Bee & Honey Blog

  • Our Top 5 'Blow your mind' Bee Facts

    At this point we truly have to ask ourselves if there is anything that does not fascinate us about the bee. We have talked for hours on end about the wonderful medicinal benefit of pure raw honey and also how wonderfully exciting it is to observe such a beautiful creature and take lessons from its existence. As research dives deeper and deeper into the short life of this exquisite provider, there is still more to learn.  So....in time old fashion we have listed our Top 5 favourite amazing bee facts that will blow your mind!    1. It would only...

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  • Batteries Not Included - Inside the Brain of Mercy

    One astonishing fact about the honeybee is that its tiny brain is only one cubic millimetre in size, but it influences a planet with the circumference of twenty five thousand miles containing seven billion humans. So what actually goes on in this miniscule brain of mercy? Well, the average desktop computer makes around 100 million computations per second and the average modern advanced computer makes around 16 billion computations per second. These figures are mind boggling! However, the honeybee’s 1 cubic millimetre brain can figure out a whopping 10 trillion a second. That’s 625 times greater than the average advanced...

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  • Unity in Complexity - The 'Head Butt' of Community!

    In their wild untamed environment it is common for honeybees to outgrow their hive. When this happens several thousand worker bees will leave the nest with the queen to establish a new colony. Before this mass exodus takes place a few hundred of the oldest and most experienced scout bees will fly out in search of a new dwelling.  When the experienced scouts return they perform the famous ‘waggle dance’, commonly used for informing the hive about a potential food source.   This is where it gets really interesting..... It turns out that the honeybees choose the new site by...

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  • Why do bees have fur?

    You might think the answer is ‘because it’s their stab at being cute!’. Well not exactly. Although it does make them look more approachable (pic below) it is not something we really notice as they fly buy at 15mph. All we see is a flying needle as we jolt uncontrollably to avoid confrontation! The other answer might be ‘So they can stay warm’. Well, although that might seem logical in the winter months, bees generally only live 2-3 weeks and the hive is at its maximum capacity in the summer months when freezing to death is not an issue. The...

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  • Raw Commitment...The way of the steadfast

    Bee Mercy is a personal reality for those who work together to provide a service. The service of providing the seekers of well being the purest and most natural sweetness. Informative and nourishing. Within the establishment and continual success of what we do we are often presented with challenges that highlight the sometimes overwhelming odds we face. As we have mentioned many times before, the provision of honey is only part of what we do. The core of our personality is that of highlighting the plight and message of the bee and in turn highlighting our relationship and balance in...

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  • Sweet dreams! How Raw Honey can help aid sleep.

    We used to believe that the last thing you needed to do to get a good nights sleep was take a spoon of energy food! But surprisingly Raw Honey is great to help aid sleep. Not only that, it's been known for thousands of years! Here's the science...... Pharmacists Mike McInnis believes that raw honey improves and lengthens restorative sleep by at least three mechanisms. When taken before bedtime,  raw honey: a) ensures adequate liver glycogen stores for eight hours of sleep (this prevents or limits the early morning release of two stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline); b) stabilizes blood sugar...

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