About Manuka Honey
Omnicare Australia’s Manuka Honey is produced by honeybees from Australia & New Zealand’s native Leptospermum species, commonly called Mānuka, Jellybush or Tea Tree which is a species of flowering plant in the myrtle family Myrtaceae. This native to New Zealand and to southeast Australia is an abundant flowering bush covered in white or pink flowers in spring and summer that grows wild within our fair lands.
This particular plant, contains unique plant phenols which in recent tests conducted at Sydney University’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, killed every type of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”. The University of Waikato in New Zealand has formed the Waikato Honey Research Unit to study the composition of honey and its antimicrobial and antiviral activity. Through this, grading systems were developed, which appraised natural markers found in Manuka honey and assures purity & quality. Essentially, the higher the rating, the greater the medicinal and anti-microbial properties of the honey.
The first discovered natural marker, hydrogen peroxide is naturally released due to the action of the enzyme glucose oxidase and second, a naturally occurring phytochemical called methylglyoxal somehow dramatically enhances the effect of the naturally released hydrogen peroxide. Professor Peter Molan at the Honey Research Unit of Waikato University in New Zealand has determined evidence which suggests that these two processes work together with a synergistic action making the beneficial effect greater than their individual actions.
The finest-quality manuka honey, with the most potent antimicrobial properties, is produced from hives in wild, uncultivated areas. Since 2004, Britain’s National Health Service has licensed the use of manuka honey wound dressings and sterilised medical-grade manuka honey creams. Hence, the demand for this unique native product has grown in magnitude worldwide.
- Manuka honey has an antibacterial component that sets it apart from other honeys. This activity is stable and doesn’t lose its potency when exposed to dilution, heat or light.
- Manuka honey has been found to be effective against a range of bacteria including Helicobacter pylori (which causes most stomach ulcers); Escherichia coli (the most common cause of infected wounds) and Streptococcus pyogenes (which causes sore throats).
- Manuka honey is antimicrobial and antiviral. It is also an antioxidant that can help to increase vitality and immunity.
- Manuka has even been proven to be anti-fungal and is a proven anti-inflammatory.
- Regular application to wounds not only heals, but reduces scarring.
- Trials have indicated that manuka honey can heal wounds and skin ulcers that haven’t responded to standard treatments.
- Honey in general is not suitable for babies under 12 months of age because it is a known source of the bacteria spores that cause botulism.
- Diabetics should also avoid or limit their intake of honey due to the high glucose content.
- Active manuka honey has stronger properties than regular manuka honey. To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 263+ MG. Honey at or above that level can be regarded to as “Active Manuka Honey.”
- There are no known side effects of active manuka honey when used internally, unless you are allergic to honey.
Honey Activity Ratings: NPA & MG
The “Activity Rating” of honey has been developed over many years and used by researchers and the “active manuka honey” industry to define the strength of Leptospermum honey for medicinal and therapeutic use.
Essentially the higher the NPA (Non Peroxide Activity) or MG (Methylglyoxal) component of the honey tested, the greater the medicinal effect.
The NPA method and standard was first used by Professor Peter Molan from Waikato University, New Zealand to characterize the unknown compound that was responsible for manuka honey’s additional antibacterial activity. More recently the discovery of MG (Methylglyoxal) the exact compound that was responsible for manuka honeys non peroxide activity has led to an alternative rating system using MG as the marker of antibacterial strength and activity. Both these two identification methods (NPA and MG) are adopted by different laboratories as standards to quantify the strength of Leptospermum honeys.
Our MG rating factor is related exactly to the Methylglyoxal rating of our Omnicare Australia products. We guarantee that these products bearing our quality mark have been independently laboratory tested and contain accurate quantities of the essential compounds that make our Royal Manuka honey dependable and reliable.
How to use it
- Manuka can be applied topically to the skin as a balm for skin infections, bites and cuts.
- Take a spoonful orally to help soothe the throat and digestive tract.
- Consume as you would any other honey product to maintain general health.
Omnicare Australia’s Royal Manuka Honey has been harvested from some of Australia and New Zealand’s most remote places, known for its clean, unpolluted and green environment. Each batch of Omnicare Australia’s premium Manuka Honey has been strictly independently tested for its MG rating. Our MG grading system appraises natural markers found in Manuka honey, and assures purity & quality. You can purchase with confidence our premium quality Manuka Honey backed by our MG guarantee.
- Independently tested
- Comes in four premium ratings of MG 100+, 300+, 500+ and 800+ mg/Kg.
- Each rating is available for purchase in both a 250g and 500g container. Special requests can be made for 1Kg containers as well.
Our Royal Manuka Honey not only has special therapeutic qualities, but it is also very distinctive in taste, smell, colour and consistency. It is perhaps sweeter than non-medical honeys although the sweetness of it is balanced by a slightly savoury or spicy aftertaste. You can distinguish authentic Manuka honey as it is much richer than non-medical or ordinary culinary honey. The taste can be described as a pleasant, sweet and strong flavour, characterised as “earthy, oily, herbaceous”, and “florid, rich and complex.
Authentic Manuka honey is also substantially thicker or less viscous than normal culinary honey, making it easier to spread or apply to wounds or wound dressings.
Omnicare Australia is in a unique position for the export of Manuka honey due to its exclusivity to New Zealand and Australia. Our reputation and strong relationships with beekeepers from right around Australia and New Zealand allows us to deal directly with the beekeepers thus saving time and cost.
We are passionate about bee keeping, sustainability and total quality management. Our honeybees and hives are ethically managed with love and care. From harvesting to our cold extraction processing and packaging, our honey remains pure and clean, maintaining its beneficial and potent properties right up until you’re ready to use it.
Our honey is tested at an independent laboratory, so we can guarantee its antibacterial properties and that it’s always MG active with equivalent Methylglyoxal activity. Manuka honey is good to eat, good for digestion, good for assisting wounds to heal and good for your skin.
Shelf-life and Storage
Honey is one of the few natural products that are self-preserving. Unlike most products that need to be stored in the fridge or freeze after opening, honey does not need to be kept in the fridge after opening. The optimum temperature to store honey is between 18-22°C.
The best way to store honey is to store it in a cabinet or cupboard, away from heat sources and direct sunlight. Our bottles have been manufactured airtight as honey is naturally a low moisture content product and even after opening it should be kept tightly closed to prevent the honey from absorbing moisture from the air.
In New Zealand and Australia it’s not mandatory to state expiry date for honey since this product’s shelf life is indefinite if stored correctly. There have however, been some studies which have shown that activity levels can start to decline after 3 years post-manufacture and opening due to exposure to air.