Manuka Honey FAQ
What is Manuka honey?
Manuka honey is a unique type of honey produced from the nectar of the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium), native to New Zealand and some parts of Australia.
What makes Manuka honey special?
Manuka honey is known for its powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, which are attributed to a naturally occurring compound called methylglyoxal (MGO).
What is the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating system?
The UMF rating system measures the potency and purity of Manuka honey by assessing the concentration of MGO and other bioactive compounds.
How can I ensure the authenticity of Manuka honey?
To ensure the authenticity of Manuka honey, look for the UMF or MGO rating on the label and purchase from reputable brands and suppliers.
Can Manuka honey be used for skincare?
Yes, Manuka honey can be used for skincare as it has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which can help soothe and heal various skin conditions.
How should I store Manuka honey?
Store Manuka honey in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to preserve its quality and potency. Ensure that the container is tightly sealed to prevent moisture absorption.
Can diabetics consume Manuka honey?
Manuka honey, like other types of honey, contains natural sugars. Diabetics should consume it in moderation and consult their healthcare professional before including it in their diet.
Is Manuka honey safe for pregnant women and children?
Manuka honey is generally safe for pregnant women and children over one year of age. However, consult a healthcare professional before using it for medicinal purposes.
Can Manuka honey help with digestive issues?
Manuka honey may help with digestive issues due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can soothe the digestive tract and promote gut health.
Can I use Manuka honey for wound care?
Yes, Manuka honey has been used for wound care, as its antibacterial properties can help prevent infection and promote healing. However, consult a healthcare professional before using it on open wounds.
How often should I consume Manuka honey for its health benefits?
There is no standard dosage for consuming Manuka honey. However, you can start with 1-2 teaspoons daily and adjust according to your preference or healthcare professional’s advice.
Can I cook or bake with Manuka honey?
Yes, you can cook or bake with Manuka honey, but it may lose some of its beneficial properties when exposed to high temperatures. For maximum health benefits, consider using it as a topping or in cold recipes.
Can Manuka honey cause allergies?
Manuka honey is generally safe for consumption. However, if you have an allergy to bees or other types of honey, you may be allergic to Manuka honey as well. Consult a healthcare professional if you have concerns.
Can I give Manuka honey to my pets?
Manuka honey is safe for most pets in small quantities. However, it is not recommended for diabetic pets or animals with compromised immune systems. Consult your veterinarian before giving Manuka honey to your pets.
Does Manuka honey expire?
Manuka honey has a long shelf life and can last for several years when stored properly. Check the expiration date on the packaging, and store
Cara Hayes is an experienced natural health practitioner with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Sydney. She has been writing for New Zealand Honey since 2020 and loves manuka in her morning tea.