It's been a while since we teamed up with Bee Informed Partnership, helping to raise money for this amazing organization, and through your orders, we have raised over $4000 so far!
Bee Informed Partnership is a non profit that we absolutely bee-lieve in, due to the work and research they do to maintain honey bee colonies, to educate bee keeping communities and to ensure the sustainability of bees nationwide.
So who even are they?
Bee Informed Partnership are a national collaboration of research labs and universities of agriculture, who work together to better understand the decline of bees in the USA.
They work with bee keepers to provide colony samples, pest and pathogen diagnostics, and to gather data to monitor colony size, health and to test and analyze new feed or treatment products.
By gathering data they are able to analyze and create best management practices that support increased survival.
They even provide emergency response kits to assist in investigating failing colonies.
How can you help?
You can donate directly to beeinformed.org to help them continue their amazing work. You can also help them by placing an order with us, and we will donate 5% of your order directly to them.
Manuka honey has been used for centuries for eye health. Used topically, it can treat dry eyes, eye infections, and corneal ulcers. Now don't go rubbing honey in your eyes yet! The best way to use it, is to mix in some boiled water, leave to cool, and use as an eye wash. For infections such as conjunctivitis, the anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce swelling and pain caused by infection. Manuka Honey also is a great natural moisturizer, and helps to lock in moisture, so is a great natural remedy for dry eyes, as it helps to lock in moisture around the eye.
As an anti-oxidant, Manuka Honey can help to maintain eye health, by keeping bacteria at bay. Manuka Honey is also rich in many of the vitamins and minerals that keep eyes healthy, such as zinc, potassium and vitamin B and C. The antibacterial and antimicrobial properties can support the healing of eye related ailments, and we all know that healthy eyes are so important for our eye sight! All the better to see you with!!
Why is Manuka Honey so expensive?
First, Manuka Honey is nothing like other varietals of honey. Local wildflower honeys and conventional clover honeys may always have a place in your cupboard, but Manuka Honey contains 20 times the individual natural compounds, giving it a range of health benefits that are unique to Manuka Honey.
Real Manuka Honey is made when bees almost exclusively pollinate the Manuka Flower.
To make genuine Manuka Honey, bees must solely pollinate the Manuka Flower. If the Manuka Flower is only one of many blooms pollinated, the honey created is 'Multi-Floral' Manuka Honey, which has a much lower concentration of Manuka Honey's unique wellness properties. Monofloral Manuka Honey is created when bees, by their own free will, choose to pollinate this unique bloom above all others.
The Manuka Flower blooms only 2-6 weeks per year. It would be one thing if the Manuka Flower bloomed throughout the season, but this plant has a very short flowering window. This means that bees have as little as 12 days to collect the nectar of the Manuka Flower and create the Manuka Honey yield of the entire year. It also takes bees 22,700 trips to the Manuka Flower to gather the nectar needed to create a single jar of honey, which is a lot of work in a very short period of time.
The Manuka Flower is only native to the remote hills and forests of New Zealand.
If the Manuka Flower could grow anywhere, Manuka Honey would not be as rare a natural occurrence. But in addition to a short bloom window, Manuka Flowers are only found in specific microclimates in its native New Zealand, often in the most isolated hills and forests. This wild plant is very sensitive to changes in climate and weather, pollution and other human interference, so the further away the Manuka plant is situated from human contact, the healthier the Manuka Flower, bee colonies and Manuka Honey. This is why Honeybunch only harvests Manuka Honey from locations that are very difficult to access - not disturbing plants and bees so they are able to produce their best honey in sustainable environments.
In addition to the rarity of the Manuka Flower, not all blooms create nectar that contains high concentrations of Leptosperin, Methylglyoxal, and DHA - the 3 chemical markers of Manuka. So despite the work that goes into pollination, the levels of Manuka's rare properties may still not be high enough to be meaningful. This is why it is important to pay attention to the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) on your jar of Manuka Honey. This is the only independently verified rating system that measures all 3 chemical markers, and certifiably guarantees mimimum levels in each jar. There is no other system that gives you a clear rating of what you are getting. UMF is the highest standard.
Beeswax is one ingredient that we use almost daily. It is perfect for our balms and candles due to its high melting point, as it keeps our products from melting when the temperature is warmer. However, while beeswax is more widely used as for its cosmetic benefits, it can also be eaten, and promotes many health benefits when digested.
The most common, and easy way to consume beeswax is honeycomb. It is one of natures greatest delicacies, and is the combination of raw honey and the waxy cells (beeswax) that contain it. Honeycomb is the perfect addition to any cheese platter, pairing well with most cheeses. It can also be eaten in the same way you would eat regular honey. Spread it on toast, over oatmeal, or on top of plain yoghurt.
Beeswax can be used for lowering cholesterol, relieving pain and swelling, ulcers, diarrhea, and even hiccups. Natural beeswax contains anti-inflammatory properties which support pain relief, as well as fatty acids, supporting heart health.
Beeswax is such a versatile substance, and it also used to craft products such as food wraps, due to the sticky and malleable texture.
Those clever wee bees just keep producing the goods, helping us to lead healthier and more organic lives!
It’s has been an absolutely exciting year full of ups and downs and it’s taken me some time to realise how special my Honeybunch brand is.
Some people may call it luck, but I would call it a wealth of experience from myself being a Mother, of three children, now young successful adults, but at the time ... 3 under 3! Ironically I had self proclaimed that I wouldn’t have children and I would focus on my career before my babies turned up, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m now blessed with 2 grandchildren, and it’s my mission to show them that anything is possible.
I want to show them that the world is big and fabulous and if you have something amazing to offer then you should go get it... and here I am, on a plane, heading to Portland from New Zealand to present Honeybunch Pure Naturals to another amazing business with the help of my new found support team.
I have my bags packed with Honeybunch New Zealand goodness and I’m buzzing with excitement to show and tell the range.
I believe in this range whole heartedly, it’s special, incorporating Mother’s who make up our ARTisan team, the most amazing manufacturer in New Zealand, who happens to be married to a famous kiwi, and my lovely small crew who are so excited to see something fly.
An awesomely talented photographer who also is a Mum working from her home and doing amazing things and of course a bunch of children and babies who keep it real.
For me, Lisa, knowing I can create, design and deliver the best and the most transparently beautiful natural products to the world is so exciting.... I can’t wait to test our innovation with new products never seen on the market yet and I’m so very happy that I can bring Honeybunch to your family.
Thanks a bunch Honeybunch for giving our 🐝eautiful brand a chance.
❤️🐝 Lisa x