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.


Re-using Sweetree Honey Jars

Written by Stephanie on February 26th, 2016.      0 comments

We use glass jars to store our honey for several reasons.  Apart from the fact that they are more attractive than plastic they are also healthier.  But another reason is that they are recyclable.  They can be put in your recycling bin or you can reuse or repurpose them yourself.  There are some amazing and beautiful ways you can re use glass jars, we have a few ideas on our Pinterest board.   Or you can use them for storing bits and bobs such as food in your pantry, sewing bits in your sewing area, screws in the workshop, etc.  And of course they are perfect for preserving.  

I gave mum a labelling machine for Christmas and she has recently made some bread n butter pickle using her new machine and an old Sweetree Honey jar!  Nothing like home preserves!
 
bread n butter pickle
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How To Use Honey In Your Skincare Regime

Written by Stephanie on February 14th, 2016.      0 comments

Here's some quick and easy ways you can add honey to your skincare regime at home.
 

Exfoliate skinFace Wash or Cleanser

Place about a teaspoon or so of Sweetree Honey in the palm of your hand, add a touch of water and massaged it over your face, then let it sit for a while.  Of course it is sticky so you need to make sure you pull back your hair!  Then I rinsed it off.  It's quick and easy to do and feels great afterwards!  

Honey is meant to be amazing for removing makeup, especially when mixed with a splash of coconut or jojoba oil and sprinkle of turmeric or nutmeg.  Mix this until it is slippery enough to glide across your face.  Massage this over your face, in a circular motion, and it will loosen up heavy makeup and moisturise your skin at the same time.

 

Facial Mask

Did you know that raw honey can help unclog pores while also distributing moisture to dry skin?  It’s great as a facial mask!  Apply a thin layer of Sweetree honey to slightly damp skin using a circular motion. Leave the honey for at least 30 minutes and then gently rinse it off with warm water. It washes away easily and leaves you with soft and glowing skin.
 

Spot Treatment

If you ever suffer from a breakout, reach for honey instead of an expensive and drying over the counter pimple cream. Pop a small amount of Sweetree honey onto a cotton bud and dab onto your pimple before bed and it will have calmed down by morning, do it until it's disappeared. You can add in some tea tree oil and lavender oil for an extra natural clean.  
 

Facial and Body Exfoliant

It’s important to exfoliate your skin regularly to get rid of dead skin cells and show your youthful skin underneath.  Did you know you can exfoliate your skin once or twice a week with a gentle scrub made with two parts Sweetree honey and one part baking soda?  Baking soda gives a delicate exfoliation and the honey soothes and softens your skin.   Rub it around the rest of your body as well!
 

Soothing Bath

There are times during the year, especially during the change of seasons when your skin gets overly dry.  Honey can help provide moisture and sooth the skin at these times.  Try adding it to your bath. Add two cups of Sweetree honey to a running bath and soak for 15 minutes.  If you then add 1 cup of baking soda to your bath for another 15 minutes it will help your body climate dead skin cells.  
 
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Wash Your Face With Honey!

Written by Stephanie on February 5th, 2016.      0 comments

I have cleansed, toned and moisturised my face for just about every day for over 30 years (now I'm feeling old!).  It is part of my daily routine, and it just doesn't feel right when I can't do it.  I buy all my skincare through a fantastic New Zealand natural skincare company - Oasis Beauty, which I love.  They are currently out of stock of my cleanser and I'm completely out.  I was wondering what I could do in the meantime, other than use soap (which of course I could use but I think that would be too drying).  And I thought "Of course!  Honey!"

I got about a teaspoon or so of Sweetree Honey in the palm of my hand, added a touch of water and massaged it over my face, then let it sit for a while.  Of course it is sticky so you need to make sure you pull back your hair!  Then I rinsed it off.  It's quick and easy to do and feels great afterwards! 

On further research honey is meant to be amazing at dissolving makeup, especially when mixed with a dash of coconut or jojoba oil and mix in a little bit of turmeric or nutmeg.  Mix this into a balm type texture that is slippery enough to slide across your face.  Massage this over your face and it will loosen up heavy makeup and moisturise your skin at the same time.

Give it a try!
Face-Washing
 

Why is Honey so Good for your Skin?

  1. It is antibacterial and antimicrobial, so it is great for acne treatment and prevention
  2. It is slightly drying, so it will help soak up any pimples or oiliness.
  3. It soaks into your skin and is extremely moisturizing and soothing. It helps create a glow on your skin.
  4. Full of beneficial enzymes and antioxidants that can help with anti-aging.
  5. It’s great for acne, aging skin, normal skin, dry skin … honey loves every type of skin
  6. It is healing and helps repair sores and scars.
  7. It’s 100% natural and great for your skin!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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