by Carmen Alvarado
Not to be confused with its close relative Manuka, Kanuka is shaping up to be the next medical miracle from nature. Recent research has found that the powerful oil and special honey produced from the Aotea Kanuka tree could be the next big thing in promoting gut health and fighting everything from sore throats and urinary tract infections to skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
What is Kanuka?
The Aotea Kanuka (Kunzea sinclairii) species of tree comes from the Myrtaceae family found in New Zealand, which includes Manuka, Kanuka and Aotea Kanuka. While Manuka and Kanuka are found across many parts of the North and South Island, Aotea Kanuka is only found on Great Barrier Island off the coast of New Zealand's North Island.
The Kanuka trees are also known as Great Barrier Island Kanuka as they have only been found on Great Barrier Island where natural skincare company Sven's Island extracts the fragrant Aotea Kanuka oil by hand and harvests the honey once a year when the trees are in bloom.
Like its relative Manuka, the bi-products (including Aotea Kanuka oil and honey) produced from the Kanuka tree have strong antibiotic properties.
What are the health benefits of Kanuka?
With powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, products made from the special Kanuka tree are brimming with health benefits.
How is Kanuka different to Manuka?
When it comes to Kanuka Honey the Aotea Kanuka tree provides everything Manuka does and more. According to recent clinical tests, Kanuka honey contains Alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP), a naturally occurring protein which infuses any of its bi-products with unique anti-inflammatory properties. Not even the highest UMF/MGO (Unique Manuka Factor/Methylglyoxal rating) Manuka contains that protein.
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Sven's Island Natural Remedies.
Sven, the humble farmer behind the Sven's Island 100% natural personal care range, has lived on Great Barrier Island off the coast of New Zealand his whole life and has been developing natural remedies for over 35 years as he strives to understand how the native plants that grow wild on the Island can benefit people with health problems. Sven's Island's mission is simple: to help people look after themselves naturally, just as nature intended.
Healthy Life stocks a range of Sven's products containing the rare Aotea Kanuka oil including Fresh Face anti-ageing moisturiser, Miracle Manuka medi-salve and Kanuka honey.