Beekeepers will be pleased to learn upon the authority of Mr T. Christie, London, m " New Commercial Plants and Drugs," No. 11, that eucalyptus honey is destined to figure as of great importance both as nutriment and as a therapeutic product. Analysis of the honey by Mr 0. Herisson, Director of the Ohevrier Laboratory, Paris, indicate that it possesses all the valuable principles found m the eucalyptus tree, The analysis shows : Sugar (mostly kevoluse), 511 5 ; ash, 1.8 ; moisture, 215.6; active wnieiplesi of eucalyptus, 170,0 ; t.Qtal, ICOb.O. Various attempts, \\sere made by Mr Herisson to artifically obtain this honey by 'mixing the various ingredients together with ordinary honey. But it was found that no amount of careful stirring and other treatment would prevent the active principles of the eucalypti from separating and gradually volatalising. Eucalyptus honey filtered at a temperature of 68deg. Fahr.. presents the appearance of a thick, transparent, homogeneous syrup of deep orange eo}o.r, with an odour which at cmoe points to its sourco, jfc }s very soluble m milk, water, and wine, but less m alcohol. It is difficult to ferment on account of the large proportion of sugar it contains. Jts
action upon dogs, when given m milk produced a slowing of the heart's action and a surprising diminution of the pulsa tions. In one case from 124 to even as low as 70 per minute. Upon himself fcho doctor found it, if taken m warm milk, to yield a most pleasant beverage, and to produce after a few minutes an agreeable sensation of warmth m the'body; the active principles of the honey being eliminated through the larynx and th«: bronchial tubes, and rendering the voice clearer and more resonant. The breath became perfumed ; and the lungs acted m a freer and more elastic manner. After taking the honey for a week the doctor said he could indulge m violent exercise without feeling any strain.
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Eucalyptus Honey., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2489, 12 August 1890
Eucalyptus Honey. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2489, 12 August 1890
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