Stingless Bee Honey
January 17, 2018
Stingless Honey Bees/Drawf Honey Bees or Cheruthen Eecha (as it is commonly called in Kerala) are a smaller version of the Honeybee - they are not more than 5mm in size- but they have no stinger. The species is named Trigona iridipennis.
Just because this bee does not have a sting, it doesn’t mean that they can be underestimated. They defend themselves viciously, by biting (the eyelids especially) and entering the nose and ears of the individual. The Dwarf Honey Bees feast on a range herbs and flowers which is probably why their honey is claimed to have Ayurvedic medicinal properties. The honey produced by the Cheruthen Eecha has a very high Unique Manuka Factor (UMF)- the honey derived from Manuka tree flowers which have high antimicrobial properties. These antimicrobial properties help a person heal internally and externally, by consumption and/or application. It is also completely natural and pure unlike the honey produced by honey bees that may feast on flowers grown with pesticide. The only drawback of the cheruthen eecha and their honey is that the amount produced is lesser than that produced by the honey bee, in a set period of time.
The honey is said to reduce fever and help cure different types of infections. What is the difference between Honey from large honey bees and dwarf honey bees?
Dwarf bee honey is the right amount of sweet and has a pleasant aroma. Large bee honey is very sweet
Dwarf bee honey has more medicinal value than large bee honey
Dwarf honey bees don’t mix their pollen with their honey whereas larger bees do (the mix is known as bee bread).
Dwarf bees’ beeswax is golden in colour after melting and filtering it. Large bees’ beeswax is white or off-white in colour.
Dwarf bees’ honey has more water content than large bees’ honey.
Dwarf bees’ honey comes in only different shades of amber unlike that of large honey bees.
The vitamin (A, B, C, D and E ), mineral, glucose, and bioflavonoid rich Stingless Bee Honey is a precious natural produce that can only be collected in small amounts at a time. Replacing your normal honey with this healthy and pure alternative will make your life healthier, inside and out.
P.S : Revollt has gone a step beyond and done lab tests and inspection of the produce to prove its quality and purity. The team of Revollt believes in delivering goodness and purity to its customers and would not shy away away from going the extra mile to prove the goodness and pureness of its products.
January 12, 2018
K.M Hilal is an agriculturalist, who is famous for spreading Natural Farming Methods in Kerala. Hilal was born and brought up in Alappuzha town. Surrounded by farms, Hilal ironically never thought much of agriculture.
During his college days in Kottayam, he was a passionate student activist and a responsible student leader. He graduated with a degree in Economics and was selected to be the leader of SFI in Kottayam. He then started thinking of a more stable career.
When Hilal went into hiding due to political issues (1992) he met with farmers and learnt about their way of life. He consequently developed an interest in farming, with the desire to do something different.
He leased 8 acres with his friends, and tried to cultivate foreign vegetables. Their two year effort ended in a failure and a loss of over 8 lakhs. After working in a screen-printing unit and a graphics studio, he then worked at a Coca Cola plant which was situated near an agriculturally active zone. The ill-effects of pesticide surrounded him, even in the factory. This inspired him to learn about natural farming methods.
He attended Subhash Palekar’s workshop which further fueled his passion by changing his views on agriculture. Hilal visited zero-budget natural farms in Karnataka, which convinced him about the goodness of natural farming. He started to spread the word about zero-budget farming, whilst searching for determined youngsters to help him with his aim.
He and a group of 21 year olds who quit their job, started farming rice in Irinjalakuda. Slowly, schools in the neighbourhood and other people also joined their cause. Now they cultivate rice and other crops in over 61 acres all over the state. Those who use fertilizers have been removed from the group.
Natural farming techniques do not incorporate the use of pesticides, fertilizers or equipment. Natural farming depends on a lot of time and manual labour, and as a result the crops are grown naturally, with no added organically or chemically made-fertilizers. The harvest is healthy and it is also feasible and inexpensive for farmers.
Buying Hilal products is not only good for those who ingest it, but is also good for farmers and the Earth.
January 12, 2018
Chanderi is a town situated in Ashoknagar District, Madhya Pradesh. Legend says that this town was founded by Shisupala, Lord Krishna’s cousin. Surrounded by nature’s beauty, this town is well-known for it’s Chanderi saris or fabric. It’s famous for it’s sheer texture, light-weight material and royal appearance.
The Chanderi fabric was originally weaved by Muslims. The tradition began in the 13th century. In 1350, the Koshti weavers from Jhansi moved to Chanderi to settle there. The sale and trade of Chanderi reached its peak in the Mughal period.
There are three types of Chanderi saris. The fabric is made by weaving in golden Zari and silk in cotton yarn. This makes the fabric shiny. Peacocks, geometric patterns, floral and coin designs are woven into the fabric. The designed gold or/and silver zari embellishes the brocade with royalty. This, the grand embroidery and the fine silk, is what makes Chanderi fabrics popular. It is the most preferred material for summer wear and its luxurious quality makes it perfect for ceremonies and special occasions.
Nowadays, the exquisite fabric is not only used for saris, it is also used to stitch Chanderi salwar kameez and other attires. It is also used to make pillow covers, curtains etc. This versatile handloomed cloth is unique and impeccably crafted, making all the items stitched from it truly rare and special.