Products produced in the hive
In ‘Beauty and the Bees’, Dr Sara J Robb explains how honey, beeswax, and propolis can be used to decrease the signs of ageing. Bee products, in particular honey, are valuable as dietary supplements, as functional foods, in home remedies and in cosmetics. Substituting some of the sugar, in your diet, with honey will significantly increase your physiological levels of antioxidants and can slow the ageing process. Honey antioxidants correlate with honey colour; the darker the colour of honey, the higher the age defying antioxidants. The colour scale below shows the colours of honey, which can be used to estimate the levels of antioxidants. If you choose a dark honey, such as heather, ivy or buckwheat, you can increase the amount of antioxidants in your diet. As well as increasing antioxidants in food, bee products have had a place through history in remedies and cosmetics. Beeswax, propolis and honey have medicinal qualities that end themselves to home remedies and cosmetics. Beauty and the Bees begins with an introduction, by nutritionist Dr Domingo J. Piñero, discussing the importance of honey as a functional food. High antioxidant honey recipes are provided, including sweet and savoury honey recipes, honey baked goods and confections. Beauty and the Bees also contains recipes for beeswax anti-ageing creams, antioxidant honey soaps and Aunt Bea’s Remedies.
This booklet deals exclusively with beeswax – how to melt and refine it, its special properties as a wax, how to mould it, and the various ways it can be used for candle making. I have not discussed mineral or other waxes and their uses, as there already exists a considerable amount of literature on these, nor have I discussed candle making generally.All of these ideas suggested here have grown from my own experience as a beekeeper and candle maker over the past several decades. Some of them appeared in my “Bee Talks” in Gleaning in Bee Culture, published by A. I. Root Company, Medina, Ohio, in 1972 and 1973. This booklet greatly expands upon the methods described there, however, and I have also been able to incorporate here many more pictures. I express my thanks to the editors of Gleanings for permission to reproduce some of that material here.
This volume, the sub title of which is Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey deals with honey and its health giving benefits from ancient civilizations until the advent of antibiotics together with the uses of honey in wound care. The book is intended as a guide to its benefits, based on historical research and the published results of laboratory experiments, case studies and clinical trials. The author is not a medical practitioner and thus this volume is nor intended as a manual for medical self treatment.
Discover the wonders of beekeeping, from establishing a hive to caring for bees, from harvesting the honey and wax to using it in marvellous recipes for food and handmade beauty products.Beekeeping by Dominique Devito – A primer on starting and keeping a hive, an American title gives sound advice for the beginner. It has a particularly interesting chapter on cooking with honey.
A recipe book full of honey delights. Joyce White lived in Suffolk and well-known both as a cookery demonstrator and a lecturer in beekeeping. The first edition of Honey in the Kitchen was printed in Scotland in 1978 and the British Bee Journal said it was “An economical bouquet of country goodness – recipes are inexpensive and not likely to make either tummy or pocket turn in revolt. Certainly a present worth having.
This is a collection of articles, originally published in The British Bee Journal. This 20 page A4 reprint is full of information gained by Clara over many years when she was a particularly successful competitor at The National Honey Show. Reproduced from the original publication in March 2010 with the agreement of her family.
This 4th edition has an updated candle making section and more on wax casting than the previous editions. In 1981 Beeswax was the first UK published book on the subject for nearly 75 years since Cowan’s Waxcraft. It contains details on the history, chemical content, and the many uses of beeswax. The 20 illustrations are carefully chosen to make this an essentially practical book for the beekeeper, wax candle and polish maker as well as the interested reader, who may have often wondered what produced the shine on the dining room table.
A handbook of honey which acts as a guide to creating, harvesting and cooking with natural honeys, written by the editor of the leading American bee Magazine – Bee Culture. It abounds with hive hints and honey-harvesting tutorials, all delivered with the sound, practical, and common sense perspective of a seasoned expert. For those who have already bought the Complete and Easy Guide to Beekeeping, also to be found at this shop, this title will be a suitable partner. Recommended.