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    How Swisse Sources Manuka Honey

    Victoria Hanlon -Swisse Author
    Written by Victoria Hanlon | Swisse Author

    “Honey” is simply not enough for us, here at Swisse. We wanted to find honey that is unique and special, wherever that journey took us. Our search led us to New Zealand, home of the bees that pollinate the native manuka plant.

    Bees in a beehive on honeycomb

    A tea tree shrub, the manuka plant is abundant with white and pink flowers, and leaves are variable in shape and size. Its pretty exterior proves very tempting for bees, and the resulting manuka honey has a richer colour1 and earthier flavour than other honeys. In general, darker honeys have a higher content of phenolic compounds and therefore higher antioxidant levels2, which are great for supporting wellbeing and helping reduce free radical damage. Manuka honey itself is particularly rich in phenolic acids3, so it’s no wonder this honey is Swisse-approved.

    Bee on a manuka honey sprig

    How it’s sourced

    The manuka honey story starts in the South Taranaki region of New Zealand. The bees are left in the natural rainforests all year round and the hives are situated on very remote forest blocks. Some of the land is so remote that the beekeepers need to use helicopters to lift the hives into the stands of flowering manuka for the summer.

    After the manuka flow, the beekeepers bring all of the hives back to the home block, which has 2,000 acres of native bush for the bees to “winter” on. Importantly, the bees are never exposed to pesticides or other chemicals.

    Beekeeper inspecting a beehive

    History of honey4

    The first written reference to the medicinal use of honey came in the form of a Sumerian tablet writing, dating back to 2100-2000 BC. Aristotle (384-322 BC), when discussing different honeys, referred to pale honey as being “good as a salve for sore eyes and wounds”. The medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world's oldest medical literatures, and since the ancient times, it has been known to possess healing properties.

    At Swisse, we love manuka honey inside and out. You can find it in one of our favourites, Swisse Ultiboost Vitamin C + Manuka Honey.

    The Quest to find nature’s finest ingredients continues.