FAQs

What is Apitherapy?

Apitherapy is the medicinal use of honeybee products in human health.
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Why are bee products so good for the skin?

Honey and beeswax have healing qualities that restore the skin's acid mantle. Honey is a natural humectant, attracting & locking in moisture. Beeswax provides a natural, protective barrier against detrimental environmental factors. Royal Jelly gives the skin micro-nutrients and provides natural gelatin to help build collagen. 

I have problem skin, what do you recommend for me?

Over the years many people with Psoriasis and “hard to heal” conditions have found our Emoliex Plus useful. Made with a stronger, Propolis-fortified wax we are harnessing Propolis’ ability to help with bacterial, fungal and viral attack, just as the bees do in the Hive. 

I have Eczema, what do you recommend for me?

Over the past 30 years many people have found our Emoliex formula beneficial for eczema, dermatitis & other dry skin conditions. Beeswax restores the acid mantle to the skin, the plant oils we use keep the skin soft & supple and lavender is a wonderful essential oil to stop irritation. We do not use petrochemicals, lanolin, preservatives, colourants or any other potential allergens in this crème and it is safe to use anywhere on the face or body.

I have dry cracked hands and feet, what do you recommend for me?

We have our best selling Hand Salve for hardworking hands. Honey & Beeswax are, by their nature, gently acidic, capable of restoring the skin's acid mantle and providing extra protection against the elements and potential allergens.

Our Propolis rich Foot Salve is especially useful where there are likely to be fissures or fungal infections.

Do you have a crème suitable for babies?

Yes. Our Baby Beelief has a special certification for newborn babies as it contains no essential oils. 

Our Emoliex Junior contains lavender & chamomile essential oils. Both these oils have been used historically to calm & soothe. It is a lovely, 100% natural crème to use on babies over 3 months, especially if they have little dry patches, cradle cap, nappy and teething rashes.

What is Propolis? 

Propolis is a sticky sap & resin “plaster” produced by many trees & plants to seal wounds or protect emerging buds.

Why is Propolis good for me?

Propolis has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, analgesic and anti-microbial properties.

Bees use Propolis to seal down wax combs and sterilise every part of their hive. It is a complex, ever-changing substance that fights all sorts of invading organisms and we can use it, time & again, for that purpose, both internally and topically.

Is all honey created equal?

No. Some supermarket honeys may have been diluted or overheated. Pure locally produced honey is generally gently treated, maintaining good pollen levels and keeping all the natural beneficial qualities.

Can you feed honey to babies?

The concern for small infants is that their gut cannot tolerate botulism until they are about a year old. Although the chances of there being any contaminants in honey are very remote indeed, it is always best to be safe.

What do you recommend for cuts and open wounds?

Propolis for its anti-bacterial properties. See our Propolis tincture, Emoliex Plus therapy creme and Propolis Honey

Also honey for its impermeable barrier effect. All honeys provide an antibacterial layer over the wound, stop the wound from being re-infected and allow the skin to grow normally under the dressing. Use our Propolis honey to combine the benefits of both honey and Propolis. 

What do you recommend for Hay Fever?

Local honey is good, but Pollen can be better. Pollen is microscopic, so it is difficult to assess how much pollen is in a jar of honey. Therefore, many people find taking Pollen Granules helpful with Hay Fever, as they can judge much more accurately how much to take. See our Pure Wildflower Pollen.

Does the Pollen have to be local to help my Hay Fever?

Strangely enough, no. We have had good results with our pollen granules for hay fever sufferers from all over the country.

How much Pollen can I take a day?

If you suffer with Hay Fever, then just 3-4 granules a day is enough to teach your body to be more tolerant to airborne pollen. 

If you are adding it to your diet as a supplement and for its wonderful nutrition, then between a teaspoon full to a dessertspoon full is an average daily amount.

If you are receiving chemo or radiotherapy, then the more you can consume the better.

But in all cases start small, half a teaspoon a day for several days just to check that your body is tolerant to this new food source.

Why is Pollen good for people on invasive therapies?

Pollen has this remarkable ability to help fight free radicals caused by radiation. As we are all air-breathing mammals our cells must contend with oxidation, so pollen is a very useful part of our diet, too.

What is Royal Jelly? 

This is a milky, highly nutritious substance produced by nurse bees to feed the Queen Bee.

Why is Royal Jelly good for us?  

Royal Jelly is full of micronutrients and has been especially associated with fertility (for both sexes) & hormonal well-being.

Royal Jelly contains the precursor for collagen, hence its long use in beauty products.

Our Beelief Royale, Eye Beelief & Nail & Cuticle Conditioner crèmes all contain Royal Jelly.

The first, natural, neurotransmitter was found in Royal Jelly, which may explain why it is so helpful for memory-loss and stress situations. We use local honey to “carry” Royal Jelly and make Royal Jelly capsules to take as a food supplement.

How is Bee Venom collected, does it harm the bees?

Bee venom collecting frames are connected to a mild electro-stimulator which are mounted on the top of honey frames in the hive or as alighting boards outside. This electrical stimulation encourages the bees to release venom onto the glass plate and the pheromone released from the venom encourages other bees to do the same. In this way the barb of the stinger bounces off the glass & remains attached to the bee, depositing only a small amount of venom without harming the bee.

Why is Venom good for Arthritis?

When we are stung by a bee our body releases extra cortisol to take down the inflammation at the site of the sting. We can use this process to take down inflammation in other parts of the body, so relieving pressure on the nerves and helping to control pain. By using Bee Venom crème, Venaflex or in our venom honey Venamel we eliminate the “Ouch” factor!