I'm Alyson and I'm The Bee Lady. I look after several hives of honey bees in and around Bristol.
After taking some time out in 2010, following redundancy, I was away at a festival and took part in several workshops which included foraging, preserving food and making lotions and potions.
This experience made me want to focus on this areas in my new career and saw the opportunity to combine my love of gardening with my new found interest in beekeeping to make my own products.
There and then, Hives and Herbals was born....
It's all about the bees.I was very clear from the beginning that I wanted my products to be as ˜Natural as can bee'. I also wanted to make sure that my honey bees were well cared for and treated with respect - valuing the contribution they make to the local eco-system.
Everything I make is made as simply and purely as possible and is good enough to eat
Visit my shop for beeswax products handmade by a Bristol Beekeeper
Only surplus raw honey is removed from my hives, simply filtered and bottled.
The purest wax is collected, cleaned and used for my balms and salves.
Bees gather a tree resin called Propolis. They use it to waterproof and germ proof the hive. It has anti fungal, anti bacterial, anti inflammatory, anti viral and immune boosting properties. I gather it off my hives and use it to make a salve and a tincture.