Frequently Asked Questions
What is Jelly Bush Honey?
The honey is produced by bees that feed on the nectar of the ‘Jelly Bush’ or Leptospermum polygalifolium. This bush is part of the same family as the famed New Zealand ‘Manuka’ or Leptospermum family.
Jelly Bush Honey has the equivalent benefits and is as active as the famed Manuka honey and in some applications is said to be even more beneficial.
Jelly Bush Honey is now being used for a variety of medicinal purposes in hospitals around the country due to it’s healing and immune boosting properties. The use of Jelly Bush Honey has evolved from an alternative therapy to being scientifically proven as providing benefits to the body, inside and out.
The activity of the honey is measured in Australia based on the level of MGO (Methylglyoxal) activity and we use a minimum of ULF 20+ in our skincare.
Why do we use Jelly Bush Honey?
The reason we choose to put Jelly Bush in to all of our products is because we believe it is the best possible ingredient we can provide to you. Jelly Bush has been proven to contain remarkable anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and healing qualities, all superb for your skin. Jelly Bush honey has also been shown to have intense benefits for your inner health as it boosts your immune system and also provides healing and protection from ulcers and other digestion problems. The anti-bacterial properties also assist to cure sore throats.
The activity of the honey is measured in Australia based on the level of MGO (Methylglyoxal) activity and we use a minimum of ULF 20+ in our skincare. The honey we use is always independently tested and certified.
These qualities in the honey help to protect and heal the skin, assisting with ageing, acne, burns, eczema, psoriasis, scaring and other skin conditions.
What sizes are the wraps?
Large wrap 32 x 34cm
Medium wrap 25 x 26cm
Small wrap 20 x 21cm
Extra large 42 x 42cm
Baguette wrap 32 x 70cm
Sandwich wrap 32 x 32cm
How do I care for the wraps?
Use cold water to wash. This is the most important factor in caring for your beeswax wrap. Simply run a cold tap and use your fingers or a very soft cloth to clean the wrap. Alternatively, fill a small amount of water into a shallow bowl and wash the wrap in the bowl. Apply some detergent (of the most natural kind you have available) if you've used the wrap with something very sticky for instance.
Beeswax wraps are naturally antibacterial, so there's no need to use a lot of detergent or be too aggressive when washing. Just wash to the extent that's required to remove any debris. When using the wraps with fresh produce, a very quick rinse may be all that's necessary.
Dry naturally by hanging your wrap or pegging it on an indoor line, or by placing the wrap on your dish rack. Don't use any heat to speed up the process- they dry quick on their own- but you can pat them down with a tea towel if you would like to use them again immediately.
How do I store the wraps?
When not in use, place in a drawer away from direct sunlight. Rolling a few up and placing them on an easy to reach shelf or in a jar (away from direct sunlight) is a good way to trigger your memory to use them too. Also ensure whatever space you are storing them is not over a heating duct.
Uses for them ?
The wraps are perfect to wrap sandwiches, cover bowls and wrap fresh produce to help it last in the fridge. Good examples are to use them on half an avocado, celery, herbs, and bread.
Is it vegan ?
No, our wraps use beeswax which comes from bee hives.
Are the wraps biodegradable?
Yes. The idea is that beeswax wraps are a more sustainable alternative. We use organic cotton and natural ingredients that allow them to biodegrade without leaving harmful residues in the soil. You can pop them in the compost.
Is Apiary Made certified organic?
No we are not certified organic, hence we do not use certified logos. However we source organic ingredients wherever we can and over 70% of our ingredients are certified organic.
Are Apiary Made products handmade?
We hand make everything where possible in our factory in Wonga Park, Victoria. Our beeswax wraps are totally handmade: we cut our fabric, create our wax mixture, apply the wax, dry and label the wrap packs ourselves. We make our beeswax pillar candles and our beeswax vessels are hand spun, glazed and hand filled with wax. We hand harvest our wildflower honey.
Where do Apiary Made ingredients come from?
Where we can we source everything from Australia. Our bee pollen is organic and sourced from Western Australia. Wildflower honey is sourced from our bees and is therefore local Yarra Valley honey. When we can’t keep up with demand we source our beeswax from ethical beekeepers in South Australia. We do source our organic cotton from China and our natural resin is also from Asia, as there are no manufacturers of these products in Australia.
What is Tree Resin?
Colophony Tree Resin is a dried and cleaned part of the resin obtained from pines and some other plants, mostly conifer trees. It is a brittle and transparent brownish or yellowish substance added to the beeswax blend to make the mixture more malleable.
This is a product that we need to import as resin can not be bought locally within Australia and often comes from some parts of the US and Asia.
It is a natural product and can not be certified organic.
What is ethical beekeeping?
We have a strong focus on ethical beekeeping. One can practise beekeeping ethically by ensuring that upon any contact with a hive, the bees are put first, meaning one should only ever harvest honey that is surplus to the needs of the hive. The bees must be left with enough of their produce so they are never overworked and have enough honey to eat during times where nectar flow is low. They must be able to survive all seasons comfortably.
Do we have bees?
Yes we do have bees. Our bees are located in Healesville (Yarra Valley) in pristine areas.
What do you put bee pollen with ?
Bee Pollen is a food source. Sprinkle a small amount on porridge, smoothies, or on salads. Pollen has a herbaceous flavour with a subtle honey sweetness.