Friday, 17 January 2014

Expensive Manuka UMF honey

We had a comment from a prospective customer that our honey is expensive, we have replied as follows:

Hello Markus, I agree that our Manuka honey is expensive, all genuine Manuka UMF honey is expensive.

However ours is authentic and I personally know the producers of this honey and have been purchasing this honey for over a decade from them.

To get an accurate benchmark on prices I suggest that you check the website Comvita NZ who are the largest producer and supplier of genuine Manuka UMF honey in the world with sales of over $100M last year.

They are also offering a discount this week, their prices are normally higher than ours and you have to pay for shipping where we have free shipping world-wide so you might make a small saving there.

The most important factor is the integrity of the product and the supplier, unfortunately there is a lot of honey currently labeled as Manuka UMF and Active which is fake, or overstated in its certification.

One example is Honey currently listed on Amazon as MGO400 the description suggests that this is the equivalent of "the old UMF20+", scientific comparisons of the relationship between UMF and MGO classification of the antimicrobial effectiveness of Manuka honey confirm the MGO400 is actually the approximate equivalent of UMF12+, definitely well below UMF20+ as claimed and this would reflect the difference in price.

If it really was equal to UMF20+ don't you think they would be selling it for UMF20+ price as dictated by the world demand.

Finally I suggest that you also read the following article reprinted from an investigation by the UK BBC about the problems in the Manuka honey market:

In the meantime, we continue to provide Manuka UMF honey that is certified, authentic and which will pass any and every test that can be applied proving it is the genuine article.

Like anything in this world, you get what you pay for.
Bill Gluyas.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Manuka essential oil bibliography

Manuka Biblio.
Leptospermum scoparium J.R. Forst & G. Forst.

Anti-Microbial Activity.
Christolph F., Kaulfers P.M. & Stahl-Biskup E. (2000). "A comparitive study of the in vitro anti-microbial activity of tea tree oils s.l. with special reference to the activity of b-triketones". Planta Med. 66(6), 556-60. Abstract. The in vitro antibacterial and antifungal activities of Australian tea tree oil, cajuput oil, niaouli oil, kanuka oil and manuka oil as well as of a b-triketone complex isolated from manuka oil were investigated in a constituent-oriented study. The compositions of the oils were analysed by capillary GLC and GLC-MS. The MICs for sixteen different microorganisms were determined applying the broth dilution method. Australian tea tree oil showed the best overall antimicrobial effect. The best inhibitory effects on Gram-positive bacteria and dermatophytes were achieved with manuka oil due to its b-triketone content.

Christolph F., Kaulfers P.M. & Stahl-Biskup E. (2001). “In vitro evaluation of the antibactericidal activity of b-triketones admixed to Melaleuca oils.” Planta Med. 67(8), 768-771. Abstract. The in vitro antibacterial properties of mixtures of Australian tea tree oil and niaouli oil after adding the b-triketone complex isolated from manuka oil were tested. MIC and MBC values for four different bacteria were determined applying the broth dilution method. Both Melaleuca oil mixtures showed good antimicrobial effects against Staphylococcus aureus and Moraxella catarrhalis, exceeding the effectiveness of myrtol, which is well established in the treatment of acute and chronic bronchitis and sinusitis. The death kinetics of S. aureus were determined to draw subtle comparisons between the mixtures. The kill rate data indicated that both Melaleuca oil mixtures achieved a complete kill within 240 min.

Christolph F. & Stahl-Biskup E. (2001) “Death kinetics of Staphlococcus aureus exposed to commercial tea tree oils s.l.” J. Essen. Oil Res. 13, 98-102. Abstract. Staphyloccus aureus cells were exposed to increasing concentrations of Australian tea-tree oil, cajuput oil, niaouli oil, Lema oil, kanuka oil, and manuka oil as well as of a b-triketone complex isolated from manuka oil. The death kinetics were determined by calculation of log10 reduction factors after increasing exposure periods. Niaouli oil turned out to be highly active, followed by Lema (this is a registered trademark), tea tree & cajuput oils. Kill rate data indicated that 1.0% (v/v) were lethal to the stationary phase cells in the assay conditions used. At 2.0% (v/v) niaouli oil and Lema oil yielded a complete 6.8 log10 reduction of cell numbers in suspensions within 60 min, whereas cells treated with tea tree & cajuput oils were inactivated more slowly within 120 & 240 min. respectively. Kanuka & manuka oils as well as the b-triketone complex, the active principle of manuka oil, lacked any bactericidal properties. Their high effectiveness against Gram-positive bacteria can be explained by bacteriostatic effects. The results obtained with Lema oil, a blend of tea tree and a polar fraction of manuka oil (mainly b-triketones), gave cause to discuss synergistic effects.

Cooke & Cooke M.D. (1994) "An investigation into the antimicrobial properties of manuka & kanuka oils" Cawthron Report No 263, New Zealand.

Harkenthal M., Reichling J., Geiss H.K. & Saller R. (1999) "Comparative study on the in vitro antibacterial activity of Australian tea tree oil, cajuput oil, niaouli oil, manuka oil, kanuka oil, and eucalyptus oil." Pharmazie 54(6), 460-463. Abstract.  To compare the antibacterial activity of the Australian tea tree oil (TTO) with various other medicinally and commercially important essential myrtaceous oils (cajuput oil, niaouli oil, kanuka oil, manuka oil, and eucalyptus oil) the essential oils were first analysed by GC-MS and then tested against various bacteria using a broth microdilution method. The highest activity was obtained by TTO, with MIC values of 0.25% for Enterobacter aerogenes, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, Salmonella choleraesuis, Shigella flexneri, Bacillus subtilis, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, S. saprophyticus, and S. xylosus. It is noteworthy that manuka oil exhibited a higher activity than TTO against gram-positive bacteria, with MIC values of 0.12%. Both TTO and manuka oil also demonstrated a very good antimicrobial efficacy against various antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus species. Pseudomonas aeruginosa was resistant to all essential oils tested, even at the highest concentration of 4%.

Kim, E. H. & Rhee G.J. (1999). “Activities of ketonic fraction from Leptospermum scoparium alone and synergism in combination with some antibiotics against various bacterial strains and fungi.” Yakhak Hoeji (J. - Pharmaceutical Society of Korea). 43(6), 716-728.

Malone M.A., Gatehouse H.S. & Treqidqa E.L. (2001) “Effects of time, temperature & honey on Nosema apis (Microsporidia: Nosematidae), a parasite of the honeybee Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae). J. Invertebrate Pathol 77(4), 258-68. Abstract. Newly emerged adult bees were fed with Nosema apis spores subjected to various treatments, and their longevity, proportions of bees infected, and spores per bee recorded. Spores lost viability after 1, 3, or 6 months in active manuka or multifloral honey, after 3 days in multifloral honey, and after 21 days in water or sugar syrup at 33 degrees C. Air-dried spores lost viability after 3 or 5 days at 40 degrees, 45 degrees, or 49 degrees C. Increasing numbers of bees became infected with increasing doses of spores, regardless of their subsequent food (active manuka honey, thyme honey, or sugar syrup). Final spore loads were similar among bees receiving the same food, regardless of dose. Bees fed with either honey had lighter infections than those fed with syrup, but this may have been due to reductions in their longevity. Bees fed with manuka honey were significantly shorter lived, whether infected or not.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Manuka Shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff and cradle cap scalp fungal infections.

We have just released a new shampoo formulated with Manuka hydrosol, Coconut cleansers and aloe vera which is an effective deterrent to all forms of fungal conditions on the scalp and also one of the mildest shampoos on the market today.

Manuka hydrosol contains the water soluble compounds of Manuka essential oil which is a proven natural antifungal agent and ideal for combating conditions like dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis which occur when excess sebum is produced on the scalp and oily areas on the face.

Coconut glucoside and coconut betaine are combined to create a very mild surfactant which gently cleanses the skin without causing any sensitisation, common when sodium sulfate cleansers are used in shampoo formulas.

In addition, aloe vera is included in this Manuka shampoo for its natural  skin calming properties.

Manuka shampoo is an all natural formula which does not contain any sodium sulfates, synthetic colors, fragrances or  paraben preservatives.

Manuka shampoo can be safely used by the whole family and is so mild it doesn't sting if a little gets in your eyes.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Manuka Natural YouTube Channel

We now have a YouTube channel which we are updating weekly with news and comment relating to Manuka Honey, Manuka oil and Manuka hydrosol.

To date the most popular video relates to a common question people ask, "What is Manuka UMF honey?"

We have answered this question and followed up with another "What is Manuka MGO honey?" these terms are confusing to many people not familiar with the way that the antimicrobial properties of Manuka honey are measured and certified.

The first example of this is available for viewing here:

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Yeast infection natural remedy

Yeast infections, thrush or Candida Albicans are one of the most common infections that women (and some men) experience, often occurring repeatedly during their lifetime.

Today as people become more aware of the potential hazards and side effects of pharmaceutical drugs there has been a noticeable increase in demand for natural products to treat this age-old problem suffered by more than 60% of women in the world.

Causes for the high incidence of yeast infections can be courses of antibiotics, pregnancy and oral contraceptives which alter the chemistry of the subject.

A well proven natural yeast infection remedy is Manuka essential oil either diluted in a carrier oil, a cream or soap containing as little as 5% East Cape Manuka essential oil.

Thrush treatment can be achieved simply by coating a tampon with Manuka cream and inserting it overnight, washing the area with Manuka soap and douching with warm water containing a few drops of Manuka oil.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Bee Venom Mask

Masks and moisturizers containing Manuka honey and bee venom have remained popular following the initial flush of excitement when first introduced to the market over a year ago.

Touted as the next big thing in anti-aging creams bee venom masks and moisturizers hit the headlines following reports of their "secret" use by royalty and A-list celebrities.

As news came out about the beneficial effects of bee venom in these cosmetic creams there was a rush to try them. Today, while the initial excitement has died down, there is still a very steady demand for these products, showing that they are indeed effective with frequent repeat orders from satisfied users.

While it is the bee venom that tightens the skin and diminishes the fine lines, the addition of UMF Manuka honey in these formulas also has a huge effect on softening the skin and giving it a healthy glow.

Manuka honey is ideal in a skin cream as it nourishes the skin with a vast array of vitamin and mineral compounds as well as amino acids which are essential for healthy skin

In addition Manuka honey attracts moisture which keeps the skin humidified further reducing the effects of harsh sun, wind and dryness.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Manuka honey testing

Amid reports of adulterated Manuka honey in markets in UK, China and Singapore the NZ Manuka Honey Association is in the process of developing new chemical testing procedures that will verify the authenticity of New Zealand Manuka honey.

Manuka honey has received world-wide acclaim in recent years for its special antibacterial and anti fungal properties not present in other floral sources of honey.

This has led to much higher prices for Manuka honey especially if it carries a high level of UMF or "unique Manuka factor" which is a measure of its antimicrobial effectiveness.

Unfortunately unscrupulous vendors have been caught relabelling other floral forms of honey as Manuka UMF honey in order to achieve high prices.

However the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association intends to put a stop to this practice by becoming more vigilant and by providing a conclusive testing procedure which will allow food standards agencies in other countries to identify fraudulent Manuka honey quickly.

In the meantime the best recommendation we have is to purchase Manuka UMF honey directly from New Zealand where testing standards are already rigorously enforced to make sure you are buying the real product