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The Benefits of Eating Raw Honey Daily

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The Benefits of Eating Raw Honey Daily

Raw honey has been used for many years in the medical field, thanks to its countless health benefits. Adding just a spoonful of raw honey to your diet each day can offer you a whole host of health benefits, and it’s an ingredient that’s easy to get a hold of around the world. All of the reasons below for eating raw honey are specifically related to raw and unpasteurized honey, instead of the pasteurized honey that is more commonly seen on supermarket shelves.

Antioxidants

Raw honey is rich in antioxidants, which offer many potential health benefits to consumers. Antioxidants can potentially reduce your chance of a stroke, heart attack, and some forms of cancer. They are important for promoting your body’s defence system and can also improve the health of your eyes.

Antibacterial Properties

Due to raw honey’s low pH level, and the fact that it contains glucose oxidase and hydrogen peroxide, it is a great option to use on small wounds. It was previously used in hospitals for this exact reason, thanks to honey’s ability to kill bacteria. Honey can help with wounds, infections, and stomach ulcers, as it can kill off the pathogens that cause these issues.

Soothing

If you’ve ever had a sore throat before, you’ve probably be advised to put honey in your tea or have a spoonful of honey. It offers great relief for sore throats and is best mixed with water, turmeric and ginger. Many singers and speakers use this trick every day to keep their vocal cords in top condition for performances. For young children who can’t take certain medicines yet, a spoonful of honey is a good alternative when dealing with persistent coughing.

Vitamins and Minerals

A spoonful of raw honey each day can also provide you with a wide variety of nutrients. It can be a great addition to anyone’s diet and will offer you a small amount of niacin, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and many other vitamins and minerals that contribute to good overall health and wellbeing.

Protects your Brain

It’s believed that honey offers anti-inflammatory benefits as well as containing antioxidants, which can provide you with protection to your brain and potentially reduce the chance of brain damage. The hippocampus, which looks after memory in your brain, may experience reduced inflammation thanks to these properties of raw honey.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels

We all know that high cholesterol levels are a risk factor for heart disease, and research suggests that raw honey can lower your cholesterol. This works by reducing the bad cholesterol, while increasing the good cholesterol in your body, and is an excellent alternative to your regular table sugar.

There are so many benefits of adding raw honey to your diet each day, whether you incorporate it into your favourite breakfast or eat a spoonful of honey raw. Ensure you are always looking for raw and unpasteurized honey to receive the benefits listed above instead of the options you may be used to seeing in your local store. Having raw honey at home will always come in handy when dealing with sore throats, coughs and small abrasions, and should become a store cupboard essential in every household.

Beeswax Candle

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Beeswax candles are the oldest candle known to human kind, used since ancient times. Recent studies led by the School of Chemistry, from the University of Bristol has found evidence of Neolithic farmers using beeswax as far as 7000 BCE.

What is beeswax ?

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees.

How is it Made ?

Worker bees younger than 18 days old, produce most beeswax in the hive. During this time, the bee secretes beeswax from eight glands located on its abdomen. The bee then moves the wax, from its abdomen to its mouth where chews it, adding saliva to soften it up. During this process the beeswax picks up bits of pollen and propolis from the bees mouth. Afterwards the bees using the beeswax to build the hexagonal honeycomb that is used to store honey. The bees also use beeswax to seal this hexagonal cells in order to keep moisture and debris from entering the honey.

What Does Beeswax Contain?

The composition of beeswax is a complex mixture of more than 300 components, mainly edible fatty acids and long chain alcohols.

Beeswax Uses:

Beeswax is used in lip balm, lip gloss, hand creams, salves, moisturisers, hair products, various other cosmetics and of course for making beeswax candles.

Is Beeswax Candle Better than any Other Candle?

Beeswax candle burns brighter and cleaner, as it emits negative ions that are known to help purify the air. This negative ions clear the air of mould spores, odours, gems, dust and other nasty particles. Beeswax candle, also smells amazing, burning without added chemicals or scents, as its naturally aromatic from the honey and flower nectar found in the honeycomb.

Good to know: Some candles labelled as “Beeswax candle” may be predominantly made of paraffin and contain, as little as 5% beeswax. Always check the small letters in the description and look for 100% beeswax candles.

 

Why Does Honey Crystallize?

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What is honey crystallisation?

Honey crystallisation is a natural process, that occurs in raw honey in which the honey turns from a liquid to semi-solid state.

Why does honey crystallises? 

Honey contains natural sugars, fructose (fruit sugar), glucose (grape sugar) and water. Depending on the type of honey the content range from 30-44% fructose,  25-40% glucose, and around 20% water. The higher sugar content means the water in honey contains more sugar than it could naturally hold. When glucose crystallises and separates from the water, it takes the form of crystals. As the process progress and more glucose crystallises, those crystals spread through the honey and change the consistency, ultimately becoming thick or crystallised.

The pollen in honey also contributes to this process. These tiny bits of pollen and other goods found in unprocessed honey provide platform for the crystals to begin forming. Therefore, these goods speed up the crystallisation process, which is the reason to be filtered out in most commercials honey.

The different type of honey, crystallises at different speed. From 1 -2 month for rapeseed and sunflower honey to two years for acacia.

Temperature, relative humidity and the type of packaging, could also make a difference in the speed of crystallisation process.

Temperature below 10°C will slow down the process of crystallisation, whereas temperature between 10-23°C will favour the process. Higher temperature 27°C + delays crystallisation like lower ones, but could affect negatively some of the valuable honey components, if stored for a long period of time.

In order to offer you honey in rawest and purest form, our honey is never pasteurised, and is only coarse filtered to remove larger impurities like beeswax. Going against the commercial trend to sell golden coloured honey in liquid state.

Іf your hоnеу dоеѕ nоt сrуѕtаllіzе fоr а lоng tіmе, ехсерt fоr thоѕе tуреѕ оf hоnеу іn whісh thе nаturаl сrуѕtаllіzаtіоn рrосеѕѕ gоеѕ ѕlоwеr (асасіа), thаt оftеn іѕ а сlеаr іndісаtіоn fоr hоnеу аdultеrаtіоn.

”Liquid honey is the best to sell, but not always the best to buy”

 

 

 

 

 

What is Honeycomb?

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What is honeycomb Honey?

Honeycomb is a natural bee product that consist of waxy, hexagonal cells, full of raw honey. It is built by honey bees in the hive to store their honey and pollen. The honey and its comb are both edible and packed with nutritious, vitamins and antioxidants. Honeycomb also may contain small amounts of propolis and royal jelly – this are additional bee products with significant number of bioactive compounds.

Honeycomb has two main components – Raw honey, which is rich in enzymes and antioxidants, and beeswax that contains long chain fatty acids and alcohols.

You can eat the whole honeycomb, including the honey and waxy cells surrounding it. In addition the waxy cells can be chewed as gum.

Health Benefits:

Unless all health benefits relevant to raw honey, honeycomb may benefit the heart by increasing blood flow and “good” cholesterol levels, while lowering “Bad” LDL cholesterol. Also beeswax alcohols found in honeycomb may improve liver function.

How to use it:

There are many ways you can consume honeycomb, perhaps the best one is to eat it as it is, so you can really enjoy on the smooth soft texture and feel the honey bursting in your mouth. It can also be used as sweetener in homemade deserts, on top of yogurt, oat meal or just on toast. It goes well alongside fruit, charcuterie, or aged cheese or just on top of salad. Avoid heating as this will neutralise some of the nutrients.

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Storage:

Store in airtight container, and keep in cool and dry place, but not in the fridge. Honeycomb does not spoil as longest is protected from moisture.

 

 

 

Where does your honey come from?

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We work with two artisan beekeepers who work in harmony with the nature to produce 100% natural honey – with nothing added and nothing taken away. The one is located near village of “Bryagovo” which is in the foot of Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. (Please see the photos below) The area where the hives are located is not just beautiful – it is ecologically clean, far away from pollution, also there is not arable agricultural land, so the flowers and other melliferous plants the bees collect nectar and pollen from are free from pesticides and herbicides.

The other is in the area of Middle Forest Bulgaria. (Please see the photos below ) These beehives are located as well, far away from pollution, free of pesticides and herbicides.

What is Bee Pollen?

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                      What is Bee Pollen?     

Bees collect pollen from the male flower seeds. They mix it with enzymes from their salivary gland and roll it into small balls. It is the second product bees produce most. It is in the form of small oval granules.

Bee pollen is considered one of the nature’s most complete foods due to its comprehensive and well balanced nutrient profile. One table spoon of bee pollen contains: 16 calories, 0.24 grams of fat, 1.2 grams of protein, 2.18 grams of carbohydrates, 250 types of nutrients, vitamins: C, B1, B2, B5, B6, B8, provitamin A, and flavonoids.

Bee pollen is a healthy food that’s been around for centuries in Eastern cultures, but just recently started to appear in Western health. In fact the German federal board of health has officially recognised it as a medicine.

Health Benefits of using Bee Pollen

It is a great brain booster, improves alertness and concentration. Rich in B vitamins enhancing athletic performance. Normalises blood pressure and strengthens blood cells. Pollen is also very rісh іn ѕеlеnіum which is a powerful mineral that is essential for the proper functioning of your body. With its great content of vitamins, provitamins and flavonoids bee pollen is a great and easy way to support our immune system and increase body resistance.

How to use:

Bee pollen has a specific, rather pleasant taste however it could take few consumption to get used to it, and actually to start enjoying the taste. There are many intake options, can be sprinkled over cereals, yogurt, oatmeal, salads or added to homemade granola and smoothies. Also can be consumed directly preferably in the morning on an empty stomach. Avoid heating as this will neutralise some of the nutrients and reduce the beneficial qualities.

Bee pollen can be used not just as food supplement, but in cosmetics as well, as it has strong rejuvenating and regenerating effect. For example can be added to your shampoo, hair masks or face cream, it will dissolve and enrich them with its vitamins. 

Storage: While bee pollen is fine at room temperature, refrigerated bee pollen lasts longer, tastes better, and is more effective.

Bee pollen is one of the many great foods the nature has given us to life stronger and better. It is generally safe to consume.  However, people with pollen or bee sting allergies, pregnant or lactating women should avoid pollen products, as they may cause symptoms such as itching, swelling, shortness of breath or anaphylaxis. If you are in doubt always consult with a specialist before using bee pollen. 

 

Why Raw Honey is Better?

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What is Raw Honey?  

This is honey in the purest and rawest form, as it exists in the beehive.
Once extracted from the hive, it is only coarse filtered to remove large impurities, like beeswax and dead bees, afterwards jarred for the final consumer.

What is Pasteurised Honey?

On the other side is pasteurised honey. This is a high-tech process during which the honey is heated on high temperature up to 160F (71C).
This process is normally done for milk and other dairy products to kill bacterial and other harmful organisms. However, because of its low moisture content and high acidity, these bacterias and other harmful organisms cannot live or reproduce in honey. Why is honey pasteurised? Good question: Honey is pasteurised to slow down the natural process of crystallisation and to give it a smooth golden look, which makes it more attractive for many buyers. Once heated at high temperature the honey is cooled down and forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove further any impurities, bubbles, bee pollen and other goods presented in honey, as those tiny bits tend to speed up crystallisation.

Therefore, unless in the appearance difference can be found in the content of goods: Raw honey has approximately 22 amino acids, 31 different minerals and a wide range of vitamins and enzymes. Raw honey contains nearly 30 types of bioactive plant compounds these are called polyphenols, and they act as antioxidants. The high heat and ultra filtration process during pasteurisation removes the majority of these goods, and practically all beneficial qualities of honey.

How to Store Raw Honey After Opening?

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Honey shouldn’t be refrigerated. To retain all its natural qualities, honey is best stored on room temperature away from direct sunlight. Temperature below 10°C will slow down the natural process of crystallisation, whereas temperature between 10 – 23°C will favour the processes. It isn’t recommended to store your honey in non – food plastic or metal containers, as they can cause honey to oxidise. Glass jar with lids are ideal for storing honey. Make sure the lid is properly close after use, so honey is not exposed to air while not being use. Honey does not spoil, the above is recommended to enjoy on the best taste and take most of honey’s beneficial qualities.

 

 

Acacia Honey

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Acacia Honey is considered among the best types of honey, many experts even call it the best honey you can buy. Having more than 300 varieties, each with its own distinctive colour, aroma, taste and benefits – this is quite a claim!

Acacia honey is produced from white (Rubinia Pseudoacacia) or yellow  (Garagana Arborescens) acacia tree. As yellow acacia is with light yellow colour, the one coming from white acacia is lighter, almost transparent.

Acacia starts blossoming in May and in order for the honey to achieve optimum taste requires a good year with several factors, to mention a few;

Favourable weather; Giving the bees the ability to collect nectar from the acacia trees. The bloom period for acacia is only 10-15 days, and this is in the beginning of the season when the bee colonies haven’t yet picked up momentum, and their strengthening requires a lot of care.

Moisture; Nectar secretion from acacia requires moisture, but if it rains too much the rain could wash away the nectar from the blossom. Sometimes during dry springs there may not be acacia honey yields for several consecutive years. Therefore rain is needed – but not too much! Also the spring tends to have cold spells followed by warm weather which could damage the blossoms.

Crystallisation, Taste and Appearance  

Acacia honey remains liquid for longer and crystallises much slower than other types of honey. This is mainly due to the higher fructose content. Its capacity to remain in a runny state for a long time, combined with the beautiful light colour gives it a great appearance.

Acacia honey has delicate flavour with hints of vanilla and mild sweet aftertaste. The unobtrusive taste makes acacia honey highly popular to mix with drinks and other culinary applications, as it can compliment a dish and not be too overpowering.

Acacia honey has low pollen content which makes it suitable for many allergy sufferers. The low sucrose content and high fructose in combination with delicate flavour makes acacia honey a better choice for those who might be sensitive to sugar.

Health Benefits of Acacia Honey

Similar to other varieties of raw honey, acacia provides a wide range of health benefits due to its high concentration of natural antioxidants. The main type being flavonoids, which is believed to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. Regular consumption of acacia honey has been proven to lower blood pressure and increase hemoglobin levels. Acacia honey purifies the liver. It acts as diuretic and antimicrobial agent. It is often defined, as a natural antibiotic. It is also a strong antiseptic, useful for both external and internal use to heal body sores, skin problems, as acne and eczema. It is known to treat eye issues like conjunctivitis and corneal abrasions. Acacia honey also improves the sleep, it has calming effect on the nervous system and stimulates brain activity.

The combination of appearance, taste and healing properties makes acacia honey the Queen Bee of all honey’s!