Medical Grade Honey Benefits

Medical Grade Honey rediscovered. Honey has been used for thousands of years for it’s nutritional value, delicious taste and healing properties. Only recently has medical science caught up and started to acknowledge honey and especially active medical grade honey for it’s amazing health benefits. Below are some examples of medical grade honey usage.

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  • Inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria at the
    wound site
  • Provides a moist wound healing environment
  • Assists to lift debris and dirt away from the wound site
  • Helps to minimize scab formation and scarring
  • Provides a protective barrier between the dressing and the wound
  • Helps prevent sticking and irritation of the dressing to wound site
  • Antioxidants reduce damage caused by free radicles at the wound site
  • Stimulates cytokine release which reduces inflammation and speeds up the wound healing process

How antibacterial honey is used topically

Squeeze Antibacterial Honey onto a clean  non adhesive dressing, using approximately 25g for a 10×10 bandage and apply to the affected area . Be sure to completely cover the wound site, leaving no air pockets between the dressing and the effected area. Daily dressing changes are usual but if the dressing becomes too wet this can indicate that more frequent dressing changes are required.
It is normal to experience a short – lasting stinging sensation after applying Antibacterial Honey to the wound site. Should pain, irritation, redness and swelling persist and the condition being treated does not appear to improve discontinue use, remove the dressing and wash the Antibacterial Honey off the wound site and consult your doctor. For the first aid treatment of wounds and burns. In case of serious wounds and burns consult your  doctor.

Always read the directions on the tube.
Store below 25C.
Keep out of the reach of children


Not suitable for infants under the age of 12 months. If symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner. Store below 25C. Do not refrigerate. Contains sugars.

Uses of Active Jellybush Honey and Active Manuka Honey

•  High in Antioxidants
•  High in Hydrogen Peroxide Releasing Enzymes
•  High in ULF (TM). – The Unique Letospermum Factor Activity

Jellybush gets its name from the thick gel like nature of the honey that the bees gather from Leptospermum flowers. Active Jellybush Honey contains both hydrogen peroxide releasing enzymes and the Unique Leptospermum Factor (ULF).

Both of these plant properties, the hydrogen peroxide releasing enzymes and the Unique Leptospermum Factor (ULF) have been researched by honey institutes in Australia and around the world and  have been proven to have antimicrobial properties. Active Jellybush Honey also contains phenolic compounds such as flavanoids which have known antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

The antioxidants within the honey are also able to reduce the effects of free radical damage.

These natural properties impart potent cleansing qualities to the honey with proven health benefits when taken internally or applied externally to the skin.

Not all Jellybush and Manuka honeys are active. Choose a honey that has been tested for activity.

  • Not suitable for infants under 12 months old.
  • Store in a cool place below 30°C away
    from direct sunlight.
  • Do not refrigerate.

medical honey activity rating chartActivity Rating of Jellybush Honey

All our Active Jellybush honeys are tested at independent laboratories before packaging to ensure that high levels of hydrogen peroxide releasing enzymes and the Unique Leptospermum Factor +ULF(TM), activity are present.

At Tyagarah Apiaries our Active and Medicinal honeys are above the 15+ range of activity as we do not mixed or diluted to standardize for activity.

Seasonal variations in colour and texture of our Jelly bush Honey can occur due to the flowering of other plant species at the same time but the activity is always guaranteed.

The ULF rating system

Please take the time to read and understand the importance of the ‘ULF’ rating system for Jellybush Honey. While Jellybush Honey has received increasing press coverage, often the difference between ordinary Jellybush Honey and Active Jellybush Honey is not distinguished.

The ULF (TM) rating is an indicator as to the strength of the antibacterial effect. A rating of 10 or more is considered to be suitable for therapeutic purposes. This honey is referred to as ‘active’, although much ordinary Jellybush Honey is still marketed as being active despite not having the required minimal rating.

The ULF rating is your guarantee that this medicinal honey has been tested and verified for its antibacterial activity. Our honey has a minimum ULF rating of +15.

What does the word ‘active’ mean?

The word ‘active’ refers to Australian Jellybush honeys ability to kill or inhibit the growth of many bacteria and fungi. This ‘Activity’ or antimicrobial quality is determined by specific laboratory tests.

The two types of ‘activity’ of Jelly Bush honey or Leptospermum honey.

1. The Hydrogen Peroxide Activity

The first and most common form of antibacterial activity is due to the slow release of hydrogen peroxide with the help of the enzyme glucose oxidase present in honey.

There is a great variation in the hydrogen peroxide releasing ability of different honeys with some honeys being no more antibacterial than sugar. The reason for this variation is probably due to the fact that the enzyme responsible for the release of hydrogen peroxide is sensitive to both heat and light and also to other natural chemical compounds within some honeys. This enzyme can be deactivated by exposure to heat, light and natural phytochemicals and reduce the honeys ability to release hydrogen peroxide. This is why when some honeys are tested in laboratories they show no sign of hydrogen peroxide activity.

Our cold extraction methods and amber packaging assist to preserve the activity of our Jelly Bush Honey.

2. The Unique Leptospermum Factor +ULF (TM) or Non-Hydrogen Peroxide Activity

The Unique Leptospermum Factor (which relates to all species of Leptospermum plants, including Manuka) is related to the presence of a natural phytochemical identified as methylglyoxal (MGO). This antibacterial property is unique to honeys produced by Leptospermum plants. The methylglyoxal (MGO) component along with a small percentage of other phenolic compounds is responsible for the potent ULF antimicrobial property found in Jellybush Honey.

The Unique Leptospermum Factor (ULF) is more stable than the antimicrobial effect of the hydrogen peroxide releasing enzymes as it does not become rapidly effected by dilution. It is therefore better suited when longer term effect is required.
This Unique Leptospermum Factor (ULF) activity has been given a strength rating from 10+ to 30+ with 30+ being the strongest available on the market.

This non-hydrogen peroxide activity was first discovered in New Zealand, by Professor Peter Molan who’s research focused on manuka honeys’ (Leptospermum scoparium) antibacterial effects. Professor Peter Molan coined the term Unique Manuka Factor in reference to this unknown antimicrobial effect. We now use the term Unique Leptospermum Factor in reference to the activity of many Leptospermum plants found growing in Australia.

Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is also found in many parts of southern Australia including NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.

Activity of honey

Not all honey has the peroxide and non-peroxide antibacterial properties. The variability between different batches of honey can be as much as 100-fold.

In 1996 an organisation called TradeNZ, in conjunction with the Honey Research Unit, set about to establish a standard for the classification of antibacterial honey activity. This led to the creation of the New Zealand industry standard for Manuka strength and activity which was termed the Unique Manuka Factor.

This standard does not take into account active honey from other Leptospermum plants.

Australia has 83 species of Leptospermums with 5 species already identified as producing active Jelly Bush Honey (Leptospermum Honey).
We decided to develop and use the term +ULF(TM) – Unique Leptospermum Factor as a activity rating to represent and symbolize not only the non hydrogen peroxide activity of the well known New Zealand Manuka but also for all the Leptospermum plants that are found active in New Zealand and Australia.