinating the flowers of Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known as the Manuka bush. The manuka shrub grows wild in New Zealand’s most remote areas and the shrub flowers for just two to six weeks annually. Given the short flowering season, it takes great skill, planning and resources to harvest the honey. Manuka honey is expensive to produce and expensive to buy but you'll quickly understand that its cost versus its beneficial properties are handsomely rewarded.

A natural remedy

Compared to your average honey, Manuka honey has powerful anti-bacterial properties, namely Methylglyoxal and over many centuries it has been used to treat a number of ailments.

Given Manuka honey is natural, it’s generally safe for everyone to use. Diabetics and those people allergic to bees or honey, should seek medical advice before taking this unique type of honey.

What makes Manuka honey different?

Manuka honey contains over 2,000 individual compounds, which is more than 20x higher than some types of pasture honey, such as clover honey. It contains a wide array of bioactive micronutrients, which support our immune system, energy production and play a key role in our body’s growth and development.

Health benefits of Manuka honey

This complex honey has many benefits with the following being the most popular.

Healing wounds

With its active ingredients, honey can help maintain a healthy environment for a wound to heal, providing a protective barrier that can help prevent microbial infections.

The real deal: Manuka honey explained

When buying Manuka honey, you must make sure that you’re buying the authentic product and it’s vital that you look for the following markers on the label.

UMF™ (Unique Manuka Factor)

Look for the UMF mark on the label showing that it comes from New Zealand, a monofloral honey from licensed beekeepers, producers and exporters. Bear in mind that the higher the UMF™ rating, the higher the antibacterial property and potency of the Manuka.

MGO in Manuka Honey

The MGO count is used to measure the honey’s antibacterial activity, indicating the level of methylglyoxal in the honey, the purity and quality.

What is a healthy portion of Manuka honey?

Producers recommend a maximum of two teaspoons a day although don’t lose sight that it is still high in sugar.

What does Manuka honey taste of?

It has a distinctive sweet taste, which grows in flavour and potency, darkening over time.

Buying the best Manuka honey

Firstly, make sure that the honey comes from New Zealand and that it carries the UMF stamp and trademark. Founded in 1974, Comvita's USP is that it owns the entire supply chain, from source to shelf, giving consumers confidence that they are getting exactly what’s stated on the label. Comvita is a member of UMFHA (the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association) and complies with the UMF™ standard to ensure authenticity, quality and purity of its Manuka honey.

What to buy from Comvita

Manuka Honey MGO 83+ (UMF™5+) 500g

Pure Manuka Honey at the perfect strength for everyday use, designed to provide general wellbeing support. Buy it here.

Kids Wellness (1x Lollipop/1x Manuka 10+)

A bundle specially made for the little ones with well-researched, safe, natural and effective ingredients to get your child back to their playful, super self again. Buy it here.

Manuka Honey MGO 514+ (UMF™15+) 250g

Pure Manuka Honey with premium-grade potency for an extra boost. Buy it here.

Manuka Honey MGO 829+ (UMF™20+) 250g

The most potent Manuka Honey, made for maximum benefits. Buy it here.

Ways to use Manuka honey

Recipes with Manuka honey

You can enjoy this type of honey straight from the spoon, in a smoothie, as a natural sweetener in hot drinks or favourite recipes. You’ll find a selection of tasty recipes on Comvita’s website here.

Immune support

Immune Support ELIXIRS-Comvita™'s Winter Wellness range of products contains UMF™ 10+ soothing Manuka honey and the Elixirs also contain zinc to support the immune system.* The essential ingredients are combined with Propolis and Blackcurrant, for a soothing Elixir. Buy it here.

Lozenges Pure Manuka Honey MGO 263+ (UMF™10+) Lozenges 16s

These melt in the mouth lozenges are perfect when you’re on the go. Buy it here.

Wound healer

Comvita™’s MEDIHONEY® Wound Gel contains medical grade antibacterial Manuka honey, which has been scientifically researched and clinically proven to naturally support wound healing and reduce the risk of infection. Buy it here.

Oral spray

Combining the power of UMF™10+ Manuka honey, herbal ingredients and Propolis to numb your throat, Comvita™ Oral Spray is useful to keep in your handbag. Buy it here.

Skin care

MEDIHONEY® Wash, lotions and creams are fragrance-free, soap-free and dermatologically tested and are perfect for dry, itchy and sensitive skin use. These products are not available at the moment but it's worth keeping a lookout for restocks.

Recipe for a good life

Comvita co-founder, Claude Stratford lived to the grand old age of 103 and every day, he took a teaspoon of Comvita Manuka honey, a dose of Comvita Olive Leaf Extract (15 ml), two omega 3 fish oil capsules, a multivitamin tablet and a tablespoon of bee pollen. Add into the mix a positive outlook on life and you have the perfect elixir.

In summary

Improve your immune system and start fighting winter infections, To view the full range of Comvita Manuka honey products and more, click here.

By Team GWG
November 2022

In collaboration with Comvita

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