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Manuka Honey

What’s the Difference Between Manuka Honey and Regular Honey?

Some honeys, like Australian Manuka honey, are many times more active than others. While regular honey is made by bees that forage the nectar of many different types of flowers, Manuka honey is made by bees that forage the flower of the Leptospermum plant, native to Australia and New Zealand.

Read on to discover more about what makes Manuka honey a healthy honey choice.

Nature’s Sweet Superfood

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about Manuka honey, but if you’re left feeling a little unsure of why it’s different to regular honey, you’re not alone! What was once a traditional remedy is increasingly becoming one of the world’s most researched and prized natural superfoods.  

How is Manuka honey different to other honeys?

Some types of Manuka honey are what we call ‘active’ or ‘bioactive’, and have higher antibacterial properties than regular table honey. This is thanks to a component in Manuka honey called methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO comes from an organic compound in the nectar of some Leptospermum trees called dihydroxyacetone (DHA). It is worth noting that not all Manuka honey is considered ‘active’, so it’s important to check the label when purchasing Manuka honey.  

Native to Australia and New Zealand, Manuka honey comes from the Leptospermum species, making this special honey quite rare globally! In Australia, we’re lucky enough to have over 85 different species of Leptospermum for our bees to forage and this diversity produces rich and potent honey that also tastes smooth and sweet. All the more reasons to include it as a healthy boost to all of the usual ways you enjoy your honey. 


Some types of Manuka honey contain a heightened stable form of natural antibacterial activity, attributed to the naturally occurring chemical, Methylglyoxal (MGO). The higher the MGO number, the more potent the honey’s activity. Active Manuka Honey is today prized for its health-supporting properties, and has been widely studied for its antimicrobial, and wound healing effects. There are several studies available including the following:

  • Molan, P.C. (2011). The evidence and the rationale for the use of honey as wound dressing. Wound Practice and Research, 19(4), 204-220.
  • Johnston, M., et al (2018). Antibacterial activity of Manuka honey and its components: An overview. AIMS Microbiology., 4(4):655-654
  • Bean, A. (2012). Investigating the Anti-inflammatory Activity of Honey (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from

Health Remedies

Manuka Honey, Ginger and Lemon Tea

Warm honey, lemon and ginger drinks have long been the go-to home remedy for sore throat relief. We upgraded this classic soother by swapping regular honey to Capilano Manuka Honey for added health benefits and a richer taste. Prized for its health supporting properties, this natural superfood is essential for soothing a tickle.

  • Easy
  • 15 mins

Manuka Honey Sugar Scrub

Garlic Ginger Manuka Cough Syrup

Manuka Honey Gummy Shapes

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