Eucalyptus is one of the larger plant genera with over 500 species, hence Eucalyptus honey varies greatly in color and flavor. In India eucalyptus was introduced by the British in Nilgiri of Tamilnadu. Traditionally, Eucalyptus honey has been used to protect against colds and headaches. With a hint of menthol flavor, it can be quite effective in alleviating mild cough, chest congestion, and other cold symptoms. Eucalyptus honey naturally has traces of eucalyptol compounds that have been carried in the nectar by the honey bee from the flower to hive. it makes the honey slightly medicinal or camphor-like taste.
In Ayurveda, honey is used to treat high blood pressure, diabetes, skin conditions, periodontal infections, throat infections and allergies.
Honey contains an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide which makes it antibacterial and anti-fungal.
Besides excellent nutritional value, it can also be also used as a calming and sedative agent.
Honey has the ability to inhibit ulcers and prevent cancer.
Honey improve metabolism, which keeps our body slim and fit.
It is a rich source of antioxidants and helps prevent premature aging, cardiovascular diseases and improve eyesight.
Honey has anti-inflammatory effects. It is used to relieve a cough, cold and sore throat pain.
The drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s antibacterial nature helps soothe injuries and prevent infections.
Taste and Usage
Eucalyptus honey is boldly flavored honey with a slightly medicinal aftertaste. It may be used in baked goods, sauces, dressings, etc.
Precautions and Storage
Honey is a miracle of nature, it never goes bad. It was reported that archaeologists found 2000-year-old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs and they still tasted pure and delicious.
Honey should not be heated or mixed with hot foods.
Honey should not be refrigerated, it accelerates the honey’s crystallization*. Store honey in room temperature.
Honey should never be mixed with fermented beverages like whiskey, rum, brandy etc.
Honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age.
Crystallization* is the natural process in which liquid in honey becomes solid. If your honey crystallizes, simply place the honey jar in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve