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.


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 


Purchase Sweetree bee pollen


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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

Read more or purchase '100 Years of Claude Stratford'
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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

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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!

pollenPollen

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!

 

Check out Sweetree bee products that will help you build your immunity:

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How to Avoid Winter Bugs!

Written by Stephanie on April 3rd, 2016.      0 comments

It'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 - we want to avoid that!

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. 
  • Make 'Helen's Cold and Flu Remedy', it works wonders and tastes delicious
  • Eat a teaspoon of active Manuka honey every hour or so if you have a sore throat
  • 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
  • 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.
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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.
 

Exfoliate skinFace Wash or Cleanser

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.  
 
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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!

Check out Sweetree's range of honeys.
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Why Are Beeswax Candles Better than Paraffin Wax Candles?

Written by Stephanie on October 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

round-webBeeswax 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.

The benefits of beeswax are surprising... 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.

Beeswax is also used in many skin care products because it provides a protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe. It also offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral benefits making it helpful in treating skin irritation.

Paraffin wax candles on the hand are a byproduct of petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Therefore inhaling the fumes from paraffin candles is not great for your health. According to a study done at South Carolina State University in 2009, the chemicals found in the fumes of paraffin candles are linked to cancer, birth defects, and such respiratory ailments as asthma––especially when there are many of them burning in enclosed, unventilated spaces like restaurants, churches, or a room in your home.

I know which one I'd prefer to burn in my house!  Beeswax is natural and has positive effects on our body.  Check out our range of beeswax candles.

"My daughter and I do love your candles, we both have allergies and are sleeping better because of them."  Carla, Feilding

 
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Preventing Seasonal Allergies

Written by Stephanie on August 21st, 2015.      0 comments

sneeze2Spring 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 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 everyday or raw honey from your local area. Sweetree produce bee pollen in the Horsham Downs area and honey from Hamilton City, Horsham Downs, Raglan, Ngaurwahia, Marokopa (King Country), Coromandel 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. 

Breath easy this spring!

Check out the Research on Bee Pollen 
 
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Uses for Honey

Written by Stephanie on June 12th, 2015.      0 comments

Here are some uses of honey that you may not realise.  Try some and let us know what you think!
 
  • Rub honey on your lips and a natural lip balm, both soothing and healing. 
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with half an avocado and mash together for a wonderfully moisturising face mask.  Leave on for 10 minute before washing off.
  • Apply honey to fresh cuts - it's antibacterial and will not only disinfect, but aid healing
  • Soothe a sore throat by slowly swallowing a teaspoon of honey
  • Apply honey to a fresh burn.  It will soothe and heal
  • honey-in-potEat 2 tablespoon of honey to relieve a hangover - it's packed with fructose, which can help speed up your body's ability to metabolise the alcohol
  • Substitute honey for sugar in your baking.  For every cup of sugar in a recipe, replace with 3/4 cup of honey.
  • Make ginger-lime honey by mixing together 1 cup honey, 8 slices fresh ginger and a zest of 2 limes.  Put in a small saucepan and heat gently until just boiling, then simmer for five minutes. Remove, cool, then strain into a jar.
  • Soothe a sore stomach by mixing 1 teaspoon of honey into a lemon and ginger tea
  • Preserve your fruit with honey syrup.  Mix 1 part honey to 10 parts water and use this to pour over your fruit, rather than a sugar syrup.  Do make sure you heated the mixture up to ensure that the honey is dissolved. 
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Wash Your Face with Honey!

Written by Stephanie on February 19th, 2014.      0 comments

I have cleansed, toned and moisturised my face for just about every day for 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).  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!  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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Seasonal Allergies

Written by Stephanie on August 28th, 2013.      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 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.

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 everyday or raw honey from your local area. Sweetree produce bee pollen in the Horsham Downs area and honey from Horsham Downs, Raglan, Ngaurwahia and Marokopa areas. 

lying-in-grassIf 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
The Herbal Dispensary, Raglan
Bethlehem Health & Tea Shop, Tauranga

 

 

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Bee Products Also Treats Allergies!
This came from Shirley's Wellness Cafe website, which has more interesting info on bee pollen

Pollen is also a remedy for hay fever and allergies. However it must be taken at least six weeks before the season begins and then continued throughout the season if it going to work.

Bee pollen has been effectively used down through the ages to rid allergy sufferers of their afflictions. This technique, called desensitization, was developed at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London soon after the turn of the century. The treatment consists of administering small amounts of the allergen to stimulate the patient's own immune system to produce antibodies that will eliminate the allergic reaction. It works rather like a vaccination does against childhood diseases. Desensitization is based on the premise that the administration of the allergen will cause the body to produce antibodies that will cancel out the effects of the offending substance when the patient is again exposed to it. 

 

Allergy specialists prescribe bee pollen starting three months before the allergy season. They cautiously suggest starting with a few grains of bee pollen half an hour before each meal and gradually building this amount up over the three month period to one teaspoon before each meal. Very small incremental doses are recommended until one builds up natural immunity. If one experiences a violent reaction even at the minute dosage, stop and consult a physician.

Leo Conway, M.D., of Denver Colorado, treated his patients with pollen. Dr. Conway reported: "All patients who had taken the antigen [pollen] for three years remained free from all allergy symptoms, no matter where they lived and regardless of diet. Control has been achieved in 100 percent of my earlier cases and the field is ever-expanding. Since oral feeding of pollen for this use was first perfected in his laboratory, astounding results were obtained. No ill consequences have resulted. Ninety-four percent of all his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms. Of the other six percent, not one followed directions, but even this small percentage were nonetheless partially relieved". 

Relief of hay fever, pollen-induced asthma, with ever increasing control of bronchitis, ulcers of the digestive tract, colitis, migraine headaches, and urinary disorders were all totally successful. Unfortunately, Dr. Conway, an early pioneer in the field of allergies, is now deceased. What we did not know was just how lightning-fast it could bring relief. It actually eliminated long-standing symptoms in minutes. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems cleared. These trials confirmed that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a very wide range of respiratory distress.

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Tribute to Claude Stratford (Aug 1910 - July 2013)

Written by Stephanie on July 28th, 2013.      0 comments

In August last year we posted a blog on Claude Stratford, one of New Zealand's health pioneers.  On 10 July he passed away, a few weeks from his 103th birthday.

With an interest that began as a child, Claude had a life-long affinity with bees and honey. He was 63 when he started the international health product business, Comvita, in 1974 and continued to take an active interest well into his final years. 

He started making and selling a range of bee products from the basement of his home in Paengaroa.  His idea was to help others - with a vision that included "caring for the community, producing natural products that work, and acting in a way which preserves the environment for generations to come".

Until he moved into his Te Puke retirement home at 96, Stratford was still driving and working up to six days a week.
 

Claude Stratford's 'Top 10 tips for living well'

  • A tablespoon of bee pollen every day - Claude had been doing this since he was 26.
  • A daily teaspoon of Manuka honey and a dose of Olive Leaf Extract (15 ml), two omega 3 fish oil capsules and a multivitamin tablet.
  • Persistence and at times - dogged determination - if at first you don't succeed, then try, try, try again.
  • A drive to help others is a strong motivator
  • An unswerving belief in the power of nature to provide a source of healing.
  • Dream big dreams and treat any setbacks as challenges to overcome.
  • Accepting people as they are, and believing the best of them.
  • Generosity of spirit.
  • Faith and prayer.
  • Read widely, keep up with the latest information about your interests, and have an open mind.
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Information for this blog post was sourced from www.newzealand.com
Image from comvita.co.nz
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Avoiding Winter Ailments

Written by Stephanie on July 9th, 2013.      0 comments

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It'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 - we want to avoid that!

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. 
  • Make 'Helen's Cold and Flu Remedy', it works wonders and tastes delicious
  • Eat a teaspoon of active 5+ Manuka or active 10+ Manuka honey every hour or so if you have a sore throat
  • 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
  • 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 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.
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Claude Stratford, NZ Beekeeper, Turns 102!

Written by Stephanie on August 17th, 2012.      0 comments

Founder of Comvita, Claude Stratford, celebrates his 102nd birthday in
TePuke on the 18th August!  He is 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.

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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