real honey facts
Honey is produced by bees as a food source. A foraging honey bee must travel the equivalent of three times around the world to produce 500 grams of honey
Raw honey collected by bees from medicinal plants has proven anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties
Research has recognised that Australia has over 83 sub-species of leptospermum polygalifolium, all of which have natural anti-bacterial properties in the pollen and nectar
Australian native flora has proven high bioactivity
Real Honey is raw unprocessed honey sourced from the pristine Macleay Valley, a region of Eastern Australia that is blessed with a largely unchanged natural environment of eucalypts, rainforest and a coastline of white sand beaches and crystal waters.
Our Indigenous Australian apiarists hold over 40,000 years of traditional knowledge of the life-giving Macleay river and the healing plants that surround it. The local Dunghutti people view the earth as their mother, and trust that she provides all they need for health and wellbeing.
Real Honey utilises Indigenous knowledge of local medicinal flora – our bees collect honey from a variety of local flowers whose seasons and locations are known to Dunghutti people and Aboriginal people from their own homelands.
Leptospermum polygalifolium is just one medicinal species that is contained in the healing blends of Wirrwu Gagung, which is Dunghutti language, Real Honey.
Our honey promotes healing and wellbeing and can be used to naturally relieve some of the physical effects of air pollution. Honey is also commonly used as a natural cough suppressant, blood sugar stabiliser and anti-inflammatory while also boosting immune function, supplying beneficial vitamins and enzymes and assisting with wound healing.
Real Honey is an Indigenous Australian business that supplies a unique medicinal, natural product whilst providing employment for Indigenous Australians using knowledge that has been passed down through the ages.
Real Honey is in the process of gaining Australian Unique Flora Factor (AuF) Factor accreditation, which means:
• Our honey meets traceability requirements
• That our bee foraging areas only include native Australian flora, ruling out monocrops
• Honey is derived from pristine Australian coastal, bushland and rainforest environments for buds, nectar and pollen collection
• Honey is raw unchanged – sourced directly from beehives
• Honey is produced by Indigenous Australians, who have retained ancient knowledge of healing species and applications
Real Honey was conceived by Wendy Yarnold and Brad Carbutt as a business venture that could provide employment for local Indigenous people and allow them to use their traditional knowledge to create a truly unique product.
Wendy and Brad are the force behind Real Futures, an employment company that includes Pathways to the Pilbara, a support service for Indigenous Australians in the mining industry.
Not content with providing training and employment services, the couple sought to create a sustainable business that would provide an income for Indigenous Australians in the Macleay Valley, and encourage them to use their extensive knowledge of local medicinal flora.
Participating in a Chinese trade seminar, Wendy noticed an international interest in unique products from pristine environments and immediately thought of honey. Back at home, Brad was regularly sourcing honey from a local Indigenous apiarist and was amazing by the taste and quality. Wendy and Brad combined their expertise to source Indigenous apiarists, learn about local honey and create a sustainable business that has become their passion.
Wendy grew up playing and exploring the banks and tributaries of the pristine Macleay River in Kempsey. After finishing school, she began working in social services, providing training and support to Indigenous Australians.
At 23, she sold everything to dig for gold in the Leonora region of Western Australia, often living off the land. During her time in the desert, she learned from the Wongi people how to source water and food.
During that time she met Brad, who was working in the mines. The couple moved to Geraldton, where Wendy returned to work in training, employment and support services. Eventually, the Macleay Valley beckoned her home, so Wendy and Brad packed up their three children and moved home to set up Real Futures in Kempsey. Since then, Real Futures has aided hundreds of local Indigenous Australians in finding work in the mining industry and supported many more to enter the industry of their choosing – providing training, support and a listening ear.
Wendy is proud of her achievements in creating sustainable opportunities for fellow Indigenous Australians and helping them to preserve their valuable traditional knowledge.
Brad, a native of Western Australia, was working managing explosives in a gold mine near Kalgoorlie when he met Wendy.
Buoyed by her passion for the plight of Indigenous Australians, Brad and Wendy moved back to her home town of Kempsey in the Macleay Valley to start a vocational training and employment business geared toward opportunities for the resource sector during the mining boom.
After falling in love with the lush green environment and friendly community of the Macleay Valley, Brad has since worked tirelessly to not only support local Indigenous Australians in finding work through Real Futures, but to celebrate and champion their success and ensure its sustainability.
Brad enjoys the logistical side of managing Real Honey and is a vocal advocate of the unique product and its healing potential.