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What is Eucalyptus and what benefits can it bring to my body?

Did you know that Eucalyptus, a native plant to Australia, has over 750 species?  It’s also the food favoured by Koalas!  To harness all of its healing properties, Eucalyptus leaves are dried, crushed and distilled to release the essential oil. As a natural ingredient, Eucalyptus is contained in many healthcare products, as it is known for its great anti-viral & antibacterial properties. Freshen up your mouth With its strong anti-bacterial properties, Eucalyptus oil is often added to toothpaste and mouthwash products to help fight the bacteria that creates mouth odour. There is also some evidence that says mouthwashes and toothpastes containing eucalyptus oil, could help to prevent plaque from building up, as well as attacking the bacteria that can contribute to tooth decay. Helps Sore Throat Many natural products use Eucalyptus Oil as a main ingredient due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. When taken orally like in a throat…

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Can I take Manuka Honey with Diabetes?

What is Diabetes Diabetes as you know, is all about an imbalance of sugars within the body, more often that not, it results in high blood glucose levels (blood sugar) and your body is not able to use insulin to break down the glucose in your food.  Some of the main symptoms of Diabetes are feeling very thirsty, peeing more than usual (particularly at night), feeling very tired, weight loss, slow wound healing and blurred vision.  If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your GP as soon as possible. Manuka Honey and Health Diabetes as you know, is all about an imbalance of sugars within the body, more often that not, it results in high blood glucose levels (blood sugar) and your body is not able to use insulin to break down the glucose in your food.  Some of the main symptoms of Diabetes are feeling very thirsty, peeing…

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Is it better to take Royal Jelly as a liquid or powder?

We’re often asked whether it’s better to take Royal Jelly in a liquid form or a powder form.  There are a few things to consider so in this blog we’ll outline the choices so you can choose what works for you. First though, what is Royal Jelly?  Royal Jelly is a unique food source exclusively for the Queen Bee which is designed to help her with fertility and a long and healthy life.  It’s packed full of rich in key amino acids and vitamins, especially the B Vitamins & Folic Acid.  It is believed that Royal Jelly is particularly beneficial for women. So, which form is more effective? Royal Jelly in its natural state is in liquid form – that’s how the Queen Bee consumes it, so does it make more sense to take it in powder form?  Royal Jelly powder is freeze-dried at the source which results in some…

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What is the KFactor Manuka Honey rating system?

We’re often asked the differences between the different types of Manuka Honey rating systems, and so in this article, we thought we’d focus on the Wedderspoon KFactor rating system. Manuka Honey rating systems background Firstly, and most importantly, all Wedderspoon Manuka Honey complies with the New Zealand Government’s Ministry of Primary Industries regulations, called the Manuka scientific definition, or sometimes known as Manuka5 certification.  The Ministry of Primary Industries act in the same way as our UK DEFRA government department, in so much as they ensure all food producers and particularly exporters comply to all the required regulations including premises inspections and scientific tests for the raw or finished product.  The Manuka Honey regulations are strict as it is a key export from New Zealand, which has been damaged by the wake of fake Manuka Honey flooding the UK marketplace 10 years ago.  All Manuka Honey exported from New Zealand…

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How is Honeydew Honey Created?

Which tree creates most of New Zealand’s Honeydew Honey? Whilst there are a few species of trees that are used to create the rich Honeydew Honey in New Zealand, the most common variety is the Black Beech tree, which is native to the dense forests of the South Island. One of our best-selling brands, Rainbow Station, primarily collects their honeydew honey from the pristine Nelson Lakes area around Nelson City, where the environment is 1We recommend taking a spoon or two, both in the morning and the evening to give your immune system & digestion system a daily boost.   It’s the perfect addition for your breakfast routine too – you can add it to yoghurt or toast, and it makes your smoothies taste better too so what’s not to like?00% clean and unaffected by pollution and most importantly kept safe from traditional chemical pesticides.  This allows Rainbow Station to create…

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How does Manuka Honey help with Stomach Discomfort?

Did you know that our stomachs contain millions of bacteria that are beneficial to both our digestion system & immune system? It contains good bacteria to help our body to digest food as well as having an impact on our appetite & mood.  MG in Manuka Honey Honey has always been known for its antibacterial properties and is still being used actively in wound care throughout the NHS.  In the 1980s, scientists found that Manuka Honey contains a chemical compound called Methylglyoxal, which is also commonly known as MG. This chemical compound was later classified as a prebiotic, and it helps us to grow our own prebiotics. Manuka Honey also has other complex enzymes, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory chemical compounds, and those combined make Manuka Honey the perfect natural choice, for those with stomach or digestive complaints. How does Manuka Honey help your digestion discomfort? Helps to settle your stomach Just…

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What is KFactor Manuka Honey rating system

Top 6 tips in your Covid recovery

In the last couple of weeks our Head of Marketing unfortunately caught Covid. Being one of the last members of staff (it’s about time Nicole), we thought we’d “encourage” her to write us an article on her experience as she’s always telling us how much natural products can help you! So, below is an article written by her containing some tips on remedies that helped her in recovery. This article is not written to provide any medical advice, it is only about her journey and recovery.  Everyone experiences Covid in a different way, and we urge you to seek professional medical attention when needed. What happened when our Head of Marketing caught Covid! So, my experience of catching Covid was different to most of my friends’ experience.  I like to be different 😊and didn’t go out socialising as normal, I was responsible in wearing masks in public and hand sanitising…

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Beekeeping History in New Zealand

The practice of beekeeping has been discussed for centuries worldwide, but today we’d like to share the rich history of beekeeping practices in New Zealand. Early roots in the 19th Century It all started with a British woman called Mary Bumby, the sister of a British Missionary who accompanied her brother John when he looked after the Mangungu Mission Station, in colonial days.  Then Isaac Hopkins, “the father of honey”, saw the importance of honey between the bees and the Māoris, and how it was used to trade other food, and so began the first commercial beekeeping trade.  Isaac then decided to bring honeybee hives and the traditional European beekeeping methods to New Zealand around the mid-19th Originally New Zealand only had two species of bee, neither of which could produce honey.  The introduction of honeybees from Europe allowed them to become the dominating species in honey production and pollination…

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How to store your Manuka Honey in the perfect way

There are many premium products you can purchase from the health food store; Manuka Honey is one of them.  And because you’ve invested your money in them, it’s vitally important to know how to store them, to ensure you keep the product – in this case Manuka Honey – in the best condition. We’re regularly asked by our customers who are buying their first pot of Manuka Honey, how they should store it to make sure it doesn’t get damaged.  So, we thought we’d write this blog post all about it, to share with you all. TIP 1. DO NOT REFRIGERATE YOUR MANUKA HONEY It is a misconception that refrigerating superfoods is the way to keep them fresh, unfortunately this does not apply to Manuka Honey, or in fact any type of honey, as the coldness from the fridge could lead to solidifying its consistency and eventually contributing to it…

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Are bees harmed in the process of extracting bee venom?

Thankfully, the answer is No. The way in which Bee Venom is harvested in a commercial environment, is to run a small electrical current over a pane of glass.  The bees are attracted to the electrical current and they then sting the pane of glass. Thankfully this means they deliver their bee venom without being harmed because their sting doesn’t need to enter any skin. The composition and strength of bee venom varies by the bee species and their location in the world, with some of the most powerful bee venom can be found in Africa. Having said that though, if you’ve ever been stung by a bee, we’d doubt you’ll be worried about the strength of the bee venom as it hurts – a lot! Bee Venom Components The peptide and non-peptide components of bee venom have multiple effects on human bodies. Bee venom can be used to contract…

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