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.


Products of the Hive: Bee Pollen

Written by Stephanie on April 29th, 2016.      0 comments

beeWhat is Bee Pollen?


Pollen is the male seed of flowers and is required to fertilise the plant.  As the bee moves from one flower to another it collects flakes of pollen and combines these with nectar, this is then moved to the pollen baskets on its back legs for storage, while it continues to collect.  The remarkable thing is that bees start the pollination process without even realising t!  Pollen stuck on the hairs along the bee's body is rubbed from one plant to another starting the fertilisation process. 

The pollen is taken back to the hive as a granule of bee pollen.  The bees off-load the pollen granules, groom away any pollen flakes stuck to their bodies and store it in cells near the brood area (where the queen lays eggs).  Bee pollen is a vital source of protein and fats for bees and is fed to the youngest bees as a high protein source.
 

Benefits of Bee Pollen


Bee pollen is an incredible natural source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.  Studies have shown that it has a nutritional composition that surpasses that of virtually any food eaten.  Regular consumption of bee pollen aids your general health and well-being.  Just some of the benefits reported of our Sweetree Bee Pollen are: Sustained energy, enhanced immunity, reduced stress, relief of inflammation, more rested sleep and better skin condition.

Studies have also shown that taking bee pollen improves prostate conditions, reduces harmful effects of x-rays and results in fewer side effects from radiation treatment.

Bee pollen is often used by athletes to improve strength, endurance, energy and speed.  It is said to help muscles recover more quickly from exercise and to increase mental stamina. Many great athletes have enjoyed its benefits and find it enhances their performance and decreases downtime due to illness.
 

How to Eat Bee Pollen


Bee pollen is often thought of as a dietary supplement but is much more than that.  It is one of nature’s best super foods.  Bee pollen can be added to food, many of our customers sprinkle it on their cereal in the morning.  Some add it to yoghurt, smoothies or ice-cream.
 
Try these ideas:
  • Add bee pollen to a dish of ice cream and hot chocolate sauce
  • Place bee pollen onto a piece of tin foil then take a peeled banana and roll it into the bee pollen and toasted coconut.
  • Add a tablespoon of bee pollen to beef casseroles or beef stir-fries
  • Add bee pollen to salsa, home-made salad dressing and sandwiches
  • Can be sprinkled on your favourite cereal, fruit or yoghurt to provide a tasty and nutritious supplement to your diet
  • You can also spread it on toast with honey.
  • Mix bee pollen, chai seeds and cinnamon together with mashed banana and yoghurt (any flavour) and spread on raisin toast.  Very yummy breakfast.
  • If you are not that fussed on the flavour you can simply take it in a spoon and chase with water or juice. 

See our recipes for more ideas!
 

Purchase Sweetree Bee Pollen



 
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Relax in a Decadent Bath!

Written by Stephanie on April 22nd, 2016.      0 comments

dried-herbs-and-flowersHow often to you stop and take a nice relaxing bath?  If you are like me, not often enough!  Taking a bath has great benefits for our our health such as improving blood circulation, improving sleep, lowering blood pressure, relieving coughs and colds and reducing headaches, let alone making us feel good.

I recently came across Blue Earth Bath Tea Bags, they are packed with healing herbs & essential oils to turn your ordinary bath time into a decadent treat.  All you need to do is run a hot bath, place the giant tea bag in your bath to steep.  Allow your bath to 'brew' until the herbs are well infused (approx. 5 minutes).  Remove the tea bag.  When your bath is the right temperature hop in, enjoy & relax.

There are two varieties of bath tea bags:

  • The relaxation tea bag is filled with lavender flowers, peppermint leaf, valerian root, passionflower, lemon balm & essential oil of lavender.  This will help soothe skin, relieve tensions from the day and leave you feeling completely relaxed.  
  • The invigorating tea bag is filled with peppermint leaf, lemongrass, orange slices, thyme & essential oil of sweet orange.  This will transform your bath into a revitalising and invigorating experience.  It's an excellent pick me up before going out!

I alway like to add some epsom salts to the bath as well, this has many surprising health benefits. Just some of these are natural detoxification, reduces swelling, relieves aches and pains, reduces muscle cramping (increasing magnesium in our bodies) and aids relaxation and sleep.  You can purchase epsom salts from this website.

To add to the decadent environment burn some beeswax candles around the bath.  Burning beeswax produces negative ions that circulate in the room and attract pollutants and clean the air, as well as help produce a more restful sleep.  

Purchase the 
relaxation and  invigorating bath tea bags from our website, no only are they great to add to your bath but make a wonderful and thoughtful gift.

 
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Rolled Beeswax Candle Kits

Written by Stephanie on April 15th, 2016.      0 comments

Beeswax-kit-888Did 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.

Now you can make your very own candles!  Rolling your own beeswax candles is lots of fun, rewarding and an easy craft.  
This kit will make 8-12 beeswax candles, with a mix of large and small, straight-sided or tapered candles.  It's a great activity for the kids over the school holidays and makes wonderful gifts (the kit or the finished candles).
 

The kit includes:

  • 4 large sheets of coloured beeswax sheets (mixed colours)
  • 4 smaller sheets of coloured beeswax sheets (mixed colours)
  • wick for 12 candles
  • instructions

Purchase a rolled beeswax candle making kit here.

 

Here's some design ideas but look at more on our Pinterest board


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Products of the Hive: Beeswax

Written by Stephanie on April 8th, 2016.      0 comments

beeswax-makingBeeswax 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.

Beeswax is a very versatile product and is used to make candles, furniture polish, skin care, balms, soaps, earplugs, ear candles, crayons, food wraps, as an ingredient in sweets, a cover for cheeses and more.

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.

 

Here's some beeswax products that we sell on our website:

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Products from the Hive

Written by Stephanie on April 7th, 2016.      0 comments

Bees are amazing creatures!  They create so many products from their hives that humans have used for centuries for food and health.  They are:
  • frameBees wax
  • Propolis
  • Honey
  • Bee Pollen and Bee Bread
  • Royal Jelly
  • Bee Venom

Over the next little while I will be blogging about each one of these products.  I will be explaining how the bees make each one, their benefits and uses for each.  The first one will be beeswax, so look out for the blog soon!
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We Love Tui Balms

Written by Stephanie on April 2nd, 2016.      0 comments

Bee Balm with Baby​Tui Balmes is a Co-operative situated in Golden Bay.  Tui started in 1984 by producing the original Bee Balm and has built up vast experience and expertise in working with nature to produce a natural healing & skin care range that is gentle, effective and altogether natural.  They have a long history of working with natural products and massage therapists, and we know you'll enjoy using these unique balms on yourself and your family, as we do.
 
All their products are based on organic NZ beeswax, with varying carrier oils, vitamin E and essential oils. They do not contain preservatives, emulisfiers, colouring, stabilizers, parabins or chemical additives.  All ingredients used in Tui Balms products are either whole substances occurring in nature or they are directly extracted from a whole natural source.
 
We love what Tui Balmes stand for ... all natural ingredients and all the profits that are not used to develop the business are donated to registered charitable trusts.  The range of charities receiving Tui's donations has been extensive and about 12 charities a year benefit from their turnover.

Check out the range of Tui Balm's in our online store.
 
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