Organic Fact of the Day - Manuka Honey

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is produced by bees that feed on the manuka shrub of New Zealand’s remote North Island. It is raw and unheated honey and it has been found to have many health benefits and higher therapeutic properties than other varieties. Raw honey is packed with vitamins B, C and live enzymes!

What is it good for?

Heals acne

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, manuka honey reduces redness and heals congested or inflamed skin and eczema. Additionally, Manuka oxygenates pores to draw out bacteria, drastically improving acne-prone areas.

Repairs skin

Manuka promotes skin regeneration, repairs cellular damage and lessens scarring.


When applied to your skin, manuka will hold in moisture and absorb moisture from the air for a dewy, glowing complexion.


Because of its moisturizing properties, manuka retains moisture without making skin oily, the first step in wrinkle-free skin. It also inhibits MMP, a group of enzymes that destroy collagen.

What type of Manuka Honey is good?

Manuka honey needs to be made in New Zealand to be authentic. This is because the manuka bush only grows in New Zealand, and the bees need to collect the nectar from the bush’s flowers to make the honey.  Bees collect nectar from other types of plants would not be called manuka honey. Look for a UMF rating of over 12 plus.

What is Unique Manuka Factor?

The Unique Manuka Factor is abbreviated to UMF. The UMF is a rating that is used to measure the potency of the manuka honey. It’s in direct relation to the amount of MG—methylglyoxal—that it contains.

Since this honey is used for its medicinal properties, it’s important that it have a good UMF rating. Usually this is measured on a scale of 5 and up to 20. 10 is pretty good, but most experts agree that a rating of 12 or higher is better.

References: mindbodygreen;goodhealthacademy