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Bee Pollen - What the Research Says

  Plants have developed an amazing mutually beneficial relationship with bees. Flowers attract bees using their colors, aromas, and even sounds. The bees and other pollinators receive the reward of nectar and pollen, and the plants benefit with more seed development as the pollinators travel from flower to flower. It's a miracle of nature, and bee pollen is part of that magic! Pollen is the only source of protein and lipids, and the main source of macro and microelements for the honey bee colony, while nectar or honeydew (processed and stored as honey) is the main source of carbohydrates (1).  All of the natural products offered by honeybees have been used since ancient times - their use as medicine is...

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Have You Ever Heard of an Oxymel?

All of Mickelberry Garden's Herbal Honey Tonics and Herbal Honey Sprays are oxymels! Oxymels are a delicious, soothing combination of Raw Honey and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.  Oxymels are an important part of the Western Herbal tradition, dating back to Hippocrates. They are also used in Iranian traditional medicine.   Our Herbal Honey Tonics and Sprays, also known as Oxymels, combine the many health benefits of Local Raw Honey, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, and Organic Medicinal Herbs. Oxymels are a delicious way to consume medicinal herbs, in a format that is very safe and effective. We call our products Honey Tonics because they are designed to be gentle and generally safe for long term use, working to promote the body's inner vitality. We source our local,...

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Bees Make More Than Just Honey and Beeswax

There's a running joke here in the Pacific Northwest that we can experience all four seasons within 5 minutes and when a season is over, it's over. One day it's 80 degrees and blue skies, the next day its 65 and raining for the foreseeable future, and it only gets colder. When these fluctuations in weather hit, our wellness also begins to fluctuate. This time of year our Elderberry Honey Tonic, Throat and Lung Honey Tonic, and Honey Propolis Throat Spray are in high demand! All three of these products have something in common. Not only do they contain several herbs traditionally used to support the immune system, but they also contain a honey bee product that is not as...

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Has My Honey Gone Bad?

Have you received honey that has turned to a semi-solid granulated state? Does that mean the honey has gone bad? The short answer, no. In fact, the honey is not likely to expire within your lifetime! What you are noticing is the honey beginning to crystallize. This does not at all mean that crystallization has diminished the quality of the honey. It merely changes the color and texture. Some people prefer honey in this consistency as it becomes more spreadable on food, others prefer it in the more common consistency of syrup. Crystallization is the honeys natural method of preservation. Modern archaeologists have found pots of honey perfectly preserved for thousands of years inside ancient Egyptian tombs. Due to honeys naturally...

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