Manuka Honey

About Manuka Honey

Australian Manuka Honey is a natural bio-active honey derived from the Leptospermum tree. Unlike other honey, the anti-bacterial activity of Manuka honey is very stable and has been widely researched for its unique health and healing properties.  

Australian Manuka Honey comes from bees feeding on the native Australian Manuka plant or 'Jelly Bush.' The plant is slightly different from its New Zealand cousin, but the honey –Australian Manuka Honey, has the same scientifically tested levels of non-peroxide activity and is rated according to levels of methylgyoxal (MGO) – the active manuka factor.

The antibacterial activity of Manuka honey has been attributed to due to the naturally occurring compound methylglyoxal.

Methylglyoxal has been identified by scientists as the active ingredient primarily responsible for this activity. The tested strength of Manuka honey can bedetermined by the activity factor, which is represented by a number. The higher the number, the stronger the anti-microbial ingredient and the more potent the bio-activity of the honey.  

Active Manuka Honey is now sought after around the world for use in hospitals, burns units, digestive health care, family health care, diabetes clinics, beauty and skin care, other specialist clinics and as a general health food.


The Hab Shifa difference

Hab Shifa Natures Secret Manuka is a unique and superior grade of Australian Manuka Honey specially harvested from the lush forests of Australia. Every batch of Hab Shifa Natures Secret Manuka honey is tested and certified to have a high level of Dietary Methylglyoxal -the compound in Manuka Honey responsible for its beneficial properties

Hab Shifa Natures Secret Manuka Honey is:

 100% Natural and Pure Manuka Honey
 Complies with worldwide HACCP Standard
 Helps and Supports the Bodys natural Healing Process
 Assists in the management of treating sore throats and common cold
 Assists in the healing of cuts, and wounds Assists in the maintenance of general health and wellbeing 


The earliest reference to honey dates back to the Egyptians in 5500BC The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Romans employed honey in the treatment of wounds and intestinal disorders. An ancient Egyptian text prescribes a mix of grease, honeyand vegetable fibre as a standard wound treatment. The Roman scientist Pliny combined honey with the fat of fish to treat wounds.  

For centuries honey has been used as a food and a prized as a medicine by many cultures around the world. The usage of honey as a medicine is referred to in the most ancient written records, it being prescribed by the physicians of many ancient races of people for a wide variety of ailments (Ransome 1937).  

Modern research has investigated the healing mechanisms of honey and soon recognised that there were marked differences in the antibacterial activity of various types of honey and in their ability to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms.

The curative properties of honey have been known to indigenous cultures for thousands of years, and dressing wounds with honey was common before the advent of antibiotics. New Zealand's Maori were the first to identify the healing properties of manuka and some of their remedies and tonics are still used today.

Health Benefits

Modern research has focused its investigations into the healing mechanisms of honey and have recognised the marked differences in the antibacterial activity of various types ofhoney and in the ability of Manuka Honey to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms. In a recent study conducted by the Sydney University's School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, it was found that the anti-bacterial properties of Australian Manuka killed nearly every type of bacteria it was exposed to- including antibiotic-resistant "superbugs"2.

2 Müller, P., Alber, D.,  Turnbull, P., Schlothauer, R., Carter, D., Whitchurch, C., Harry, E., (2013) ‘Synergism between Medihoney and Rifampicin against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA),  

In 2004 Britain's National Health Service (NHS) licensed the use of medical grade manuka honey as a wound dressing, confirming some of the most ancient uses of Manuka Honey by the indigenous people of NZ .

In order to keep on top of the mounting research that Manuka Honey has to offer, The University of Waikato in New Zealand has formed the Waikato Honey Research Unit to study the composition of honey and its antimicrobial activity3.  

Manuka Honey has been found to be:

  • A natural healing agent known for its antiseptic and antibacterial qualities
  • Has been studied for its effect in treating skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dry skin
  • Possesses Antibacterial and antimicrobial properties may assist healing wounds and abrasions
  • Is rich in antioxidants and active in reducing inflammation
  • May help fight sore throats and the common cold
  • Is the perfect addition to assist in everyday wellness, and is a potent combination when combined with Hab Shifa Black Seed Oil