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What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka is a flowering tea tree native to New Zealand. The honey that is collected from these flowers has long been renowned for its remarkable beneficial properties.
Manuka Honey contains special antibacterial properties including an enzyme that produces Hydrogen Peroxide which is a proven antiseptic and antibacterial agent.

It is extremely rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals and has the outstanding ability to nourish, soothe and heal sensitive skin. Manuka Honey also contains antioxidants that neutralise free radicals which are responsible for skin cell damage; while assisting in the growth of new cells, and tissue regeneration. Additionally, Manuka Honey is a natural humectant; acting to prevent loss of moisture thereby retaining the skin’s natural moisture.

Every Wildferns Manuka Honey skincare product contains premium certified New Zealand Manuka Honey 80+, Manuka Honey that has been tested under tight controls which assesses the purity of the honey based on pollen count. This testing ensures that the product we bring to market contains the greatest levels of natural Manuka properties; which make Manuka Honey unique for its abilities in helping to enhance the health and appearance of the skin.

What does this mean?

Honey naturally contains pollen in the nectar of the plants that it’s collected from. This pollen falls into the nectar which is then collected by the bees and taken back to their hive and made into honey.

This pollen can be counted, and the honey identified by isolating the percentage composition of the target species type within a honey relative to its’ total pollen count; which are then matched against pre-determined pollen count thresholds for different honeys.
While there may never be an absolute single flower (monofloral) honey type, a honey is considered to be relatively pure when it is found to predominantly have a genetic composition of a particular pollen type. Under new Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) guidelines, for Manuka Honey to be classified as a monofloral, it must contain a level of greater than 70% Manuka Pollen.

We care about our customers, and their expectations, and are proud to present our pollen count of 80% or more in all our Wild Ferns Manuka Honey Skincare products. Consumers can rest assured that the product they are buying has been subject to strict analysis; and can be guaranteed that they are buying a high quality certified Manuka Honey products which exceeds the minimum pollen level classification category of 70%.



Why has this changed?

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in conjunction with the Manuka Honey industry have come together to initiate a set of universal industry standards and definitions to improve consumer awareness and understanding of Manuka Honey and the associated labelling.

Following 6 months of consultation, MPI has now released the Interim Labelling Guidelines for Manuka Honey. This outlines the basic characteristics of Manuka honey, and prevents manufacturers from making health claims in relation to ‘activity’ levels until further scientific research has been completed. Initial findings have found significant variability in both the Methylglyoxal (MGO), and Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA) between: individual plants, the overall genetic composition of honey, the honey’s region of origin, the season of production, and over time under different environmental conditions.

As such, it is now widely accepted that MGO and NPA are independent of whether the product is actually by definition a Manuka Honey or not; and this can be confusing for consumers.

Research into this field is ongoing between MPI, Industry organisations and interest groups. Not all honey is equal, which is why for the best results; it has to be Wild Ferns Manuka Honey, with a certified genuine 80+ pollen count.