New Zealand’s Manuka Honey is a star ingredient in many skincare products, and rightfully so we believe. It is famous and sought after around the world for its amazing healing abilities.
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka Honey is a mono-floral honey sourced from the Manuka Tea Tree (Leptospermum Scoparium) which is only found in New Zealand. The Manuka Tea Tree, grows widely around the country and produces small pink and white flowers. Honey bees love to feed on these flowers and produce the popular Manuka Honey.
The Manuka Tree has been valued for its healing properties for centuries by Maori and later European. Modern research show that Manuka Honey contains very strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that don’t break down over time or when heated. For this reason, Manuka Honey is used in hospitals, especially in wound care. Research has found that Manuka Honey also can help to stimulate the immune system, provide nutrients for cell metabolism, reduce inflammation and support tissue repair.
Why is Manuka Honey used in skincare?
Manuka Honey not only is full of anti-bacterial properties but contains a range of anti-oxidants, amino acids and minerals, all said to be very powerful in combating a range of skin problems.
But there is more… Manuka Honey is also said to work as a humectant, which is the ability to reduce the loss of moisture from our skin. It gently soothes and nourishes the skin and restores its natural glow. There is not much it doesn’t do!
How do we know if we get good honey?
As mentioned earlier, Manuka Honey contains very powerful anti-bacterial compounds, much more than any other honey.
To measure this there are 2 main grading systems used to define the quality of Manuka Honey, assessing its unique properties and components: MG and UMF. The higher the MG or UMF rating the stronger the anti-bacterial power.
Every batch of Manuka Honey is tested and certified for natural MG (Methylglyoxal) content. The MG or UMF number tells you how much MG is in that batch of honey:
We use a MG300 (UMF12+) grade honey in our Manuka Honey range. We blend it with a light carrier cream, your skin will love it!