Manuka

 
Mānuka was named 'tea tree' by Captain James Cook and English botanist Joseph Banks when they found it in Mercury Bay in 1769. 
 
Despite being perhaps one of the more important native plants in New Zealand today, for most of the 20th century, mānuka was viewed as a noxious weed. Farmers especially loathed the plant, viewing it as a costly nuisance that prevented them from developing areas of the hill country.
 
With greater research and understanding, however, mānuka has had almost a complete reversal in its relationship with the New Zealand people. Because of its ability to cope with harsh environmental conditions, they are an ideal nursery crop providing shade and shelter to more sensitive natives.
 
Eventually, mānuka nurtures this next generation of plants into a future forest. Because of this ability, it has been widely adopted for use in all kinds of conservation projects, improving ecologically degraded areas and promoting natural regeneration.
 
Use in Ailments
We follow the traditional uses of mānuka from our ancestors in that the use of the leaves and bark of the mānuka tree are for a wide range of ailments, including urinary problems and as a febrifuge (to reduce fever). The leaves are boiled and the hot vapour inhaled for head colds. Leaves and bark are boiled together, and the warm liquid is rubbed on stiff backs and rheumatic joints.
 
Mānuka is also used as a diuretic, a sedative, a painkiller, for inflammation of the breasts, and for healing fractures. Fresh sap is taken as a purifier, seed capsules are boiled, and the fluid is used externally for bruises and inflammation or internally for diarrhoea and dysentery.
 
Mānuka Honey
Mānuka wood chips can be used to add flavor when smoking food, but mānuka is best known today as the source of mānuka honey, which is used to produce a growing list of products with outstanding medicinal and antiseptic properties. 
 
The mānuka flower gives mānuka honey its unique healing properties because it has antimicrobial properties–making it antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral. It also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-modulatory properties. Together, these qualities make mānuka honey good support for digestion, immune function, skincare, and even wound care when used correctly.
 
We love our mānuka honey we produce from the farm and use it both as a medicine or for sweetener. 
 
Other Facts About Mānuka 
Mānuka flower Only Blooms 2-6 Weeks Of The Entire Year
 
During a 2-6 week period, peaking in mid-December -- the start of summer in New Zealand mānuka is in bloom. Individual flowers may only be open for 5 days, so there's a very short window for bees to collect nectar from the flower.
 
Bees Take 22,700 Trips To The mānuka Flower To Create A Jar Of mānuka Honey
 
In addition to the rarity of the bloom and the hard-to-get-to places where mānuka bushes grow naturally, it also takes bees around 22,700 individual trips to the mānuka flowers to collect enough nectar to create one 17.6 oz (500g) jar of mānuka Honey.
 
One bee may only collect enough nectar to make ⅕ teaspoon of honey in their lifespan, and one hive may have 40,000 bees collecting nectar to convert into honey.
 
Between the bees, beekeepers, researchers, testers, packers, drivers, and more, there’s a lot of work and livelihood that goes into every jar you see on the shelf, which is why each jar is a precious gift to be honored.