Raw Manuka Honey from New Zealand November 09 2014

Manuka Honey from New Zealand


Not all honey is the same, not by a long shot.

At San Diego Honey Company, we believe in providing only the most premium products. We are pleased to add Manuka honey to our line. Unlike the rest of our local San Diego honey, our Manuka honey comes to us from New Zealand.


Manuka flower (Leptospermum scoparium)

Manuka is a Maori word that refers to the medicinal flower manuka, or tea tree as it's known in Australia.  Maoris are the indigenous people of New Zealand, they have used manuka honey for thousands of years.  All raw honey has antibacterial qualities, however Manuka goes above and beyond. Hydrogen peroxide is produced when honey is in contact with the skin or internal tissues.  Manuka honey is unique in that it also contains methylglyoxal (MG). MG comes from the conversion of another compound - dihydroxyacetone - that is found in high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers. The higher the concentration of MG in Manuka honey, the stronger the antibiotic effect.  

It is important to understand that not all Manuka is the same. The antibacterial quality of some kinds of honey may be 100 times more potent than others.  Honey producers created the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) scale for rating this type of honey. Not all brands contain significant amounts of MG, and it is important as consumers to be able to tell the difference.  A rating of 10 UMF or higher is considered potent enough to be therapeutic. Our supplier, Wedderspoon, categorizes their honey into two grades, Active 12+ and Active 16+. We are carrying the most premium line, Active 16+. 'Active' manuka honey has stronger properties than regular manuka honey.  Unlike many of their competitors, Wedderspoon also factors in live enzymes, pollen count, chemical/residue analysis, antioxidant levels, the raw status, and various other phytochemical factors.  So, keep in mind that you may find 'manuka honey' on store shelves it is quite a different product from Active Manuka Honey and be aware also that there has been 'impostor' or fraudulent manuka honey on the market due to the higher price that manuka honey garners.  Buying from a trusted source is very important.

There is no doubt that Manuka honey is a miraculous food.  It has been credited with healing many issues from acne to gingivitis, wounds and much more, However, here at San Diego Honey Co. we prefer to focus on the benefits that have scientific studies to prove the effectiveness:

Science has proven that Manuka honey is effective against h-pylori, the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers* and MRSA*. There are also reports of its usefulness in assisting with IBS* and gut issues. It is best known for use on wounds and burns, a major review of evidence by The Cochrane Review notes that honey may shorten healing times in mild burns compared with traditional dressings.  

One of the most exciting studies is one conducted by the University of Sydney* that proved that medical grade manuka honey killed nearly every type of bacteria it was exposed to and, unlike antibiotics, did not create resistance in the bacteria.  One of the major health issues of our time is the overuse of antibiotics creating drug resistant bacteria or 'superbugs'.

Check out our Manuka Honey on the Go packets. They contain the same great Active 16+ Raw Manuka Honey that we have grown to love. They are perfect for the plane, added to lunches or snacks, and perfect for that mid-day energy boost!  Runners, these little pocket size packets are perfect for you! Our personal opinion is that honey straws are heated honey and not as nutritious an option as a pure raw honey, that's why we don't carry them, these little gems however are healthful and handy.  We also have this powerful honey in 250g or 500g jars.

Although we cite several scientific studies here, we encourage anyone with a medical condition to discuss use of manuka honey as a treatment with their doctor. 

The possible side effects of manuka honey are:

  • Allergic reaction in people who are allergic to bees. 
  • Raw honey should not be given to infants under 1 year of age.
  • Risk of a rise in blood sugar for diabetics.
  • Possible interaction with certain chemotherapy drugs due to the antibacterial effect of manuka honey.


This post is for informational purposes only and not intended to offer medical advice or treatment advice for any medical condition or disease.


Sources: *Journal of the Royal Society of medicine ;Cooper RA, Molan PC, Harding KG. Antibacterial activity of honey against strains of Staphylococcus aureua from infected woulds;J R Soc Med. Jun 1999;92(6):283-285.

Journal of Wound Care 2008, The impact of manuka honey dressings on the surface pH of chronic woulds, Gethin GT, Cowman S, Conroy RM.

2008 Jun;5(2):185-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-481X.2007.00424
.Prakash, A., Medhi, B., Avti, P. K., Saikia, U. N., Pandhi, P. and Khanduja, K. L. (2008), Effect of different doses of Manuka honey in experimentally induced inflammatory bowel disease in rats. Phytother. Res., 22: 1511–1519. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2523
European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases , Volume 28, Issue 10. pp 1199-1208