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General Questions

What does hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) honey mean?

Hydrogen peroxide is the main factor responsible for the antimicrobial (germ-killing) effect in our honeys - but we cannot measure this directly in a useful way because the amount of hydrogen peroxide it produces varies significantly over time and also depends on how much the honey is diluted. So, if we want to know how powerful a honey is we use a method that compares its overall antimicrobial activity relative to the activity of a standard substance called phenol (which is an antiseptic). So we can express the antibacterial activity of the honey samples as an equivalent concentration of phenol. For example - if we report a honey as having an activity of 35+, it means it has a level of activity is equivalent to 35% phenol. It does NOT mean there is 35% hydrogen peroxide, or 35% phenol, in the honey - it just means it is as powerful as a 35% phenol solution. The hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) component in our honeys is produced as a result of the medicinal nectar the bees feed on (only some trees have this medicinal nectar), and the glucose oxidase catalysed by the bees enzymes. It’s a naturally occurring substance resulting from the enzymes within the honey that come from the bees gut and is largely dictated by the honey’s floral source. And it’s this hydrogen peroxide substance that kills fungi (especially Candida) and bacteria. H2O2 in honey is produced by an enzyme, and in essence is “slow release over time” - if you just put pure H2O2 onto skin tissue it does work, but it’s one big hit all at once and chances are you will do harm with repeat use as too much will cause damage to tissues. The amount released by our H2O2 honeys though is enough to harm pathogens but not enough to harm our tissues. Our peroxide honeys don’t have H2O2 in it as such, rather an enzyme that produces H2O2 when the honey comes into contact with water from your skin tissue. The enzyme produces little bits of H2O2 over a long period of time. Never too much from our skin’s or tissue perspective. This is why it keeps killing for a long period.

What does TA stand for?

TA stands for total activity. The higher the number, the higher the concentration of hydrogen peroxide produced by the enzymes in the honey.

What pathogens/germs can H2O2 honey kill?

Candida albicans (Thrush vaginal), Candida glabrata (Thrush vaginal), Candida dubliniensis (Thrush oral), Tinea pedis (Athletes foot), Tinea corpis (ringworm), Tinea cruris (jock itch), Tinea versicolour, Tinea barabe (beard), Tinea capitis (scalp), Balanitis, E.coli, Cutibactrium anes (acne), Streptococci (tonillitis / strepo throat), Callulitis, Staphylococcus aureus (Golden staph), Impetigo (school sores).

What’s the highest rated honey you sell?

The TA rating system maxes out at TA35+ which means the honey has a killing equivalence greater than a 35% solution of phenol. But some honeys phenol equivalence is well beyond 35%. If you are looking for the highest concentration of hydrogen peroxide, please send us an enquiry and we will check our inventory for the most powerful product we have on tap.

Why are some Western Australian companies selling honey with a rating greater than TA35+ ?

If you see a TA rating above TA35+ we urge you to report this to FSANZ as this is fraudulent activity. The TA rating system is an internationally recognised method of measurement that maxes out at TA35+. Some brand owners are stretching the truth by converting their phenol percentages to TA ratings, despite NATA accredited testing laboratory certificates clearly stating TA35+. This practice is outlawed because such results are ‘beyond the curve of reliability’. Here at Real Good Honey, most of our honey is testing above 70% phenol equivalence (killing strength), yet we only ever display the TA35+ rating as endorsed by a NATA accredited testing laboratory. If you see a honey with a TA rating higher than TA35+ you are well within your rights to request that company to provide you with a NATA accredited laboratory certificate that certifies their displayed TA rating (and not a separate document that displays the phenol equivalence %). What you will find is they can’t produce a signed certificate that endorses this TA rating.

What’s the difference between Real Good Honey and manuka honey?

Real Good Honey is a ‘peroxide-based’ honey, which means the active ingredient in our honey is hydrogen peroxide (and at exceptionally high levels not seen anywhere else in the world). The hydrogen peroxide in our honeys have been proven to kill bacteria and fungi. Manuka is another type of medicinal honey but their it’s active ingredient is methylglyoxal - some brands report traces of hydrogen peroxide but at  insignificant levels that offer no therapeutic benefit. The methylglyoxal in the honey makes it effective against bacterial but ineffective against fungi. Real Good Honey is a powerful broad spectrum medicine for all households.

What’s the difference between table honey and medicinal honey?

Put simply, germs can’t grow in pure sugar (i.e. honey). So some would think putting table honey on a wound will do the job….. But!! When you apply table honey to a wound, the fluid from the weeping tissues (exude and puss) heavily dilute the table honey to a point where the sugars are no longer able to inhibit germs and where they convert into a food source for germs and allow their numbers to multiply. Medicinal honeys like ours have exceptional pathogen fighting compounds which kill germs quickly and also create a protective forcefield around the wound to prevent new germs from getting in. 

Can I freeze H2O2 honey?

We don’t recommend freezing the honey but suggest storing in a place with an ambient temperature ranging between 20-25 degrees.

Can I eat H2O2 honey?

Yes, you most certainly can. Our entire Real Good Honey range is as good for you one the inside as it is the outside.

Vaginal Microbiome

Will H2O2 honey work for my vaginal infection?

There is no guarantee this treatment will work for you. In fact, 1 in 10 ladies involved in a test group experience no improvement or a worsening of thrush symptoms when trialling this treatment.

Isn’t sugar a food source for Candida microbes causing yeast infection? Why would honey be any different? 

Honey as a potential treatment for vaginal infections sounds counterintuitive considering we’ve been trained to believe sugar in a warm moist environments should be avoided unless you’re making a home brew. It’s a bit different for our medicinal honeys though because they possess an incredible compound called hydrogen peroxide - at exceptional levels. It is this very compound that kills Candida and other microbes causing vaginal infection such as E.coli. We would never recommend manuka or any form of table honey in the vagina because they don’t possess high enough levels of hydrogen peroxide to kill vaginal pathogens. Using Manuka or table honey in the vagina would lead to rampant thrush rather than fixing it.

What is the pH of Real Good Honey’s vaginal range and how does that compare to the pH inside the vagina?

The hallmark of a ‘healthy’ vaginal microbiome is currently believed to be one dominated by Lactobacillus spp (L.crispatus, L. gasseri, L. iners, L. jensenii), which acidify the vaginal environment through the production of hydrogen peroxide and help to protect against invading pathogens…. For example increased levels of Candida and Gardnerella vaginalis (BV). This hydrogen peroxide produced by the lactobacillus microbes keep the pH of the vag in the healthy range (i.e. between 3.8-4.5). Our hydrogen peroxide honeys have a pH lower than 4.5 because of the hydrogen peroxide in them which is perfectly matched to the pH needs known to exist in a healthy vagina. The hydrogen peroxide in our honeys not only kill the bad bacteria but also feeds the lactobacillus, which all work in together to keep that pH level at a healthy range. The most frequently observed symptoms of bacterial vaginosis include excessive vaginal discharge, fishy odour, vaginal irritation AND wait for it - a vaginal pH greater than 4.5. So there is so much truth in why women talk about their pH…. If it goes beyond 4.5, bad bacteria take over and causes odours and discharge. Bacterial vaginosis decreases the presence of lactobacilli, consequently reducing the acidity and raising the pH in the vagina, often to a pH level 5.5–6.0, beyond the normal healthy vaginal pH level range of 3.8–4.5.

Can I treat vaginal infections by eating the honey instead of inserting it into the vagina?

No, not that we are aware of. These honeys need direct contact with bacteria and fungi to kill. Whilst good for the gut, no research has been done to prove eating this honey will treat vaginal infection.

Is the process of vaginal insertion overly sticky?

Yes it can be sticky if the user does not prepare ahead of the insertion. We recommend having the honey syringes pre-loaded before starting and silicone vaginal plug within reach so you can quickly pop it in once the honey has been inserted into the vagina. If a vaginal plug is not for you, a pad/liner can be fixed in underwear ahead of the insertion, ready to pull on once the honey had been inserted. We recommend ladies lay flat for 2 hours to prevent the honey from seeping out. 

What size vaginal plug works the best to keep the honey in the vagina?

A plug with a girth of 5cm at the widest part works the best for middle aged women. The style with the flat long handle has been reported as being more comfortable than the style with the round base.

Can we source a vaginal plug from Real Good Honey?

Silicone vaginal plugs will be available for purchase from our store in June 2023. Until then we recommend users source their own from an adult shop.

Can we source pads/liners from Real Good Honey?

Innovative washable liners will be available for purchase from our store in June 2023. Until then we recommend users source their own.

How long must we keep the honey in the vagina for?

We recommend expelling the honey after 2 hours because discharge produced by your vagina beyond this point could lead to honey dilution beyond 50% which will likely cause worsening of thrush symptoms because it becomes too watered down to do its job. Its a bit like having a lolly in your mouth but not sucking or swallowing - the saliva continues to build up in the mouth. This concept also applies to vaginal discharge. It’s important the honey dilution in the vagina doesn’t drop below 50% honey. So that means when it mixes with your discharge, an equal amount of honey and discharge is achieved. It’s even better if you can achieve ‘more honey than discharge’ though.

Skin Microbiome

Can I mix H2O2 honey with a base cream to reduce the stick-factor of applying straight honey?

The TA35+ has a very high concentration of H2O2 which can be mixed 50:50 with sorbelene cream or coconut oil without affecting its ability to kill pathogens. The addition of the sorbelene cream and coconut oil makes the skin application process far less sticky and helps to carry the honey into the skin quicker. Honey mixed with a base cream/oil is NOT SUITABLE IN THE VAGINA.

I’ve suffered with stubborn tinea (feet, groin, crack, trunk, beard face, scalp) for many years. Nothing works. Will H2O2 honey treatment work for me?

There is no guarantee this treatment will work for you. However, we have a 100% success rate so far.

I suffer with nail fungus. If I treat with H2O2 honey, how long will it take for nails to go back to normal?

If fungal pathogens have manifested in your nails, chances are they are yellow, thick and crumbly. Our honey works by killing the fungus responsible for causing this damage. Once the fugus is dead, you will be able to grow fresh new nail. A damaged nail generally takes 9 months grow out. Once you are fungus free (14-21 days) we recommend you make all necessary attempts to ensure your nails remain fungus free. To assist with this, you can apply a preventative application of honey every few days, just to be safe.

So how do I apply the honey?

We recommend a H2O2 honey cream lotion which consists of sorbelene and TA35+ rated Jarrah honey mixed together at a 50:50 ratio and applied liberally to the affected areas. 

Does the honey come with sorbelene cream?

No, users will need to source this separately. Coconut oil may also be used as a substitute.

Will I be sticky if I try this treatment?

As the honey is mixed with a base cream, the treatment isn’t as sticky as one might think. The product sinks in quickly, leaving a slight residue on the skin which can be slightly sticky to touch. It is fine to wear clothing over treated areas.

What can I expect during treatment?

Most fungal infections of the skin usually clear up in 2 to 4 weeks, but treatment could be needed for up to 3 months if the infection is more serious or effects the nails or scalp. The average sufferer should expect a reduction in redness, itching, scaling and peeling within 14 days. Within 28 days, the skin should appear visibly healed but may not match the rest of your skin. It is recommended adhoc application of the Jarrah TA35+ honey sorbelene lotion continues after your treatment has completed to avoid recurrence.