About Saara Honey
Saara Honey is a 100% pure and raw stingless bee honey produced from Malaysian apiaries or bee farms.
Stingless bee honey, Trigona honey or Kelulut honey as it’s locally known, doesn’t come from a flower called kelulut or trigona. Instead, a small stingless bee called Trigona, which is smaller than Apis melliflera, the common honey bee, is responsible for making this unique honey with a medicinal value.
There are about 500 species of stingless bees in the world but they exist in most tropical or subtropical regions of the world, such as Southeast Asia, Australia, tropical America and Africa. In Malaysia there are many species of stingless bees, of which the most popular is Trigona thoracica which gives us what Malaysians call Trigona honey or Kelulut honey.
Compared to regular honeybees, stingless bees may vary in appearance and colour but grow between 3mm to 8mm and have no stinger. While some species are extremely calm even when somebody disturbs their nest, but some of them become really aggressive and bite continuously even until they die.
Stingless bees make their hives in hollow trees and rocks, making the tube like entrances to their nests with the help of resin. They make use of their sticky propolis or “bee glue” collected from plant resin to defend against ants, insects etc.
Stingless bee honey is made from the nectar of flowers by a sequential process of swallowing, regurgitation and evaporation. The formed honey is then stored in large egg-shaped pots made of cerumen (a mixture of wax and propolis) as a source of food. The delicious sweet and tangy flavour of honey is from the essential mixture of sugar, amino acids, vitamins, some trace enzymes and minerals.
Why is Stingless Honey so Valuable?
Stingless bee honey is considered twice as nutritious as ordinary honey per the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi). Traditionally called Mother Medicine, stingless bee honey is low in sugar content, is rich in nutrients and contains up to 10 times the antioxidants found in ordinary honey. In fact, the honey produced from starfruit or carambola trees contains exceptionally high levels of potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc.
With its diminutive size, stingless bees are able to collect nectar from tiny flowers which the larger honeybee is not able to access. These flowers include many species of wild and medicinal plants and trees, which transforms into a honey rich in vitamins and minerals, including propolis. Propolis is produced by bees through saliva mixed with his food such as pollen, bark, shoots of trees and flowers, and contains all 16 amino acids, glucose, vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, bioflavonoids and minerals.
Health benefits of Saara Honey
- Has anti-aging, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
- Reduces fever
- Enhances immune system
- Relieves bronchial catarrh
- Soothes sore throat, coughs, colds and pain
- Regains strength after illness
- Cures burns, carbuncle, boils and diabetic wounds.
- Improves digestion and increases metabolism
- Enhances libido
- Consume one (1) tablespoon of Saara Honey in the morning and at night respectively.
- It is advisable to consume honey on an empty stomach, 30 minutes to an hour before a meal so that the full benefits of the honey can be absorbed by the body. You may consume more honey based on your personal preference but generally one to two tablespoons are sufficient to enjoy its health benefits.
- Avoid using metal spoons to serve the honey. Honey dippers, wooden or plastic spoons are recommended.
Stingless bee honey contains a higher water content than regular honey and will continuously undergo a fermentation process (that’s why there’s foam at the top of the jar!). To avoid spoilage and deterioration of the enzymes in the honey, it should be kept below 25 degrees Celsius.
We recommend storage in the fridge or a cool place in your kitchen rack for best results.