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For many cultures over the centuries, honey has been a premium natural sweetener with amazing uses. With its natural properties and unique taste, it’s no wonder its benefits are unimaginable and impressive. Honey is a very beneficial food for our health & body – like immune system, skin, hair and even nails. Let’s take a look at some undeniable benefits of honey

Skin

Thanks to raw honey with its antibacterial and antioxidants properties, it can treat your body of skin problems and irritations such as:

  • Burns and Wounds: Where you experience burns (including sunburns), honey can be applied to the affected area to soothe and relieve the sting. With its antibacterial properties, honey heals wounds and burns effectively.
  • Acne and Spots: Honey acts as a cleansing agent with its antibacterial and antiseptic properties by absorbing the impurities from the skin causing acne and thereby treating the skin from acne and spots.
  • Aging& Wrinkles: Honey helps treat wrinkles and ageing on the skin. As a natural humectant, it moisturizes the top layer of the skin leaving the skin moisturized and refreshed which reduces wrinkles and slows down ageing. You can treat your body with a honey bath or mask.
Hair

For a healthy hair, honey has been categorized as the all-natural moisturizing product that can be used to treat dry hair. Combined with natural oils like coconut oil or olive oil to create a mixture for hair conditioning; it helps straighten the hair, remove dandruff and enrich the hair cuticles to prevent hair loss or thinning.

Health

To avoid and control the risk of diabetes or heart problem, consider adding honey to your diet. Honey as an antioxidant helps protect the heart as studies have shown that polyphenols in honey can reduce the risk of a cardiac arrest. Also, honey while consumed as a replacement for sugar helps reduce diabetes risk.

Excited about the benefits of honey, right? Well, there’s more to it as you can gain more than honey from beekeeping.

Beekeeping is the concept of “bee-farming” for profit in terms of honey, wax and great pollination – if you’re a fruit farmer or grower of berries, almonds or nuts; honey bees can help keep your plants healthy, as it is reported that 30% of the world’s most common food crops require honeybees.

A Quick Outline to Beekeeping

Learn about Beekeeping

Beekeeping is a different ball game to animal farming. Quite relaxing as it doesn’t require you changing water and food trays, cleaning the keep and faeces because bees do all their work themselves like the saying “Busy as a Bee”. However, beekeeping can be a tasking and patient work because it needs strategic management.

Where you’ve decided to start beekeeping, it’s best to learn and familiarize yourself with beekeeping, knowing the right set of beehives and supplies through guide books, research and joining a beekeeping community or association around you.

Order your Bees and Supplies

This is you being serious about being a beekeeper and you’ve armed yourself with enough knowledge but practice they say makes perfect. Choose the type of beehive you’ll like if you plan to set up a beekeeping in your backyard which will serve as a man-made hive for your bees. Langstroth(standard beehive for years) and top-bar hives are the most common types of beehives which are good to maintain the bee colony and for easy collection of honey.

Supplies of beekeeping consist of a hive, smoker, proper clothing (including hood&gloves), extracting equipment, hive tool and gears which shouldn’t cost much and a package of bees. Interestingly, bees can be ordered and delivered by mail, that’s right! You can also choose to get your bees from another beekeeper who can put you through.You can either order a “package bee and a queen” which is a set of bees that’s ordered with a grown queen or a “nuc colony” which is a more established set of bees with a queen that’s started laying brood.

Start Beekeeping

The European Honeybee “Apis Mellifera” is the common species kept in America with North America having 4,000 species; so beekeeping requires management which is influenced by the bee type, climate and beehive. The best time to start beekeeping is in the Spring because it’s the swarm season when bees get busy and you want to get your bees ready. Ensure to provide your bees accessibility to flowers, water and a good sunny view for them to survive. Also, build a high fence for easy and raised flight for the bees and to protect your neighbours. Always ensure your bees are doing fine, with periodic checks.

Harvesting Honey

I bet you didn’t know that 22, 700 bees are required to fill a jar of honey and the queen bee produces between 100,000 to 200,000 bees over the year, Impressive, right? A colony of bees can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year so it takes patience, constant learning and management to a successful beekeeping. As a new beginner, it will take the following year before you can start gaining profits in terms of honey.

To harvest honey, you need to:

  • Wear protective clothing, avoid perfumes or cologne which can attract bees around you.
  • Carry the smoker to keep the bees calm but use sparingly so as not to affect the flavour of the honey.
  • Remove the supers from the beehive and gently brush off attached bees
  • Remove honey from the comb with extractor (centrifuge or spinner) by uncapping the wax from the combs and strain honey with a strainer to avoid excess wax
  • Keep honey in a bucket to settle for 2-3 days allowing foreign object rise to the top for easy removal.
  • Skim off the foam on top of the honey and keep in jars.

Voila, you’ve successfully kept bees and harvested honey!

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Vacation Planning: Relaxation In Advance

Traveling can be very exciting; whether it’s a work travel or even for holidays. It gets more interesting if you have not visited the place before. It’s very easy for you to forget all about proper planning and details of the trip due to all the excitement. Having a good plan for your trip can be invaluable more so if you are going to an unfamiliar destination, the need to plan cannot be overemphasized.

Planning well in advance will let you have lots of time to think about all the necessary things you wish to take with you. Moreover, you will be able to save plenty of money if you book hotel rooms and flight tickets beforehand. This will also give you enough time to search online for some great deals. Wherever you intend to go, having a checklist for your trip makes your life a whole lot easy. This is the following checklist you ought to adopt to make your life easier when going on your trip.

Get informed

Find out a little more about where you want to go. Internet and Google have made life easy to gain access to information. Find out about the culture, people, history, and locality of where you want to travel to. Check for hotels, car rentals, restaurants and other related options. Make a quick list of the rates, locations, amenities, discounts and contact information of several hotels. It will be nice if you know a local person to be your guide. Do some research about the places you will be visiting, such as climate, traditions or even the transportation.

Budget for your trip

Find the cost of things where you intend to visit. Find out the cost of food, hotels, goods, services, and curricular activities. For unforeseen circumstances or expenditures it is advisable to take your credit and debit cards with you. Budget is critical to your trip and you must take out a good amount of time to settle down all the finances. This is where you get the bookings done after an extensive research, use miles and points to save money, find out ways you can save more on travel and food costs and allocate a budget for every tiny expenditure you can possibly think of.

Sort transport

Figure out how you’re getting there, be it by airplane, train or bus. Ensure you have a visa to where you want to go. You may not need one, but check this with your travel agent before you leave. If you need a visa, ensure you get one. It’s also a good reminder to check that you have your passport and visa with you before you travel.

Insurance

You also need to get travel insurance for your trip. This is especially important because a travel insurance can protect you from unfortunate like baggage loss, accidents,trip cancellation, illnessesand injuries that may arise suddenly during the trip. There are different types of insurance policy such as visitor’s health insurance, long-term health insurance, temporary health insurance, insurance for trip cancellation, and so on. Make a thorough research about this so you can make an informed choice.

The Dream Packing

Most of us fail when it comes to packing and we end up merely stuffing the luggage bags with everything and anything. Packing might seem like an insignificant part of the whole fun until you end up realizing it’s really the most important one. Packing the right stuff, whether it is clothing or travel gadgets is crucial and packing the right amount is even more so. Check that you have packed all you would need. You can make a list of all the things so nothing gets left out. Take your medications with you if you are on one. Have a copy of you travel insurance with you. Do not forget your travel ticket. Check the regulation on what you can take with you and what you cannot. Check that you meet customs and quarantine requirements.

While going on a trip is extremely exciting and fun, your trips can be an extremely vacation disaster if you don’t plan it well. Planning is extremely essential to the success of any trip.


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