What is Manuka Honey?

The bees in New Zealand collect the nectar of the manuka flower (leptospermum scoparium), in the remote valleys and alps in New Zealand, and turn it into honey, that they deposit into the comb, at the hive location. The manuka bush grows in the wild, and is uncultivated, therefore the beehives are placed in the middle of the tea tree bushes, letting the bees forage on the manuka flower, that only blooms about 4 weeks out of the year.

Manuka Honey is a naturally medicinal honey, discovered by the indigenous people of New Zealand centuries ago. They already knew back then, that manuka honey is soothing to the stomach, and aids in rapid wound healing. Manuka Honey is further known for its soothing, coating and rejuvenating properties, especially when used for a sore throat, cold, cough, fever blister or canker sore. So when you are looking for nature’s most powerful “natural antibiotic”, you have just found it.

Raw Manuka Honey, formerly known as active manuka honey, has become world famous, mainly due to Dr. Peter Molan’s honey research during the past 26+ years at the Waikato University in New Zealand. Dr. Molan found that manuka honey seems to naturally help destroy staph, strep, h.pylori, MRSA & VRE wound staph infections. I recall a personal conversation I had with Peter in 2009, during our 8 hour meeting where he said: “You can throw any bacteria in the path of manuka honey, and this honey will kill it.” Those are pretty powerful words, coming directly from the number one manuka honey researcher himself.

What does Manuka Honey taste like?

The best description of authentic New Zealand Manuka Honey UMF®16+ is, that it has a flavor like “caramel”. It has a very unique taste, and can’t be compared to any other honey in the world, because it only grows in New Zealand. The manuka honey flower (leptospermum scoparium), only blooms 4-6 weeks out of the year, which makes this a very rare honey indeed, well known for its natural medicinal benefits, internally and externally, for both humans and animals.

Why use Manuka Honey, has it been researched?

I have personally tried honey’s from around the world, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Russia, you name it, but New Zealand Manuka Honey totally captivated my attention.

Manuka Honey has been researched for decades by the famous Manuka Honey Researcher, Dr. Peter Molan from the Waikato University of New Zealand.  Dr. Molan found that MF Manuka Honey seems to naturally help destroy staph and strep, when experiencing a sore throat, cold, cough or potential lung infection.

Dr. Peter Molan further found that Manuka Honey UMF®16+ naturally helps to destroy staph, strep, h. pylori, MRSA and VRE wound staph infection, whereas antibiotics have shown to be helpless in such situations. Having seen how much Manuka Honey UMF®16+ has helped our clients both internally and externally as a wound salve on people and animals, you may even ask the bold question: “Is manuka honey better than antibiotics?”. That is indeed a bold question, and many folks have experience exactly that, especially when used as a natural honey dressing for any opening in the skin, after everything has failed, manuka honey has stepped up to the plate.

As you are all aware, we are not allowed to make any medical claims of any kind, and really the only success story that counts, is yours. Once you experience for yourself, what manuka honey can do for you, help spread the word.

What makes Manuka Honey better than other honey?

Learning about manuka honey and making your first purchase, is truly an “educational process”, as there are a lot of bad brands out there (most of them), that will sell you fake manuka honey, a diluted version, or altered manuka honey, including intentionally miss-labeled manuka honey, designed to confuse the consumer, take advantage of people’s hard earned money, and ripping off unsuspecting consumers.

Raw Manuka Honey, formerly known as active manuka honey, that Manuka Honey USA LLC has been sourcing and importing for the past 26+ years since 1994 from New Zealand, is pure, raw, natural, unpasteurized, UMF® Lab Tested, UMF® Certified and UMF® Licensed. We are the Official US Importer since 1994, and are dealing in a very small niche market with honesty and integrity. Our UMF® License Number is # 2238, which you can verify anytime at the Official UMF® Honey Association website at:


Once on the link, just SCROLL DOWN, and you will find Manuka Honey USA LLC listed.

Why it is important to specifically look for the world-wide trusted UMF® Brand?

When you purchase manuka honey from a company that is licensed by the Official UMF® Honey Association in New Zealand, such as Manuka Honey USA LLC, located in Orlando Florida, you may rest assured that you are purchasing un-adulterated, authentic, raw manuka honey.

What is the purpose of the UMF® Honey Association?

The UMF® Honey Association has many responsibilities, but one of the most important one is, to ensure that when you purchase a jar from a licensee, you are guaranteed, that you are purchasing authentic manuka honey, that has been produced, bottled and labeled in New Zealand, according to the stringent rules and regulations of the Association, as well as knowing that they are working directly with the MPI (The Ministry for Primary Industry), comparable to the US version of the FDA.

When Manuka Honey USA imports this precious, medicinal and rare manuka honey from New Zealand, each one of their shipments is additionally inspected by Customs and FDA, and this company is compliant with all regulating agencies.

The UMF® Honey Association performs the extremely important role of EXTERNAL QUALITY CONTROL, meaning they are allowed to visit UMF® Licensed beekeepers anytime, to check on their entire work process, from honey collection to lab testing, bottling and correct labeling. Our beekeepers, and each licensee, pays a large annual fee for both the UMF® Membership and additional Royalties, per jar sold.

What are these fees used for? Glad you asked. In order for the UMF® Honey Association to guarantee the quality of the honey being exported to the rest of the world, and uphold those very high standards, also includes, legally going after companies that are misusing their UMF® trademark, making sure that beekeepers are packing the product “true to label”, meaning, what is ON the label, is actually IN the jar, and not a diluted or fake version thereof. The UMF® Honey Association also works with a team of attorneys, to bring any and all companies world-wide into compliance, in an effort, and stop the false use and abuse of their trademark. This is not a cheap process, but it is working. Many “bad apples” have been shut down.

Why is New Zealand Manuka Honey so expensive?

If you are looking for the best manuka honey to buy, you need to do your own research, to be sure, that you are dealing with a reputable company. The fastest way to do that, is to visit the Official UMF® Honey Association’s website directly at the following link listed below, and you will find that Manuka Honey USA LLC is an Official and Current Member. Once on the website, just scroll down, and you will find this company listed.


To answer your question, as to why manuka honey is so expensive, it’s because we don’t just pay the price for the honey, we have to pay an additional 34 FEES above the COST of honey, such as the actual container ship that transports the honey from New Zealand to the United States, insurance while in transit, US Customs, FDA, loading fees, unloading fees, warehouse fees, stamp fees, train transportation, trucking transportation, inspections, lab testing fees, UMF® Honey Association fees, and royalties per jar, and the list goes on and on…

Now you have a basic idea, why manuka honey is so expensive, that’s because Manuka Honey USA LLC is doing everything by the book. Every batch that this company imports from New Zealand, can be traced back to the actual beekeeper, in other words, when you place your trust in Manuka Honey USA, you may rest assured that when you buy manuka honey here in the US, that you are purchasing the  highest quality available from New Zealand, at the fairest price possible.

What is the difference between Manuka Honey & Local Honey?

The difference is the medicinal plant and purpose of use. Let me explain. When you are dealing with local allergies, we recommend that you look up a local beekeeper that sells honey sourced from your area, as the unpasteurized local honey contains some pollen from your area. So if you eat local honey on a daily basis, you can build up an immunity toward local allergies. Some people do this very consistently, and may be able stop getting allergy shoots. Just remember, everybody is different and has different needs, allergies, health concerns. Discuss all your personal health care with your local physician.

Now lets talk about New Zealand Manuka Honey. Why is it so special, and now famous world-wide? First of all, what makes real manuka honey so rare and expensive, is it’s very short blooming season. With the aggressively world-wide rising demand for manuka honey, there are a large number of “bad apples” in the business, that will do anything to “make a buck”. This is unfortunate, but now you know from the above link how to verify fast and easy, to be sure that  you are truly dealing with an honest and reputable manuka honey company in the US.

Many companies don’t seem to care, and will offer you fake manuka honey, diluted manuka honey or altered manuka honey, by adding clover honey, kanuka honey, rewa rewa honey, or any other similar tasting honey. Of course such practices are completely illegal and fraudulent, and Manuka Honey USA has NO connection to such “impersonators”. If there is money to be made in any type of business, crooks will follow that trial.

Because Authentic Manuka Honey is in such extremely short supply, Manuka Honey USA turned down millions of dollars from huge corporations such as Wholefoods (now owned by Amazon), Costco, GNC and Trader Joe’s, because we want to have nothing to do with companies that may be bending the truth (knowingly or not), and “follow the money”. I’m not saying that these companies are “bad”, as mentioned above, purchasing real and authentic manuka honey is an “educational process”, and sometimes companies are skipping over due diligence, to make sure, that a supplier is legit or not. All companies noted above, have great products, just may not have invested enough time and energy, to learn about manuka honey, and therefore may have made some rash decisions, instead of visiting New Zealand to see first hand where this product is harvested.

Natural Benefits of Manuka Honey?

Natural internal uses for Manuka Honey:
Most folks use Manuka Honey UMF® 16+ for internal uses, because they are dealing with common gastro-intestinal issues, such as acid reflux, esophagitis, gastritis, upset stomach, stomach ulcer, h. pylori, IBS etc.

Natural external uses for Manuka Honey:
During the past 26+ years as the Original US Importer of Authentic Manuka Honey that is UMF® Lab Tested, UMF® Certified and UMF® Licensed (Manuka Honey USA LLC, UMF® Lic. Nr. 2238), our clients range from hospitals to doctors, nurses, wound care centers, prisons, veterinarians, tattoo shops and retail Natural Health Food Stores. We also serve the food, beverage, beer, wine, liquor, shake, snack industry, as well as cosmetics and body product manufacturers, cbd promoters and the pet industry.

How can I integrate Manuka Honey into my daily routine?

It is easy to integrate raw manuka honey, formerly known as active manuka honey, into your daily diet. Simply replace white and brown sugar with authentic manuka honey in your tea, on toast, for cooking, baking, BBQ sauces and marines, cookies, muffins and cakes. For daily use, we recommend using the MF Manuka Honey (MF stands for Multi-Floral), as it costs about half the price of Manuka Honey UMF®16+.

Why combine Manuka Honey with Turmeric?

Both raw Manuka Honey, formerly known as active manuka honey and Turmeric have very potent natural antioxidants, helping to strengthen the immune system. The stronger the immune system is, the better you can ward off common illnesses such as a cold, flu, cough etc. Mix 1 heaping tablespoon of Turmeric into 1x 17.5oz/500gr jar Manuka Honey and mix very well. Eat 1 Teaspoon a day, or more as needed, or half that amount if diabetic, and always check with your doctor first, before trying a new product, even a natural remedy.

Where can I buy manuka honey in the US?

You can buy manuka honey online at https://manukahoneyusa.com/shop/
The best place to buy manuka honey, is from a UMF® License, such as Manuka Honey USA LLC

Other Ingredients:

NONE. Our Manuka Honey is pure, raw, natural, unpasteurized, UMF® Lab Tested, UMF® Certified, UMF® Licensed Authentic Manuka Honey UMF®16+. The MF Manuka Honey is also lab tested for authenticity and potency purposes, and labeled accordingly.


Pure, raw, natural, unpasteurized UMF® Lab Tested, UMF® Certified and UMF® Licensed Manuka Honey UMF® 16+ is used internally and externally by humans and animals…


If you are dealing with common gastro intestinal issues (like most of us), you can take 3x 1 teaspoon a day. Take 1 teaspoon, attached to 1-bite size of food, 20 min. before breakfast, before lunch and before dinner, as a natural supplement, to help with mild forms of acid reflux, esophagitis, gastritis, upset stomach, stomach ulcer, h. pylori, ibs, for people and animals. As always, check with your local physician first, before trying any new product, even a natural remedy or dietary supplement.


If you are dealing with any opening in the skin, such as a 1st, 2nd, 3rd degree burn, open bed sore, diabetic toe / foot / leg ulcer, decubitus, bed sore, amputation wound, surgery scar etc. simply apply a medium layer of manuka honey unto a sterile gauze. Apply gauze to opening of the skin, keep in place with skin friendly paper tape. Change dressing once a day, or more often as needed. Cleans skin with sterile saline solutions, in between before applying new batch of honey. The same applies to people and animals, skin is skin. Again, check with your local doctor first, before venturing into the realm of natural remedies…

17.5oz / 500gr
35 oz / 1kg
105 oz (6.5 pounds) or 3kg

Store manuka honey in a dry, cool place, such as a kitchen pantry. No need to refrigerate.