What is Manuka Honey?

Discover for yourself the unique and wondrous properties of Manuka Honey. Manuka Honey has been shown to have natural antibacterial properties that aid with digestion, boost the immune system and help heal wounds. All our Manuka Honey is genuine and has been independently tested for potency and purity. These test certificates are available upon request with the batch number from, info@pri-nz.com. We work directly with the bee keepers in New Zealand and our jars have the name of the company who packed it, so you can be assured it was harvested from a reputable source.



In her BBC News article, “Harnessing Honey’s Healing Power," Angie Knox quotes biochemist Professor Peter Molan about Manuka Honey: "It works on bacteria, fungi, & protozoa. We haven't found anything it doesn't work on among infectious organisms." True to Professor Molan’s words, Manuka Honey is widely believed to not only treat minor wounds and burns, but to:

  • Help lower cholesterol

  • Help reduce systemic inflammation

  • Help treat diabetes

  • Help reduce ear, eye and sinus infection symptoms

  • Help reduce gastrointestinal problems

Hydrogen peroxide is a component of most raw honeys and is responsible for the antibiotic benefits most honeys provide. Most types of honey also have components with antibacterial qualities, but only Manuka Honey contains methylglyoxal (MG). Indeed, the higher the concentration of MG, the more powerful the antibiotic effect, which is one reason honey producers have developed a scale for rating the potency of Manuka Honey.


According to PRI founder David Noll, however, “In recent times, we’ve seen a plethora of Manuka Honey suppliers claiming that you need to have a 16+ or higher to get the job done for certain conditions although testing has shown that there’s actually no difference in treating these conditions when using grades between the 10+ and 20+. In addition, many so-called Manuka Honey products are in fact packaged outside of New Zealand to bypass NZ regulations, which is why we’ve always cited the name and address of the New Zealand bee keepers where our honey is packed with a batch number. The bottom line is that not all Manuka Honey products are created equally, and we feel a responsibility to help ensure that American consumers are experiencing the benefits of authentic New Zealand honey just the way nature intended.”

There are many ways of grading Manuka Honey, devised by manufacturers to show that their honey is the purest and most potent.


MG, MGO or Methylglyoxal is a chemical compound found in Manuka honey which is thought to be responsible for the additional anti-bacterial properties. By itself an MG test isn’t robust enough as it can be fooled by flash heating the honey or by adding synthetic MG.

What used to be known aS Bio Active

The honey used to be tested in a petri dish against phenol. The numbers in the scale related to the equivalent % strength of phenol, when killing bacteria. This method of testing is no longer performed.


This represents the unique signature compounds characteristic of this honey which ensure purity and quality. These include: the key markers of Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal.

We have our own scale honey which uses the old numbers (e.g. 5+, 10+) from “Bio Active” tests but we now use MG and Leptospirin levels to calculate these numbers instead. We also carry a range of UMF rated Manuka Honey.

Pollen Count

Pollen count has traditionally been used to determine if a honey is to be considered monofloral. Very often this is quoted as a percentage. This method falls short when it comes to grading Manuka as the price of Manuka continues to rise.. For example, if you were to blend Manuka honey with a low pollen honey such as Honeydew (nectar comes from aphids) then you can still get a high percentage of Manuka Pollen even though the percentage of Manuka Honey is relatively low.



  • The only Propolis to be CPL™ certified. This ensures a guaranteed level of bioflavonoids
  • Bioflavonoids are the active component of Propolis thought to be responsible for its antibacterial properties
  • Bee Propolis is a natural defense that bees use to coat their hives to prevent diseases & harmful bacteria
  • Can be used internally or applied topically
  • Helps support immune system, has powerful antibiotic properties

Bee Venom

  • Bee-sting therapy has been used for centuries in several cultures.  Naturally occurring chemical compounds in the venom (e.g. Melittin, Apamine) assist by stimulating the production of cortisone in the human body
  • Venom’s anti-oxidant qualities also make it effective as a booster for the immune system
  • Unique extraction process ensures the bees aren’t killed


    What is Manuka Oil?

    • Manuka Oil is Nature’s antiseptic & antifungal agent.
    • Botanically related to Tea Tree Oil but a pleasant floral aroma and is safe for sensitive skin.
    • Good for massaging into tired or aching muscles and joints
    • Aromatherapy is beneficial for people with over sensitive nervous systems, who suffer from stress and anxiety. Great sleep aid with Essential Oil Diffuser / Humidifier
    • Effective on skin conditions such as Acne, Eczema, Skin Rash, Athlete’s Foot, Nail Infections, Cuts, Insect Bites & Stings & more
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