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    The list of uses for honey and beeswax are endless but here are some: 

    Honey

    Cut comb and cappings are popular with hayfever sufferers as they tend to contain more pollen. If using honey for hayfever the advice is that you should take 1 teaspoon a day for a month before your symptoms usually start. Honey should be as local as possible. However, honey will not help hayfever sufferers if the allergies are grass pollen as bees do not forage on grass. 

    Comb honey

    Honey and lemon for colds is a well known remedy. A recent study showed that children’s cough mixtures were ineffective, but that a spoonful of honey provided some relief from night time coughs. 

    Honey is a great source of energy. The glucose provides an immediate burst of energy, with the fructose providing sustained energy. Sir Edmund Hillary came from a beekeeping family and he put honey at the forefront of his daily training and endurance regime.

    Honey on bread

    Honey boosts the immune system helping the body to heal itself.  Hippocrates – the father of modern medicine – recommended honey as a wound dressing. 

    Honey and chamomile tea helps settle an upset tum, whilst honey in hot milk can help insomnia. In fact a spoonful of honey before bed is recommended to help you wake refreshed. This is because the fructose is stored in the liver as an energy reserve. Our brains don’t stop when we sleep and they require a constant supply of energy which is provided by the fructose.

    Beeswax

    Again an endless list of uses from furniture and leather polishes, a sewing aid to help the needle pass through material more easily, to stop a drawer from sticking and of course candles.

    Although beeswax is waterproof, it locks moisture in with its waxy structure so is ideal as an addition to lip balms and intense moisturisers for hands, cuticles, elbows, knees, heels etc

    Lip balm

    Honey makes a lovely moisturising but soft bar of soap. Beeswax makes a hard bar of soap with a good lather so a combination of beeswax & honey in soap makes for the perfect combination – mother nature knew what she was doing even if she didn’t know we were going to be using it to make soap.

    Lemon & Lime Soap

    A combination of honey and beeswax can also help make moisturising lip balms and hand salves to which essential oils can be added for their therapeutic benefits as well as their wonderful fragrances

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    Beeswax is a sustainable source of wax. 

    For centuries the only source of light was candle and the best candles have always been made from beeswax. Beeswax candles were always used by the church and monasteries as well as the rich and privileged. Wax for candles was one of the reasons monks kept bees.

    Natural beeswax candles produce a beautiful bright light. It is also smokeless so it won’t leave behind the dirty sooty marks a paraffin based candle will. Nor does it contain the carcinogenic compounds of paraffin. 

    Beeswax candles are the only fuel to produce negative ions as they burn thereby reducing the allergens in the air.  They are therefore said to help allergy sufferers. 

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    Like honey, beeswax is antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic and antibacterial.

    Primitive man used beeswax as an antiseptic and wound covering. 

    Although waterproof, beeswax locks water within its waxy structure so it makes a great moisturiser. For centuries beeswax has been used as a beauty aid. Some of the first lipsticks were a combination of red ochre, beeswax and fat. 

    Over the centuries beeswax has been used in many products including the well known hair dressing – Brylcreem. 

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    Unfortunately all honey is not equal.  A lot of the health giving properties of raw or natural honey are completely removed by the processing it goes through before it makes it on to the supermarket shelves. What is required by supermarkets is a honey which will remain runny and clear for a long shelf life and so often the honey is heat treated.

    Firstly, the honey is heated to around 71 degrees C which keeps the honey liquid indefinitely. The honey is then blasted through a fine mesh removing all grains of pollen and along with them all their health giving benefits and turning the honey into a sugary syrup.

    Natural local (or raw) honey can be found in plenty of places, local farm shops, farmers markets, butchers and greengrocers to name a few. The best way to find a source of natural local honey is to find your local beekeeping association.