Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles are beautiful, the wax is created by bees and it is 100% natural and chemical free.
Beeswax candles emit a really rich coloured flame which is mesmerising, the candle burns cleanly with a soothing warm yellow glow, and there is no smoke. The natural smell is both sweet and comforting, influenced by the scents of the honey and floral nectar in the honeycomb.
You may notice that beeswax candles seem to burn for a long time, which is explained by the wax having a higher melting point (which results in a significantly longer burn time) There is also very little dripping from the wax.

Not only are beeswax candles beautiful to look at and to smell, there are reports that suggest they are also a natural ioniser , which makes burning them an effective way of purifying the air.
Beeswax, when burned, emits negative ions which bind with positive ions (such as things floating in the air that are ‘positively charged’ – this includes dusts, pollens, viruses, bacteria and germs).
This binding of positive and negative ions creates a complete molecule, which is heavier than air, causing the molecule it to fall to the ground. By burning pure beeswax candles a few times a week, and hoovering, some argue your home will be cleaner, smell sweeter and the air you breathe will be healthier!
Beeswax candles are rare compared to candles found in most shops and supermarkets.
95% of the world’s candles are made from paraffin wax, which is a petroleum by-product that is created from the sludge waste when crude oil is refined. The paraffin wax is highly processed and contains up to 11 toxic compounds and chemicals. The paraffin is then bleached to change its colour and there are many claims and studies that suggest paraffin candles are an extremely toxic product.
So, if you are looking for a bit of warmth, light and love, good health and cheer, why not lighting some beeswax candles as soon as you can!

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Humming Heather.

The photos aren't of the best quality as they were only taken with my phone and because of the location of the sun I couldn't see the screen at all but it was so great to see the heathers in my Dad's garden so busy and lovely to hear the distinct 'humm' of the bees. I even spotted a couple of Bumble bees within the heather too, though unfortunately didn't get any of those in the photos that I took.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

What is Propolis??

Bees make propolis by gathering resin from pine and other cone-producing evergreen trees. They blend the resin with wax flakes and pollen then take it back to the hive. There they use the sticky mess to patch holes, seal cracks and build panels in the hive.
But propolis does more than architectural duty. It also acts as an antiseptic barrier protecting the hive from contamination and from external invaders like mice, snakes, and lizards. In fact, the name propolis comes from the Greek meaning "defence of the city."
The antimicrobial properties of propolis protect the hive from viruses and bacteria.
Researchers found that bees living in hives coated with propolis have lower bacteria in their body and also stronger immune systems.
Propolis doesn't just benefit bees.
For thousands of years, folk medicine practitioners have used bee glue to treat abscesses, heal wounds, and fight infection. In fact, propolis was listed as an official drug in the London pharmacopoeias of the 17th century.
Modern studies confirm a long list of health benefits offered by propolis. A search of PubMed shows over 2,000 studies on bee propolis. Here are just a few of its health benefits.
1. Anti-Microbial Action
Propolis has a wide range of antibacterial properties. It also has antifungal and anti-viral powers.
Prevent respiratory tract infections
Remedy symptoms of the common cold
Prevent Middle ear infections
2. Help to heal minor burns
3. Prevents Dental Cavities
Greek and Roman physicians used propolis as mouth disinfectant. Propolis limit bacterial plaque and reduce tooth cavities.
4. Could help wart removal

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