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Try premium manuka honey from Comvita™ and experience the difference between verifiable quality and marketing hype. Comvita™ manuka honey is verified under the manuka honey MGO rating system, as well as the UMF™ standard. UMF™ is the gold standard in manuka honey ratings and is backed by the New Zealand government for its verification of quality and potency. MGO ratings refer to the honey’s methylglyoxal content and its potency - the higher the number, the more potent the honey. Shop the full Comvita™ manuka honey range, which includes honey to take from the spoon or stir into your favourite recipes, as well as pure manuka honey lozenges.

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WHAT IS MANUKA HONEY?

Manuka honey is collected from Manuka (Leptospermum Scoparium) flowers. This flower is only available from New Zealand’s most pure and remote locations. Renowned for its rich flavour, Manuka Honey is recognised worldwide for its unique properties not found in ordinary honey. With a flowering season of just 2-6 weeks a year, it is one of nature's special gifts.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MANUKA HONEY?

Manuka has been used medicinally for aiding sore throats, skin conditions and digestion. Medical Manuka honey has been clinically proven to promote wound healing and reduce the risk of infection.

Learn more about THE SCIENCE BEHIND MANUKA HONEY.


WHAT'S THE SCIENCE BEHIND MANUKA HONEY?

All honey has varying levels of antibacterial activity from hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is affected by heat, light, time and commercial processing. Manuka honey is unique because it contains natural activity, ie Methyglyoxal (MG), which displays significant antibacterial effects when compared to Hydrogen Peroxide. In-vitro studies have revealed that Manuka honey is effective against several bacteria.

Methylglyoxal (MG) can be added into honey, this is why we test for all 3 naturally occurring chemical markers: Leptosperin, Methylglyoxal (MG) and Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), in order to ensure the best quality genuine UMF™ Manuka honey.


WHAT IS UMF™ MANUKA HONEY ?

UMF™ stands for "Unique Manuka Factor". The UMF™ grading system appraises natural markers found in Manuka honey, and assures purity and quality. The UMF™ number indicates the level of the unique Manuka properties within the honey. The higher the grade, the higher the purity (this only applies to UMF™ graded honey).


WHY CHOOSE COMVITA™ MANUKA HONEY ?

Every batch of Comvita™ UMF™ Manuka honey is independently analysed and certified for quality, purity and authenticity by the UMF™ Honey Association (UMFHA). The UMFHA also conducts random sampling to monitor quality regularly, ensuring Manuka honey carrying the UMF™ mark is true to label.

Here at Comvita™, we pride ourselves on our industry leading analysis laboratories. Every batch of our Manuka honey goes through a rigorous testing process, from the moment it is collected from the hive, filtered to remove any non-honey impurities and bottled ready to ship. We bottle and label all our UMF™ Manuka honey in New Zealand. To ensure you get products that meet relevant New Zealand government standards, we are registered with New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Our honeys are available for selling within New Zealand and are eligible for export.

Before you purchase any Manuka honey, it might worth checking if they are sold within New Zealand to ensure you are getting a genuine product.

No other company knows Manuka honey like Comvita™.


WHAT DO THE UMF™ HONEY NUMBERS MEAN?

Many factors can affect the quality of Manuka honey - it’s natural, so the sun, wind and rain all play a part. There are two islands in New Zealand, the North and the South; the North Island is warmer and generally produces the higher grade (purer) Manuka honey.

The grading represents the purity of Manuka - the numbers can range from UMF™5+ to 20+.

Manuka honey is rare -it is unusual to find large pockets of UMF™20+ or numbers higher than UMF™20+.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING MANUKA HONEY?

Comvita™ Manuka Honey carries the UMF™ mark, which means all three naturally occurring signature compounds, Leptosperin, Methylglyoxal (MG) and Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) are measured. Together, these indicate high quality, authentic Manuka honey - while other systems measure only one or two. This process gives you a much more comprehensive and assured view of what's in your honey.

Check the company’s website -do they sell their brand in New Zealand? If a product is not sold in New Zealand, it does not comply with local legislation.


NO.1 UMF MANUKA HONEY

Comvita was the largest producer under the UMFHA trademark in 2018.


TOP 6 WAYS TO USE MANUKA HONEY

UMF™ Manuka Honey is always at the heart of Comvita’s products - enjoy it straight from the spoon, in a smoothie, Manuka recipes or in your favourite beverages. Comvita™ has specially formulated UMF™ Manuka honey in various products for targeted goodness.

1. Immune Support Elixirs - Comvita™'s Winter Wellness range of products contains UMF™ 10+ soothing Manuka honey and the Elixirs also contain zinc to support the immune system.* The essential ingredients are combined with Propolis and Blackcurrant, for a soothing Elixir.

2. Lozenges - Manuka honey infused lozenges to soothe throats as the Manuka honey melts in your mouth. We have a selection of Pure UMF 10+ Lozenges that can be carried around and used in tea, as well as Manuka Honey with Lemon and Ginger or Propolis - perfect for on the go. For children, we recommend Manuka honey lollipops.

3. Natural Sweetener - UMF™ 5+ Manuka honey can be used in cooking for a different way of taking this everyday goodness; use it in cakes or drizzle on breakfasts - it’s lovely with yoghurt.

4. Wound healing aids - Comvita™’s Medihoney® Wound Gel contains medical grade antibacterial Manuka honey, which has been scientifically researched and clinically proven to naturally support wound healing and reduce the risk of infection. There are over 14 years of research and safety data -including over 130 case studies, laboratory studies and randomised controlled trials - supporting Medihoney® Wound Gel, which is used in hospitals and clinics around the world with outstanding results, on burns, ulcers and open wounds.

5. Derma care for dry, itchy and sensitive skin - Formulated with medical grade Manuka honey, the Medihoney® Wash, lotions and creams are fragrance-free, soap-free and dermatologically tested for dry, itchy and sensitive skin use.

6. Oral Spray - Combining the power of UMF™10+ Manuka honey, herbal ingredients and Propolis to numb your throat, Comvita™ Oral Spray is a handy helper on the go.