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What is medicinal, or active honey?

‘Active’ refers to honey that has had its properties independently tested (also known to some as medicinal). These properties are most typically found in the nectar of Leatherwood or Manuka (Tea Tree). These properties are also known for antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory.

Peroxide Content in Leatherwood Honey

Leatherwood honey is tested for its properties, Peroxide level, or Total Activity (Phenol solution equivalent to hospital-grade disinfectant phenol). These results are combined to give a reading (i.e. 14+) that is comparable to Manuka.

Testing has also shown Leatherwood to contain high levels of antioxidants and is a significant source of probiotics (aid for stomach health) as well as an anti-inflammatory when applied to wounds.


As well as the quintessential Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey, we also produce the highly sought-after Manuka Honey. To find out more about our Manuka or Leatherwood honey see our products, or contact us directly.


Its medicinal properties are attributable to a substance called methylglyoxal which is created as the bees turn nectar into honey and are unique to manuka. The medicinal potential of manuka honey is expressed in milligrams of methylglyoxal per kilogram of honey (mg/kg) and the claims made on our product labels are verified by independent laboratory testing. It is generally accepted that levels above 100mg/kg are required for effective antimicrobial effects to be observed.

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