Found along the remote, arid coastlines of New Zealand, the Mānuka tree is home to a delicate little white flower. Thanks to the European honey bee, the Mānuka pollen is collected during the short 2-6 week flowering period, and from these flowers, Mānuka honey is born.
Because of the Mānuka flowers, the honey has a distinct flavour, that is instantly recognisable compared to other types of honey. But most importantly, the honey retains the incredible genetic properties of the Mānuka tree. It is the only honey with the unique ingredient methylglyoxal, which contains powerful antimicrobial properties. As known, its because of methylglyoxal that medical grade honey also exists and plays significant role in treating chronic wounds by experts and is also used for antibiotic resistant infections in hospitals across the world.
Mānuka honey’s natural anti-inflammatory properties are considered almost four times stronger than regular honey, making it an incredible ingredient for topical skincare and personal care. Combined with the natural anti-microbial properties of methylglyoxal, Mānuka honey has become a staple for a healthy body by promoting general well being to help improve digestive system and oral health.
For such a little flower, and such a little bug, the two have come together to create something quite wonderful.