What is the difference between Meluka Australia's Raw Honey and Manuka Honey?

Meluka Australia is our brand name and the word Meluka is derived from ‘Melaleuca Alternifolia’ - the botanical name of the species of tea tree which has been growing on our property in Bungawalbin Valley in the Northern Rivers of NSW. This area has been identified as the birthplace of Melaleuca Alternifolia.
Manuka Honey is produced from bees that harvest from the Leptospermum Scoparium species of Tea Tree. This species is native to New Zealand and the East Coast of Australia.

What makes Meluka Australia's Raw Honey so unique?

Bees harvesting on ancient mother trees that have evolved over thousands of years and holds an abundance of both active and medicinal properties. These active and medicinal properties express themselves through the honey produced by these healthy bees.

Meluka Honey can be understood as a multi-active honey, meaning it contains multiple levels of activity. This is best summarised by Dr David Rudd who completed extensive research on our Tea Tree Honey:

"A honey with mild monoterpene levels but rich in phenolics could be promoted as a honey that combines the best of Manuka (anti-microbial) with the natural anti-oxidant rich activity of tea tree plants. Tea trees lives in microbial rich and oxidatively imbalanced terrains, swamp like country, which makes the plant express high levels of natural anti-oxidants and anti-microbials to survive in this wet environment. A honey that takes advantage of these natural attributes could be viewed as a ‘combined activity honey’ or a ‘multi-active honey’.

Why do you not have an MGO or UMF rating?

MGO and UMF rating systems have been developed by Manuka honey producing companies and are specific to honey which is produced from the Leptospermum Scoparium species of tea tree. This rating system tests methylglyoxal which is the compound which makes Manuka Honey special. Since Meluka Australia's Tea Tree Honey is produced from Melaleuca Alternifolia species, the compounds are different and therefore MGO and UMF rating systems are of no use.

The compounds which make Meluka Australia's honey special are the monoterpene levels combined with phenolics and results in a multi-active honey rich in anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.

Why has my honey crystallised and how do I liquify it?

Meluka Australia's honey products are completely unpasteurized and unfiltered to remain just as our bees intended, so if your honey does set, please be assured that this is a natural process and attributable to pure, raw unprocessed honey.

To return your honey to liquid form, simply place your jar in warm water for 15 minutes. Also, ensure you store your honey in a cool area away from direct sunlight.

What is hemp seed infused honey?

Hemp seeds are the seeds of a variety of the cannabis sativa plant species, minus the psychoactive compound found in marijuana. Health benefits include a high amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as Omega 3s and 6s, as well as a high quality of digestible, gluten free protein. Fibre, Minerals, Vitamin E, B Vitamins including folate and Vitamin D3 are a few other health benefits of this potent plant.

What is the tea tree extract that you infuse into the tea tree honey?

Our tea tree extract is ethically wild crafted from the leaves of the mother trees residing in the old growth area of our farm. Our tea tree extract is an aqueous (water based, not oil based) extract which, unlike tea tree oil, is safe to consume while still delivering the signature anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties of tea tree.

Can you ship to Western Australia?

Due to domestic quarantine restrictions, we are unable to ship our raw honey following to Western Australia.

What is the difference between raw honey and regular honey?

Raw honey can best be described as honey “as it exists in the beehive”. It is cold extracted and unpasturised to retain the beneficial enzymes, nutrients and antioxidants found in bee pollen that can help support your immune system. The glossy, regular golden honey you tend to find on most store shelves is produced in a much more complicated way, undergoing both pasteurisation and filtration before bottling, as well as the dietary antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects that are present in raw honey. Pasturisation removes a lot of honey's natural aromas, yeasts and enzymes. The honey is heated up to at least 70°C and then cooled down very quickly. This is done to make the honey look more attractive, clear, and as close to perfect as possible! The honey effectively becomes more fluid and turns transparent, which ends up making the pasteurised honey easier to filter and gives it a longer shelf life.

Why is raw honey better for you?

Raw honey contains natural bee pollen, the lack of pasteurisation means the honey keeps all its anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Raw honey also contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals to support overall good health, including: Niacin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus and Zinc.

What is the difference between organic raw honey and regular honey?

Organic honey is harvested from bees that forrage in flora is grown according to organic farming practises, free from the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides, and GMOs. Foraging in the pristine environment of the Bungwalbin Valley keeps our bees healthy and producing superior honey. Our unforgetabbly delicious organic raw honey is Australian and USDA Certified Organic. 

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are commonly referred to as the ‘good’ bacteria, but in reality it’s all about getting your gut health balanced. These living strains of bacteria work their magic in your digestive system, and the easiest way to build up your gut’s probiotic population is by eating the right foods or supplements. There’s an entire ecosystem of bacteria that lives in your gut – there are actually more bacterial cells here than there are human cells in your entire body. That’s why you need to ensure you’re keeping your good bacteria at the right levels for ongoing health. Some of the most common ways to find probiotics include:

  • Yoghurt with live cultures
  • Cheeses like Gouda, cheddar, parmesan and Swiss cheeses
  • Fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso and kimchi

Another way to get a healthy dose of probiotics is in supplements. Meluka’s Raw Honey Probiotic Concentrate, is bio-fermented with six multi-strain probiotics and six billion CFUs per serve and goes great in juices, smoothies and salad dressings.

What is the daily recommended serve of the Raw Honey Probiotic Concentrate?

We recommend a 15ml serve everyday which contains at least 6 billion CFUs of good bacteria.