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Where does the ‘Meluka’ name come from?

The name 'Meluka' is derived from 'Melaleuca Alternifolia' - the species of tea tree which has been growing on our Jendale property for over 30,000 years and from which the bees are feeding to produce Meluka Tea Tree honey.  

What is raw honey?

Raw honey is completely, unprocessed, unheated and unpasteurized so the naturally occurring bacteria and properties of the honey remain as the bee intended. Raw honey contains all of the nutrients necessary for good health such as vitamins A, C, D, E and high concentrations of the B-complex vitamins including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid. Raw honey also has many beneficial enzymes and other nutrients.

What is active honey?

Active Meluka Honey has anti-microbial properties that are essential for fighting bacteria.

How is Meluka Honey’s Tea Tree Honey different from Manuka honey? 

Meluka honey is produced from bees that harvest from the Melaleuca Alternifolia species of tea tree. Melaleuca Alternifolia is the same species of tea tree that is used to produce tea tree oil and is native to the Northeast coast of NSW, where our bees are located.  

Manuka honey is produced by bees that harvest from the Leptospermum Scoparium species of tea tree. 

David Rudd (Southern Cross University) research regarding Meluka Tea Tree Honey and HonEvite Serum reports:   

"Meluka honey shows strong immediate anti-oxidant and sustained anti-microbial activity which is coming directly from the natural bioactive properties of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) in combination with the properties of multifloral honey. Therefore, Meluka honey doesn’t require a lengthy period of chemical ripening to reach its maximum bioactive value - unlike Manuka, which requires the slow chemical ripening of dihydroxyacetone (DHA) to methylglyoxal (MGO).  

"Overall, Meluka has shown to be a multi-bioactive honey that has immediate activity not reliant on post-harvest ripening. The production of Meluka also has a mutual benefit to bees, where supplementation with tea tree acts as a probiotic for increases in detoxifying bacteria in the Neisseriaceae family". 

For further detail please read the report summary here .

Why doesn’t Meluka Honey use a rating system such as UMF, MGO, MGS (Formerly NPA), K Factor, DHA, MQS, MG or something similar? 

These 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 and therefore doesn’t apply to Meluka Honey which is derived from the Melaleuca Alternifolia species of tea tree. 

Why does honey vary in colour?

Raw, organic honey may vary in colour between batches. This is because the honey is pure and hasn’t been artificially blended to a specific colour. As bees harvest naturally across many different botanical species to suit its diet, there may be a different colour presentation depending on the time of the year and climate.

How should I store my Honey?

Your Meluka honey is best stored in a cool area away from direct sunlight. Honey should be stored at a temperature under 35 degrees and above 20 degrees.

Why do you use PET packaging instead of glass?

This is an issue we extensively debated but in the end it was determined that the drawbacks of using glass were more than its advantages. The main reasons for this decision are:

  • Whilst both materials are recyclable, glass can only be recycled in to a limited variety of other glass products whereas PET can be recycled in to numerous products (including clothing!)
  • PET uses a much smaller carbon footprint as it requires less energy and creates fewer greenhouse gas emissions to produce.  Unfortunately the energy required for mining, manufacturing and transporting glass means its carbon footprint is substantially larger. 
  • There would be an increased cost to customers due to higher freight costs and breakages when using glass packaging.

Click HERE to read more about glass vs PET in this report by Macquarie University. 

Does honey have a use by date?

Please refer to the back of your product jar for the use by date.

Is your honey gluten free?

Yes, our raw, 100% organic Australian honey is naturally gluten free.

Why is the product range so unique?

Our honey is produced from our Jendale old growth Melaleuca tea tree plantation in the protected region of the Bungawalbyn Valley in Northern New South Wales on the east coast of Australia. This area is the original birthplace of the unique Melaleuca Alternifolia that spread far and wide throughout the Jendale property, thriving in their natural state and supporting the health of bees and the incredible honey they produce. Meluka honey is proud to produce organic, raw, single origin, active and pure honey for you to enjoy.

Why is Meluka honey sold at a higher price point than regular honey?

Our raw and organic Meluka Honey products are produced from bees harvesting from a wetland where the Melaleuca's have been growing for over 30,000 years. This old growth plantation is not a regular farmed plantation, the Melaleuca's are in their natural state with mother trees dating back more than 1000 years old. As we don’t move our hives, or blend the honey there is a limited supply of honey able to be produced from this ‘single origin’ property. This means our costs to produce our honey are much higher than regular commercial operations.

What are the health benefits of Meluka honey?

Meluka Hemp Seed Honey blends locally sourced hemp seed powder with our Australian Jendale honey for a unique and nutritious blend. Hemp seed is high in protein and rich in essential fatty acids, making every jar of Meluka Hemp Seed Honey a high protein superfood offering unique and healthy energy support.

Meluka Native Wildflower Honey is produced from bees harvesting from a wide variety of native Australian botanical species such as tea tree, jelly bush, eucalyptus and other wildflowers. This rich combination has many antibacterial and other health benefits.

Meluka Tea Tree Honey is a highly active honey full of anti-oxidants and anti-microbial properties.  Our healthy bees harvest from the mother trees and are also offered a supplementary food (natural, aqueous tea tree extract blend using Jendale’s tea tree leaves) which has resulted in a honey containing a higher phenolic content than honey produced by bees foraging solely on tea tree flowers.

Meluka Hon-E-Vite Serum is made from 100% Australian honey and 'Super Critically Infused' with our natural Tea Tree leaf extract to maximise the potency of phenolic and monoterpene compounds. The combined activity in this product complies with 'Traditional uses’ and is full of active ingredients.  High in activity, this honey is a result of extensive research into the inherent benefits of the Tea Tree and all it has to offer, including antibacterial support.

How do I apply the Meluka Hon-E-Vite Serum?

Meluka Hon-E-Vite active serum is for topical use only and remains active hours after application. Apply to affected areas twice daily and cover with appropriate protection.

Can honey be given to infants under 12 months of age?

Meluka honey is not suitable for children below 12 months of age as their digestive and immune systems are still developing.

Why can’t honey be brought into Western Australia?

All honey that is imported into Western Australia must be pasteurised or heated, a process which destroys some of the beneficial medicinal properties of Meluka Honey’s organic range of products.