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Propolis -dental inflammation begone

The tiny world of bees is a magical place and propolis (a bee resin) just can’t stay out of the lime light in the research world. A recent review on literature has shown that propolis is an effective natural ingredient that can be used for prevention and treatment in dentistry and oral care. The… More Propolis -dental inflammation begone
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colors of propolis

The Many Colors of Propolis: The Tiny World of Bees

Brown, red and green these are the colors of propolis. But what is this Propolis you ask? Propolis is a resin like substance that is collected by bees from poplar and cone bearing trees and is mixed with beeswax and salivary enzymes. The bees use propolis for protecting the hive against microorganisms, predators, and temperature… More The Many Colors of Propolis: The Tiny World of Bees
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Tiny World of Bees; Royal Jelly and Type 2 Diabetes

The tiny world of bees is a place where all kinds of magical things take place. Not only do they create honey, bee pollen and royal jelly not so ceremoniously called “bee spit” they also help maintain our ecosystems through pollination. Royal jelly is made to feed all of the bee larva in the hive… More Tiny World of Bees; Royal Jelly and Type 2 Diabetes
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Propolis… Never ending Benefits

We have talked about propolis before but it has so many active properties that benefit health it is hard to fit it all into one article. Propolis is a resin that bees use to protect their hive from bacteria and more. Recent studies, specifically on New Zealand propolis, have shown that it also contains… More Propolis… Never ending Benefits
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Meet A Beekeeper

Meet A Beekeeper

Meet Terry Bone, one of PRI’s beekeepers! Terry has been keeping bees for so long, his friends refer to him as “Honeyman”.

Terry is a competitive ocean swimmer, winning gold in his age group nationally (and silver the year before – his first full year of national competition). Terry also has Crohn’s disease, this and intensive swim training are hard on his body.

He is really interested in food and natural health so Terry landscaped the backyard of their cottage building terraced vegetable gardens, planting fruit trees he could in the small space and sourcing reclaimed landscaping items.

He is currently developing a section of regenerating native trees at Lake Rotoiti. He is planting additional natives on the land and will build a simple two-bedroom cabin there. The plan is to have the shell built and to complete a lot of the internal design and fitout using recycled and handmade materials. 

Swimming and bees take most of his time, but he unwinds in the kitchen. Terry loves preparing food from scratch. He also built his own outdoor pizza oven. People who come to their house will receive a meal whether they want one or not and will probably leave with a jar of something homemade. 

Terry truly believes in supporting the holistic guardianship of the bees. The underlying ethos is that humans and bees are now interdependent for survival. This is a complex issue but we believe it is vital that we pay and empower those who raise and care for bees. Read more about what it means to be a Sustainable Beekeeper in our recent blog post. 🐝


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