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The Ultimate Guide For Choosing Manuka Honey

September 05, 2022 3 min read

There are a significant number of varieties of genuine Manuka honey available and it is essential to choose the right one. Trial and error are sometimes necessary to narrow down the perfect honey for you. However, in this article, we will discuss some tips and tricks for beginners to choose the best pure Manuka honey. 

Find a grade that works for you

One of the key differentiators between our Manuka honey is the grade! Here at PURITI, we use UMF ratings that illustrate levels of Methylglyoxal and Leptosperin. The higher the UMF rating, the higher the potency. 

There are a couple of things to identify when choosing the correct potency level for you: 

  1. The purpose of the honey
  2. Which UMF rating is best for your intended use

The purpose of the honey is essential to nail down when choosing your desired honey. 

Is it going to be used on your morning toast? To be used for skincare? Do you want better nutritional benefits? These are integral questions to ask in order to ensure you are getting the most relevant UMF rating for your needs. 


Once the purpose has been determined, it then becomes easier to figure out which rating is the best. 


There are two overarching categories for authentic Manuka honey:

  • Daily support
  • Targeted Use

Daily Support includes Manuka honey UMF ratings of below 15+. It means the honey contains moderate levels of antibacterial activity. As a result, it can easily be used topically for skin-care supporting anti-ageing, as an alternative sweetener, for soothing itchy or inflamed skin or simply as a delicious treat. 

Targeted Use Manuka honey contains meaningful levels of topically effective antibacterial activity. Potent levels of Manuka honey have been determined to include MGO concentrations of 1083mg/kg and higher.

Another important consideration is taste. If it is your first time trying high-quality Manuka honey, then it can be daunting. Lower UMF levels have a more subtle Manuka taste and can be a great gateway into the higher levels. 

There are three main rules of thumb you can use when choosing the best grade of honey to use. 

  1. Lower UMF rated Manuka honey is great to use for Daily Support purposes.
  2. NZ Manuka honey with a minimum UMF of 15+ is perfect for using as targeted support, immune boost
  3. Higher UMF rated honey is perfect for those requiring increased potency.

High-grade Manuka honey is rare and very exclusive. Containing a very high level of antibacterial properties. This means they are more potent and able to offer medicinal properties even after dilution from other ingredients. This occurs in the very best quality Manuka honey with a UMF rating of 20+ and above. 

Choose a brand you trust 

Another crucial ingredient when searching for the best Manuka honey in NZ for you is to choose a brand you trust.

Here at PURITI, we go above and beyond to increase transparency in the Manuka honey industry and create authentic, high-quality honey unmatched by other brands. All our honey is independently tested to the highest standards and authenticated by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA). 

We go above and beyond the legal requirements and test all our honey to a higher standard with our own honesty grading table. This means a higher potency with better Manuka honey benefits. 

These are just some of the steps we take to create some of the best pure Manuka honey in New Zealand. We even fully test both our exported and NZ sold honey! We can confidently say PURITI is one of the best Manuka honey brands in New Zealand.

Buy our Manuka honey online for all your wellness needs.