It seems a lot of chocolate companies are adopting a Spring theme with their Easter Eggs.
Perhaps they realise how tired we are of the cold now?
Ethical chocolate from Divine
So, Divine, the fairtrade chocolate company has introduced Bee Shaped Chocolates made with smooth milk chocolate and small pieces of honeycomb crunch.
Bees, of course, are vital to the planet’s eco-system – 70% of the food we eat grows because of them. And they’ve been in the news a lot lately because their numbers are dropping to dangerous levels. In addition to all their worthy chocolate work in Ghana, Divine are now also asking everyone to encourage bees back to Britain by planting wild flowers. They’ve teamed up with beehappyplants.co.uk to get you a money-off offer this Spring.
With the chocolate egg hunt kit there’s something for everyone
Honeycomb bees isn’t the only Easter chocolate from Divine. Whether it’s dark or milk or white chocolate eggs, little or large, there literally is something for everyone, especially with their Beano Easter Egg Hunt Kit. All, naturally, made from the “best of the best” cocoa and free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives, and suitable for vegetarians.
While speculation continues, one thing remains certain, bees are dying.
A third of UK bee colonies have vanished over the last two years, according to the Soil Association, due to unethical farming practices. Worryingly, one third of the food we eat depends on the pollination work that is done by bees.
Thankfully, people are taking notice. Scientists are doing research, governments are being petitioned.
Now, the latest step is an organic berry bar and chocolate bar have been brought out, a percentage of the proceeds of which goes towards the Bee Guardian Foundation, an organisation that encourages everyone to get involved in looking after bees in some way.
The bars are called Beond bars and they are made Raw, vegan, gluten and soya free.
I scalded my hand the other day, and to make matters worse I was wearing gloves... Someone jogged me, the hot water spilled onto my hand and I couldn’t get the glove off quickly enough. By the time I took off my glove the skin had blistered under the heat. Then, I should have covered the wound with a clean cloth but failure to do so meant it became infected.
Why do I tell you this sorry tale? Well, there is a happy ending. After cleaning the wound I applied some manuka honey, well known for its powerful antibacterial properties. It sealed the wound perfectly, and when I applied some more the next day I could feel it working, cleaning away any left over disease.
Hospitals are using manuka honey to heal wounds after surgery, it’s that effective, and while a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) of 15+ is recommended for acute infections, the milder 10+ antiseptic manuka will do a good job (the number is the equivalent to the potency of a chemical antiseptic). What’s more manuka honey is completely natural.
People with digestive problems often testify to how eating manuka with just UMF 5+ kills off the bacteria that causes them pain. Researchers report excellent results in using manuka to defeat MRSA, and it is useful for eczema, acne and sunburn; scientists are even looking into its possible benefits with food poisoning. However there are imitations of the real thing so make sure you don’t go paying a lot of money for nothing.
Another benefit of manuka is with oral health and gum disease. For this purpose manuka is often diluted and gargled because it defeats some of the bacteria which produce acid and thereby plaque. Honey New Zealand have developed a throat spray with a power of 20+ which fights infections using a mixture of manuka and propolis.
Propolis itself is another product which helps to produce white blood cells and can be bought in liquid form alone. Studies continue in order to clarify the properties of Propolis and the potential treatment of eczema, asthma, arthritis and immune disorders.
Q: I came across an old magazine that had an article about using bee stings as a remedy for MS. I have a dear friend who has just been diagnosed, and I think she would be interested in learning about anything that might help. Should I mention this to her, or would I just be inviting false hope?
Dr Wright says: There are some real challenges and concerns about bee venom therapy, particularly as there is an underground of patients who are routinely practicing self-stinging to get relief. The high incidence of allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis, makes this particularly dangerous. The inability to control dosage also makes it clinically difficult to track and predict the effectiveness of the treatment. Many MS patients are passionate about their results, however, and it is clearly gaining more and more notice as a possible treatment option.
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