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How to choose Manuka Honey?


How to choose Manuka Honey

Choosing the best Manuka Honey can be confusing. There are so many Manuka honey products on the market to choose from.(Look at the Manuka Honey shelves in our store)

We can see the questions running through your mind. Should I choose MGO or UMF? What do the MGO and UMF numbers mean? Does it matter how much MGO or UMF they contain? What else is on the label that I need to know about?

If you’re having problems choosing the right Manuka Honey we’ve come up with one simple question to answer that makes your choice easier.


What are you using your Manuka Honey for?

If you’re looking for the delicious sweetness of Manuka Honey in a cup of tea or on a slice of hot toast, then you can choose which ever Manuka Honey takes your fancy.

If you’re looking for a simple but luxurious daily beauty treatment, then make the choice from any of our amazing range.

But if you’re choosing Manuka Honey for its healing properties this is when you should take more notice of what’s on the label.

It might be a first aid treatment, to help manage acne, wound healing, or immune support. Then choosing a medicinal grade Manuka Honey is what we suggest.

Levels of UMF 10+ and MGO 250+ are considered to be ‘medicinal quality’.


Let’s just stop here for a moment and talk about UMF, MGO and other grading systems you find on Manuka Honey labels.

Before scientists worked out exactly what it was in Manuka Honey that made it so special they identified this special-something as Unique Manuka Factor, or UMF. UMF graded honey is tested to rigorous standards including the amount of leptosperin, methyglyoxal, DHA and HMF which show that the honey is pure Manuka Honey

Later on, they discovered a compound called Methylglyoxal (MG or MGO) which is unique to Manuka Honey and responsible for much of the medicinal properties attributed to Manuka Honey.

Research has found that at certain concentrations MGO has been shown restrict bacterial growth. And, when used on the skin, also helps to reduce inflammation.


Two other classifications you might find on Manuka Honey

KFactor™ and Bio Active are two less common classifications of Manuka Honey.

The KFactor™ grade assures you that the honey is raw and unpasturised, non-GMO, originates from New Zealand and doesn’t contain antibiotics, glyphosate and pesticides. KFactor 16 indicates Manuka Honey that is ‘wholly or mostly’ from Leptospermum scoparium (the Manuka tree). KFactor 12 shows it’s a multifloral Manuka Honey (may contain honey from other plants), but has a significant amount of honey from the Manuka trees.

Neither of these systems seem to measure non-peroxide activity, which is an important factor in determining whether the honey is medicinal grade or not.


Our advice to help you choose Manuka Honey

If you’re looking to choose a Manuka Honey for healing then choose products according to their UMF or MGO rating.

Choose UMF 10+ or MGO 250+.

The higher the UMF or MGO rating, the higher the concentration of factors that may have healing properties.