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Origins of our herbal, polyfloral honey

Our hives are housed at two locations of Max Biocare Research Parks, located in Gippsland.

Yinnar Eco Center

Max Biocare Research Park at Yinnar Eco Center has been transferred from a grazing land, to a sustainable, diversified, permaculture parkland, fitted out for research and development. Endowed with new growth plantations, it has earned the Trusted Provenance of Gippsland certification. 

Mar-Nuka Bay Center

Max Biocare Research Park at Mar-Nuka Bay Center is an untouched natural beauty. It is naturally endowed with a high level of bio-diversified native trees, including large area of Manuka tea trees (Leptosperm scoparium) and Banksia. 

Our Research Park Contains: 

  • Thousands of medicinal plant varieties, including indigenous and exotic species, medicinal herbs and edible plants. This imparts a diverse range of bioactive compounds into the honey
  • Millions of trees, including a large variety of fruit trees, grape vines, and re-invigorated indigenous tree and shrub plantings 
  • Growing and flourishing bee colonies 
  • An increasing population of indigenous birds and wildlife enjoying the newly created diverse habitats 
  • 4500m2 of water surface area, with a system of 6 interconnected dams, supporting an increasing diversity of water-bound wildlife
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Sustaina-bee-lity

Max Biocare’s Research Parks are home to Max Biocare’s Herbal Honey, a variety of home-grown raw honey that has been produced according to Max Biocare’s sustainability principles. The creation of the product was based on our intention to enrich and diversify local pollen sources, while also enriching the honey itself through: 

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  • Diverse mixed collection of thousand varieties of medicinal flowering herbs, fruit trees, and native plants including Manuka tea trees 
  • Year-long flowering strategy to promote cross-season foraging 
  • Absence of exposure to insecticides, fungicides or other noxious chemicals 
  • Year-long water supply from extensive stored catchment on-site to support local ecosystems that bees are integrated in, and improving drought tolerance 
  • Winter management strategy, including supplementary feeding with our own honey 
  • Hands-on brood management, including brood splitting and queen management as per industry best practice 

Quality and Safety

Similar to all of Max Biocare’s products, our Herbal Honey has gone and will be going through extensive research and development, and testing by external accredited laboratories to ensure it is safe and of high quality. Tests on our honey are conducted by multiple laboratories, including those specialized in Honey testing, including: ​

  • National Measurement Institute, Department of Industry, Science and Resources​
  • Southern Cross University (SCU) Lab​
  • Analytical Research Laboratory (ARL)​

The results from these tests demonstrate that Max Biocare Herbal Honey has an extensive profile, proving it is suitable for food applications as well as skincare, and cosmetic applications. ​

Nutrition and Food Valuation

Suitable for most types of food formats​

  • Moisture content compliant with CODEX (not less than 20%), naturally preserving and shelf stable​
  • Good solubility under different conditions ​
  • Mild floral notes that indicate its diverse floral origins​
  • Good source of digestible carbohydrates, including 38% as glucose, the main energy source required by the body​
  • High in energy density (>1300kJ/100g)​
  • With 10 essential trace elements, including to support immunity and metabolic health​
  • Comply with WHO standard for glucose+fructose content (not less than 60g/100g) and sucrose (NMT 5g/100g)​
Bioactive profile
  • Complementary source of antioxidant potency, approx. 1.7x more than standard processed honey​
  • Antioxidant and metabolic benefits of natural polyphenols, which are directly related to ORAC​
  • Complementary antimicrobial activity​
  • Mildly acidic supports skin’s normally acidic pH balance​
  • With added antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of methyl syringate and combined polyphenols​
193 tests for contaminants

Tested and controlled to show it is safe for ​

  • Organochlorine (OC) & organic pesticides (63)​
  • Herbicides (27)​
  • Acaricides (11)​
  • Fungacides (50)​
  • Insecticides (33)​
  • Other organic compounds (9)​
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Skin and Personal Care Application Benefits

Naturally derived honey with ORAC activity neutralizes skin damage caused by oxygen radicals

Antimicrobial activity helps to lessen the effect of infection-causing pathogens (eg acne) and promotes repair

Compounds including MGO alone have rapid antibacterial action for skin wound repair

Naturally derived honey with ORAC activity neutralizes skin damage caused by oxygen radicals

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