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.


What's Special About Sweetree Bee Pollen?

Written by Stephanie on November 6th, 2020.      0 comments

Sweetree Bee Pollen is collected from our home apiary site at rural Horsham Downs, near Hamilton.  With abundant nearby flora, Sweetree honey bees gather pollen from a wide range of flowering plants, reflected in the many different colours of pollen.  These colours indicate a highly nutritious bee pollen and we have received many favourable comments from our customers regarding its effectiveness.  We ensure that our bee pollen is kept as fresh as possible, storing no longer than the previous season.

The pollen is collected from the hive and dried in a purpose built drying room at temperatures no higher than would naturally occur in the beehive on a hot summers day, thereby still retaining its natural nutritious properties.

The flavour of the bee pollen will depend on the floral source and each granule has a different flavour.  You will receive a mouthful of many flavours including  sweet, tarty and earthy.  You may find that the colour and taste of each bag of pollen changes as the floral sources vary throughout the season.  For example early seasonal pollen may have more of a tarty flavour and not quite so many of the different coloured pollens.  Having said that, as the season progresses we try to mix the different coloured pollens into the bags so you are getting the best nutrients you can.


Enjoy the benefits of increased energy & enhanced performance with Sweetree Bee Pollen!

Find information on research carried out on bee pollen for certain health aliments and for sport nutrition.


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What's the Buzz About Bee Pollen?

Written by Stephanie on October 27th, 2020.      0 comments

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.

Read more on bee pollen benefits!
 

How to Eat Sweetree 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.  We recommend you start with a 1/4 teaspoon per day and work your way up to up to a dessertspoon per day (or more if you need it!).  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.
 

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Do You Sweeten Your Tea With Honey?

Written by Stephanie on October 16th, 2020.      0 comments

Many people love to sweeten their tea with honey.  The main reasons are because it tastes delicious and it's so much better for you than sugar!  Honey sweetens without adding any unhealthy ingredients to your drink, it adds goodness instead.  Raw honey in your tea can soothe, heal sore throat and coughs and revitalise you at the same time.

An added benefit is that honey tastes sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way. One teaspoon of honey per cup of tea is a good rule of thumb. Be sure to add the honey after the tea has steeped and the water has cooled a little.  If the water is too hot it takes the goodness out the honey and can make the honey taste a little bitter.

Check out the loose TLeaf tea we love, it's plastic-free (not like tea bags) and reduces waste, it's also organic so it's better for the bees and us!  
 

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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.
 

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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!

The Herb Shop & Clinic, Hamilton
 

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Cold & Flu Remedy

Written by Stephanie on June 24th, 2020.      0 comments

One of our boys is home with a sore throat. This is my go-to recipe when anyone has cold or flu symptoms, it works wonders!
 

Honey & Lemon Cold RemedyIngredients

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cm root ginger
  • 10 - 20 ml high-quality Echinacea tincture*
  • clove of garlic (optional)
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp Sweetree raw honey
 

Method

  1. Grate rind of lemons and ginger root, crush garlic, and pour 1 litre of boiling water over and leave to steep for 10 minutes (or longer).
  2. Add lemon juice and strain.
  3. Add Echinacea and honey, stir to dissolve.
  4. Drink the entire brew over the course of a day. Keep it in a thermos to keep it warm.

Note:

Use less Echinacea if you want a preventative brew, and a higher dose if you feel you are coming down with a cold or flu or you already have one. 
You can also add more garlic, just chew parsley to get the smell off your breath. (Parsley is also high in vitamin C for fighting infections).

* You can get Echinacea from most health shops, pharmacies, your local herbalist or herbal dispensary.  

Created by Helen Donnison- Medical Herbalist and Naturopath, Hamilton
 

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Local Honey For Allergies

Written by Stephanie on September 4th, 2019.      0 comments

Did you know that eating local honey leading up and during the hay fever season could help your body desensitise against air borne pollens?
 

How to Avoid Winter Bugs!

Written by Stephanie on May 26th, 2019.      0 comments

iStock 000009780161XSmallIt's that time of year again when it can be hard to avoid those winter ailments.  Coughs, colds, sore throats, blocked/running nose, blocked ears, feeling miserable.  And then there is the full blown flu - it's a nasty one this year!

The best thing you can do to avoid these bugs is by having a good strong immunity to start with.  But with our fast paced lives these days there is often not enough time to exercise, get out in the sun or prepare nourishing foods.  And the physical and emotional stress just make things worse!

Here is what we recommend you do to support your body over the winter months.
 

To help you avoid nasty bugs over the winter we recommend:

  • Daily consumption of bee pollen to build your immunity.  
  • Take vitamin C every day (I recommend Clinicians Family Vitamin C)
  • Eat lots of fresh fruit and veges
  • Eat fish regularly, I would also recommend taking cod liver oil daily (here's a good one for the winter months)
  • Get some fresh air and exercise
  • Get outside everyday to get vitamin D, you may even need to look at taking a supplement for this over the winter months
  • Get enough sleep, try to get as much sleep before midnight as possible
  • Avoid stress - get some time out.  Take up yoga, mediation or relaxation exercises


If it is too late and you already have cold or flu symptoms try these:

  • When you feel a cold or flu coming on have some drops of Propolis tincture in a little bit of water, we'll have more of this in stock soon, just making up a batch now. 
  • Make 'Helen's Cold and Flu Remedy', it works wonders and tastes delicious, or try this flu fighting smoothie
  • Eat a teaspoon of active Manuka honey every hour or so if you have a sore throat or cough
  • Make some homemade chicken stock/broth and drink some cups of this.  I know what you are thinking - but it works a treat!!  There are lots of great recipes online, try this Weston Price recipe.  Or try this great chicken soup recipe from Nadia Lim, yum!
  • If your nose is blocked put your head over a bowl of boiling water with a few drops eucalyptus oil and place a towel over your head (and the bowl to enclose the steam) and breath the steam in through your nose.
  • Lots of rest, drink lots of water and keep warm. 
  • Try to get into a warm spot in the sun and get some vitamin D

If you feel you need something more to build your immunity or get you through the bugs go and 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 Flagstaff Pharmacy Herbal Dispensary or The Herbal Shop and Clinic (cnr Ohaupo Road & Lorne St in Hamilton).  They, or any herbalist near you, will give you a brew specific for your needs!  I love this holistic approach to nourishing and healing your body.

 
 

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'

This is a great article on how to handle bees and wasps in your backyard

 
 

Alleviate Seasonal Allergies

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

sneezeSpring is just around the corner or maybe it's already here!  I was at the pharmacy the other day and the pharmacist thinks that allergies have started already and by looking at the pollen starting to be collected in the hives I think she's right.

Seasonal allergies can be a nightmare - sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat, coughing, itchy nose, blocked/runny nose or worse.  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 air borne 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.

Many 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 City, Horsham Downs, Ngaurwahia and Marokopa (King Country) 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. 

Breathe easy this spring!

Read more about bee pollen and check out the Research on its benefits 


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Book Review: 100 Years of Claude Stratford

Written by Stephanie on May 27th, 2016.      0 comments

100 Years of Claude Stratford is a remarkable story of the diverse experiences, challenges and trumpets of Claude Stratford, founder of Comvita.  If you are starting or building a business, are a beekeeper, interesting in nature's healing properties, need some inspiration or just want to read a real story about a real person with dogged determination - this is your book!

Claude Stratford, was a walking Claude Stratfordadvertisement for natural bee products, with his daily health regimen consisting of bee pollen, manuka honey, olive leaf extract, multi-vitamins and Omega 3 capsules.

No one would have predicted that Claude Stratford would reach the milestone of 100+ years. Claude was a sickly child and suffered from chronic health problems well into adulthood.  He sought first to heal himself and then others, with his developing knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants and bee products.  This quest became his life passion, ultimately gaining expression in the company he founded at the age of 63 years old: Comvita Limited.

Beekeeping has been a constant in Claude's long career.  He started keeping bees at 11 years old, when he left school.  During his teenage years he ran a small commercial beekeeping business in Richmond, along with a prize-winning poultry farm.  He would cross the Cook Strait to sell his honey in Wellington. He then started an apiary businesses in the Waikato and the Peria Valley in Northland.  It wasn't until he was 64 years old, when he moved to the Bay of Plenty to be closer to his children, that he saw an opportunity to set up a honey and pollen-inspired health product business, Comvita.  It was meant to be his modest retirement venture, but today the NZX-listed business is turning over more than $80 million a year and has 250 staff in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, Europe, Asia and the United States. "It was really a hobby that just simply took off. It's gone beyond my expectations."

Mr Stratford retired in 1992, at 82, but continued to run a small pollen processing firm  until he was in his mid-90s – when he was a finalist for a Bay of Plenty Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

"I didn't actually know what it was to be well until my mid-30s. Around the ages 24 to 26 I suffered a lot of ill-health – I was just generally run-down – and when I was about 26 I read a book on pollen remedies by Marjorie McCormick called The Golden Pollen. I started producing and consuming bee pollen at that stage and I've been taking it for the last 80 years."

During his long career he has worked on Auckland's waterfront, driving taxis, selling insurance, growing comfrey, milling flour and working for Healtheries.  He is a man of amazing great tenacity and determination.  He has been married five times and had many personal tragedies. His first wife and fourth baby died during child birth, and has lost two adult daughters.  Many of his early business ventures failed and he just walked away and started all over again from scratch. 

He says it's been a mix of hard work, dogged determination, optimism and his Christian faith that's seen him through.  What an inspiration! 

Information for this blog post was sourced from www.newzealand.com

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Products of the Hive: Honey

Written by Stephanie on May 13th, 2016.      0 comments

Honey is one of the oldest known sweeteners.  It has been an essential part of our diet since earliest times and there is increased interest in its culinary and health properties.  But what is honey?  How is it made?  How is it extracted from the hive? What is it good for?
 

What is Honey?

Honey is a thick, golden liquid created by hard working honey bees from nectar they collect from flowers.  Honey  is a solution naturally occurring elements found in the nectar such as sugars and water, along with amino acids, organic acids, proteins, lipids, anti-oxidants, dextrins and minerals.  Honey also contains a number of different enzymes that bees add to the nectar that make it that special and unique product we love so much.
 

How is Honey Made?

Bee-on-orange-flower1During warm sunny days bees move from flower to flower collecting a sugary liquid, nectar, produced by each flower.   A foraging bee will use it's long proboscis to suck the liquid from the flower and store it in it's honey stomach (this a special extra stomach just for storing nectar) until it gets back to the hive.  While the nectar is in the honey stomach it mixes with enzymes that change its chemical make up.

When back at the hive the forager bee transfers the honey to a young working bee.  This bee can chew on the nectar for about half an hour, adding more enzymes to break down the complex sugars and turn them into simple sugars.  These simple sugars make it easier for the bees to digest and will decrease the risk of the honey going off. This is the reason why honey can last for a very long time.  

The bee then deposits the honey into a honeycomb cell.  The bees in the hive fan the honey in the cells with their wings to evaporate excess moisture.  When the honey is at the correct moisture content the bees seal the honey with wax from their abdomens, this is called 'capping'.  To find out how bees make beeswax read our blog on beeswax.  Bees save this honey for eating during times of shortage. 

An interesting fact is that a bee's honey stomach can hold up to 70mg of nectar, it weighs just about as much as the bee does.  A bee would need to visit between 100 - 1500 flowers to fill their honey stomach.  

 

How is the Honey Extracted?​

Beekeepers normally have beehives with frames inside that the bees draw out beeswax comb into cells for storing honey.  Once the frames are filled with honey the the frames are taken out of the hive and the wax cap pings cut off to expose the honey in the cells.  The honey can then either be pressed or placed in a centrifuge to spin the honey out.  Honey can then be packed or creamed then packed.



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Cutting the 'capping' off a frame of honey                           Extracting honey by centrifuge 

Honey's taste, aroma, colour and texture differ considerably depending on the type of flowers the bees of that hive visit.  And of course the type of trees and plants that grow in each region of the country differ depending on a variety of factors such as climate, soil type and temperature, altitude, humidity and geographical location.  At Sweetree we don't blend honey from different areas, so each of our honeys are a true reflection of that area's flora.  Much like a great wine reflects the terroir of where the grapes have grown, Sweetree Honey’s different varieties reflect the area and season the bees worked their magic.  From the buttery and salted toffee apple taste of of Marokopa Spring to the gorgeous caramel and butterscotch flavour of the Hakarimata.

 

What is Honey Good for?

Of course, as mentioned at the start of this blog, honey is one of the oldest known sweeteners.  Have a look at our many recipes using honey.  There are many different uses for honey, read our blog, you may be surprised at some of the uses!  Not only is it delicious to eat, honey is hailed for its medicinal properties – it is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and packed with highly valuable nutrients.  It is used in medical bandages, cough mixtures, throat lozenges, on sores, burns, etc.  It is also fantastic for our skin, have a read about how you can add it to your skin regime.
 

Check out Sweetree's range of Waikato honeys here

 

Boost Your Immunity With Bee Products

Written by Stephanie on May 6th, 2016.      0 comments

Winter's not to far away, the time of year that we are more likely to get the dreaded lurgy.  No one likes being sick, especially if you're like us and you work for yourself.  The work doesn't get done and you don't get paid unless you are working.  To reduce the risk of catching bugs over winter the best thing we can do is to boost our immune system now.  The bees produce some of the best natural immunity boosting products around!

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Bee pollen is collected by honey bees.  As the bee moves from one flower to another it places flakes of pollen into pollen baskets on its back legs.  It combines the flakes with nectar to make a granule 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 from bee pollen are: Sustained energy, enhanced immunity, reduced stress, relief of inflammation, more rested sleep and better skin condition.

Bee pollen raises the immune system’s capability of producing antibodies for the destruction of the various influenza viruses that come and go.  Studies show that the white blood cell count is increased in those taking pollen. Gamma globulins are the “stuff” antibodies are made of, and antibodies are our only internal defense against viruses. White blood cells of various types consume harmful bacteria and other foreign matter that enters the blood or lymph stream. In short, pollen appears to boost our immune system protection.
 

Propolis-tincturePropolis

Bees collect sticky resins and gums from trees and add special antibacterial properties to it.  This propolis is used in the hive to block up holes, as an antiseptic and guards the hive against disease.

Bee propolis has been used for centuries for healing, it in
vigorates the immune system and is highly effective at fighting infection and viruses. It has proven remarkably successful again influenza viruses, when taken before the virus takes hold.

 

Honey

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Not only is it delicious to eat, honey is hailed for its medicinal properties – it is  anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and packed with highly valuable nutrients.  All honey has these benefits but Manuka honey has particularly strong healing properties.

Honey is also a great medium for transmitting the benefits of herbs, spices and other helpful plants into your body at the same time.  The best additions are of course ginger, garlic, lemon (rind and juice) and cinnamon.  Ginger  has chemicals that target the most common cold viruses.  Lemons contain antioxidants which are needed for a strong immune system. And a  daily dose of ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder with 1 tablespoon honey may help boost the immune system and protect the body from viral, bacterial and fungal diseases.

So next time you think about making yourself a cup of tea instead grate some ginger and lemon rind and steep that in hot water before pouring over a cup with lemon juice, a good dollop of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  And maybe add a few drops of propolis tincture as well!

 

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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.
 

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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.  
 
 

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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"This honey so delicious!  It taste just like when I was a kid, rather than the supermarket brands"  Anna Bradford, Rotorua
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