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Propolis a gift from mother nature

Propolis, another healing gift from Mother Nature

What is Propolis? Propolis is a resinous substance that honeybees produce by mixing saliva and beeswax with plant and tree resins, and so the composition and nature of the Propolis is determined by the environmental conditions relative to the hive. Over 300 compounds have been identified in Propolis, many of which are polyphenols which have antioxidant properties. In particular, Propolis has polyphenol compounds called flavonoids which are antioxidants plants use to protect themselves. Propolis has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties and appears to protect against some bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Research indicates that Propolis has benefits in wound healing, dental and oral care, inflammation of the skin & tissue, and against the herpes virus – it could even be useful in the treatment of Diabetes and Cancer although clinical research is needed to develop this interesting area. Why is Propolis so important to Bees? Propolis is key to a…

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Which graze cream really does cut it?

The Daily Mail ran a fascinating article on Tuesday 6th July discussing the first-aid staples they turn to for minor cuts and burns. Whilst most of the creams they turn to are more traditional chemically based antiseptic creams, they rated our Best Selling Activon 100% Manuka Honey tube, as an impressive 9/10. Their Expert’s Verdict – Dr Kristina Semkova from the Cadogan Clinic, says, “There is impressive scientific evidence to support the use of medical-grade manuka honey – which means it contains a high amount of naturally antibacterial methylglyoxal – to accelerate wound healing”. Dr Semkova continued, “Its acidic pH encourages the skin’s damage-repairing fibroblast cells to multiply faster and rebuild tissue. Manuka Honey also absorbs moisture, which dehydrates bacteria and reduces infection rates.” For the full article outling their 9 amazing graze creams, click here Grab yourself the Activon 100% Manuka Honey in a tube for only £5.49 with…

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What is RAW Honey?

Do you know what RAW Honey is?  It’s not as simple as you would think.  Unbelievably, the UK Government and the EU commission, do not have an official classification for RAW honey, but the rest of the world does.  RAW honey in the rest of the world, is classified as honey that has been minimally processed with with very little heat – with no temperatures rising above the working temperature of a beehive (between 42-45 degrees) and is unpasteurised.  RAW honey is allowed to be processed but not extensively, so removing impurities like pieces of honeycomb and bees is absolutely fine, but heating it and spinning it excessively to cream it, can damage the delicate enzymes within the honey. So how do you know if your honey is RAW? Check the label.  All products sold in the UK and Europe should adhere to strict EU labelling guidelines, these include if…

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How to Avoid Holiday Stomach Upsets

Tips on how to avoid Holiday Stomach Upsets Isn’t annoying when you go away on holiday and your digestion system gets upset?  The last thing you want to do is have sensitive stomach & bowels when you want to be by the pool in that swimming costume!  So here’s our top tips to reduce the chance of an incident: Avoid ICE –  in most countries Ice is made from the local water which sometimes has a different set of sterilisation and fluoridisation from home, so, Ice made from local water can upset the balance of your system. Wherever possible, drink bottled water – but don’t forget to check the seal if the bottle is put on your table, or, watch the waiter undo the bottle, that way you can ensure a seal was present which isn’t always the case in more remote parts of the world. Try to avoid too…

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Is your Manuka Honey Genuine?

Manuka honey has been available for sale in the UK for nearly 20 years, and it’s popularity has gone from strength to strength.  Lots of people, particularly those who are ill, are turning to natural remedies to help boost traditional prescription medication to help improve their wellbeing. Over the years there have been so many scandals in the UK media around the authenticity of Manuka Honey, and how much of it is genuine.  According to the Active Manuka Honey Association in New Zealand, more honey gets exported out of New Zealand than is produced every year, and this has been part of the problem. Up until now, there have been multiple private rating systems, none of which have been regulated by the New Zealand government, although one, KFactor, was approved by the MPI.  The rating systems – UMF, MGO and KFactor – all tested for different elements within the Manuka…

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