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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.

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    Following on from our earlier blog post "How Honey & Beeswax are Produced" we now have our jar of honey produced by so much effort, but what is honey?

    Well it’s a blend of fructose, glucose and water and contains a whole array of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.  It’s also antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic.  

    Honey is only food source to never to go off.  It has even been found in the pyramids in Egypt. It will however ferment if the moisture contents is too high.

    All natural honey will eventually granulate. The rate of granulation depends on what the bees have foraged on. Brassicas for example will speed up granulation. Ivy will granulate almost as quickly as the bees store it.

    Honey will look and taste different depending on where the bees have foraged. Honey taken in the spring will be different to honey taken in the late summer. It will vary from year to year and even from 2 hives side by side.