JARRAH HONEY - THE HEALING HONEY*
Jarrah honey is produced by bees from the nectar of Jarrah trees (Eucalyptus marginata). These trees are very slow growing and only found in the native forests in the south western region of Western Australia.
Jarrah honey is a relatively rare honey for several reasons. Firstly, individual trees only produce flowers for a few months every four years. The trees don’t all flower at the same time, rather some trees flower every year, but beekeepers only expect a commercial harvest every two years. Secondly, natural and controlled bush fires happen in the Jarrah Forests yearly. It takes 4-5 years for the affected trees to flower again limiting the the amount of potential Jarrah honey. Finally, climate change has produced a significant reduction in the amount of rainfall on the forest, so nectar production is reduced.
Jarrah honey has been referred to as both a healing honey and liquid gold. It has a superb, smooth, caramel-like flavour and is packed with beneficial properties.
HIGH TOTAL ACTIVITY (TA)
Jarrah honey is a High Total Activity (TA) honey.
The high TA provides Jarrah honey with many beneficial properties, such as...
Antimicrobial activity – has more than double the antimicrobial activity of other medicinal honeys. Try gargling with a spoonful of Jarrah honey to help relieve a sore throat*,
Antibacterial activity – which may be useful in healing wounds as it helps maintain a moist wound and its viscosity provides a barrier against infection. The hydrogen peroxide helps kill any bacteria and growth of new skin may be promoted. * and
Antifungal activity-studies show it is very effective against Candida species*.
GUT HEALTH AND PREBIOTICS
Jarrah honey is considered a good prebiotic. It contains oligosaccharides and other high order carbohydrates which the good bacteria utilize to make nutrients that the body can use.
Jarrah honey is a very good prebiotic as it promotes production of higher concentration of Butyric Acid (BTA) compared to other honey varieties. BTA is a saturated, short-chain fatty acid which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Consumption of foods with a high concentration of BTA is linked to a lowered risk of colon cancer.*
It can help with mouth ulcers and bad breath which are often associated with stomach bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori*.
GLYCEMIC INDEX (GI)
Jarrah honey has a unique ratio of fructose to glucose, the two main monosaccharides (sugars) in honey. Jarrah honey has a high proportion of fructose to glucose. As the GI of fructose is very low, the total GI of Jarrah honey is also low.
Low glycemic foods can help reduce insulin response within the body and this can also help improve cholesterol levels. Jarrah honey may be suitable in moderation for diabetics.* This unusual combination of sugars can be useful for endurance and athletic training and increasing stamina.
The low glucose content means that Jarrah honey is less likely to crystallise than most other honeys.
Honey can be a valuable source of antioxidants or ‘free radical scavengers’. The National Cancer Institute of Australia states that foods with high levels of antioxidants help fight free radicals that attack healthy cells. Antioxidants in honey include organic acids and phytochemicals such as flavonoids.
Jarrah honey’s dark colour indicates the high content of phytochemicals with antioxidant properties. It has more antioxidants compared to Manuka honey, making it a great alternative as a potential natural anti-ageing treatment which may also aid in supporting cell renewal.
*Please consult your healthcare professions before using honey for any medicinal purposes*