The array of benefits from products deriving from honey bees, is astounding. Honey, for instance, has been used for more than 8,000 years so it’s really no wonder we still crave its luxuriance for both our kitchens and our bath needs, today. That same goodness and purity of all of our Hive Products are credited to our beautiful free-range honeybees and the hard work they put into the ingredients that we harvest to make our products.
Our honey is harvested straight from the hive, lightly filtered and then bottled. Because it is considered a raw commodity, it will sometimes contain bits of pollen and wax. That will not harm the honey. Raw honey is full of vitamins, minerals, and is rich in antioxidants. Loaded with healthy plant compounds, it has been linked to many health benefits such as helping to combat seasonal allergies and for its effectiveness at building immunity. It also contains antibiotic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Which overall is great for anyone striving for a healthier lifestyle. Did we mention that it taste great, too? For available sizes, please link to our HONEY page.
Honey making begins when the honeybees gather nectar from flowers and then mixes it with their own special enzymes. They carry it back to the hive to be placed drop by drop into cells within the honey comb where water content from the nectar will be evaporated from it until there is less than 18% water before they cover the cells with a protective layer of beeswax. Once it is “capped” with the beeswax it will be stored until they need it or a beekeeper harvests it. Good management practices is when a beekeeper knows to leave enough honey on their hives to sustain the honeybees throughout the winter.
Varietal honey can be different from location to location as it is whichever floral source where the bees collect the nectar. Some may be light in color or dark in color and ranges in between. It is believed that the darker the color of honey, the stronger the flavor. Our own local floral sources include, but are not limited to; a large variety of mid-western native botanicals, perennial and annual flowers, as well as fruit, nut trees and flowering shrubs. FYI: One worker honeybee can only produce about 1/10 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. Her lifetime is ONLY approximately 3 or so months. In order to produce just one pound of honey, honeybees need to visit 2 million flowers!
If you are interested in planting for pollinators or want to see if your gardens include some of the much needed food sources for the honeybees and other important pollinators, here is our Nectar & Pollen page.
Our bee-utiful Handmade Beeswax Candles are yet another popular product from our Honeybees. You can find several sizes and shapes on our Beeswax Candles page.
These lovely scented beeswax melts come in several different scents throughout the year. Citrus & Mints, Vanilla Rose, Orange Spice and Nature Trails. Great for those who don’t want an open flame of a candle, but still want the great aroma and air purification of beeswax. Beeswax-melts.
1-2oz. BEESWAX CUBES
These are great to have on hand for rubbing a stiff drawer, waterproofing tools, to help make quilting thread glide smoothly, to create batik fabric or encaustic painting. Beeswax is durable, long lasting and all natural.
Propolis is yet another beneficial substance produced by the honeybee. They produce this sticky matter from plant resins and substances found in nature. They will use it to seal and protect the colony. It fortifies their hive and staves off diseases and pests. Like honey and pollen, propolis also has an innumerable amount of beneficial properties. Research has shown that (to name a few) there are antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory & antiviral properties in propolis.
HANDMADE BATH SOAPS
Our handmade Soap varieties are always made using the freshest ingredients available. Some ingredients that are always included are our All-Natural Honey and our All-Natural Beeswax. We also use plant derived butters, oils, and lots of herbs, in our Skin Care Hive Products, including our Soaps. You can find all of our soaps on our Skin Care Hive Products page.
SKIN CARE HIVE PRODUCTS
Because honey is antibacterial & anti-fungal it can help speed healing of some skin conditions with its beneficial skin-loving properties. Honey can also act as a humectant to help retain moisture to our skin. Those are perfect reasons why we use it in a lot of our Skin Care Hive Products.
Beeswax carries anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Added to other ingredients, beeswax adds body to our lotions, creams and soaps. Beeswax helps seal in moisture by providing a soft barrier that still lets the skin breathe. That is one reason beeswax is a highly sought after ingredient for skin care. It can also act as an emollient and as a humectant. Beeswax as one ingredient that we use, is great for soothing dry wintertime skin.
Disclaimer: Friends Hill Apiary makes absolutely no medical claims to any of our Skin Care Hive products. We do not recommend replacement of any advise from health care providers. We also advise prior to use, a skin patch test be performed to assure no allergies are apparent. Our Skin Care Hive products are not recommended for use by pregnant women or for babies. Keep all products out of reach of children and pets.
SKIN PATCH TESTING: To perform a skin patch test prior to prolong use of any of our Skin Care Hive Products, spread a small amount on your inner arm. If there is any discomfort or adverse reaction within a 24 hour period, wash with mild soap and water and discontinue use.