Health and Allergies

Source PLOS One

Chronic wound infections and antibiotic resistance are driving interest in antimicrobial treatments that have generally been considered complementary, including antimicrobially active honey.

Australia has unique native flora and produces honey with a wide range of different physicochemical properties. In this study we surveyed 477 honey samples, derived from native and exotic plants from various regions of Australia, for their antibacterial activity using an established screening protocol.

A level of activity considered potentially therapeutically useful was found in 274 (57%) of the honey samples, with exceptional activity seen in samples derived from Marri (Corymbia calophylla), Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) and Jellybush (Leptospermum polygalifolium).

This study has shown that many honeys have potential for therapeutic use as antibacterial agents. Jarrah and marri honeys have exceptional levels of hydrogen peroxide-dependent activity, and non-peroxide activity in Australian Leptospermum honeys is comparable to that found in New Zealand manuka honey.

These findings indicate that there is an opportunity for Australian apiarists to share in the lucrative medicinal honey market.

There are many honey varieties, some listed below. Honey varieties

Acacia is made from nectar collected from Acacia tree blossoms which produce a honey that is remarkably clear and pure.

It is one of the most popular and sweetest honey varieties because of its mild delicate floral taste. It can remain in a liquid state for a long period of time due to its high concentration of fructose.

Because of its low sucrose content, it is the best choice for diabetics. Known for its therapeutic action, Acacia cleanses the liver, regulates the intestine, and is anti-inflammatory for the respiratory system

Acacia

Acacia is made from nectar collected from Acacia tree blossoms which produce a honey that is remarkably clear and pure.

It is one of the most popular and sweetest honey varieties because of its mild delicate floral taste. It can remain in a liquid state for a long period of time due to its high concentration of fructose.

Because of its low sucrose content, it is the best choice for diabetics. Known for its therapeutic action, Acacia cleanses the liver, regulates the intestine, and is anti-inflammatory for the respiratory system

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus honey comes from one of the larger plant genera, containing over 500 distinct species and many hybrids. Its country of origin is Australia but is also produced largely in California. Widely available, it varies greatly in colour and flavour but tends to have a special herbal flavour carrying a hint of menthol that may not be most pleasing to children’s palate. This honey is traditionally used by many people as a protection against colds and headaches. As a tea lover, I would also recommend it as an ingredient to liven up your morning or afternoon tea.

Red Gum

Red Gum is a common Eucalypt found in Australia that produces one of the darker premium varieties of honey. Having a relatively higher level of antioxidants compared to the rest, red gum honey has a thick constituency, a bold taste and a distinctive aroma which I believe fans of strong honey varieties would find it appealing. It’s also a favourite ingredient in bread baking and meat marinades

Prevent Allergies

Honey has long been recognized for its anti-microbial activities and was a favourite dressing for serious wounds for centuries. Honey is also high in antioxidants, a group of nutrients that, among other things, may help lower your risk of some types of cancer.

But perhaps the most interesting therapeutic use for honey is as a natural remedy for seasonal allergies. According to various natural health practitioners, the tiny amounts of pollen found in locally-grown raw honey work over time to desensitise the body to a particular allergen–not unlike the way traditional allergy shots work.

If you buy local honey it contains tiny amounts of pollen from your local area. By taking a spoonful of local honey a day can help prevent allergic reactions to pollen in your area such as watery eyes and sneezing. It will help young children build up an immunity to local pollen.

Health benefits of honey

The following web site and many more say the same thing. Treating pollen allergies with honey