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.


Bee Aware Month

Written by Stephanie on August 29th, 2020.      0 comments

September is Bee Aware Month, a great opportunity to think about our wonderful bees as we start getting back into the garden this spring.  Just take these simple steps:


Grow Flowers for the Bees

Bees forage on flowers for nectar, which provide carbohydrates, and pollen, for protein. These are important for growth and energy. Well-nourished bees are more capable of fending off disease and parasites.  We can help by planting bee-friendly flowers in our gardens.  Here's some great planting ideas

It's important that bees have plenty of water to drink as well.  Help the bees in your garden this summer by creating some water stations for them.  The trick is to create stations that are not too deep and allow the bees to drink water without falling in.  Here's some inspiring ideas


Spray Safely

One of the biggest threats to bees is the use of insecticides in home gardens, farms, orchards and market gardens.  They are designed to kill good and bad insects, including bees so please avoid them.  Please follow these tips for spraying safely
 

Support Beekeepers 

Buy from your local beekeeper honey, beeswax, propolis, bee pollen, and other bee products.  New Zealand bees create a wide range of delicious and highest quality honey in the world.  By buying honey directly from the beekeeper you know where your honey comes from, how it's collected and processed, and how well the bees are looked after.  Make sure you ask questions.  Thanks for supporting local beekeepers who care about their bees and the environment!  Check out Sweetree's local raw honeys.

Read more ideas to help our NZ bees.

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Honey: Effective Treatment for Coughs and Colds

Written by Stephanie on August 20th, 2020.      0 comments

For centuries honey has been used as a home remedy to treat coughs and colds, now the research backs this up!  Research suggests that honey is more effective than many over-the-counter medicines, studies indicate that:

 
  • Honey may be better than conventional treatments for coughs, blocked noses and sore throats. It is good value for money, readily available, and has virtually no side-effects.
  • Honey was more effective than usual care for improving symptoms, especially the frequency and severity of coughing. Two of the studies showed that symptoms lasted one to two days less among those treated with honey.
  • “Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) are the most frequent reason for antibiotic prescription. Since the majority of URTIs are viral, antibiotic prescription is both ineffective and inappropriate.”  Honey might therefore provide an alternative when doctors want to prescribe something to safely treat upper respiratory tract symptoms.
  • “Honey is more effective and less harmful than usual care alternatives and avoids causing harm through antimicrobial resistance.”
 
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Epsom Salts

Written by Stephanie on August 17th, 2020.      0 comments

Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, and its effects are wide-reaching. Just some of the things it does include: blood glucose control, protein synthesis, muscle contraction, nerve function, detoxification, energy production, and more!  

A great way to get magnesium into your body is by soaking in epsom salts.  We have been using Sam Walker Epsom Salts for years and swear by them.  We love that it's natural, chemically pure, food-grade magnesium sulphate for use in baths & footbaths, and it's the epsom salt of choice in the biomedical community of New Zealand.

What a better way to end your day in a nice relaxing epsom salt bath!!

We just love working with local businesses like Sam's.  She was after some pouches for her epsom salts and we had some surplus to our requirements.  I had been holding on to them for quite some time awaiting a use for them. I'm so pleased the plastic pouches are being used and not wasted, we are now both working towards compostable pouches for our businesses.
 

Check out Sam Walker Epsom Salts

 
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Embrace Nature this Conservation Week

Written by Stephanie on August 13th, 2020.      0 comments

See nature through new eyes this Conservation Week, 15-23 August 2020. Conservation week is a great opportunity to immerse ourselves in nature and embrace what's always been there; look, listen, breathe and feel.
Since the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us slowed down and looked at our lives and the world differently. So, the Department of Conservation is inviting us to enjoy a fresh perspective on our natural spaces and unique wildlife and boost your wellbeing by immersing ourselves in nature.
 

Nature needs us

New Zealand’s wildlife is still in crisis with more than 4,000 of our native animals and plants threatened or at risk. Conservation Week is a chance to bring everyone together to do something, big or small to create change.
Every year Conservation Week sees thousands of New Zealanders getting involved through doing conservation activities at home or attending one of many events hosted across the country. Creating change can be big or small, when we pull together, we can make a big difference. Check out DOCs website.
 

History of Conservation Week

Did you know that Conservation Week was originally launched in 1969 by the New Zealand Scout Association?  With the goal to promote greater interest in the environment and encourage people to take practical actions to look after it. Awesome!
 
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How to Prevent Seasonal Allergies

Written by Stephanie on August 8th, 2020.      0 comments

sneezeSpring is just around the corner!  Yeah - more daylight hours, flowers blooming and birds singing.  More time to spend in the garden and playing outside with the kids.  But for hay fever sufferers spring can be a dreaded time!  Sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat, coughing, itchy nose, blocked/runny nose.  During this time many people stock up on tissues and run to the chemist to grab antihistamine, sometimes even antihistamine isn't enough.  It's no fun at all!

In spring hay fever can be triggered by tree and grass pollen.  There are two types of flower pollen. One is very light and is easily airborne, this light pollen causes allergies. The second pollen is heavier, it is collected by bees and made into bee pollen.

Did you know that research indicates that if you take small amounts of bee pollen from your local area a few months before the hay fever season your body may become desensitised to the airborne pollens.  It works like a vaccination does against childhood diseases. Desensitisation is based on the idea that the taking of the bee pollen will cause the body to produce antibodies that will cancel out the effects of the air-born pollen when the person is exposed to it again.  See below this blog for more details on research in the area.

Some of our customers have commented that their allergies have lessened when either taking Sweetree Bee Pollen or Honey.  Our honey is not finely filtered and therefore retain a high pollen count.  So to help with your hay fever symptoms try either taking bee pollen every day or raw honey from your local area. Sweetree produces bee pollen in the Horsham Downs area and honey from Hamilton, Horsham Downs, Raglan, Ngaurwahia and Marokopa areas. 

If you feel you need something more to protect you against allergies see a health professional.  You may want to see your doctor, pharmacy, herbalist, Chinese medicine therapist, Naturopath, etc.  Personally I love to visit the friendly team down at the Herbal Shop and Clinic (cnr Ohaupo Road & Lorne St in Hamilton).  Check links below for some herbalists / health shops in your area.  They will give you a brew specific for your needs!  I love this holistic approach to nourishing, healing and protecting your body.

Breath easy this spring!

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Beehive Boxes Repurposed into Beautiful Art!

Written by Stephanie on August 7th, 2020.      0 comments

Nothing goes to waste here!  Even our old beehive boxes get a new lease of life by local artist Claudia Aalderink.  Claudia takes rustic, weathered, and colourful beehive boxes, along with found materials such as wine barrel rings, pallet straps, and anything usable and transforms them into unique and one of a kind pieces of art.  I've never met anyone who can take a basic discarded item and create such beauty like this before.

We love that the materials that could have ended up in the fire pile or landfill, are repurposed, recycled and reused in such an artistic and functional way.  Thanks so much Claudia for your inspiration!

Check out Claudia's latest piece below, you can see Martin likes to write little notes on the outside of the boxes eg 'Ohui'. 
 
Claudia takes commissions for any size work, check out Claudia's websitelike on Facebook and/or follow on Instagram.

Find out more about Ohui
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