The Buzz Blog

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.

Why Are Beeswax Candles Better than Paraffin Wax Candles?

Written by Stephanie on October 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

round-webBeeswax is a remarkable by product of honey.  Beeswax is made by the youngest honey bees in a colony, they are too young to forage for nectar.  To produce the wax they gorge themselves on honey and link themselves together by the hundreds.   After several hours wax starts to flow from pockets in their abdomens.  Each bee then scrapes off the wax with their legs and chews it into soft pellets.  They then use these pellets to make perfectly engineered honeycomb cells.  The hexagon shape used is the most efficient storage structure ever developed by any species, including humans.

The benefits of beeswax are surprising... Did you know that burning beeswax produces negative ions that circulate in the room and attract pollutants and clean your air?  Many people report that burning a beeswax candle in your bedroom 30 minutes before falling asleep produces a more restful sleep.

Beeswax is also used in many skin care products because it provides a protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe. It also offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral benefits making it helpful in treating skin irritation.

Paraffin wax candles on the hand are a byproduct of petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Therefore inhaling the fumes from paraffin candles is not great for your health. According to a study done at South Carolina State University in 2009, the chemicals found in the fumes of paraffin candles are linked to cancer, birth defects, and such respiratory ailments as asthma––especially when there are many of them burning in enclosed, unventilated spaces like restaurants, churches, or a room in your home.

I know which one I'd prefer to burn in my house!  Beeswax is natural and has positive effects on our body.  Check out our range of beeswax candles.

"My daughter and I do love your candles, we both have allergies and are sleeping better because of them."  Carla, Feilding


Book Review: Nourish Cookbook

Written by Stephanie on October 17th, 2015.      0 comments

Nourish Magazine celebrates fresh local flavour. This cookbook compiles some of the best recipes from the past three years into one great book.

Full of delicious, yet simplNourish-Cookbook-covere recipes that will quickly become family favourites. With a fresh new edition of Nourish out at the start of each season the cookbook follows this theme with four chapters; one for each season.

With 130 pages of beautiful recipes from the Nourish kitchen over the past three years including a delicious image to accompany each, Nourish – The Cookbook, is exactly what Nourish fans have come to expect. Fresh local flavour rolled into easy to follow and achieve recipes that encourage and inspire.

Discover and relish the joys of cooking from fresh seasonal produce by purchasing the Nourish Cookbook today!


Bee Aware Month Winners!

Written by Stephanie on October 9th, 2015.      0 comments

'Bee Aware' month is officially over but hopefully it has given everyone inspiration to carry on looking after our NZ bees ongoing and planting in our gardens to feed the bees.

Over Bee Aware month we had a couple of competitions and we would now like to announce the winners!

Drum Roll Please!!

The winners are:

  • Milind Bangera won the Facebook competition of goodies worth $100 with these comments: 'Love to win this for my wife, as she is an awesome person. Every year after winter she prepares the garden and plants lots of different color flowers (yellow, blue, purple and pink) she also keeps water in the bird bath for the bees (I never knew bees get thirsty) and she always uses chemical free sprays in our garden. these are the little thing that can help the bee population:)'.  We loved that his wife plants a great variety of flowers for the bees, has a drinking station for them and doesn't use chemical sprays and we loved that he thinks his wife is awesome!!!
  • These were the winners of the colouring competition:
Under 6 years - Isabelle Blackmore

7  years & over - Emily Steel

Congratulations everyone, your prizes are on there way!


What's Different About Sweetree Honey?

Written by Stephanie on October 2nd, 2015.      0 comments

Honey is one of the oldest known sweeteners.  It has been an essential part of our diet since earliest times and there is increased interest in its culinary and health properties.  Not only is it delicious to eat, honey is hailed for its medicinal properties – it is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and packed with highly valuable nutrients.

Honey spoonsWhat's Different About Sweetree Honey?

Sweetree Honey is a true reflection of the Waikato's flora.  Much like a great wine reflects the terroir of where the grapes have grown, Sweetree Honey’s different varieties reflect the area and season the bees worked their magic.  From the gorgeous caramel and butterscotch flavour  of the Hakarimata to the  thick and buttery Marokopa Spring - there is a Sweetree honey to suit all tastes and occasions.

Unblended honeys are not new, but the fact that Sweetree's honeys are not based on a single flower source but the local area and season make our approach quite different.

People who try Sweetree honey often comment how it tastes like the honey they used to have when they were young.  It’s much more than just a sweetener.  Being in attractive glass jars with stylish labels it makes a great gift.

How is Sweetree Honey Processed?

Sweetree honey is extracted by cutting the wax cappings off each honey frame, they are then placed into a spinner, where the centrifugal force extracts the honey from the frames.  We then cream our honey, this is to ensure that your honey does not granulate (look sugary) and it maintains a consistent texture.  During this process the only thing that is added is a fine grained natural honey, this is used like a starter to start the creaming process.  The honey is then stirred and left to cream over a few days.  We manually pack the honey into re-usable glass jars.

Our honey is not pasteurized.  You can be confident that Sweetree Honey has not been damaged by heating or finely filtered.  It still retains the enzymes, antibacterial qualities and high pollen counts naturally occurring in the honey.  Samples of Sweetree honey tested have a HMF level of <4mg/kg, indicating very low levels of heating and very fresh honey!  Fresh extracted honey is usually below 10mg/kg, higher levels such as 40mg/kg indicate excessive heating.  Find out more about HMF


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"This honey so delicious!  It taste just like when I was a kid, rather than the supermarket brands"  Anna Bradford, Rotorua
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