Jarrah Honey Basics
Jarrah Honey - The next Honey Game Changer
Beginning in late spring and continuing into early summer, West Australia’s (WA) honeybees have their work cut out for them, launching into a frenzied battle against time to collect as much as nectar as possible within nature's narrow window. This ambition does not go to waste, resulting in the prized Jarrah Honey being harvested from the nectar of the Jarrah tree (Eucalyptus marginata), a tree native and unique to Western Australia. These captivating trees flourish in the abundant, ecologically unspoilt native forests that span from Perth to WA’s South West.
The Jarrah honey itself, amber in appearance with an impressive and full bodied nutty malt flavour, is considered a prized honey amongst beekeepers and honey aficionados alike. An exquisite addition to any cuisine, Jarrah honey boasts a taste and texture that is distinctive & smooth, with a caramel-like taste that is equally matched by its amazing healing abilities. Unfortunately, the pristine forests that have existed for thousands of years are dwindling in size due to dieback and clearing, making this prize of nature increasingly difficult to sustain. Our Jarrah honey is sourced from a group of passionate beekeepers who ensure their hives and honey bees are well looked after.
Jarrah honey is antibacterial and antifungal
Many varieties of honey possess antimicrobial properties, which are the product of the natural enzymes that exist on honey. This is a fact that has been known by mankind for many thousands of years, who have effectively used honey in the treatment of a variety of ailments. Research conducted by the WA government has found the forest honeys are anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants and are good for human gut health. Jarrah Honey is measured in Total Activity "TA" rating ( 10+, 20+, 30+ etc. ), which accounts for both Peroxide and Non-Peroxide activity. Studies have suggested Jarrah Honey’s anti-microbial activity to be 90% greater than the average New Zealand Manuka Honey. Jarrah is a natural “peroxide” honey which also contains methylglyoxal components (found in Manuka) - both are antimicrobial components. Jarrah honey is also believed to contain other antibacterial phytochemicals which contribute to its antimicrobial properties.
Wounds and Burns
Jarrah honey’s high antibacterial properties make it a great ingredient for DIY skin treatments, sore-throats and to aid healing of cuts and burns, making it an effective and natural treatment that can be used to heal an array of wounds or topical ulcers. To actually use honey in this manner, you will need to actually apply the honey directly to the affected area, then cover with a gauze or dressing and remember to keep it dry. Generally, you will be able to see healing results the next day. On top of this, Jarrah is also known to be useful in helping individuals recover from provide relief to those affected by burns and sunburn.
Jarrah and Diabetics
A fascinating fact that will be of interest to many individuals who may suffer from diabetes is that Jarrah honey has a naturally Low Glycemic Index (GI). The reason why it is lower in GI is because it possesses lower glucose levels than other honeys (it is higher in fructose) and therefore can be suitable, in moderation, for people with diabetes. Higher fructose levels in Jarrah honey make for a more desirable sweetener for diabetics. However, please be mindful that if you have a health condition you should consult your doctor first before diving into a jar of this brilliant honey.
Jarrah Honey for Horses
Jarrah honey is not just good for humans but can also assist our equine friends, by treating horses with excessive amounts of sand in their stomachs - Sand Colic - (which is known to cause severe illness, even death). This treatment is administered to horses by mixing the Jarrah honey with equine feed such as bran, which then picks up the sand to assist the horse to naturally pass sand and other irritants through its intestinal system. This treatment is suggested to work equally as well as psyllium treatments, if not better.
Ulcers and Sore throats
Even more benefits of this natural potion is its ability to heal sore throats. Rich with antifungal and antibacterial properties, jarrah honey serves as a kind of natural antibiotics to stop sore throat and other irritations. Studies have found that honey performed better at treating nighttime coughs and improving sleep than both the popular cough suppressant dextromethorphan and the antihistamine diphenhydramine. To reap these benefits, simply gargle with Jarrah honey to relieve a sore throat. On top of this, Jarrah honey helps to fight stomach bacteria that cause ulcers and bad breath, Helicobacter pylori. Mouth ulcers, which can occur due to different reasons and can be very painful and uncomfortable. To use this remedy, simply roll a teaspoon of Jarrah honey around the mouth and keep it in the mouth for as long as possible to promote healing.