What is Mānuka honey

Mānuka honey has significantly more benefits than other types of honey, hence why it is so popular and sought after. All honeys contain Hydrogen peroxide which will inhibit bacterial growth, however Manuka Honey also contains unique antibacterial and anti inflammatory compounds.

Mānuka Honey, is native to New Zealand and is considered one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the global market. Mānuka is the Maori name for the New Zealand native tree (Leptospermum scoparium) with a beautiful, sweet-smelling flower. While Leptospermum species do exist in other countries, it is believed that the unique climate, soils and plant adaptation results in New Zealand Mānuka plants producing a truly unique honey.
Honey bees collect nectar from these flowers and use it to produce the dark, unique flavour of Mānuka honey. It is a superfood and possesses a wide range of health benefits. Mānuka honey has been proven to provide antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It has historically been used for sore throats, joint pain, and improving digestive problems.

Real Mānuka honey

New Zealand is one of the cleanest natural environments in the world.

Agricultural products from New Zealand are highly regarded, sought-after, and accepted for their renowned quality and purity. Genuine Mānuka honey is exceptionally rare and unique to New Zealand. To ensure the purest product, it must be harvested, extracted, tested, and certified.

Enjoy pure New Zealand Mānuka Honey from DownUnder Honey's range.

Mānuka honey certification

MGO stands for the natural chemical methylglyoxal, sometimes referred to as MG. Methylglyoxal is the naturally occurring compound found and identified in genuine New Zealand Mānuka honey. This rating defines the strength and potency of the mānuka honey. Our Honey is graded using MGO levels, these are equivalent to the UMF or NPA grading systems as follows

          MGO RATING           UMF RATING
                   83           UMF 5+ 
                  263           UMF 10+
                  356           UMF 12+
                  514           UMF 15+
                  692           UMF 18+
                 829           UMF 20+

DownUnder Honey produces honey under a New Zealand Food Safety Risk Management Programme (RMP) through the Ministry of Primary Industries. As part of this process, DownUnder Honey is regularly audited to ensure New Zealand's high food safety standards are being met. All of our mānuka honey range is independently tested by a NZ Government approved laboratory to guarantee the level of MGO in each batch. Our Honey is also independently tested for compliance with the New Zealand Government Manuka Honey Standard. You can be sure that our mānuka honey is pure and genuine.

Health benefits

Since the discovery by Dr. Peter Molan over 20 years ago that New Zealand Mānuka honey has unique antibacterial properties, the properties of Mānuka honey have been studied extensively for its unique Health benefits.

Mānuka is a complex honey with many thousands of unique components that are characterised by its unusual thixotropic behaviour (it will form a jelly-like substance when set). Research has found Mānuka honey has multiple health benefits.


Wound healing is arguably the most well-known health property of Mānuka honey. Mānuka honey is often applied directly to the wound, topically or integrated within dressings. Resulting in an increased healing time and decreased pain.


Additionally, Mānuka honey has other uses within healthcare due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Research has found Mānuka honey aided the wound health process in tissues regeneration, diabetic ulcers, superficial partial-thickness burns and eyelid wounds.

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Mānuka honey soothes a sore throat. The age-old honey remedy of a hot lemon and honey drink to soothe a cold has now been supported by research. One study found honey was more effective than non-prescription cough syrup for children.


Mānuka honey has an impact on digestive health due to its antiviral properties. Studies found evidence of the ability of Mānuka honey to protect against gastric ulcers due to its anti-inflammatory effect. Mānuka honey also has potential as a prebiotic as it contains oligosaccharides, which improve the levels of good bacteria within our digestive system.


Research into Mānuka honey and viruses such as COVID-19 highlight Mānuka honey's ability to inhibit enveloped virus growth due to the MGO compound. Additionally, Mānuka honey showed sensitivity against influenza A and B. Therefore, research is ongoing but suggests that enveloped viruses may be sensitive to virucidal compounds within honey such as MGO.

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Research into Mānuka honey's antiviral ability has begun and is showing promising results. Research has found Mānuka honey effectively inhibited influenza viruses.

DownUnder Honey

DownUnder Honey Mānuka is produced in New Zealand.
Carefully traced from Hive to Jar to ensure its quality and purity

We are proud producers of premium quality New Zealand Mānuka honey.

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