Active Leatherwood Honey - TA15+ and TA10+
Active? Why is our Active Leatherwood Honey called active?
Honey has been used since the beginning of recorded history as a treatment for many types of ailments. One of the properties it seems to possess is the ability to reduce infections. This seems to be due to its antibacterial activity: hence the descriptor 'active' (see point 3 below).
Honey seems to reduce bacterial infection in three ways:
1. It has a very low water content which inhibits bacterial growth.
2. Honey is sufficiently acidic to prevent the growth of many bacteria.
3. It may contain antibacterial compounds such as methylglyoxal (MGO) or it can produce antibacterial substances such as hydrogen peroxide under appropriate conditions.
Most honey has the first two properties but if it also has the third property it is called 'active' honey.
Peroxide active honey: some honeys show antibacterial activity arising from the generation of small amounts hydrogen peroxide by a naturally occurring enzyme. One example of peroxide-active honey is Blue Hills Leatherwood honey which is only produced in Tasmania.
The antibacterial activity test measures the honey's ability to prevent the growth of the test bacterium. The antibacterial activity of active leatherwood honey measured as 20% phenol equivalent. This is exactly the same as a Manuka honey whose antibacterial activity is 20% phenol equivalent.
Active Leatherwood honey has bioactivity due to hydrogen peroxide, while Manuka honey has bioactivity due to MGO (Methylglyoxal). All of Blue Hills honeys are independently tested.
It is important to store this honey in a cool pantry to preserve this natural activity.
All Blue Hills honeys are “cold extracted”, ensuring all of the natural components of the honey are retained.
Carton prices include a 5% quantity discount.
Ingredients: 100% Cold-Extracted Tasmanian Active Leatherwood Honey.
Shelf Life: 60 months
Available in: 250gm, 500gm jars . Active strength: 10 + and 15 +