The New Zealand native Manuka tree has an ancient history in the folklore medicine of the Maori.
It was used for a wide variety of treatments, such as in a poultice for burns and wounds, for sore backs and inflammations, as a tea drink for digestion and other internal complaints. These treatments parallel the potential health properties of UMF ® Manuka honey, as illustrated in recent research.
New Zealand has been at the forefront of international honey research.
Dr Peter Molan of the Waikato University Honey Research Institute pioneered this research programme, publishing many articles on the antibacterial activities of New Zealand Manuka UMF ®.
The extraordinary properties of New Zealand Manuka UMF® honey
Manuka UMF® honey helps to stimulate and support the immune system, in its response to infection as well as inflammation. Research has shown Manuka honey to have the potential for wide-ranging benefits, supporting the natural healing processes of the body.
Certified quality of the highest standard
In 1997 New Zealand Manuka honey producers established the Active Manuka Honey Association (recently renamed ‘The UMF Honey Association’) and in 1998 the trademark UMF® was registered to identify the special antibacterial potency of this honey.
UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. Not all Manuka honey has UMF® and there is great regional and seasonal variation between Manuka honeys. As the presence of UMF® cannot be detected by taste or appearance, strict protocols for the handling and sampling of Manuka UMF ® honey have been established. Honeyland NZ Ltd, in association with Arataki Honey, is licensed to use the UMF® trademark (UMF License number 1004).
The UMF® level is tested by an independent accredited laboratory and rated in comparison to the standard reference antiseptic, phenol. For example, the trademark UMF® applied to Manuka honey of 10+ signifies that it has the antiseptic potency equivalent to a 10% solution of phenol in water.
Our Honeyland UMF ® Manuka Honey range
Honeyland brings you the highest quality Manuka UMF ® honey, ranging from Manuka UMF ® 5+, Manuka UMF® 10+ and Manuka UMF® 15+.
Every batch of Honeyland Manuka UMF ® honey is stringently sampled and tested to determine its potency.
Each jar is then labeled in accordance to test results, guaranteeing the UMF® level as quoted on the jar. This UMF ® level is stable when exposed to heat and light, and does not lose its potency in storage.
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