Melipona bee honey is a thick, sweet-sour liquid obtained from stingless bees of the genus Melipona. This honey is known for being more liquid as its humidity levels, like in the rainforest, are higher. Its color varies depending on the native flowers visited by these bees, ranging from nearly transparent to dark amber, and it features more nutritional and curative properties than honey from the common honeybee. Melipona bees feed on native plants whose flowers, rich in alkaloids and flavonoids, give the honey its highly medicinal properties. The extraction of honey differs from the common one used in beekeeping, which is obtained from comb centrifugation. Melipona bees stock honey in pocket-like wax structures that must be broken or crushed to extract the product.
Honey from stingless bees is used in popular therapies to combat a broad spectrum of health problems, such as cataracts, eye infections, lack of appetite, sores, lung, and upper respiratory tract diseases, many of which related to microorganisms.
The use of stingless bee honey on clinical manifestations where bacteria are usually involved, such as wounds, burned skin, skin diseases, eye infections, lung, and upper respiratory system problems is very popular in traditional medicine and dates back to the ancient times of Mayas and Incas.