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Honey Gardens Plant Allies
Honey Gardens is a manufacturer of high-quality, Apitherapy raw honey and plant-based products. Their formulas are made from medicinal plants, flower pollen, and truly raw honey.
The company was founded in 1965 when two visionary brothers started keeping bees on the top field of the family farm. They soon jumped into studies of entomology and agricultural sciences at Cornell University. After finishing their studies, they began working for beekeepers in Finger Lakes (NY) – their role was to inspect bees for the State of Vermont. Part of their vision is to connect people to the land while also supporting the work of the bees. To achieve that, the company focuses on helping keep land from development, promoting a sustainable relationship between humans and nature.
To date, Honey Gardens has worked with more than 1,200 colonies in the St. Lawrence River Valley (NY) and the Champlain Valley (Vermont) and has also gifted numerous hives that were used to train the locals in beekeeping and pollination to local beekeepers.
In the beginning, the two brothers were working with around 180 bee colonies, which gave them the idea to gradually introduce raw, farm-style honey to the markets of Vermont and Boston. At a time when people would consume liquid heated honey that was sold at supermarkets, getting your hands on raw, unfiltered honey was a big deal. People could, finally, get the nutrition and good taste of raw honey in their attempt to lead healthy lives.
A few years later, the brothers drew inspiration from homebred health and tradition and developed the Elderberry syrup formula. One of the company founders then decided to bring together a team of herbalists to help him expand the company product list. This led to the development of Wild cherry bark syrup, Salve, and Propolis spray.
Honey Gardens has formulas falling into one of the following four distinct categories (1) Raw honey, (2) Raw honey syrups, (3) Propolis, and (4) Varietal raw honey. Many people wonder whether raw and concentrate propolis is the very same thing. Honey Gardens explains that the first contains 30-50% wax and has not been cleaned while the latter is heated, which allows the wax to melt out. This also allows us to have a cleaner resin of higher concentration, free from extraneous materials, such as heavy metals and bee parts. The concentrated propolis contains all the health benefits of its constituents, including minerals, antioxidant bioflavonoids, vitamins, pollen, essential oils, balsams, and resins. Speaking of pollen, it is worth saying that although it cannot be considered a perfect food (it lacks vital vitamins), it still is an excellent food source, which has twice the amount of iron of other highly nutritious foods, such as whole-wheat bread, beans, chicken, and beef. It is also one of the best natural sources of Niacin, Riboflavin, and Thiamine (all B-vitamins).
Not all royal jelly is of the same quality. In fact, its potency varies and largely depends on the supplier. To ensure potency, it is paramount to test royal jelly for its 10-HAD (unique fatty acid). The Honey Gardens royal jelly is sourced only from reputable suppliers and is then tested in the state-of-the-art, in-house Honey Gardens laboratories for 10-HAD as a means to ensure it is 100% pure.
It should also be noted that fresh royal jelly should be processed in a way so that it preserves its nutritional value. For that reason, it must be frozen or blended with honey at room temperature. Now, you may hear about freeze-dried royal jelly powder, which is nothing more than fresh royal jelly that has been dehydrated (removed of all its water content). Due to its powdery form, it is easier and more convenient to use (also allows for more diverse use) and is best in softgels, chewables, or tablets.
Among the top-rated Honey Gardens formulas are:
Wild Cherry Bark Syrup – A formula that contains a proprietary blend of a wide range of ingredients. Besides Wild Cherry Bark Syrup, these include raw honey, propolis, licorice root, apple cider vinegar, elecampane root, ginger root, and essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemon, to name a few. All these compounds are found to provide the respiratory system with the nutritional support it needs to remain healthy. It is provided in bottles of either 4 oz or 8 oz.
Elderberry Syrup – Rich in Vitamin C, elderberries have been traditionally used by Native Americans for the prevention of the common cold. It was also much appreciated for its immune-boosting properties and for helping improve people’s overall well-being, especially in the cold months. The addition of Apitherapy honey (unfiltered, non-heated honey) enables the consumer to get the maximum health benefits of beeswax, propolis, and pollen, traces of which are found in the product. It also contains echinacea and apple cider vinegar and is provided in 4oz and 8oz bottles.
Propolis Spray – To achieve maximum effectiveness, this formula contains a synergy of a lichen called Usnea, a wildcrafted herb, namely purple loosestrife, propolis, and raw honey. Propolis has potent antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anticancer, antifungal, immunomodulatory, and antiulcer properties, which helps treat a plethora of diseases.