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Honey – Natural Energy Booster

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Summer is around the corner, bringing all the good stuff that we desperately miss during winter. The days are longer, the nights are warmer and we can finally be out in the sun without freezing.

It’s no surprise that warmer weather brings all sorts of fun things with it from picnics, camping, hiking, cycling to all the other infinite outdoor activities.

That’s why we need any extra drop of energy possible. But instead of going for energy drinks or any kind of processed sugar bomb, we advise you to go for a more natural and healthy alternative.

Honey – Nature’s Energy Bar

Honey is nature’s original energy bar, plus it’s a natural sweetener that contains many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, so you can’t go wrong with it.

Honey contains carbohydrates, proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrates give you quick energy while proteins boost your metabolism and help muscle recovery.

The glucose in honey enters the bloodstream quickly, helping to provide immediate energy for your muscles during exercise or any physical activity. In fact, a single tablespoon of honey contains about 17 grams of carbohydrate—that’s nearly as much as an 8-ounce glass of orange juice!

Honey is also a good source of fructose, which is absorbed more slowly than glucose. The slow absorption rate means it takes longer for your blood sugar levels to rise after eating honey—this makes it easier to avoid any sudden spikes in blood sugar that may cause fatigue or other problems during exercise.

Because it contains both fructose and glucose, honey can also help maintain healthy blood sugar levels between meals by slowing down the conversion of other carbohydrates into glucose within the body.

Honey contains many vitamins and minerals such as iron, potassium, zinc and magnesium—all important nutrients for athletes looking to keep up their energy levels while training hard!

Athletes have been using honey as a natural energy booster for centuries and today, there are many scientific studies proving its effectiveness as a pre-workout supplement.

How To Use Honey As An Energy Booster

Here are five ways to use honey as an energy booster:

In Your Smoothie

Honey is a delicious addition to any healthy smoothie recipe. Combine it with fruit or vegetables for added flavour and nutrition. You can even add milk for creaminess! Honey also makes an excellent substitute for sugar in recipes if you want something less processed than white sugar.

Mix With Protein Powder

Adding protein powder to your smoothie takes it from being a snack into providing nutrients essential for building muscle mass. Adding raw honey to it transforms it into a health and energy bomb that can keep you going for hours!

Make Your Own Energy Bars

Mix chunky peanut butter with hot honey and granola and form into bars. Combine your favourite nuts and seeds with date paste to create chewy, bite-size energy balls. Stir honey, whole grain cereal flakes, dried fruit and sesame seeds together and press into bars.

Mix It With Greek Yoghurt

Very simple but effective way to get a quick energy boost with all the gut friendly benefits of the yoghurt. Honey is a healthy food on its own but if you add calcium-rich, gut friendly yoghurt, you get a real power-packed snack. If you’re feeling it, you can add some fruit like banana or berries for a more colourful snack.

Straight Out Of The Jar

If you don’t want the hassle, the simplest way is to have a spoonful straight out of the jar. Simple but effective!

Why Bees are So Important

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We can understand why people might ask this question. After all, they are treated as annoying and buzzing, also tend to make us jump up in fear when they approach. Well you can’t be further away from the truth. Bees are more harmless and important than you think.

In fact, bees are vital to our survival, but we often take them for granted.

Honey bees pollinate 70 of 100 crops that feed 90 percent of the world’s population. Without honey bees, we wouldn’t have chocolate, coffee, almonds, avocados, cucumbers, kiwis and the list goes on. Yes you read that right. Without them you wouldn’t have your fresh everyday cup of coffee or your favourite late night chocolate snack. Bees are responsible for one-third of the food we eat. So the next time you’re indulging on your favourite chocolate bar, remember to say thanks to all the bees that made that possible.

Not only do these native insects pollinate our food supply, they also provide us with honey, wax and other products used in everything from skin care products to candles.

If that alone is not enough to change your mind on bees, here is one more reason. They also pollinate many of the trees and flowers which provide habitats for wildlife – from birds to butterflies – as well as helping to create new habitats for birds like sparrows and starlings by creating holes in hedges or walls for birds to nest in. These little pollinators also help maintain biodiversity by providing seeds that can be dispersed across long distances. Their importance to our ecosystem can’t be overstated. And they’re part of a complex ecosystem that supports other organisms for food and shelter.

Bee Population On A Decline

Now that you know the importance of the bees, you need to be aware that our little friends are in trouble. More than ever before, we need to recognise the importance of bees to nature and to our lives.

The problem is so serious that some experts have called it “the sixth mass extinction”. The honeybee population has declined dramatically over the last decade — declining by 60% since 1945. This decline is largely due to pesticides and loss of habitat caused by urban development, but also because of climate change (hotter temperatures make it harder for bees to fly).

But don’t worry there is a way to help our little friends. And it’s rather simple.

How Can We Help The Bees

Plant more flowers

Bees need nectar and pollen to survive, so the best way to help them is by planting flowers that bloom all season long. If you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of plants you can buy at nurseries or garden shops that will provide bees with food. Or choose seeds with names like “bee friendly” or “pollinator.”

Avoid insecticides and weed killers when possible.

This speaks for itself and it’s rather straightforward. Many commercial insecticides kill bees outright when sprayed on crops or lawns — as well as other beneficial insects like butterflies, ladybugs and lacewings.

Provide water sources for thirsty bees

Bees don’t just drink nectar; they also need water! You can provide fresh water sources for thirsty bees by adding bird baths or small ponds filled with rainwater where they can take a dip as needed while collecting the nectar.

Does Honey Help with Hay-Fever

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We can all agree on one thing. Honey is a great food. We love to spread it on toast, stir it into hot drinks, and bake with it to make cookies and other treats. But can raw honey help with hay-fever?

This is a question that many experts, nutritionists, and health professionals seem to disagree on (although I’d wager that most of them don’t go around with a jar of honey in their pockets, just in case). Some swear by it, while others will tell you it’s an old wives tale.

How does it work?

One of the main reasons people think honey has benefits for hay-fever sufferers is because of what honey is made out of. The bees that create this sweet treat gather pollen from flowers and plants, which they then process into honey.

But wait… If you’re allergic to pollen, eating honey may appear to be counterproductive when your body is telling you to avoid pollen at all costs.

Well, it’s thought that consuming small amounts of pure raw honey could actually help build up an immunity to the local pollen that causes your allergies.

Raw Honey For Hay-Fever

When you eat raw honey that contains small amounts of pollen (as opposed to mass-produced varieties found in supermarkets), your immune system gets used to the presence of the allergenic particles. This can reduce your symptoms over time, if not eliminate them completely. By using your raw honey, the theory goes that you’ll consume enough of the same pollen as you breathe in during the day to make a difference. Therefore, by exposing yourself to this pollen on a daily basis, you’re helping to build up a resistance. 

Big reason to try raw honey for hay fever is that it contains antioxidants which can reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. This could make it easier for you to fight off infections like colds and flu—and you’ll certainly feel better if you don’t have those things on top of your allergies!

In conclusion:

The answer appears to be unappealing: maybe. There are certainly plenty of people who swear by it, claiming that a spoonful of raw honey each morning has helped them overcome their hay-fever symptoms for good. On the other hand, there aren’t enough scientific studies supporting this method.

The problem with finding out for sure is that there are so many different types of honey. Honey from different regions can contain different types of pollen, making it difficult to test if the honey you have actually contains the pollen you’re allergic to. And even if it does contain the right type of pollen, there may not be enough of it for your body to develop an immunity. There has been some research undertaken into whether honey can help with hay-fever, but the results are inconclusive..

But one thing is for sure; if taking a little raw honey everyday during the spring months might help you overcome hay-fever, (rather than using pills filled with chemicals) then we don’t feel that there’s a downside to giving it a try!

Is Honey Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans

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The debate about whether or not honey is a vegetarian food has been going on for years, and there are plenty of passionate opinions on both sides. As with many items in the food world, it really depends on what kind of vegetarian/vegan you are. People often claim that because honey is an animal byproduct, it cannot be included in a strict vegetarian or vegan diet. However, things are not as simple as that.

The answer to “Is honey suitable for vegetarians and vegans?” is yes—and no.

Is honey vegan?

Let’s start with the vegan side first.

If you’re a strict vegan, the answer is clearly no: When vegans say honey isn’t vegan, it’s usually because they don’t want to contribute to the production of anything made from animals.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to include honey in your vegan diet:

Is it a plant-based product? Yes, but bees are involved in the production of honey so it’s not plant-based.

Do vegans eat animals? No, they only eat plant-based products, and honey is not one of them.

Is honey an animal product? Technically yes—it comes from bees—but many people consider it a plant-based food because it’s made through the process of pollination rather than being directly harvested from an animal (like milk or eggs).

Is it vegetarian though?

Now to the vegetarian side.

According to the Vegetarian Resource Group, “Honey is acceptable for vegetarians.” They explain that “the pollen in honey is not considered meat” and so vegetarians do not need to worry about accidentally consuming any animal products.

Since bees are not harmed at all, in the production of honey, it is indeed considered vegetarian. You may have heard honey referred to as an “animal product,” and it’s true that bees are animals. But the reason honey is considered vegetarian is because bees are not harmed during the production of honey.

Many vegetarians understand that beekeeping is a harmless craft and consider honey-making a traditional way for humans to coexist with nature in a peaceful manner. Honey has been used for centuries, and even Aristotle documented how he believed the substance was made in his book History of Animals.

The Bottom Line:

It’s up to you to decide if consuming honey is the right choice. Many vegetarians consume honey whereas many vegans do not.

The process of honey-making has long been understood as something that can be done without harming bees, so if you’re comfortable with other parts of your diet, feel free to enjoy some delicious raw honey—your body will thank you!

What is Propolis

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“What is Propolis”

The word propolis is derived from the two Greek words – Pro, which means “defence”, and Polis “, community”.

Honey bees produce propolis, mixing saliva and beeswax with a substance called exudate, which is gathered from the plant, buds and exudates.
When gathered from the beehive, propolis is a sticky, yellow to a soft brown mass. It has a pleasant and strong aroma – a mixture of beeswax, resin, honey, and essential oils. It tastes sharp and bitter.

Bees use propolis mainly as a sealant and disinfecting material. Propolis is used to seal holes and cracks, smooth the inner surface of the hive, retain internal temperature, and prevent weathering. Due to its antimicrobial activity, it also contributes to an aseptic internal environment.

In ancient times propolis was widely used in folk medicine. Greek and Roman physicians used propolis as a mouth disinfectant and healing agent in wound treatment. In the 17th century, propolis was listed as an official drug in the London pharmacopoeia. In 1909, the first scientific research on propolis was published, which included its chemical properties and composition. While the composition of propolis will vary depending on the origin, generally, propolis contains 50% resins, 30% waxes, 10% essential oils, 5% pollen and 5% various organic compounds. Propolis also contains antioxidants such as polyphenols and flavonoids.

In our days’ propolis can be found in many health stores in different forms for external or internal use. It is also used in mouthwashes, toothpaste, cosmetics creams, health foods and beverages. It is also available in the form of capsules throat lozenges. Another popular product made with propolis is Propolis Tincture. It is made by dissolving propolis in 70% ethyl alcohol and straining the precipitate.

While propolis is considered generally safe to use, it may cause an allergic reaction. Always consult with a specialist before trying.

Mono-floral and Poly-floral Honey

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You Asked, We Answer “How do you know Lavender honey is produced
by Lavender Flower?”

All honey divides into two categories: Mono-floral and Poly-floral.
Honey qualifies as Poly-floral when it is produced by honey bees feeding on a range of different flowers, trees and other melliferous blooming at the same time. Therefore, the bees collect nectar from all of these melliferous. The honey is often called, Multifloral, Wildflower, Summer Honey, to name a few.

Mono-floral honey is produced primarily by the nectar of a single flower, plant or tree, for example, Acacia, Lavender, Linden etc. It is usually named after this plant or tree. To produce such mono-floral varieties, the beehives are located where the specific flower or plant is in abundance. Of course, the bees will collect nectar from other melliferous in the area too, but the predominant one will be the flower in abundance.

Which honey is the best?

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”Which one of your honey is the best?”

We cannot define which one is the best, as this really depends on personal preferences. However, we guarantee the quality of all varieties. Feel confident in choosing any variety.
Perhaps the main choice is, do you prefer runny or crystallised honey? We have the current state of each product in the product description; this is something to look for when purchasing honey.

Where does your honey come from?’

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“Where does your honey come from?”

Our honey origin from Bulgaria.
Bulgaria has been known as one of the biggest producers of high-quality honey and beeswax for a long time. The history of Bulgarian beekeeping consists of ancient traditions, knowledge and experience.

Bulgaria is a small country but has a lot of magic, history, traditions and natural treasures.
The biodiversity in Bulgaria is extremely rich. It has almost all European habitat types, also a significant number of unique ecosystems.
Over one-third of its territory is mountainous and semi-mountainous areas, pure nature far away from industrial areas and all sources of pollution.

The lack of working enterprises in heavy industry preserves and enriches the ecological environment, which contributes enormously to honey production purity. Also, there are many protected areas with rare plants and animals.
The moderate four seasons climate, the varied vegetation and the natural ecological conditions form the perfect environment for the development of strong and healthy bee colonies and the extraction of clean and pure honey with fantastic taste and aroma.
Last but not least, Bulgaria is one of the richest countries in herbs and honey plants in Europe, as many of them are unique to the world.

What is Royal Jelly?

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You can guess some of the qualities of this Bee product by only hearing its name – Royal Jelly.

Royal Jelly is produced by the youngest Bees in the hive (6-14 day old) mixing bee pollen with enzymes in the glands of their throats. It is the food of the most important Bee in the hive – The Queen Bee. She is the mother of all Bees in the hive, and the one that keeps the colony together. Royal Jelly is also extremely important for the development of the Bee brood. The cells in which the Mother Bee lays eggs must be supplied with Royal Jelly, it is important as milk for mammals.

Colour and Taste:

Pure Royal Jelly is a thick yellowish substance, with a creamy white tinge and tastes slightly sour.

Composition:

Royal Jelly contains 60-70% water, 30-40 dry-matter, 10-18% protein, 9-15% sugars, 1.5-7%fat, 0.7-1.15% minerals.

Royal Jelly contains 22 amino acids (all essential), lipids from 1.5% to 7% (phenols, glycerides, phospholipids, organic acids, etc.) The vitamins in Royal Jelly are in great abundance: Vitamins A,C,B (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Bc, PP) K, H, E. Studies have also found the presence of the following macro and micro elements: Manganese(Mn), iron(Fe), sulphur(S), potassium, nickel (Ni) calcium(Ca), chromium, magnesium(Mn), copper(Cu), zinc(Zn) and others.

Interesting facts:

  • The Queen Bee, which feeds only on royal jelly lives from 6 to 10 years, while ordinary worker bees live up to 45 days.
  • The Royal Jelly – feeding mother (Queen Bee) lays up to 2,000 eggs a day, which exceeds her own weight. And all her life she lays over 3 million eggs, which is about 2,000 times her own weight.
  • In their first three days, the newly hatched larvae feed on royal jelly, but only those that continue to be fed with it and placed in larger cells develop as queen bees, the rest become worker bees.
  • To date, no natural product has been found that contains as many vitamins as royal jelly.

Royal Jelly Health Benefits:

Royal Jelly has many potential health benefits, as increasing immune protection, tones and strengthen the body, slows down the ageing process, normalise the blood pressure, improves metabolism and hormonal balance, acts against fatigue and insomnia, lowers the cholesterol.

Storing:

Natural Royal Jelly needs to be refrigerated at no more than 6 C° (42.8°F) or should be stored in a minus temperature camera.

How do we use it?

We should drop it under the tongue in the morning, 20-30 minutes before breakfast.

The most common way of using royal jelly is to mix it with bee honey. It combines the unique qualities of both and in the same time is easier to take. This way also is very easy for storing and transport, as the bee honey is a natural preservative and keeps safe all the ingredients even kept at room temperature.

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.