Did you know that Australia has an active honey, one that is equivalent to New Zealand's Manuka?
I didn't. But today on a visit to my local farmers market I discovered that we do. Australia's active honey is called Jelly Bush Honey, it comes from the tree species Leptospermum, the same species that manuka honey comes from. Apparently out of the 10 species we have in Northern NSW, 3 of these have been discovered to be active. Jelly bush honey has the same uses as manuka honey and may be used medicinally for cuts, bites, grazes, any open wounds and it appears to work wonders on ulcers, especially when nothing else does. Studies have shown that honey derived from active leptospermum trees has antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal and antimicrobial properties to name a few.
Have a look at the following articles - http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25653017-30417,00.html
Also next time you see a bee in the garden, give it a little word of thanks. Albert Einstein once predicted that if bees disappeared humans would soon follow. And we may well have the opportunity to find out if this is true. Bee populations across the world are dying, some are being decimated by a small mite called varroa destructor, Australia is the only Country in the world who's honey bee populations are varroa free. But there seem to be other reasons also, reasons scientist are not completely aware of, bees, like frogs may be an indication of how well our environment is coping, so perhaps we should take note.