5 Tips For You To Choose Quality Active Manuka Honey
Proper UMF Active Manuka Honey complies with all 5 of the following criteria for Genuine UMF Manuka Honey as recommended
by the Active Manuka Honey Association.
1. It has the name UMF clearly stated on the front label.
2. It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand.
3. It is from a New Zealand company licensed to use the name UMF.
4. It has the UMF licensee’s name on the front label.
5. It has a rating of UMF10 or more.
Where Does Manuka Honey Come From?
It is one of the native trees of New Zealand. The manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) is the New Zealand version
of the tea tree plant. It can be found growing wild in much of the country, but more predominately around coastal areas, with
the east cape area of the north island having one of the larger concentrations.
What conditions can Active Manuka Honey help me with?
You can get different products that are aimed at either internal or external uses. If you have an external condition such
as a cut or wound, or a burn, then you should choose a sterilised active manuka honey.
Some of the conditions it can assist you with are:
- Digestive problems
- Ulcers in the stomach area
- Leg ulcers and bed sores
- Cuts and wound treatment
What gives Active Manuka Honey its special antibacterial and antiseptic properties?
All honey contains a level of hydrogen peroxide. However the level can vary widely between different honeys.
Active manuka honey contains an additional antibacterial property, refered to as the 'unique manuka factor (UMF), which
can only be found in honey sourced from the Leptospermum plants. To determine if this additional factor is present, and to
what extent, the manuka honey undergoes a test for its level of antibacterial activity. If the antibacterial activity is found
to be sufficiently high, then it is given a UMF label and a number (eg 10+, 20+) that indicates the strength of antibacterial
activity in the honey.
Can active manuka honey be used on animals?
Yes. If you have a pet dog, or a horse, that has received a cut or other type of wound, then using active manuka honey
is a great natural alternative treatment.
It is suggested that a sterilsied honey be used, gently rubbing a layer over the affected area, and then placing a bandage
or dressing over it. This is particularly important with animals otherwise they are only likely to lick the honey off before
it has a chance to work its healing properties. Also you don't want your pet dog to leave a sticky spot on your couch or other
part of the house if you do not cover the wound area after adding the honey.