Egyptian hieroglyph of beekeeping

A more natural approach to beekeeping

12 June 2021

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Bees have been around for over 53 million years, so they know what they are doing. But the number of bees that live unaided naturally in our communities are declining as well as their habitat makes life a little more difficult for them, so we as beekeepers try to help bees out and in return, we use the excess amount of raw Welsh Honey that they produce as a reward for our efforts, to care and nurture them, to invest in them more and to keep food on our own tables.

For many years humans destroyed colonies to get at their precious plant-based sugar that we all know as Welsh Honey, but it does not mean even in the modern day that all beekeepers look after colonies in the same way. We here at Cilgwenyn Bee Farm try to look after the bees with great care, ethically, respectfully and in the most natural yet manageable way possible by using organic and natural methods. No chemical medications such as banned antibiotics nor any pesticides. No big honey production runs, just nice small batches of raw Welsh Honey for you to enjoy at home.

For Welsh Honey, we simply cannot just buy ingredients off a shelf and voila, like a cake, we have some more honey! It takes time, it takes a whole ecosystem, it takes patience, and it takes an artisan. And when we are out of that honey for the year, we are out of it. We are not in China where they are, miraculously, able to manufacture it.

Organic honey for hayfever

Sadly we cannot be certified organic, indeed we know of no place in the UK that can be as bees forage for miles as they cannot be controlled where they go nor can we dictate what people do on their own land legally. If you can find organic honey that is produced by bees in the UK, it’s probably fraudulent sadly. My advice if it says organic and it looks British, look at country of origin – if it says the origin is in the UK let Trading Standards know. We hope this does not spoil your breakfast! We could import certified organic honey, but why? More and more food miles and adding to climate change yet properties between raw Welsh Honey and Organic, even with different flavours and nectar sources, their healthy organic benefits and properties remain roughly the same.

The only honey where there are massive differences in anti bacterial qualities are Manuka Honey. But that has its problems as its blended. If you looked at New Zealand’s own statistics they produce some 1,700 tonnes of Manuka Honey, yet 10,000 tonnes of Manuka are sold. I will leave that one with you.

With us using organic and natural methodology we hope that you experience honey as it should be, direct from the beehive. With a little filtration to stop your teeth sticking on beeswax our aim is to bring you the very best which represents raw Welsh Honey as your taste buds travel the natural landscape with a taste of the Wild Welsh Flowers.

Coughs and colds
Is Welsh Honey good for me?

Raw Welsh Honey has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Nobody knows when it was first used in this way but it is known that honey was used to heal in ancient Egypt, but raw Welsh Honey does have some modern data to support it. Raw Welsh Honey is known for several properties including:

  • Being full of Antioxidants – Consisting of organic acids and phenolic compounds which can help lower blood pressure
  • Brilliant at helping to keep allergic reactions at bay – including hay fever from pollen from a variety of sources such as wildflowers and trees
  • Has an ability to improve cholesterol and lower triglycerides – helps to prevent heart attacks, strokes and reduce a major driver of type 2 diabetes
  • Having antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties – Helps to heal wounds including use by the NHS from burns to ulcers
  • It is an antifungal – also used by the NHS
  • Great for your digestive system as a prebiotic – even effective against Helicobacter Pylori bacteria, a common cause of stomach ulcers
  • A great source of fat free natural energy – better than any energy drink
  • Sweeter than granulated sugar gram for gram – better for those with a sweet tooth and diabetic, and does not raise blood sugars as much as it has a lower GI
  • Great for a cough or a sore throat – recommended by the NHS for upper respiratory infections
Welsh honey natrual necture source

Nutritionally raw Welsh Honey has many properties. Each jar will be slightly different depending on the nectar source of that particular bee in time. Generally honey contains:

  • Glucose and fructose sugars
  • Enzymes
  • Amino acids
  • Minerals – including potassium, calcium and magnesium
  • Vitamins including B and C
  • Pollen

As great as the benefits sounds, we would always recommend a little restraint, as after all it is over 80% pure natural plant-based sugar. But it must be remembered that all these benefits are for raw unadulterated raw Welsh Honey. Should you have any suspicion about your Welsh Honey source and it is adulterated with sugar syrups you will not get the benefits as set out above. Why? Simply because if it’s adulterated it’s not pure raw Welsh Honey.

A more natural approach to beekeeping

12 June 2021

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Bees have been around for over 53 million years, so they know what they are doing. But the number of bees that live unaided naturally in our communities are declining as well as their habitat makes life a little more difficult for them, so we as beekeepers try to help bees out and in return, we use the excess amount of raw Welsh Honey that they produce as a reward for our efforts, to care and nurture them, to invest in them more and to keep food on our own tables.

For many years humans destroyed colonies to get at their precious plant-based sugar that we all know as Welsh Honey, but it does not mean even in the modern day that all beekeepers look after colonies in the same way. We here at Cilgwenyn Bee Farm try to look after the bees with great care, ethically, respectfully and in the most natural yet manageable way possible by using organic and natural methods. No chemical medications such as banned antibiotics nor any pesticides. No big honey production runs, just nice small batches of raw Welsh Honey for you to enjoy at home. For Welsh Honey, we simply cannot just buy ingredients off a shelf and voila, like a cake, we have some more honey! It takes time, it takes a whole ecosystem, it takes patience, and it takes an artisan. And when we are out of that honey for the year, we are out of it. We are not in China where they are, miraculously, able to manufacture it.

Organic honey for hayfever
Is Welsh Honey good for me?

Raw Welsh Honey has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Nobody knows when it was first used in this way but it is known that honey was used to heal in ancient Egypt, but raw Welsh Honey does have some modern data to support it. Raw Welsh Honey is known for several properties including:

  • Being full of Antioxidants – Consisting of organic acids and phenolic compounds which can help lower blood pressure
  • Brilliant at helping to keep allergic reactions at bay – including hay fever from pollen from a variety of sources such as wildflowers and trees
  • Has an ability to improve cholesterol and lower triglycerides – helps to prevent heart attacks, strokes and reduce a major driver of type 2 diabetes
  • Having antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties – Helps to heal wounds including use by the NHS from burns to ulcers
  • It is an antifungal – also used by the NHS
  • Great for your digestive system as a prebiotic – even effective against Helicobacter Pylori bacteria, a common cause of stomach ulcers
  • A great source of fat free natural energy – better than any energy drink
  • Sweeter than granulated sugar gram for gram – better for those with a sweet tooth and diabetic, and does not raise blood sugars as much as it has a lower GI
  • Great for a cough or a sore throat – recommended by the NHS for upper respiratory infections
Welsh honey natrual necture source
Egyptian hieroglyph of beekeeping

Sadly we cannot be certified organic, indeed we know of no place in the UK that can be as bees forage for miles as they cannot be controlled where they go nor can we dictate what people do on their own land legally. If you can find organic honey that is produced by bees in the UK, it’s probably fraudulent sadly. My advice if it says organic and it looks British, look at country of origin – if it says the origin is in the UK let Trading Standards know. We hope this does not spoil your breakfast! We could import certified organic honey, but why? More and more food miles and adding to climate change yet properties between raw Welsh Honey and Organic, even with different flavours and nectar sources, their healthy organic benefits and properties remain roughly the same. The only honey where there are massive differences in anti bacterial qualities are Manuka Honey. But that has its problems as its blended. If you looked at New Zealand’s own statistics they produce some 1,700 tonnes of Manuka Honey, yet 10,000 tonnes of Manuka are sold. I will leave that one with you.

With us using organic and natural methodology we hope that you experience honey as it should be, direct from the beehive. With a little filtration to stop your teeth sticking on beeswax our aim is to bring you the very best which represents raw Welsh Honey as your taste buds travel the natural landscape with a taste of the Wild Welsh Flowers.

Coughs and colds

Nutritionally raw Welsh Honey has many properties. Each jar will be slightly different depending on the nectar source of that particular bee in time. Generally honey contains:

  • Glucose and fructose sugars
  • Enzymes
  • Amino acids
  • Minerals – including potassium, calcium and magnesium
  • Vitamins including B and C
  • Pollen

As great as the benefits sounds, we would always recommend a little restraint, as after all it is over 80% pure natural plant-based sugar. But it must be remembered that all these benefits are for raw unadulterated raw Welsh Honey. Should you have any suspicion about your Welsh Honey source and it is adulterated with sugar syrups you will not get the benefits as set out above. Why? Simply because if it’s adulterated it’s not pure raw Welsh Honey.