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Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.

Seasonal Allergies

Written by Stephanie on August 28th, 2013.      0 comments

sneezeSpring is just around the corner!  Yeah - more daylight hours, flowers blooming and birds singing.  More time to spend in the garden and playing outside with the kids.  But for hay fever sufferers spring can be a dreaded time!  Sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat, coughing, itchy nose, blocked/runny nose.  During this time many people stock up on tissues and run to the chemist to grab antihistamine, sometimes even antihistamine isn't enough.  It's no fun at all!

In spring hay fever can be triggered by tree and grass pollen.  There are two types of flower pollen. One is very light and is easily airborne, this light pollen causes allergies. The second pollen is heavier, it is collected by bees and made into bee pollen.

Did you know that research indicates that if you take small amounts of bee pollen from your local area a few months before the hay fever season your body may become desensitised to the air borne pollens.  It works like a vaccination does against childhood diseases. Desensitisation is based on the idea that the taking of the bee pollen will cause the body to produce antibodies that will cancel out the effects of the air born pollen when the person is exposed to it again.  See below this blog for more details on research in the area.

Some of our customers have commented that their allergies have lessened when either taking Sweetree Bee Pollen or Honey.  Our honey is not finely filtered and therefore retain a high pollen count.  So to help with your hay fever symptoms try either taking bee pollen everyday or raw honey from your local area. Sweetree produce bee pollen in the Horsham Downs area and honey from Horsham Downs, Raglan, Ngaurwahia and Marokopa areas. 

lying-in-grassIf you feel you need something more to protect you against allergies see a health professional.  You may want to see your doctor, pharmacy, herbalist, Chinese medicine therapist, Naturopath, etc.  Personally I love to visit the friendly team down at the Herbal Shop and Clinic (cnr Ohaupo Road & Lorne St in Hamilton).  Check links below for some herbalists / health shops in your area.  They will give you a brew specific for your needs!  I love this holistic approach to nourishing, healing and protecting your body.

Breath easy this spring!

The Herb Shop & Clinic, Hamilton
Flagstaff Unichem Pharmacy & Herbal Dispensary



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Bee Products Also Treats Allergies!
This came from Shirley's Wellness Cafe website, which has more interesting info on bee pollen

Pollen is also a remedy for hay fever and allergies. However it must be taken at least six weeks before the season begins and then continued throughout the season if it going to work.

Bee pollen has been effectively used down through the ages to rid allergy sufferers of their afflictions. This technique, called desensitization, was developed at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London soon after the turn of the century. The treatment consists of administering small amounts of the allergen to stimulate the patient's own immune system to produce antibodies that will eliminate the allergic reaction. It works rather like a vaccination does against childhood diseases. Desensitization is based on the premise that the administration of the allergen will cause the body to produce antibodies that will cancel out the effects of the offending substance when the patient is again exposed to it. 


Allergy specialists prescribe bee pollen starting three months before the allergy season. They cautiously suggest starting with a few grains of bee pollen half an hour before each meal and gradually building this amount up over the three month period to one teaspoon before each meal. Very small incremental doses are recommended until one builds up natural immunity. If one experiences a violent reaction even at the minute dosage, stop and consult a physician.

Leo Conway, M.D., of Denver Colorado, treated his patients with pollen. Dr. Conway reported: "All patients who had taken the antigen [pollen] for three years remained free from all allergy symptoms, no matter where they lived and regardless of diet. Control has been achieved in 100 percent of my earlier cases and the field is ever-expanding. Since oral feeding of pollen for this use was first perfected in his laboratory, astounding results were obtained. No ill consequences have resulted. Ninety-four percent of all his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms. Of the other six percent, not one followed directions, but even this small percentage were nonetheless partially relieved". 

Relief of hay fever, pollen-induced asthma, with ever increasing control of bronchitis, ulcers of the digestive tract, colitis, migraine headaches, and urinary disorders were all totally successful. Unfortunately, Dr. Conway, an early pioneer in the field of allergies, is now deceased. What we did not know was just how lightning-fast it could bring relief. It actually eliminated long-standing symptoms in minutes. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems cleared. These trials confirmed that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a very wide range of respiratory distress.

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August is Bee Aware Month!

Written by Stephanie on August 1st, 2013.      0 comments

BeeAware LogoBees around the world are in trouble. A world without bees would be a very bleak place
indeed. Much of our food depends on pollination by bees as do our gardens and a lot of
other products we rely on. Over $5 billion of New Zealand agricultural exports also depend
on bees.

Bee numbers worldwide are in decline and we must do all that we can to protect them.
Bees are being attacked by a number of major pests and diseases. There are also suffering
from a decline in nutritional forage for bees. Nutritional stress is considered to be one of the
main factors behind large-scale bee losses. Lack of food also compromises the bees’
resistance to pests and diseases. Another major problem are pesticides and sprays which
harm bees in a number of ways.

While New Zealand bees are not as threatened as bees in other countries, events like Bee
Aware Month are crucial to raising public awareness to prevent similar losses occurring


How can we help?

One of the best things we can do is make sure there is enough food for our kiwi bees. We
can do this by planting ‘bee friendly’ plants; in our gardens, on our farms, in our public
gardens and even along our roadsides. For a list of bee friendly plants go to
We can also be careful how we use pesticides in our gardens. Try to avoid using any
chemical sprays in your gardens at all. But if you have to spray make sure it is in the late
evening after bees have gone to bed. Don’t spray while plants are flowering and avoid
spraying plants that you see bees feeding on. You can also check the labels on garden
sprays and avoid products containing neonicotinoids.

New Bee Ambassador
New Zealand bees and beekeepers have a new ally! Celebrity free range cook, Annabel
Langbein, has joined the NBA as an ambassador for bees. Annabel will be supporting the
NBA by using her profile to draw attention to the importance and plight of bees.

The National Beekeepers Association is the main advocate for bees in New Zealand. The
NBA wants to raise money for research that will help bees. You will be able donate during
Bee Aware Month by going to

For more information on how you can help NZ bees go to 'Helping Our NZ Bees'
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