Leptospermum Scoparium, commonly known as Manuka, is a bush like tree which produces white, or occasionally pink flowers. The Manuka bush can be found throughout the North and South islands of New Zealand. Honey has been used since ancient times for healing purposes. In the late 19th Century researchers discovered that it has natural antibacterial properties. Manuka honey has naturally occurring Methylglyoxal. Discovered by Professor Thomas Henle, head of the institute for food and chemistry at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany. It is this natural occurrence of Methylgloxal in Manuka that gives the honey it's unique properties.