The manuka honey from New Zealand

The Manuka, an incredible discovery

The island we call today New Zealand was originally called Aotearoa, that is to say, "the long white cloud". A name that illustrates the attachment of its first inhabitants, the Maori, to nature.

This exceptional and generous nature is the Maori healers, the tohungas, who percere the secrets by discovering the innumerable virtues of the plants that surrounded them. Among these plants was a shrub with extraordinary potential: the manuka.

In the 18th century, it was the turn of the botanists who accompanied James Cook to praise and use abundantly the medical properties of manuka.


Honey has always been used for its antiseptic properties due to hydrogen peroxide. However, studies have shown that if hydrogen peroxide is effective in a laboratory test piece, it is destroyed by contact with fluids and body tissues. It is therefore ineffective on humans ... the healing power of honeys by chemical action is therefore limited.

Research by Professor Peter Molan of Waikato University in New Zealand found that some manuka honey possessed additional exclusive antibacterial activity not due to hydrogen peroxide and remains effective in vivo. Some honeys ... but not all! By performing tests, Professor Molan was able to detect which ones and measure their antibacterial efficacy. This efficiency is measured and certified by the IAA® index. Although it can now be measured, this antibacterial power is still partially a mystery. Professor Henle of the University of Dresden in Germany has proved that the most active molecule of manuka honey is methylglyoxal in a much larger quantity than in conventional honey: up to 1000mg / kg against a few grams per kilogram of honey Classic! However, methylglyoxal alone does not explain all of the unique activity of manuka honey, there are strong synergies in this product with other assets for the unknown moment. The current research is aimed at unraveling this mystery.


The Leptospermum scoparium, the botanical name of New Zealand's endemic manuka, blooms only 4 to 6 weeks per year. The bees therefore have a very limited time to feed their incredible nectar.
This is the reason why manuka honey is so precious. Its production accounts for only 0.09% of world honey production. As for Manuka honey IAA®18 + of Manuka Rituals, it is extremely rare and represents only 3% of the annual production of active manuka honey.