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.


Sweetree Online Store Closed until 3rd January

Written by on December 16th, 2017.      0 comments

Our online store is now closed until 3rd January.  Any orders received after the 14th Dec will be sent on the 3rd of January, sorry for any inconvenience.  

Remember you can purchase from one of our stockists, at the Hamilton Farmers Market on Sunday the 17th Dec and at The Farm Shop in Gordonton Village.

Merry-Christmas
 

Don't Worry if You've Missed Ordering Online Before Christmas!

Written by Stephanie on December 15th, 2017.      0 comments

We have snuck away for a little break before Christmas, as we'll be busy beekeeping over the holidays.  We will not be sending any orders from 14th December until 3rd Jan.  But don't worry you can still purchase our honeys at your local stockist and Harald will be at the Hamilton Farmers Market on Sunday 17th December!  We will also have our full range of honey, pollen, gift boxes, HoneyWraps and seeds at the Farm Shop in Gordonton Village.  Here are their hours up until Christmas:


The Farm Shop, 1060 Gordonton Road, Gordonton Village Hours:


Christmas DecorationWed 13th Dec   10am to 6pm
Thur 14th Dec   10am to 6pm
Fri    15th Dec   10am to 5pm
Sat 16th Dec     9am to 5pm
Sun 17th Dec   10am to 5pm
Mon 18th Dec   10am to 5pm
Tues 19th Dec   10am to 5pm
Wed 20th Dec   10am to 6pm
Thur 21st Dec   10am to 6pm
Fri 22nd Dec   10am to 5pm
Sat 23rd Dec     9am to 5pm
Xmas Eve (24th)  10am to .........

As you can see they will be running 12 days straight to the build up to Christmas Eve!  Thanks team!
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Remedies for Bee Stings

Written by Stephanie on December 10th, 2017.      0 comments




As you may have read in my last blog worker bees only sting if they feel threatened.   But there are times when you just can't avoid being stung, if this happens what should you do? 

Please note:  Bee stings can give different reactions, from temporary pain and discomfort to a severe allergic reaction.  This blog does not cover severe allergic reactions.  If you have a severe allergic reaction please seek urgent medical attention.  If a reaction persists for over a week or covers an area greater than 7–10 cm please see a doctor.
 


Taking the Sting Out

When a bee stings you, the barbed stinger remains embedded in the skin, attached to the stinger is the venom sac, which can carry on pumping venom into the body for up to 10 minutes. For this reason, doctors recommend removing the stinger as soon as possible.


It used to be said that pinching or squeezing the stinger could empty the venom sac into the sting, making things worse.  Studies have since shown the amount of venom released does not change whether the sting is pinched or scraped off, but a delay of a few seconds leads to more venom being injected.  Therefore, stingers can be removed by either scraping or brushing them away, or by pulling them out of the skin.

Check out  10 Ways to Remove a Bee Stinger Without Using Tweezers

 

Remedies


The sting may be painful for a few hours and swelling and itching may last for a week. You should avoid scratching the area as this may increase the itching and swelling.   Once the stinger is removed try to wash the area with soap and warm water and place a cold compress on top to reduce the pain and swelling.  Or you could try any of these remedies.
 
  • If you are in a remote area you could spread mud on the area and let it dry, but wash with soap and warm water when you can
  • Spread baking soda paste on the area and allow it to dry.  Using this or the mud draws the poison out of the area
  • Pain medications and antihistamines can also help relieve pain, swelling, and itching in the area
  • Apply toothpaste
  • Mix a paste of vinegar and baking soda and place on the sting
  • Apply honey
  • Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream.

Some of our customers recommend:
  • Rub an ice cube over the area till it is melted or the pain has gone away which might take two cubes! This method is so effective and seems to stop swelling and even the itchiness you get a few days later!
  • Chop an onion in half and pop it on the sting, it seems to draw out the nasty stuff.
  • Take Homeopathic Apis.
  • Apply vinegar straight away, followed by a kombucha scoby wrapped on to the sting.
  • distraction for a child can work a treat
 
Some information for this blog was research from www.en.wikipedia.org and www.wisegeek.com

Read 'Why Do Bees Sting'

 
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Sustainable Me Challenge - December

Written by Stephanie on December 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

You might have guessed but this month's 'Sustainable Me Challenge' is a waste free holiday.  Can you believe the average household waste increases by 25% over the Christmas holiday period! Here's some ideas for reducing our gift-giving footprint this Christmas:

  • Furoshiki-586Buy second hand.  Our son wanted an expensive lego kit this year, so instead of spending mega bucks we've bought him a 2nd hand kit that looks as good and new for half the price.
  • Use alternative wrapping.  Fabric is great because it can be used over and over, not like paper that usually gets used once and thrown out.  Furoshiki is the Japanese art of wrapping with cloth, check out some great ideas, I'm definitely keen on trying this!
  • Don't buy over packaged products.  It really bugs me how over packaged toys and other items are these days.  It pays to think about the waste the gift may create and reduce where you can.
  • Make it yourself.   If you've got a little bit of spare time it's worth making something from the heart. Check out some ideas online, we've got some recipes for lip balm, perfume, etc.
  • Give experiences.   These are great, we do this with our parents now. It can be as simple as a movie ticket, theatre performance, concert or sporting event.  How about a voucher to go fishing, tramping, a picnic or even a service you could provide like to clean someones house!
  • Give consumables.  Everyone has to eat so give food, maybe something they wouldn't normally buy for themselves or you could bake them something special.
  • Give the gift of charity.  Make a donation to a charity in the name of your gift recipient, one that they would be happy with.
  • Ask before you buy.  It's important we buy something the person would like or will use, it's a shame when they just sit in a cupboard unused or thrown out because it was the wrong gift for them.


See the OSOF website to read more tips


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Orders Close 13th December!

Written by Stephanie on December 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

We'll be busy beekeeping while everyone else is at the beach, over the holiday period, so we're sneaking away for a little break before Christmas.  Last orders for the year will be the 13th December, don't be disappointed and leave it too late!  

Christmas Orders Close off-498
 
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