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What Makes Honest to Goodness Manuka Honey Special?

September 27, 2023 Honest to Goodness

Manuka honey, renowned for its unique properties and impressive health benefits, has been capturing the attention of health enthusiasts and foodies alike. However, not all Manuka honey is created equal. Today, we introduce you to our exceptional Manuka Honey Range, proudly 100% Australian, never creamed and available in three different strengths: MGO 83+, MGO 220+ and MGO 550+.

In this blog, we'll explore the many benefits of Manuka honey, delve into the uses and advantages of different strengths, and highlight what makes our range stand out.

The Natural Wonder: Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is not your average honey; it's a true natural wonder! Produced by bees that forage on the nectar of the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium), which is native to New Zealand and Australia, this honey is celebrated for its remarkable antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties are attributed to an active compound called methylglyoxal (MGO), which varies in concentration depending on the strength of the honey.

Our Point of Difference: 100% Australian, Not Creamed

While many Manuka honeys on the market originate from New Zealand, our range proudly hails from Australia. This distinction is not just a matter of national pride; it's about quality and purity. Our honey is sourced from pristine Australian environments, ensuring the highest standards of production and beekeeping practices. 

Furthermore, our Manuka honey is not creamed. Unlike some Manuka honey products, which undergo a creaming process to achieve a smoother texture, our honey remains in its natural, raw state. This means you're getting all the untouched goodness and purity of Manuka honey, exactly as nature intended. 

Raw honey is only strained before it’s bottled, which means it retains most of the beneficial nutrients and antioxidants that it naturally contains.

The Benefits of Manuka Honey

Antibacterial Power: Manuka honey is a potent antibacterial agent, making it an excellent choice for wound healing and fighting off infections. It creates a barrier against harmful bacteria, preventing them from thriving. 

Digestive Health: Manuka honey can help soothe digestive issues, including acid reflux and gastritis. Its anti-inflammatory properties may reduce irritation in the digestive tract. 

Skin Nourishment: When applied topically, Manuka honey can help rejuvenate the skin. Its natural humectant properties lock in moisture, making it an ideal ingredient in skincare products. 

Immune Boost: Regular consumption of Manuka honey can strengthen your immune system, helping your body combat infections and illnesses more effectively.

Measuring Manuka Bioactivity

There are a few key terms to know to be able to understand what your Manuka Honey is and how it is best used.

DHA: Naturally occurring compounds called Dihydoxyacetone found in the nectar of Manuka flowers. 

MGO: As honey is stored, DHA content increases and converts to Methylglyoxal. MGO rating is a measure of how concentrated the antiseptic properties of the honey are. 

NPA: Non Peroxide Activity measure the potency of enzymes in the honey and its antibacterial strength.

Understanding Manuka Honey Strengths (MGO 83+, MGO 220+, and MGO 550+)

Our Manuka Honey Range comes in three distinct strengths, each offering a unique set of benefits: 

MGO 83+: This entry-level Manuka honey is perfect for those new to the world of Manuka. It offers a mild flavour and can be incorporated into your daily routine. MGO 83+ is an excellent choice for overall health maintenance and daily immune support. 

MGO 220+: Stepping up in strength, MGO 220+ provides a minimum activity necessary for therapeutic/medical use. It's ideal for bacterial coughs, sore throats, and minor cuts. 

MGO 550+: The highest strength in our range, MGO 550+, is a powerhouse of Manuka goodness. It's recommended for those seeking the most potent health benefits, whether it's applied externally to the skin (wound care) or taken internally for immune system support or to maintain digestive health.

Dosage: 1 generous teaspoon a day! For added benefits, you can add it to your skincare/beauty routine. 

Taste: Manuka honey has a delicious earthy flavour. Not as intensely sweet as other honeys, it’s much more subtle and well-rounded.

Manuka Honey and Heat

Did you know that adding Manuka honey to extremely hot beverages can potentially reduce its health properties? Manuka honey is valued for its unique properties, including its high levels of methylglyoxal (MGO), which contribute to its antibacterial and other health benefits. 

Exposing Manuka honey to very high temperatures can break down some of its natural enzymes and reduce its overall effectiveness. To preserve the beneficial properties of Manuka honey, it's advisable to add it to beverages that are at a temperature below 40°C. This way, you can enjoy both the flavour and the potential health benefits of Manuka honey without compromising its quality. 

For hot coffee or tea, it's a good practice to allow the beverage to cool slightly before adding the Manuka honey. You can also stir the honey gently into your warm drink once it's reached a drinkable temperature, typically around 60°C or lower. 

For iced coffee or tea, there's no concern about heat affecting the honey, so you can add Manuka honey directly to your cold beverage. 

Remember that Manuka honey should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, to maintain its quality over time.

Independent Quality Test

Each batch of Honest to Goodness Manuka Honey is independently tested to rate its antibacterial strength, so you can trust its quality. You can track your batch by scanning the QR code on the label using your phone's camera. Just hover over the code and your camera should recognise the code and prompt you to follow the link.

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Incorporating Manuka honey into your daily routine can unlock a world of health benefits, from immune support to skincare. With our 100% Australian Manuka Honey Range, available in MGO 83+, MGO 220+, and MGO 550+, you have the flexibility to choose the strength that aligns with your health goals. Plus, our commitment to preserving the natural integrity of Manuka honey by not creaming it sets us apart from the rest. 

Experience the magic of Australian Manuka honey for yourself and elevate your wellness journey!

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