WHAT IS ACTIVE HONEY
Honey has been used since the beginning of recorded history as a treatment for many types of ailments. One of the properties it has been observed to possess is the ability to stop infections. This is due to its antibacterial activity: hence the descriptor ‘active’ (see point 3 below).
Honey can stop bacterial infection in three ways:
- It has a very low water content which inhibits bacterial growth.
- Honey is sufficiently acidic to prevent the growth of many bacteria.
- 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 honey shows antibacterial activity arising from the generation of a small amount of hydrogen peroxide by a naturally occurring enzyme. An example of peroxide active honey is leatherwood honey which is only produced in Tasmania.
The Antibacterial Test of Leatherwood Honey
The antibacterial activity test measures the honey’s ability to prevent the growth of the test bacterium. The antibacterial activity of leatherwood honey measured as 20% phenol equivalent is exactly the same as a Manuka honey whose antibacterial activity is 20% phenol equivalent even though one honey has activity due to hydrogen peroxide, the other due to MGO (Methylglyoxal).
All BlueHills honey are independently tested.
Blue Hills produces quality, gourmet honey. They have been consistently winning multiple Gold | Silver | Bronze Awards for its range of honey.
Blue Hills extracts all honey using a traditional, cold extraction technique. This is to ensure that the honey retains all of its delicate flavours, aromas and natural properties. Because the honey hasn’t been heated or fine filtered, it eventually granulates (i.e. crystallises, or “candies”). All pure, wild honey should granulate over time but never spoils. Granulated honey can be gently restored to a liquid state by placing the glass jar in a pot of hot but not boiling, water or lukewarm oven under 45 degrees Celsius.