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Most frequently asked questions about Manuka Honey

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is a highly nutritious, special kind of honey that comes from the Manuka flower nectar gathered by the bees in New Zealand. Manuka is a Maori word that refers to the medicinal flower that grows on both New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Manuka Honey is a completely natural, holistic, bio-available and biodegradable product.

Is Manuka honey related to the Tea Tree in Australia?

Yes, Manuka Honey originates from the Manuka bush (Tree), which is in the same family as the Melaleuca in Australia, otherwise known as Tea Tree, both of which are world renown for their vast healing properties, Manuka having unique properties, not found in other honeys. Simply research the benefits of Manuka Honey online and on valid Scientific websites that could provide a wealth of information.

Can I find Manuka growing in other countries?

Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand from the nectar of Manuka flowers. Manuka is an indigenous Maori word, therefore it is native to New Zealand. Being a part of the Leptospermum scoparium variety, the Australian “Jelly Bush” honey should just be called precisely that, as it typically produces a honey that is very noticeably very different in taste and texture. However, despite these big differences, the Australians can technically somewhat call their jelly bush honey as being Manuka because they are somehow related through the Genus Leptospermum. There are approximately 150 non-medicinal varieties of Leptospermum in existence that are not all related to the Tea Tree, nor do ALL the varieties originate from New Zealand.

How do I take Manuka Honey?

Manuka Honey can be taken by the heaping teaspoonful up to 3 times a day depending on your condition. For example, for general digestive maintenance a teaspoon taken daily, at least half an hour before any food is ideal. You can also spread it on a dry cracker or a piece of organic bread.

Can I mix the raw honey with a hot drink or will I kill its natural properties?

Although the naturally occurring properties of our product remain stable under heat, light or cold conditions, for optimal use, we do not recommend putting it in tea as heat will destroy the naturally occurring bee enzymes.

How do I store my Wedderspoon Manuka honey once it has been opened?

Manuka honey should be stored in a cool dry place.

What is the difference between the KFactor™ ranges?

KFactor™12 guarantees that at least 65% of the pollen grains in Wedderspoon’s Manuka honey are Manuka pollen grains.

KFactor™ 16 guarantees that at least 75% of the pollen grains in Wedderspoon’s Manuka honey are Manuka pollen grains.

KFactor™ 22 guarantees that at least 90% of the pollen grains in Wedderspoon’s Manuka honey are Manuka pollen grains.

I am monitoring my carbohydrate intake. How can I include the Manuka honey in a low carb diet?

Honey is a natural product unlike white refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. Scientifically, honey is considered to be “opposite” to conventional sugar. It might then be worth including in your diet, with moderation, for the numerous intrinsic health benefits! One Tablespoon of honey contains 17g of carbohydrates.

I know Manuka Honey is great for adults and children above 1 year of age. Can I give it to an infant aged younger than 12 months?

NO! Infants under 12 months of age do not have a fully developed immune system yet, so they should not be given any kind of honey to eat. Infant botulism is a rare, but serious paralytic disease caused by the spores of a bacterial microorganism, Clostridium botulinum. These spores can germinate, grow and produce toxins in the lower bowel of some infants and pasteurization (sterilization) CANNOT kill such spores! Older children and adults are normally able to ingest the spores without any harm.