The reason for this is the considerably higher levels of enzymes found in Mānuka Honey, comparative to regular honey. These enzymes are identified by the active agent: methylglyoxal or MGO- the concentration of which is widely measured to determine the potency of what’s in the jar. The key benefit of these enzymes? The natural hydrogen peroxide that works as a potent antibacterial.


You might have seen the MGO grading system on your pot of Mānuka Honey. Here at INÈS we have Mānuka derived products containing high levels of MGO, indicating the magnitude of its magic.

MGO is not a grading system, but a unit of measurement that identifies and quantifies the antibacterial compound, methylglyoxal, or MGO. The number that accompanies MGO refers to the minimum amount of MGO present in every kilogram of Mānuka honey. The higher the number, the more MGO present and the more efficacious the honey.

If you want the science, keep reading! MGO is a natural organic compound. It is formed as a result of a chemical reaction that occurs naturally (over time) when dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is present. DHA is a compound found in the nectar of the Mānuka tree, the source of nectar for bees that produce Mānuka honey. MGO can bind to proteins and enzymes within bacterial cells, causing damage to their structure and function. The antibacterial properties of MGO contribute to the overall healing properties of Mānuka honey.

"Here at INÈS we have Mānuka derived products containing high levels of MGO, indicating the magnitude of its magic"

Studies on Mānuka Honey have also found; along with anti-inflammatory effects, the honey has incredible value as a wound dressing- with efficacy even against antibiotic-resistant microbes. Mānuka Honey benefits are wide, including helping with digestive issues; low stomach acid; treating acne and eczema; combating Staph infections; treating burns, wounds and ulcers; preventing tooth decay and gingivitis; improving sore throats and immunity and helping with allergies. Mānuka Honey is a beautiful raw resource for using as a beauty and skincare product. The most simple way to use Mānuka Honey is straight out of the jar, ingesting by the teaspoon or applying as a topical skin treatment.

Our obvious choice of Mānuka Honey is ACTIVIST Mānuka, a beautiful brand by husband and wife founders Luke and Gabby. Their Raw Mānuka Honey is wildcrafted in Aotearoa, by bees that pollinate the native Mānuka Bush during a small seasonal window in the spring and summer.



The simplest way to tap into the benefits of Mānuka Honey is to consume it by the spoonful. 1 to 2 teaspoons per day directly in the mouth allow the active enzymes to be absorbed quickly, and remain undiluted. Mānuka is the ultimate superfood. In addition to MGO, Mānuka contains a range of vitamins and minerals. Mānuka honey contains B Vitamins, Zinc, Calcium and Iron amongst others.

Mānuka can be added to smoothies, tonics or your favorite tea. You can substitute Mānuka Honey for other sweeteners when cooking or baking.

"ACTIVIST'S Raw Mānuka Honey is wildcrafted in Aotearoa, by bees that pollinate the native Mānuka Bush during a small seasonal window in the spring and summer"


Mānuka is great to have on hand to aid in the treatment of burns or wounds. A thin layer of Mānuka honey can be applied directly to the skin at any stage of the wound healing process, using a sterile applicator. Mānuka is also used by Estheticians to soothe acne and other skin conditions such as Eczema and Dermatitis. When used for skincare, it can be used as a face mask, daily cleanser or spot treatment as needed.

Applying Mānuka topically is safe for all ages and all skin types.


ACTIVIST Raw Mānuka Honey 300+MGO

Activist Raw Mānuka Honey 300+MGO is our Wellbeing star; the perfect choice to incorporate into your daily lifestyle for proactive health benefits and immune support for the whole family. Add to superfood smoothies, tonic teas, juices and meals. This golden elxir can support immune defence, sore throats, digestive health, beauty applications, face masks and skin irritations.

ACTIVIST Mānuka Honey Mask 850+MGO

Activist Mānuka Honey Mask 850+MGO is an exfoliating, hydrating, regenerating treatment that liberates skin from the appearance of dryness, inflammation and fatigue. Nature's nectar, this mask is composed of 100% Raw Manuka Honey to use whenever your skin needs some healing. At 850+MGO content, this mask delivers unparalleled anti-inflammatory benefits to help calm irritation and relieve excessively dry areas.

ACTIVIST Mānuka Immune Elixir

Infused with Raw Mānuka Honey 850+MGO; this alchemic ambrosia works symbiotically to restore and nourish the immune system with a blend of carefully selected herbs and adaptogens, under a base of spring water and vegetable glycerine.

ACTIVIST Green Botanical Serum

Mānuka derived oils in a beautiful blend of green botanicals from land and sea (including Kawakawa and nourishing seaweed), make for a serum rich in omegas and antioxidants. These natural ingredients heal and soothe the skin, supporting skin types prone to irritation, acne and redness. This fast absorbing serum soaks straight into the skin, keeping complexion quenched and glowing all day long. A beautiful way to incorporate Mānuka in your skincare regime.