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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. 

 

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.