Month: February 2017

22 Feb

Gelam or Kayu putih (Melaleuca Cajuputi)

This native tree is the source of a medicinal oil called cajuput oil. Some trees are planted at Chek Jawa. According to Corners, it was common in Malaya, “especially in swampy ground near the coasts.” According to Hsuan Keng, Ridley observed that “Kampong Gelam may perhaps have taken its name from trees formely growing here”. It was also found in Seletar. Also referred to asM. leucadendron.

A tall tree (15-20m) with a narrow, dense crown. Leaves (5-9cm long) dull green, thick, leathery smooth, oval or elongated with 5-7 longitudinal veins. The leaves resemble those of an Acacia. The leaves give off a typical ‘tea-tree’ smell when crushed. Tiny flowers are creamy-yellow emerging on a long spike in the shape of a bottle-brush. New leaves grow on the flower spike. Fruits are round brown woody capsules in tight clusters and may remain on the tree for several years. They split open to reveal minute brown seeds.

The trunk is often gnarled and twisted. The thick spongy bark is whitish to greyish brown Kayu putih means ‘white wood’ in Malay and may peel off in large flakes like sheets of paper. So it is sometimes also called the Paper bark tree.

A hardy tree that grows rapidly and can withstand poor waterlogged soils, wind, heat and even withstand fires, it can become an invasive weed where introduced outside its native range.

The leaves are used to distill ‘cajeputi’ or ‘tea-tree oil’ which has medicinal and antiseptic uses. According to Wee, the Burmese use it to treatgout, the Indochinese to treat rheumatism and joint pains, the Malaysians to treat colic and cholera, the Indonesians to treat burns, colic, cramps, skin diseases, wounds and various aches and pains. The pinkish-brown timber has a uniform texture and is popular for use in carving, cabinet work, boat building, fencing as well as for fire wood. The bark flakes are used for insulation and for stuffing pillows.

According to Corners, the timber is hard and durable and is used as the main firewood where bakau or mangrove wood is unavailable. The papery bark is used to caulk boats as the bark swells in water, thus sealing seams. The dried fruits are sold as a spice.

22 Feb

Gelam Honey Inhibits the Production of Proinflammatory

Natural honey is well known for its therapeutic value and has been used in traditional medicine of different cultures throughout the world. The aim of this study was to investigate the anti-inflammatory effect of Malaysian Gelam honey in inflammation-induced rats.

Inflammation is a complex biological response of the body to cell damage and vascularized tissue, which can be classified as either acute or chronic depending on the time of onset. Acute inflammation is the body’s primary response to injurious stimuli, and some of the body’s responses are characterized by pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function. During an inflammatory response, several proinflammatory mediators are released.

From ancient times until now, several natural products and their derived formulations have been used in therapeutic applications for inflammatory disorders and related diseases. Curcumin was effective at preventing acute liver damage indicated by the reduced expression of proinflammatory cytokines and the deactivation of NFκB in an animal model study. Ginger extract has a potent anti-inflammatory property by inhibiting the production of proinflammatory mediators.

Honey is a natural product of honey bees, that is, derived from floral nectars and other plant secretions. Honey is rich in carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, trace elements, enzymes, and phenolic compounds. Since archaic times, honey has been used as an ingredient of traditional medicine because of its dietary and curative properties. Scientific studies over the past ten years have shown that honey possesses various important biological properties, such as wound healing and antibacterial, antioxidant, antitumor, and anti-inflammatory effects.

In Malaysia, there are several types of honey, including Tualang, Nenas, Coconut, and Gelam. Among these, Tualang and Gelam honeys are well known in Malaysia for their potential health benefits, such as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Tualang honey contains highly phenolic compounds that possess relatively good antioxidant activity. In an animal model, a topical dressing of Tualang honey showed a positive effect for treating full-thickness burn wounds. We have previously reported that Gelam honey has antioxidative and radical scavenging activities, which are mainly attributed to its phenolic content. Other biological activities of Gelam honey that have been reported are wound healing, anti-inflammatory effects, and antioxidant activity.

In the present study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory activity of Gelam honey in short and long durations of treatments in rats that were induced with paw edema.

Read more on Gelam Honey at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3418690

17 Feb

What Is Honey

What is Honey ?
 
Honey is a sweet and sticky fluid produced by honey bees from the nectar of flowers and plants. Its colour, flavour, thickness and aroma vary depending on the flower or plant from which the bees gather the nectar. Bees ingest the nectar they collect into their ‘honey stomach’, the nectar is regurgitated and dehydrated repeatedly until it reaches the desired quality at which stage it is placed by the honey bee into a honeycomb cell where it gradually converts into honey.
Constituents
 
Honey is composed of 95% sugars; fructose, glucose, sucrose and maltose. It contains the minerals potassium, sulphur, calcium, chlorine, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, manganese and silicon. It also contains  the vitamins; Riboflavine (B2), pyridoxine (B6), ascorbic acid (C), thiamine (B1), niacin (B complex), pantothenic acid (B complex).
Honey contains natural acidity, the main one being gluconic acid and the others being acetic, malic, lactic, maleic, citric, formic, butyric, pyroglutamic, succinic and oxalic acid. It contains small amounts of proteins which depend upon the amount of pollen that is present. Amazingly honey also contains the carbohydrates dextrose, pollen, glycine, calvenlase, mucilage, levcine and tyrosine.
So out of the five main nutritional elements that the body needs honey contains, vitamins, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates, (the fifth element which it doesn’t contain is fat). So it is no surprise that honey is considered a food.
Medical uses
 
Honey has been used throughout centuries by many nations. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Assyrians and Romans used it in healing and as food.  It is a natural antiseptic which prevents infection and is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. Its properties make it far superior than most of the antibiotics prescribed today. Honey is a food, a drink, a sweet, a remedy a type of refreshment and an ointment and that there is no substance that is more beneficial.  Since the medical uses of honey are many for the purpose of brevity we will only mention some of the maladies it is most commonly used for.
  • Colitis – Polyphenols contained in honey act as an antioxidant, these antioxidants can help reduce the damage done to the colon in colitis.
  • Burns, cuts and wounds – the antiseptic and antibacterial properties in honey are good in treating burns, skin ulcers, and other wounds. It prevents the growth of bacteria and is soothing to the skin. It speeds up the healing process and by regulating the collagen production it minimises scars.
  • Enuresis (Bed-wetting) – Due to its water-holding and sedative properties honey is able to absorb large amounts of water and retain it for long periods of time. Hence making it an excellent remedy for in-voluntary bed wetting especially for children since it has no side effects.
  • Skin care – Honey is an essential ingredient in skincare products. It can be mixed with other ingredients to treat acne, abscesses, and other skin conditions. It can also be mixed with other ingredients to make facial masks, facial toners, facial creams and moisturizers. It is known to delay the appearance of wrinkles when utilised daily in one of the above mentioned forms.
  • Diarrhoea and stomach ulcers – Studies indicate that honey shortens the duration of diarrhoea.
  • General health – studies suggest that honey may increase the populations of probiotic bacteria in the gut which can help strengthen the immune system, lower cholesterol, prevent colon cancer and improve digestion.
  • Gastroenteritis – a clinical study where patients were given a bland diet and 30ml of honey three times a day proved to be an effective remedy for 66% of the patients, it relieved a further 17% and corrected anaemia in 50%!
  • Gastric Ulcers – Studies prove that honey reduces the secretion of gastric acids. Furthermore honey as a dietary supplement has treated gastric ulcers with an 80% recovery rate on tests carried out on 600 gastric ulcer patients in 1987. Additionally, radiological examination indicated that the ulcers had disappeared in 59% of the patients.
  • Diabetes – Studies carried out in 1985 and 1988 suggest that honey can be used as a sweetener in type 2 diabetes since honey has no acute hyperglycaemic effect.
  • Oral Health – due to its antibacterial properties honey can aid in treating mouth ulcers, gum disease and other areas of oral health. The Honey Research Unit in the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand has written about the potential of honey for therapeutic usage in dentistry.
 
Application
 
The most effective way to take honey is by oral consumption; however it is applied topically depending on the malady that it is used for. We will mention a few of the ways honey can be applied.
  • General health – Take one teaspoons 2-3 times a day.
  • Burns, cuts, wounds, bruises and lacerations – apply topically (i.e. directly on the place effected)
  • To bring lustre to the face – mix equal parts of olive oil, honey and almond oil (this can be stored in a jar), apply the mixture to the face and leave for 15 to 20 minutes before washing off.
  • To prevent Bed Wetting – The child (or patient) should empty their bladder and then take one teaspoon of honey before going to sleep.
  • To rejuvenate hair – mix ½ cup of honey and ¼ of a cup of olive oil, massage into the scalp. This will get the nutrients into the roots of the hair. Leave for 30 minutes to an hour and then wash off.
 
Cautions
 
Sometimes honey can be contaminated with the spores of bacteria that can cause Infant Botulism (a very rare but fatal infection where the spores produce toxins in the intestines, after the age of one, children develop a defence against the spores). For this reason as a warning and to reduce the risk, it is advised that children under the age of 12 months should not be given honey.  Other than this, honey has no known side effects.
 
 
12 Feb

Health Benefits of Tualang Honey

 
Bee Honey from Tualang trees growing in deep tropical rainforest is 100% organic, pure and natural. It is free from chemicals, pesticides, preservatives and antibiotics. Every drop of honey holds a spark of life. Honey is rich in nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other supplements that is required by the human body on a daily basis. It can be eaten on bread or consumed as health drink with healing properties and medical benefits. Tualang honey has higher phenolic content and greater radical scavenging activity compared with other honey sources.
 
 
(see PubMed Article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21530807)
 
Regular application of bee honey can provide nourishment and help prevent illnesses such as Asthma, Sinus infections, Allergies, Acne, Hair loss, Cancer, Fatigue, Headaches, Haemorrhoids, Mucus phlegm, Lower back pain, Tuberculosis, Weak heart, Joint pain, Cough, Eye problems, Hypertension, Dizziness, Gastric, Constipation and Insomnia.
 
Other Health Benefits
 
  • Contains antioxidants that reduce cell destruction by free radicals
  • Increase stamina and energy supply
  • Boosts sexual vigor and virility
  • Boosts body metabolism
  • Improves wound healing
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves digestive system
  • Makes skin smooth and tender
Get natural wild bee tualang honey from us at one of our store :
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/OrenKasturiStore
12 Feb

Health Benefits of Tualang Honey

 
Bee Honey from Tualang trees growing in deep tropical rainforest is 100% organic, pure and natural. It is free from chemicals, pesticides, preservatives and antibiotics. Every drop of honey holds a spark of life. Honey is rich in nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other supplements that is required by the human body on a daily basis. It can be eaten on bread or consumed as health drink with healing properties and medical benefits. Tualang honey has higher phenolic content and greater radical scavenging activity compared with other honey sources.
 
 
(see PubMed Article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21530807)
 
Regular application of bee honey can provide nourishment and help prevent illnesses such as Asthma, Sinus infections, Allergies, Acne, Hair loss, Cancer, Fatigue, Headaches, Haemorrhoids, Mucus phlegm, Lower back pain, Tuberculosis, Weak heart, Joint pain, Cough, Eye problems, Hypertension, Dizziness, Gastric, Constipation and Insomnia.
 
Other Health Benefits
 
  • Contains antioxidants that reduce cell destruction by free radicals
  • Increase stamina and energy supply
  • Boosts sexual vigor and virility
  • Boosts body metabolism
  • Improves wound healing
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves digestive system
  • Makes skin smooth and tender
Get natural wild bee tualang honey from us at one of our store :
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/OrenKasturiStore

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