The therapeutic benefits of honey have been well demonstrated throughout history.
Often referred to as honey’s fingerprint, the chemical properties of honey are dependent on the floral source of the nectar, growing conditions and environmental stress.
Biomedical research has shown some chemical properties in honey produced from the Leptospermum spp shrub are more stable than in other honeys.
Leptospermum spp is the most cited honey in clinical research, when it comes to therapeutic benefit.
Honey from Leptospermum spp is dark amber in colour, has a strong flavour and is often referred to as Manuka or Jelly Bush honey because of its thick, gel like properties.
The genus of Leptospermum, of which there are 86 species, is believed to have originated on the East Coast of Australia and subsequently dispersed to New Zealand, New Guinea and South East Asia.
Of the 86 species, 81 are endemic to Australia.