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The Many Benefits of Raw Manuka Honey

Scientific species name: Leptospermum scoparium

Maori name (s): Manuka

Common name(s): Tea Tree

Description: Manuka grows into a shrub or small tree, varying in height up to 8 metres. The narrow, pointy leaves are prickly and have a nice, sharp perfume when crushed. The brownish bark sits loosley on the trunk and branches in long strips. Manuka has single small white flowers which generally bloom in spring and summer. The seed capsules are brown and woody - the seed ripens by late autumn, but stays in the hard capsulates until well into the following summer.

Manuka honey is from the native tea tree of New Zealand and unique to this country. The Maori people traditionally used manuka as a medicinal plant. A drink made from the leaves reduced fevers and treated colds. Preparations made from the bark acted as a sedative and the crushed leaves made an antiseptic oil. Manuka honey has a distinctive flavor and unique antibacterial properties.

'Active Manuka Honey' is Manuka Honey with additional antibacterial properties. These special properties are unique to New Zealand Manuka Honey and are quite remarkable. Awareness of these special properties is spreading with demand for this honey coming from around the world.

Most honeys are in some way antibacterial but normally this antibacterial activity is almost exclusively derived from Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) and is referred to as Peroxide Activity or PA. This is created from the activity of the enzyme Glucose Oxidase in honey. Like many enzymes, Glucose Oxidase is inactivated by light and heat. The stronger the light and/or heat, the faster it is inactivated. Active Manuka Honey has been found to have further antibacterial activity which, unlike other honeys, is derived from Non Peroxide Activity (NPA). This is more stable and is not affected by light and/or moderate heat. Not all Manuka Honey has this special quality and those that do are referred to as 'UMF Honey'. UMF stands for 'Unique Manuka Factors' and the higher the number the higher the antibacterial activity. This UMF activity is identified by testing in an independent laboratory.

Doctor Peter Molan, from the University of Waikato, has done research, and found that it has major healing effect on burns, ulcers, throat and eye infections. Moreover it successfully assists the healing process when used as a wound dressing. It was also found especially useful with destroying bacteria associated with peptic ulcers

Recently Dr. Molan’s research team found in some (but not all) Manuka honeys a second natural, antibacterial element. This non-peroxide component in UMF® Manuka Honey is effective against such resistant bacteria as super bug staphylococcus aureus and helicobacter pylori. Remarkably the “good bacteria” in the stomach are not eliminated by the UMF®.  Dr. Molan has not found a bacterium that would be resistant to the UMF® activity.

The UMF® antibacterial property is not found in all manuka honey but in only a small percentage of manuka honeys. The presence of this property can be detected only by laboratory testing. The UMF® rating indicates the antibacterial strength of the honey. Manuka Honey with a UMF® level of 10 or more is endorsed by the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato as having special uses especially in treating stomach ulcers, skin ulcers, wounds, burns, infections. The higher the UMF® rating, the greater the antibacterial potency of the honey.

In addition to tasting great Active Manuka Honey maybe used to treat many internal and external medical conditions. Honey was used to treat infected wounds as long ago as 2000 years before bacteria were discovered to be the cause of infection. Research has shown that ACTIVE MANUKA HONEY has the highest levels of antimicrobial action against a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi. There are now many published reports describing the effectiveness of MANUKA HONEY UMF® in rapidly clearing infection from wounds, with no adverse effects to slow the healing process. There is also some evidence to suggest that UMF HONEY may actively promote healing.

These are some of the internal conditions that Active UMF® Honey maybe used to treat:

  • Acid Reflux
  • Diarrhea
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Esophagus Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • H. pylori
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Stomach Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Up-set Stomach
To treat the above internal conditions use as follows:
Take one teaspoon of Active Manuka Honey on a small piece of food (bread, toast, etc), four times a day, 30 minutes before each of your main meals and before going to bed. Do not drink or eat anything else during this 30 minutes.
  • Morning Sickness - Mix half a teaspoon of ginger juice, one teaspoon of fresh lime juice, one teaspoon of mint juice and one teaspoon of UMF® Honey. Take 3-4 times a day.

These are some of the External conditions that can be treated with Active UMF® Manuka Honey:

  • Amputation Stump Wound (Diabetic)
  • Bed Sore
  • Burns (First, Second, and Third Degree)
  • Chemical Burn
  • Decubitus Ulcer
  • Diabetic Wound
  • Foot/Leg Ulcer (including Diabetic)
  • Foot Sore
  • Leg Sore (including Diabetic & open leg sores)
  • Open Wound
  • Scars
  • Skin Ulcer
  • Wound Infection

To treat these external conditions use as follows:
Apply Active Manuka Honey to a sterilized gauze. Next apply the gauze with the UMF Honey to the effected area. It is recommended that you change the dressing every 12 hours.

  • Acne - After washing your face apply Active Manuka Honey as a thin layer. Leave for approximately 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
  • Abrasions
  • Athletes Foot
  • Minor Cuts
  • Scratches
  • Insect bites and stings

To treat these conditions apply UMF® Honey to the effected area 2 -3 times a day.

Active Manuka Honey is also recommended as an external treatment for pets.


  • 100% natural - New Zealand Manuka Honey is harvested from a clean green environment free of pollutants.
  • Low cost - UMF® Manuka Honey is a low cost alternative to other medications.
  • Side affects - Using Manuka Honey has no known side affects.
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