New Zealand’s Healing Tree; Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)
What is a Manuka tree?
Manuka is a flowering tree native to New Zealand, a scrub like bush that plays a great part in our ecosystem. They’re an important nectar source for native bees, moths, beetles and geckos. Being extraordinarily resilient plants, they have a key role in native forest regeneration, colonising bare ground and providing shade for the seedlings of larger native trees. Growing up to 2-5 meters tall, they can survive in a range of conditions, including drought, boggy grounds, strong winds and even frost!
Who discovered its ‘healing’ gifts?
Traditionally used a long time before New Zealand was colonised, the Maori benefited from its remarkable properties. However, Captain Cook gave it the name Tea Tree as early settlers used to make tea from its green leaves, to fend off scurvy.
How can Manuka honey help you heal?
Pollen falls into the nectar which is then collected by the native bees and taken back to their hive and made into honey. This pollen can be counted to identify the different thresholds for the honey. Honey protects against damage caused by bacteria. Some also boost production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection. Honey also has an anti-inflammatory action that can quickly ease pain and inflammation.
Manuka honey contains special antibacterial and anti-fungal properties including an enzyme that produces Hydrogen Peroxide which is a proven antiseptic and antibacterial agent. Another major antibacterial component in Manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities.
It is extremely rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals and has the outstanding ability to nourish, soothe and heal sensitive skin. Manuka honey also contains antioxidants that neutralise free radicals which are responsible for skin cell damage; while assisting in the growth of new cells, and tissue regeneration. Additionally, Manuka honey is a natural humectant; acting to prevent loss of moisture thereby retaining the skin’s natural moisture.
When can you use Manuka honey?
Everyday! Do not forget that this product also tastes delicious, and is also perfect with your morning breakfast, toast, pancakes or muesli! Other than for our own daily consumption Manuka honey is often used to heal boils, burns, sore throats and acne.
Why do we choose to stock Mountain Gold Manuka honey?
We choose to stock Mountain Gold Manuka honey because it is 100% New Zealand honey. Nestled at the base of the Tararua ranges in New Zealand’s North Island, their bees forage on expanses of uncultivated Trees. Surrounded by Native Forest from the mountain ranges and Pukaha Mount Bruce Conservation Reserve.
Manuka has even been acknowledged by medical institutes all around the world, for example, to make Manuka honey dressings, for people with problems such as ulcers.
*Photo of honey jars
Why do we choose to stock Wild Ferns Manuka honey skincare products?
Wild Ferns skincare products are all made with special care in New Zealand. They are not tested on animals and are presented in environmentally friendly packaging. The most important ingredients come from sustainable sources to ensure that we retain and protect the clean, green, unique beauty that is New Zealand.
Every Wild Ferns Manuka Honey skincare product contains premium certified New Zealand Manuka Honey 80+, Manuka honey that has been tested under tight controls which assesses the purity of the honey-based on pollen count. This testing ensures that the product we bring to market contains the greatest levels of natural Manuka properties; which make Manuka Honey unique for its abilities in helping to enhance the health and appearance of the skin. The Wild Ferns range originates from Parrs Products, a family business that has been making quality skincare products for over 20 years.
Written by Sophie Wadley
Illustrations by Emma Perrin