Bees have this amazing hive they live in and they produce everything they need to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Bees pollinate plants and flowers around their neighborhood to help in the reproduction process of local flowering plants.
*Note: When I speak about honey in this article, I speak of wild, raw and local honey
Honey, Nature's Own Sweetener
Not all bees produce honey, it is the honey Bee that feasts on flowers and collects flower nectar in their mouths and turns it into what we call honey. They then bring it back to the hive and deposit the honey into the hives walls. Honey contains rich sources of enzymes, vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy.
All honey should be eaten raw to receive the rich nutrient based enzymes and other medicinal properties.
Not All Honey Is Created Equal
If you buy honey, please try to buy wild, raw, local honey. When honey goes through the pasteurization process it kills the enzymes and vitamins that help maintain health.If you buy wild, raw, local honey from a small producer you are ensured that the bees were treated humanely and with respect. Some non wild, corporate honey makers feed their bees HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) instead of leaving them some of their own honey to survive. That's not nice! They can also use toxic chemicals and pesticides on the plants that the bees are getting their honey from. If you buy regular commercial pasteurized honey you will not receive all of the amazing health benefits of raw, wild, local honey.
Nutrients in Raw Honey
Propolis, sometimes called "bee glue," is actually a complex mixture of resins and other substances from tree bark. Trees use this resin to repair themselves.
Honeybees collect this resin from the trees and use it to seal the hive and make the hive safe from bacteria and other micro-organisms. The bioflavonoids make the propolis an immune supporting and anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral substance for us.
Royal jelly is a honey/pollen secretion that is used in the production of larvae for the queen bee. Royal jelly is secreted from the glands in the heads of worker bees, and is fed to all bee larvae and to produce another queen bee if needed. Only the queen bee is fed royal jelly throughout her life, the rest of the bees feed on honey. Royal jelly has been known as the fountain of youth; it contains many vitamins and minerals that may help reduce the aging process. It has a great amount of all B vitamins, especially B5, which is needed for skin health and necessary for stressful times. It also contains an important fluid that may help regulate nerve impulses between the fibers which helps us think more clearly.
Bee pollen is the reproductive material of the plant world. It is that dusty yellowish substance from flowers. Bee’s collect it on their legs and bring it back to the hive. It is filled with a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It also contains all the necessary essential amino acids to make a complete protein. Bee pollen is approximately 25% protein and because the protein is predigested it is easily absorbed in the body.
Some wondeful Benefits Of Bee Products
Raw honey has been shown to heal wounds and burns, especially manuka honey from New Zealand.
Bee pollen has a possibility of reducing the production of histamine therefore reducing local allergies.
Honey also contains particles of pollen from local plants and some people believe that ingesting local raw honey helps build up immunity which in turn helps with local allergies.
Has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, less inflammation gives you less aches and pains and less possibility for disease to form.
Raises levels of certain antioxidants which help fight free radical damage in your body.
Did You Know?
A Honey bees life span is about 3 months and a queens is about 5 years.
Honey bees visit about 2 million flowers to make 1 lb of honey
All worker bees are female
Drones are male honey bees
Bees eat about 8 lbs honey to produce 1 lb of bees wax
Please support the environment and bees by purchasing raw local honey, Much of my research was taken from David Wolfe, Superfoods book as well as the Whfoods.org website. I recommend consulting your health expert before trying royal jelly, propolis or pollen for medicinal purposes.