A more natural approach to beekeeping
12 June 2021
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.
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