Free Public Talk: Pharmaceuticals from Kānuka Honey & Bee Venom

Hikurangi Enterprises presents a free public talk by Dr Shaun Holt. 6pm Tuesday 13th December, Hāti Nāti Cafe, Ruatoria. 

The author of best selling books on natural health products, Dr Holt founded HoneyLab, a NZ company producing medical products from Kānuka honey and bee venom for global markets.

HoneyLab is working with the world’s largest consumer goods company, Procter & Gamble (P&G). The Bay of Plenty and Wellington-based business developed Honevo, a medical‐grade kanuka honey formulation that is used in dermatology, nutrition, cosmetics, cough, cold and pain products. P&G has about five billion customers in 70 countries around the world who buy its brands that include: Head & Shoulders, Vicks, Gillette, Pantene, Ariel, Olay and Pampers.

HoneyLab’s medical‐grade kānuka honey formulation, Honevo, is currently being market tested in New Zealand pharmacies. Last year after the pharmaceutical research company filed it patents.


Mānuka honey is commonly associated with medical benefits and sold for consuming but kānuka is used in skin medicine and results have shown it to be effective for a number of skin diseases which are often treated with antibiotic. It is more effective than prescribed medication in some cases.

A large‐clinical trial, published in the prestigious British Medical Journal Open, has shown that it is effective for the conditions such as rosacea, acne, cold sores, burns and wounds. Honey medicines will add significant value and pave the way for a pharmaceutical honey industry.


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