All honey has an antibacterial activity that is due to hydrogen peroxide generated by an enzyme bees add to the nectar.
In most cases antibacterial activity from nectar is comparatively small, but in the cases of manuka honey it is a very high level.
It is this particular manuka activity that is effective against bacteria while other types of honey are not.
Use Active Manuka honey to build up your immune system,aid digestion, and have on hand for wound care.
Active Manuka honey (and its Australian equivalent) is the only honey available for sale that is tested for its antibacterial activity.
It contains an additional antibacterial component Methylglyoxal (MGO), found only in honey produced from Leptospermum plants.
Dr. Molan from the Waikato University of New Zealand has been researching Manuka Honey for the past two decades.
In the laboratory, he first discovered the property responsible for destroying staphaureus, streptococcus and h. pylori (helicobacter pylori), the bacteria believed to be the cause of stomach ulcers.
Active Manuka Honey is beneficial for intestinal applications as well as for external wound care such as burns, wounds, ulcers, sores and scars.
The High Activity provides a more potent antibacterial action diffusing into the depth of infected tissues.
This honey is now commonly used for wound dressing and other special therapeutic uses.
What is the difference between Regular Manuka Honey and Active Manuka Honey???
Nectar is collected by bees from flowers of the manuka bush (leptospermum scoparium), a native bush commonly found throughout NZ. However the active ingredient is not present in all these flowers.
Active Manuka honey comes from the manuka flowers found in only a few places in NZ.
Because nectar from the bushes vary and may change from year to year, each batch of Active Manuka Honey is laboratory tested after packing to ensure the grade of activity.
Once the honey has been tested, and the activity level is 10 or more, it has good medicinal quality.
Under 10 is not so concentrated, but still has health benefits.
10-15+ for regular use for good health eg cuts, burns and digestion.
15-20+ is good for first aid, wound healing, ulcers.
Regular Manuka Honey
Tastes great on toast or added to a hot lemon drink. Taken by itself, can soothe sore throats, however, only has the hydrogen peroxide antibacterial property common to most honeys.
Active Manuka Honey
Remains stable in extreme conditions. The enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide in regular honey is destroyed when honey is exposed to heat and light.
Also, the same enzyme in regular honey needs oxygen to be available for the reaction, so may not work under wound dressings or in wound cavities.
Using Active Manuka
This honey allows an all natural antibacterial treatment for your health problems and can be used internally and externally. There are little known side effects to Manuka Honey, unless you are allergic to honey.
Babies under 1yr should not take honey.
There is no concern about Active Manuka Honey losing its activity in storage, in fact it’s has been known to increase activity with age.
Wounds, cuts & ulcers – clean the affected area and spread a generous layer of Active Manuka Honey 10+ (or over, 15+ preferred) directly over it. Or pour/spoon a similar amount onto a sterile gauze pad and apply to the area to be treated. Cover and secure. Wait at least one day before repeating the process with a new sterile pad and a fresh layer of honey. Resist removing old honey when redressing to enable healing to continue uninterrupted. Some stinging may result as the honey comes in contact with the skin, this is normal. Healing begins at the edges without creation of heavy crust or scab that can produce scarring.
Honey for the Skin
Because of the moisturizing properties of honey, and the antibacterial properties of active manuka honey, many skincare products now have active manuka honey as a focal ingredient.
Active Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil are popular ingredients in healing skin balms, in particular for acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Ask one of our team to find a suitable product for you.