Raw, ulfiltered honey is said to help people suffering from seasonal allergies. It is key to consume the honey that is local to YOU if you are hoping to help alleviate allergies. Also it is best to eat is at room temperature - adding it to boiling tea or cooking with it can destroy the benefits to allergy sufferers.
Beeswax wraps help us cut down on the amount of plastic we use! They mould under the warmth of human touch but then harden when refrigerated. In addition, the beeswax may help food last longer. Beeswax is said to have anti - microbial properties.
Honey is used in many of our soaps because it is a natural humectant, which means it absorbs moisture from the air. Honey also contains antioxidants and natural sugars which may increase the lather of cold process soap. The honey we use at Cape Gold comes from our own colonies of honeybees.
Adding beeswax to cold process soaps can add hardness to the bars and help them last longer.
Natural beeswax is wonderful in salves and balms. It helps spread the oils while retaining a semi solid texture.
Used for beeswax wraps, beeswax melts in the heat of your hands, giving you the opportunity to shape the wrap to cover a bowl, plate, or piece of food. When it chills it hardens.
Propolis is a substance made by bees from tree resins. They make it to stick parts of the hive together and eliminate cracks. Beekeepers can scrape this substance off the wood and use in in soaps and salves. Propolis is said to have anti - microbial properties. It is said to have amazing benefits for the skin.
Taken in a tincture, propolis is used by many people for throat ailments.
Jen and Terry Gray started beekeeping in 2015. The Grays started with two colonies and they have multiplied to 21 (at the time of writing - this always changes).
We love our bees. They are amazing pollinators and wonderful to watch.
Yes, bees sting, but they do not typically 'attack' humans. They sting to defend their colony. Beekeepers do not like to be stung but it is an understood part of the job. If you are ever stung by a honeybee, remove the stinger immediately. Next, apply some chewed plantain leaf to the area. The pain should stop in a minute or so. You are not truly "allergic" to honeybee venom if you swell and itch. Everyone has that reaction! Be wary of any difficulty breathing after a sting - that could signal an allergy.
Honey from different seasons.
Managing 15+ honey bee colonies in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Several extractions a summer allows for honey varieties
Small batch soaps made with a lot of imagination and some fabulous additions from our local honey bee colonies