Shaped by nature, perfected by science.
Since ancient times, humans have relied on the natural healing power of honey. Mānuka honey — imbued with the incredible properties of New Zealand’s native Mānuka plants — is the most healing honey of all, promoting skin regeneration and repelling microbes.
First Honey uses medical-grade Mānuka honey in all our products — preserving a natural healing tradition while carefully formulating, testing, and purifying our products for superior medicinal results.
Perfect for soothing and treating cuts, burns, eczema flare-ups, and distressed skin of all types, First Honey provides care that is powerful, natural, and kind.
Ask the Doctors
Learn more about the various healing benefits of medical grade Mānuka honey and why these doctors recommend it to their patients. In our Q&As, we cover topics such as how to care for aging skin, best treatments for eczema, holistic breastfeeding practices and more.
Healing for everyone. Founded by family.
Founded by brother and sister Dan Watson and Sarah Scarlet, First Honey is based in New Zealand, where nature flourishes without outside influence. That’s where our bees live, where our Mānuka plants sprout in pollution-free forests, and where our honey is refined in our state-of-the-art facility.
Growing up in a beekeeping family in New Zealand, Dan and Sarah were raised knowing nature — not chemical irritant — is the solution to our scrapes. Now, we aim to be stewards of our birthplace and make the healing power of Mānuka available to all by blending traditional apiary techniques with modern science — all built on a foundation of respect for our natural environment.
Nature got us here. We’re just bringing it to the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Thanks to recent scientific research that has helped reveal evidence of honey’s healing properties, there has been a resurgence in popularity of honey-based health and wellness products. The rigorous clinical research supporting honey’s medicinal benefits continues to grow, with internationally renowned research bodies like the National Institutes of Health publishing conclusive results.
Not all honey is created equal. Specifically, medical grade honey has a few unique properties that help skin heal and inhibit microbial growth, which is a common cause of infections. Medical grade honey helps skin heal by balancing pH levels on the skin to eliminate enzymes that slow skin regeneration, and encouraging the drainage of fluid from a wound area (which can foster bacterial growth).
What are the actual elements in Mānuka honey that make it so effective as a healing agent? One of the most important compounds in medical grade honey is called methylglyoxal (MGO). This naturally occurring compound is present in Mānuka plant nectar and offers many benefits that are essential for quick, proper wound healing.
We use a carefully managed process of “monofloral” pollination from Mānuka blossoms to ensure the highest quality of honey production with a concentrated presence of beneficial compounds.
To ensure that our honey meets the highest standards of quality and safety, our medical grade Mānuka honey is tested by an accredited lab under ISO 17025:2005 standards and our wound care products are approved by the FDA for over-the-counter purchase.
First Honey products are specifically designed to ensure that our patented honey formulation is in direct contact with the skin. Our most popular products include bandages, wound dressings, creams and ointments used for treating injuries or as part of an all-natural skincare routine.
The soothing, protective qualities of Mānuka honey make it a preferred ingredient for many first aid or general wellness applications.