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 Venom

Written by Stephanie on June 24th, 2016.      0 comments

Bee venom is a bitter, clear, odourless liquid that is injected by bees when they sting you.  A honeybee can inject 0.1 mg of venom via its stinger.
 

bee stingHow is Bee Venom Collected?


As the sting lodges into the victim’s skin it tears loose from the bee’s abdomen and the bee dies within minutes.  Because of this I have always wondered how producers of bee venom actually collect the venom without the bees dying.  

In the past unfortunately bees were killed in the process of collected venom but nowadays they insert glass plates with electrodes stretched across them.  Bees that touch the wires are delivered a mild shock that agitates the bee and makes it sting.  the venom is dropped onto the plate and the bee's stinger stays intact, allowing the bee to fly away seemingly unhurt.  When a bee stings it also releases an ‘alarm pheromone’ to signal to other bees in the hive to attack, so when the first bee stings other bees in the hive do the same and more venom is collected. 
 

 

Reported Benefits of Bee Venom:


Bee venom is known for it's anti-inflammatory affects and research suggests it may be helpful for arthritis suffers.  Bee venom therapy is becoming a popular treatment to relieve chronic and autoimmune conditions. They say beekeepers never get arthritis because they are always getting stung.  We do not recommend you try and get stung to relief your arthritis.  Have a chat to your doctor!

Bee venom creams and masks have become renowned for anti-aging properties and it's known as 'nature's botox'.  There are a raft of famous women using it including Kate Middleton!  Bee venom skincare reported benefits include:
  • improved texture of skin
  • reduced lines and wrinkles
  • improved skin firmness
  • reduction of pores
  • reduced pigmentation and sun damage
 

Here are some interesting facts about bees and their stings:

  • Bees are the only insect with a strongly barbed sting
  • As the sting lodges into the victim’s skin it tears loose from the bee’s abdomen and the bee die within minutes
  • The female bees (the queen and the worker bees) are the only ones that sting
  • The queen’s stinger is smooth so can therefore sting over and over (but don’t worry she never leaves the hive unless she is swarming to find a new home)
  • A swarm of bees is not aggressive, they are just looking for a new home and have no honey or young to defend
  • The large drone bees do not have stingers
  • A bee sting consists of three parts – a stylus and two barbed sides
Topics: Products of the Hive
 

Recipe Kits

Written by Stephanie on June 17th, 2016.      0 comments

Solid-Perfume-Recipe-BergamotWe all want to save money and look after our health, what better way then making things at home with basic ingredients.  Nothing like a little DIY!  Not only do we save money but we can help the environment and have fun at the same time!  

How do we save the environment you ask?  By making our own products with a small number of natural ingredients we are reducing harmful chemicals on ourselves and the environment, we tend to make in bulk, reduce packaging that will end up the landfill and reduce our carbon footprint, just to name a few.

We are putting together a collection of recipe kits you can purchase that have beeswax, honey or other bee products in their ingredients.  We only have a small number of kits at the moment but we will slowly be adding to this section.  Have a look at the selection so far.

Why not drop us an email and tell us what you would like to see us stock in the way of recipe kits!

 
 

Products of the Hive: Royal Jelly

Written by Stephanie on June 10th, 2016.      0 comments

Royal jelly, is also called 'bee milk, is a white creamy substance containing water, proteins, nutrients and sugars.  The worker bees produces royal jelly and secrete it from glands in their hands, which is then feed to the babies in the hives.  All other babies also received bee pollen and honey as part of their diet but the queen baby is feed exclusively on royal jelly.

Royal Fresh-Royal-Jelly-839-340 jelly, with it's special proteins, is responsible for giving the queen bee a long, long life plus an elegant and large body, which make her very fertile.  She is the only honeybee in the hive biologically destined to lay thousands of eggs, becoming a dedicated egg machine during her four years of life (the worker bees live for 10-12 weeks).

Royal jelly contains and impressive array of nutrients including calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, silicon, potassium, B vitamins, biotin, inositol, folate, nucleic acids, gamma globulin and amino acids.
 


Reported Benefits of Royal Jelly:


They say royal jelly is the secret of eternal youth!  Some other benefits of taking royal jelly include:
  • Improves blood pressure
  • High in antioxidants
  • Blood Sugar control
  • Beneficial effects on osteoporosis and bone loss
  • Anti-flammatory
  • Immune Modulator
  • Improves the appearance of skin
  • Decreases 'bad' cholesterol
  • Increases fertility
  • Keeps your metabolism running smoothy
  • Aids weight loss

Check out the Royal Jelly Capsules we sell on our website!


This blog article includes exerts from 'Honey Nature's Golden Healer' available on our website.
Topics: , Products of the Hive
 

World Environment & Arbor Day - 5th June

Written by Stephanie on June 4th, 2016.      0 comments

Tomorrow is 'World Environment Day' and 'Arbor Day'!  It's a great reason to get out there and do something to help our environment, whether it's planting trees, tidying up trees, picking up rubbish on a bush track, beach, park or along the road; every little bit helps!  We'll be planting 50 odd trees around our wetland.

 

World Environment Day

world environment day wallpapers environmental awareness nature green savelife pollution clean 12World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.  It is an t is an opportunity to raise awareness and promote action on national environmental issues. 

World Environment day is a day for people to do 'something' to take care of the Earth or become an agent for change.  We can act locally, national or globally; as in individual or as a group.

Along with generally looking after our environment each year there is a theme and a different host city is nominated, allowing various countries to showcase the positive things being done nationally, regionally and internationally to promote sustainable practices and reduce the impacts of climate change.  New Zealand had our turn in 2008 with the theme of making the transition to low carbon economy.  This year the them is 'Go Wild for Life' where the illegal trade of wildlife will be targeted and the host is Angola. 



Arbor Day


Arbor-DayArbor day is the day of the year when people are encouraged to plant and care for trees.  The first arbor day was in USA in 1872 when a Julius Morton began a large scale planting of trees to beautify his town and encouraged others to do the same.  It took off and now many countries observe this day as a special day to plant and tend to trees.

Arbor Day is an excellent opportunity to take stock of the trees on your property and plan for the future. Inspect your trees, note any broken branches or evidence of disease or insect infestation. Think about how planting new trees might improve the look of your property or provide wind or heat protection.








Information for this blog came from www.wed2016.com and www.arbor-day.net
 




 

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