Many see eucalyptus honey as quite an exotic product. It certainly has a unique, distinct taste and aroma. Like most other honeys, this one also comes with a whole host of health benefits. When eucalyptus honey is fresh it has a light, transparent liquid form. During storage, the honey is exposed to crystallization and becomes opaque. If the honey harvest season is long over and you see a product that is still a clear liquid, avoid it. There's a good chance that it contains various additives to keep it that way. This could result in the honey losing many of its benefits and it may even be harmful.
The video below shows what the color and consistency should look like for raw organic eucalyptus honey that has crystallized.
This is yet another valuable honey brought to us by bees. It is a product with a distinct taste and pleasing aroma, but it's the health benefits that are most impressive.
Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen that is native to Australia. A few centuries ago, the plant was introduced to other parts of the world. This included India, Europe and South Africa. The honey can vary quite a bit in both color and flavor. In general though, it tends to be a strong flavored honey with something of a slight medicinal scent to it.
Eucalyptus honey has the following properties:
The only way to get the full health benefits of this beautiful honey is to consume it on a regular and ongoing basis. For those who love its taste this is no problem at all. Like other honeys, a lot of these health claims have not been fully tested and studies are ongoing. It's important to note that these health claims don't just come from nowhere. Consumers and scientists have seen what they honey is capable of. However, until scientific studies and trials are conclusive, most of these benefits remain alleged.
Here are a few of the areas where Eucalyptus honey is said to be of benefit to humans:
- Expectorant for mild coughs and colds
- Natural remedy for respiratory problems
- Assists faster healing of wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores
- Effective on insect bites and stings.
- Helps with rheumatism
- Sprained ligaments
- High blood pressure
Eucalyptus honey brings the wilds of rugged Australia to the rest of the world. Most of us think of Koala Bears when we think about Eucalyptus trees, but Koalas are only part of the story. The bears love to eat the leaves, but it's the flowers of this tree that yield the nectar the honey bees love to collect. This is a rich full-bodied honey with a distinctive taste. It's an enjoyable food that can add an extra dimension to creative cooking. It's also a promising natural substance with medicinal uses that can benefit the entire family.