Gone are the days when Manuka Honey was sought after mainly by hippies at health food stores. While the uses of honey date back to over 4000 years, today Manuka Honey has a variety of uses ranging from skin care to as a natural sweetener added to food or drinks.
A national treasure
Created by nature, Manuka Honey is formed by bees collecting nectar from Manuka bush flowers (also known as Leptospermum scoparium), a New Zealand native. Manuka Honey isn’t only world-renowned for its distinctive flavour. Scientists have proven that honey produced from New Zealand native Manuka bush has one of the world’s richest sources of Manuka Factor found in nature, not found in other types of honey.
Extensive scientific research is being conducted on Manuka Honey’s qualities. Being edible, you can be rest assured Manuka Honey is safe to apply to your skin. Manuka Honey also functions as a humectant, which means that it helps retain moisture in the skin. It’s these special qualities of Manuka Honey which are abundant in high-grade Manuka Honey, making it an ideal for skincare products to optimise skin health.
Manuka Honey can also be applied to skin blemishes to help soothe irritated skin .
Due to international demand for honey there are now many forms widely available. However, buyer beware – not all honey is created equal.
To establish quality and ensure product authenticity of Manuka Honey, look for the number on the label which represents the unique signature compounds characteristic of the Manuka Honey. This will ensure the honey’s purity and quality.
The Active Manuka Honey Industry Group (AMHIG) was formed in NZ to establish different rating systems to determine the strength or level of activity of Manuka Honey.
There are two different ways of rating the bioactivity of Manuka Honey. UMF and MGO are both credible measures of the biological activity of Manuka Honey and measure the methylglyoxal (MGO or MG) content.
Generally speaking, products containing high strength New Zealand Manuka Honey contain higher MGO content.
The new BioHoney skincare range was carefully designed with high grade Manuka Honey to nourish and rejuvenate your skin.
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