What is Manuka honey?

The term Manuka is commonly used worldwide to identify and market honey produced from bees that have foraged Manuka bushes. These plants are scientifically referred to as Leptospermum trees, that are native to Australian and New Zealand.  References to producing Manuka honey in Australia date back to as early as 1884

Capilano’s 100% Australian Active Manuka Honey is sourced from the pristine Australian bushland, where the native Manuka tree grows and flowers annually. The honey is hand collected by our local beekeepers and sent to us for testing and packing. 

Below are some frequently asked questions about our Manuka. 

What does ‘Australian Active Manuka Honey’ mean?

Australian Active Manuka honey must contain the unique natural chemical called Methylglyoxal, or “MGO”.

Every batch of our Manuka is independently tested to guarantee its MGO activity level, so you can be sure you are getting what you pay for.

MGO and the combined bioactive properties of Manuka honey has been shown to be effective in helping to heal infections caused by certain strains of bacteria, fungi and protozoa. This is demonstrated in the research paper “The Antibacterial Activity of Australian Leptospermum Honey Correlates with Methylglyoxal Levels” which can be found here

But isn’t Manuka only from New Zealand?

Manuka honey in New Zealand is made by bees that source nectar from the plant variety called Leptospermum scoparium. In New Zealand, there is only one Leptospermum species, while Australia has 85 of the 87 known Leptospermum species. This means Australian beekeepers can produce Manuka honey with the same, and in some cases stronger, antibacterial activity levels as New Zealand Manuka. In both Australian and New Zealand, the antibacterial activity of honey is attributed to the MGO content.

Recent scientific studies have shown Australian active Manuka honey can contain concentrations of MGO that are even higher than New Zealand Manuka honey. 

The term Manuka is now commonly used to market this specialist floral ‘active honey’ internationally.

Capilano's Manuka honey is 100% Australian and may have a slightly different taste to the Manuka honey found in New Zealand, in fact Aussie Manuka has a much sweeter, smoother taste!

Our Manuka honey is also less processed that that from New Zealand. You can read more about that below.


What is the Australian Manuka Honey Association?

Developed by Australia’s leading Manuka scientists, honey that carries the Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) mark must be pure, natural Manuka honey, produced entirely in Australia, and tested by an independent, approved laboratory to ensure it meets minimum standards of naturally occurring methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone (DHA) - compounds that are both naturally occurring in authentic Manuka honey.

Look for the Australian Manuka Honey Association’s (AMHA) ‘Mark of Authenticity’ to buy with confidence.

Active Manuka Honey with an activity rating between MGO 30 and MGO 85 can use the logo ‘AMHA Authorised’, while active Manuka Honey MGO 85 and above can use the logo ‘AMHA Authentic’.

Is the "active ingredient" added to your Manuka?

The bioactive compound, methylglyoxal (MGO), is a naturally occurring property of Manuka honey, which is not added. Our Manuka honey is tested by an independent third-party laboratory to identify the different potency levels of MGO. The MGO content is naturally occurring, and varies in content.

All Australian Active Manuka honey we pack is 100% natural honey and free from additives.

Why is Capilano Manuka runny rather than creamed?

Australia's warmer climatic conditions mean that Aussie Manuka Honey has a much longer liquid life, so it can be enjoyed in a natural liquid state without the heavy creaming process used in New Zealand. Due to New Zealand's cold climate, producers there typically cream their Manuka and set into a semi-solid form. This is done because their only active Manuka species, Leptospermum scoparium, is prone to separating and developing large unpalatable crystals. Processing the Manuka and creaming it stops crystallisation.  

At Capilano, we do not use this packing method for our Australian Manuka range, mostly due to our warm climate and the preference to minimise processing. This is why Capilano Manuka honey remains a liquid consistency.

Every batch of our Manuka honey is also independently tested before packing to ensure authenticity and potency of active antibacterial properties. 

How much Manuka should I take medicinally?

Our Aussie Manuka Honey isn’t just delicious – it’s also considered a premium superfood. Our Manuka Honey can be applied topically to the skin or digested orally.

Though there is significant research into the antimicrobial properties of Manuka honey, we are unable to provide dosage advice for Manuka as each individual health case is different, we recommend you consult with a qualified health professional (e.g. pharmacist, general practitioner or qualified naturopath or nutritionist) for specific advice relating to your health.

Can I give Australian active Manuka to children?

Manuka honey may be given to children over the age of one. We advise against feeding children under the age of one honey due to a very small risk of contracting infant botulism.

Can I have Australian active Manuka if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

We recommend seeking the advice of your healthcare professional prior to using while pregnant or breastfeeding.

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