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.


Why Eat Local Honey?

Written by on September 5th, 2019.      0 comments

You Can Purchase Raw Honey

You can purchase raw/unpasteurised honey directly from a beekeeper that still retains its natural vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, and other important nutrients.  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.  


Sweetree-Honey-PyramidYou Protect The Environment

Since local honey doesn’t have to travel far, you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.  Great for the earth!


You Can Alleviate Allergies

Eating local honey leading up and during the hay fever season could help your body desensitise against air borne pollens.  Read more on honey and allergies

 

You are Supporting Local Agriculture

One third of our food is pollinated by bees.  By eating local honey you are helping local growers pollinate their crops. And remember, when you buy local food you strengthen your local economy.


You are Supporting a Local Beekeeper

Small beekeeping businesses are passionate about bees and their environment and are often family run.  When you support local businesses you're supporting local families.
 

Thanks for supporting your local beekeepers!


Check out Sweetree's Local Honey Range

Topics: Enviromental Products
 

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?  Research shows that it works like a vaccination does against childhood diseases.  This desensitisation is based on the idea that the small amounts of pollen in the honey will cause the body to produce antibodies that will cancel out the effects of the air borne pollen when the person is exposed to it again.  

Many of our customers find that eating a Sweetree honey variety produced closest to their home beneficial for reducing hay fever symptoms. Our honeys are not finely filtered, therefore still retaining a high pollen count, which will help with hay fever. Give it a try and let us know how you get on.
 

Find Your Local Honey

 

Here's some feedback from a regular Sweetree honey customer:


"We use Sweetree Honey for allergies. I use to live on a antihistamine a day during the pollen season and tried local honey when I first discovered Sweetree. I originally started with a teaspoon a day of the Horsham Downs one as was our closest until you started making Kirikiriora.  As I worked at the zoo at the time and also my two boys were at daycare on that side of town thought this was our most local and so started my two boys on a teaspoon a day also. We saw a huge difference in both their itchy nose/eyes and also they did not seem to have as many respiratory illnesses (which thinking back now where probably allergy induced respiratory issues).

I now only take when I feel pollen is bad so think it must of allowed me to build up some sort of immunity. The boys especially the 5 year old lines up for teaspoons of honey whenever the honey jar is visible and I give them both a teaspoon a day during bad pollen times or if they sound sniffly.  We also use it for coughs as a teaspoon seems to soothe the throat quickly and stop the cough."

Haley McLaughlin, Hamilton

 

Which is your local honey?
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Read more on what you can do for seasonal allergies

Here's some other reasons for buying local honey

Topics: , Health Articles, Products
 

Avoiding Insecticides that Affect Bees!

Written by Stephanie on September 2nd, 2019.      0 comments

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.  Sprays and coated seeds containing neonicotinoids are linked to bees disappearing around the world.  Unfortunately they persist in the environment for a long time, so keep on affecting bees.  The European Union have banned neonicotinoid insecticides for two years until further studies have been carried out.  This is fantastic! 
 

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  • Acetamprid    
  • Imidacloprid  
  • Thiacloprid   
  • Thiamethoxam


Tui, one of New Zealand's gardening suppliers, says that “the solution is to reduce the risk of insect attack, by keeping plants healthy, well watered and well fertilised to maintain a strong plant. Insects are more likely to attack weak plants. If insect problems do occur, choose one of the natural based insect control options available”  They have a range of bee friendly products and you can also purchase natural based insect controls such as Easy Trap, Kiwicare and Yates products.

Or you can make your own all-purpose garden spray by using ingredients from your kitchen cupboard, there's loads of recipes online.  
 

If you have to spray:

  • Spray carefully and spray in the late evening with bee friendly sprays after bees have gone to bed.       
  • Don’t spray while plants are flowering.
  • Don’t spray insecticides for a fortnight before flowering.      
  • Avoid spraying plants that bees are feeding on.

One major problem is that there are many pest controls, including neonicotinoids, used on produce and as a seed treatment, there seems to be no restrictions in place.   How can we stop this happening?  We can:
  • Grow our own fruit and veges    
  • Preserve your own food    
  • Buy from your local farmers market and ask the producer how they handle pests
  • Eat organic produce and food.  Hopefully this will then increase the supply of organically grown food and decrease the amount of sprays being used in crops.
 

Read more on looking after our NZ bees here:

Topics: , Bee Friendly, Enviromental
 

Feed The Bees - Plant Bee Friendly Plants!

Written by Stephanie on September 1st, 2019.      2 comments

As you may know this month is 'Bee Aware Month' and with spring upon us it's a great time to focus on making sure our Kiwi bees have plenty of food to keep them buzzing!

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.  And you may be aware there are more and more diseases and parasites that affect bees in New Zealand.
But what can we do?  There is plenty we can do, we can plant bee friendly plants, not use bee harmful chemicals in our gardens and supply water for them.  I'll be covering these aspects in blogs this month.  First I'll cover what you can plant at your palce to feed the bees.

 

How to Encourage Bees To Your Garden

 

  • Planting in large clusters of the same species of flower will attract bees into your garden
  • Plant flowers for each season, a steady source of nectar and pollen all year round will help ssustain the bees


Here’s a list of some plants to get you going:


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Herbs:

Basil Chives Lavender Rosemary
Bergamot Coriander Lemon Balm Sage
Borage Dill Marshmallow Spearmint
Calendula Echinacea Oregano Tarragon
Caraway Garlic Chives Parsley Thyme
Catnip Lamb’s Ears Rocket Verbena
 

Wildflowers:

Wildflowers are naturally organic—they are not susceptible to bugs or diseases, can help control garden pests and they attract bees and beneficial insects into the garden. We sell a wildflower seed mix with all the following flowers included, and the great thing is all proceeds go to the National Beekeepers Association for research into helping our NZ bees.
 
Calendula Plains coreopsis Toadflax Baby Blue Eyes
China aster Forget-me-not Blue Linum Corn Poppy
Mixed cornflowers Blanket flower Sweet Alyssum Sweet Mignonette
Farewell to spring Globe Gilia Virginia Stock  
 

Other Plants / Shrubs / Flowers:

Abelias  Foreget-me-nots  Lavender  Seaside Daisy
Balsam  Fuchsias  Marigolds  Sumacs
Begonias  Geranium  Michaelmas daisy  Summer phlox
Butterfly bushes  Giant Hyssop  Nasturtiums  Sunflower
California Bluebell  Gladioli  Penstemon  Sweet Alyssum
Carnations  Globe thistles  Petunias  Sweet Peas
Cornflowers  Gorse  Phacelia  Wild Lilac
Cosmos  Hebe  Poppy  Wild & Old Fashioned Roses
Crape myrtle  Hollyhock  Salvia  Zinnia
 

Trees:

Australian Gum Hazelnuts Napaka Three Finger
Alders Heketara NZ Jasmine NZ Tulip tree
Bottlebrush Kanuka  Oaks Tupelos
Cabbage Tree Kohuhu Pohutukawa Viburnum
Camellia Koromiko Rata Weeping Kowhai 
Cotoneaster Lacebark Rewarewa Willows
Five Finger Lemonwood Sycamores Wisteria
Harakeke, NZ Flax Manuka  Tawari  

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Vegetables:

Buckwheat Cucumbers Spinach
Capsicums Eggplant Sweetcorn
Carrot Pumpkins, squash Tomatoes
Courgettes Silver Beet Zucchini

Please note: growing flowers among your vegetables is a great way to encourage bees and discourage pest insects.  Find out more about companion planting.


Fruit & Berries:

Apple  Crabapples  Lemons  Peaches
Berries  Elderberries  Limes  Pear
Blackberries  Flowering quinces  Melons  Persimmons
Blueberries  Grapefruit  Oranges  Plub
Cherries  Kiwifruit  Passion Fruit  Strawberry

Cosmos flower and bee-74-912Of course there are many more, so do some more research for plants in your area.  Garden catalogues often make note of which plants attract bees.  Here’s some tips for choosing plants:
  • Look for flowers with single layers of petals instead of doubles or triples
  • Select simple traditional flowers that are not highly modified
  • Choose flowers that have big open ‘bowl’ type flowers, that give bees easy access to the nectar and pollen
  • Choose sunny spots with shelter from the wind, over shade.

Remember that bees are attracted to abundance & quality of pollen and nectar, density of flowers, size of plant, fragrance and easy access to the flower's insides.  So choose plants carefully, plant in large clusters of the same species of plants together.   Include different sized and shaped flower.  Try to plant flowers for each season so bees have a source of nectar and pollen all year round.
 
Read more on what else you can do to help the bees in NZ
Where would we be without bees
Helping our NZ bees
Avoid insecticides that affect bees
What else can we do to help NZ bees?
 
Topics: , Bee Friendly
 

Bee Aware Month

Written by Stephanie on August 27th, 2019.      0 comments

September is Bee Aware Month, a month fully dedicated to celebrating New Zealand's wonderful bees! This year's theme is to 'Love our Bees', by taking these simple steps to look after them:

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Feeding 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
 

Eating Local Honey 

New Zealand bees create a wide range of delicious and highest quality honeys 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.

 

 

Topics: , Bee Friendly
 

Waikato Rower Fuelled by Sweetree Honey and Bee Pollen

Written by Stephanie on August 12th, 2019.      0 comments

We are very proud to be sponsoring Daniel Bridgwater, a young passionate Waikato rower, in his goal to compete for New Zealand and contest for gold in the 2020 Olympics. 

Sweetree honey and bee pollen are fuelling and keeping him healthy as he trains for the Olympic trials coming up.  We wish you the very best Daniel with the up and coming trials & regattas!

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Photo of Daniel on a very early morning row
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Sweetree's Favourite Honeys

Written by Stephanie on August 9th, 2019.      0 comments

Four-Brothers-&-HakarimataSweetree's all-time favourite Waikato honeys are currently in stock!


Four Brothers Reserve derives its name from our apiary's location near the beautiful bush-clad deviation linking Hamilton and Raglan. On the horizon, wind turbines produce renewable power while our bees gather nectar from pasture flowers, Kanuka and other natives.  It's a lovely soft, buttery honey with a delicious caramel taste is sure to please!  Sweetree Four Brothers Reserve honey is featured in Simon Gault's Homemade cookbook.

Check out this Brushetta recipe using Four Brothers Reserve honey.


Hakarimata honey is collected from the Hakarimata Range which forms part of the western rampart of the Waikato Basin, in behind Ngaruawahia.  Nestled in the foothills and near the Waikato River, our bees feast themselves on the copious sources of nectar from native flowers above and pasture flowers below.  This honey has a delicious caramel taste leading into mild butterscotch, yum!  Our Hakarimata honey has won many awards over the years.

Try these oatcakes using Hakarimata honey.
 

Purchase Four Brothers Reserve or/and Hakarimata honey



 



 
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Reducing Our Plastic Free Footprint While Travelling

Written by Stephanie on July 25th, 2019.      0 comments

Venice-Plastic-RubbishWe've recently come back from a trip to Europe for my brother's wedding.  When we were in Venice I was shocked to see so many plastic bottles in the rubbish bins, the bins were about 5 meters from each other and they were all full.  But I was flabbergasted to find out the bins get emptied every half an hour!!! So this photo is just half an hours plastic waste!!

I'm so glad we took our own reusable drink bottles, we would have gone through a huge amount of plastic otherwise.  The great thing about Italy, and probably many other countries, is there are water fountains and taps everywhere to refill drink bottles.  There really is no need for this wastage. 
 

Here's some tips for reducing plastic when travelling:

  • Take resuable drink bottles
  • Pack solid bars for shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and moisturisers, such as Ethique's great range.  I like to wrap mine in Honeywraps or pop them in a resuable KaiCarrier reusable plastic bag
  • Pack a bamboo toothbrush
  • If you need a regular coffee fix take a reusable cup or drink in the cafe instead of having a take-out.  Pop it in your carry-on to use on the flight
  • Dine in instead of take-out
  • Say no to straws or if you can't live without them take your own reusable straw
  • If you really need to store something in a plastic zip lock bag try reusable ones instead of the supermarket ones, we love KaiCarrier
  • Take your own fold-up shopping bags so you can say no to plastic bags when shopping.  They come in very handy!


 
Topics: , Enviromental , Plastic Free
 

Sensational Waikato Honeys

Written by Stephanie on July 8th, 2019.      0 comments

With its wonderful diverse floral sources the Waikato produces some sensational honeys!  Sweetree Honey is a true reflection of the Waikato'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 light and creamy coloured honey of the Four Brothers Reserve with an almost caramel flavour to the more peppery Marokopa Summer - there is a Sweetree honey to suit all tastes and occasions.

Unblended honeys are not new, but the fact that Sweetree’s honeys are not based on a single flower source but the local area and season make our approach unique. One of the things Martin learned as a hobbyist beekeeper is that you can deliver sensational honey from a small number of hives. It’s all about the nearby floral sources and how you process that honey. For this reason we choose our sites carefully. Each apiary location has its own special nuance and character and this is reflected in the honey when you come to taste it.  We love that on our back doorstep, the Waikato, there is a wonderful diversity and range of honey tastes to be had. 

We enjoy offering customers the ‘taste’ of a location. Customers often comment they love that our honey can bring back memories of a special place to them whether it’s Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo, Marokopa, Four Brothers Reserve or The Hakarimata Ranges. Children also love they can eat a honey from somewhere they connect to.
 

Sweetree Honey Range

Topics: , Products, Waikato
 

Plastic Free July!

Written by Stephanie on July 1st, 2019.      0 comments

Plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever.  They break up rather than break down (becoming permanent pollution), and they are either unrecyclable or down-cycled (made into low-grade products for just one more use).  When sent to the landfill they can escape from bins and trucks to end up in our waterways and the ocean.  

Alarmingly scientists predict that there will be more tonnes of plastic in the ocean than tonnes of fish by 2050!  Imagine the impact on our food chain!  Every bit of plastic ever made still exists and in the first 10 years of this century, the world economy produced more plastic than in the entire 1900's!!

 

What is Plastic Free July?

This month is 'Plastic Free July'  It is a simple idea developed in Australia in 2011, which aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic during July each year.  What a fantastic way of reducing plastic!  We love it!!

They have created a challenge that you can sign up for.  Schools, cafes, government agencies and community groups across the world have joined thousands of individuals saying no to single-use plastic.

Of course, you don't have to sign up, but just take the challenge yourself.  The challenge is quite simple - attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.  'Single-use' includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging...basically anything that's intended only to be used once and then discarded. If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 4 challenge (straws, plastic bags, plastic bottles & coffee cup lids).
 

Avoid These:


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Instead, Use These:

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What are We Doing for Plastic Free July?

Sweetree and our household will be taking the challenge again, it will be trickier for us this year as we will be travelling overseas for much of July.  There is a lot of wastage when travelling so we'll be taking our own reusable water bottles, coffee cups, Ethique hair and body bars, honeywraps, etc so we can say no to plastic along the way.

We've taken this challenge every year for the past few years and it's made a big difference to our waste. We took baby steps at the start, which seemed hard at the time but now we (Sweetree and our household combined) only put out 1 paper rubbish bag about once every 6 weeks or so.  

We store food in glass jars and containers, use old biscuits tins for baking, stainless steel drink bottles, reusable coffee cups, use reusable bags when shopping, take our own containers to the butcher, we've ditched liners in our rubbish bins and use paper rubbish sacks, use Honeywraps instead of plastic food wrap, use stainless steel strawsshampoo, face and body bars, etc.  We have a kit in the car with containers, cutlery, fabric serviettes, etc for when have takeaways (which is very infrequent).  We love some plastic free products so much we now sell them for you to also enjoy, check them out on our online store!

All our honey is stored in glass jars, we don't use plastic frames in our beehives, our propolis is in glass bottles, we offer bee pollen in glass jars, we've always used paper bags instead of plastic at the markets, we're avoiding plastic in our production and product deliveries.  Any soft plastic (eg from pallets of jars, etc) get recycled into outdoor furniture.  But we can always do better!  



Why not join thousands taking the challenge to refuse single-use plastic?  Any time is better than none - a day or a week, the whole month or longer!  If you want to you can sign upto get recipes, ideas & everything you need to take part.  We will be posting more blogs with ideas of how you can reduce plastic throughout the month also.

Look out for my weekly blog this month on how to reduce plastic use this 'Plastic Free July'.  Like us on Facebook to keep up to date!

Check out the plastic free product range in our online store!

Topics: , Plastic Free
 

NZ Garden Bird Survey

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

Garden SurveyNow, this is a great event to be part of!  It's the yearly 'Garden Bird Survey'.  By surveying birds in our gardens, parks or school grounds, we can help Landcare Research learn more about NZ's common and widespread birds as well as inform future conservation efforts.

The survey runs from Saturday 29th June until Sunday 7th July.  Just choose a day that suits you, grab a comfy seat and binoculars and look and listen in your garden for one hour.  For each species record the highest number seen at any one time (not the total seen over the hour).  

You can find out more details on their website and record your data on the online form.  There are  identification and tally sheets as well. 

Last time we did the survey in our home garden in Horsham Downs, Hamilton we recorded:
4 x fantail
5 x greenfinch
2 x myna
1 x song thrush
2 x starling
2 x tui
12 x welcome swallows
1 x Kaka - we couldn't believe it when we saw it in our tree!
 
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Sweetree Fuels Up & Coming Waikato Rower

Written by Stephanie on June 17th, 2019.      0 comments

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We are very proud to be sponsoring Daniel Bridgwater, a young passionate Waikato rower, in his goal to compete for New Zealand and contest for gold in the 2020 Olympics. 

He is a huge fan of Sweetree honey, and uses it both as a fuel during his training and as a delicious treat during his day to day life. Now Sweetree honey and bee pollen will fuel him and keep him healthy the whole way through training for his aspirations.  

We wish you the very best Daniel and look forward to seeing some of your up and coming races!



 
Topics: , Support
 

Get Ready for Plastic Free July

Written by Stephanie on June 11th, 2019.      0 comments

Plastic Free July is just around the corner and with a ban on plastic bags about to start now is a great time to get organised!

We've got two great options for you:
 

Produce Bags

This multi pack includes 2 x large (10" x 15" or 25.4 x 38.1 cm) and 1 x small (8" x 8" or 20.3cm x 20.3cm) bags.  Conveniently available in two handy sizes to use and reuse when shopping for fruit and vegetables. 
 
These bags are made from sustainably produced, Certified Organic, unbleached Indian cotton - 100% biodegradable.

Purchase Produce Bags here

 
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Bulk Bin Bags

This multi pack includes 3 x Bulk Bin Bags (11" x 7" or 28.5cm x 18cm) & 108 blank stickers for product codes.
 
These bulk bin bags when shopping for loose bulk bin items such as pasta, legumes, lentils, and seeds.
 
These bags are made from premium, sustainably produced, certified organic, unbleached Indian cotton - 100% biodegradable.

Purchase Produce Bags here

 
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Check out all our shopping bags!

Topics: , Plastic Free
 

World Environment & Arbor Day

Written by Stephanie on June 5th, 2019.      0 comments

Today is 'World Environment Day' and 'Arbor Day'!  It's a great reason to get out there and do something to help our environment, whether it's catching the bus, biking to work, planting trees, tidying up trees, picking up rubbish on a bush track, beach, park or along the road; every little bit helps!  

 

World Environment Day

world environment day wallpapers environmental awareness nature green savelife pollution clean 12-648World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.  It is an t is an opportunity to raise awareness and promote action on national environmental issues. 

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

This year's theme is ‘Beating Air Pollution’, where everyone is called on to reduce air pollution, here's some things we can do:
  • Use public transport or car sharing, cycle or walk
  • Turn off the car engine when stationary, or better still look into purchasing hybrid or electric car
  • Reduce consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions
  • Compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash
  • Switch to high-efficiency home heating systems and equipment
  • Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use


Arbor Day


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

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

This arbor day get involved in a local reserve native tree planting initiative!  There are plenty of events happening around the country you could take part in, search online.  
 
Topics: , Enviromental
 

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.

 
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