HOW CAN I HELP SAVE THE BEES?
Bees are dying at an incredible rate and yes colony collapse disorder is a big problem. But colony collapse disorder is not just one problem but a group of factors that are causing bees to disappear. Pesticides such as neonicanoids break down a bees immune system, leaving them unable to fight off the vorroa mite which is sort of like a bee tick. Stress is also a huge factor, bees are greatly affected by their environment. Shifts in the climate have impacted everything and in many areas shortened the growing season. This often leaves bees too little time to forge and produce enough food to overwinter, causing them to work harder and faster than normal. But the good news is there are several simple things you can do everyday to help the bees, here's a short list.
Buy organic fruits and vegetables. Going organic keeps the pesticides off the crops and thus off the bees.
Put a bird bath in your yard. Foraging is hot and exhausting work, a little drink and rest stop for the bees will go a long way to keeping them healthy.
Planting pollinator friendly plants in your yard and garden. Bees love all herbs, most perennial flowers and weeds like dandelion, clove, and golden rod. They also love linden, maple, pine, walnut and weeping willow tress. By planting flowers and trees you are providing food for them, plus your yard will look awesome.
Avoid using any pesticides in your yard and garden, however if you must then use organic or natural remedies.
Buy local honey from your friendly neighborhood beekeeper! Buying honey from them directly helps the bees.
Contact your local and regional officials and let them know you care about bees and ask them to do something to help protect the bees and their habitat.
RAW Honey FAQ’s
Can I refrigerate honey?
Honey is always best stored at room temperature and not in direct sunlight. Storing honey in the refrigerator will cause it to crystalize faster than normal.
What if my honey crystallizes?
Crystallization happens naturally in honey over time and doesn’t mean it’s gone bad. If your honey crystallize, gently heat the bottle with warm water until the crystals return to liquid.
How do the honeybees make honey?
Nectar is gathered from a variety of plants, trees and flowers by foraging honeybees and stored in a small pouch in their honey stomach until they return to the hive. A bee can carry nearly twice its own weight in nectar and will travel up to 3 miles to forage. When the foraging honeybee arrives back at the hive she passes the nectar back and forth with other worker bees until it’s the right consistency to be stored in the honeycomb cell. Once the refined nectar is stored bees will fan it with their wings in order to reduce the water content to about 17%, at which point the honeycomb cell is capped with wax and left to ripen into what we know as honey. A honeybee will make about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime and will visit 50-100 plants each trip before returning to the hive.
Is raw honey safe?
Yes. In fact raw honey is healthier for you than pasteurized honey because it retains all of the natural flavor and nutrients. However the USDA does not recommend any honey raw or pasteurized for infants under 1 year of age.
RAW HONEY BENEFITS
For centuries, raw honey has been used to treat all sorts of ailments. Some of the most common honey remedies are for skin burns, rashes, and abrasions. Simply place a honey infused bandage over the affected area. Raw honey is also a great treatment for acne. A small amount can be placed on blemish nightly will help clear the skin. Washing your face with honey will also leave you with sparkling, clean, soft skin.
Raw honey's antibiotic properties are effective in treating colds and sore throats. Raw honey coats the throat and reduces irritation. For blocked sinuses, mix a teaspoon of honey in a pot of hot water, put a towel over your head, and just inhale the steam. To treat allergies, take a teaspoon of raw honey a couple of times a day starting a few months prior to allergy season. It's anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties also help promotes body and digestive health. Raw Honey is also a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, stabilizes blood pressure, balances sugar levels, relieves pain, calm nerves, and has been used to treat ulcers. Simply put raw honey is just good for you!
Types of tea
Tea is generally classified by the degree of oxidation of the leaves. Black, oolong, and pu erh teas are oxidized either partially or fully. In contrast, green, white and yellow are unoxidized teas. Oxidation of the leave begins naturally the minute the leaves are picked. The process that follows picking differs greatly depending on the tea, tradition and location but generally invloves a series of drying and heating method to accelerate or stop the natural oxidation.
Black Tea leaves are allowed to wilt after plucking in order to make the leaf pliable. The leaves are then rolled, allowing the natural enzymes in the leaf to combine with oxygen. The leaves are then left to dry either by air or heat to undergo full oxidation, giving them the characteristic dark brown and black leaf. Black teas typically have more robust and pronounced flavors and high levels of caffeine.
Green Tea is the second least-oxidized tea. The oxidation process varies slightly from region to region depending on the type of leaf and tradition. Green teas leaves are plucked, withered and then gently heated to prevent oxidation. The leaves are then and rolled, air dried and then stored until packing. Green tea are well know for their deliciously subtle flavors and low caffeine.
Oolong Tea is allowed to undergo partial oxidation and processed much like green and black teas. The leaves are plucked, withered, and then tossed, allowing oxidation to begin. When oxidation reaches the desired level the leaves are heated to stop further oxidation. Oolong teas are sometimes twisted or rolled into nuggets.
White Teas are the most delicate and least processed of all teas. The leaves are usually the newest buds and leaves of from the tea plant, heated and dried by hand shortly after being plucked. This stops oxidation almost immediately and the result is a silvery colored leaf with all its subtlety, complexity, and natural sweetness.
Herbal Tea are by definition not really tea but infusions of Herbs, spices and other aromatics. Herbal teas are well known for the health benefits, low caffeine and deliciously complex flavors.
HOT TEA BREWING INSTRUCTIONS
Proper water temperature is very important when brewing tea correctly. Below are some temperature and steep time guidelines for each type of tea, remember not to over steep your tea and remove the infuser once it done brewing. Green and Herbal tea can generally be steeped more than once. Black teas can often be steeped longer to brew a stronger tea.
Scoop one teaspoon of tea leaves into your infuser
Heat water and then pour 8 oz. of water over tea leaves
Steep tea for the proper time and then remove infuser
Temp. 190° – 212° Steep Time: 3 – 5 min
Temp. 180° – 190° Steep Time: 3 – 4 min
Temp. 190° – 200° Steep Time: 2 – 4 min
Temp. 180° Steep Time: 4 – 6 min
Temp. 212° Steep Time: 3 – 5 min