We carefully and conservatively utilize everything available from our hard working honeybees in order to make the best products. Please find the following information helpful as to why we use these precious resources.
Our honey is harvested straight from the hive, lightly filtered and then bottled. Because it is considered a raw commodity, it does contain bits of pollen and wax. It is strictly produced by honeybees and nothing is ever added to their finished product. 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 derives from the nectar of flowers and mixed with enzymes produced by the honeybees. Our own local floral sources include but are not limited to; a large variety of mid-western native wild botanicals, perennial and annual flowers, as well as fruits, nut trees and flowering shrubs. 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.
ALL NATURAL 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 All-Natural 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 can seal in moisture by providing a barrier but yet lets the skin breathe. That is why beeswax is a highly sought after ingredient for skin care. It can also act as an emollient and as a humectant. Great for soothing dry wintertime skin.
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.
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.
We also use plant derived butters, oils, and lots of herbs, in our All-Natural Skin Care Hive Products, including our 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. You can find all of our soaps on our All-Natural Skin Care page.
Disclaimer: Friends Hill Apiary makes no medical claims to any of our All-Natural Skin Care products. We do not recommend replacement of any advise from health care providers. We advise prior to use, a skin patch test be performed to assure no allergies are apparent. Our All-Natural Skin Care 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 All-Natural Skin Care Hive Products, spread a small amount on your inner arm and leave it for 24 hours. If there is any discomfort or adverse reaction, discontinue use immediately.