Bee Products!

Happy hump day! It’s a little chilly here in Vancouver today. I was really looking forward to some sun on my day off. Despite the lack of sunshine, I`ve had a wonderful day so far. I went to a kundalini yoga class this morning that made me feel very relaxed and rejuvenated. Wednesday is my day off work and school and I try to relax as much as possible.

School has been absolutely amazing and eye-opening. We start anatomy tomorrow and I`m very excited. I haven’t taken very many science courses in the past so I’m ready to take in all the information. It’s amazing how our body and its organs function each day. It has really helped me understand my body more and what it needs to be nourished and happy. I truly believe that this is what I was meant to do.

Our teacher told us all about the benefits and uses of honey and bee products. You can take what you want from this information. I just thought it was extremely fascinating and wanted to share it with you.

Raw Honey

Keep in a mind that there is a difference between raw and unpasteurized honey. Raw honey can only be heated up to a temperature of about a 60 watt light bulb (just enough to pour it into a container). You can usually find raw honey at your local health food store or farmers market (right from the source, even better).  They say that bees are the link between the plant and animal world. The thermal temperature of honey is neutral as the internal temperature of a hive is the same as our body.

Uses:

–          Folk remedy for upset stomach
–          Harmonizing effect on liver, helps neutralize toxins
–          Topical pain reliever for muscles
–          Used for stomach ulcers
–          Great anti-bacterial source
–          Canker sores (inflammation and healing)
–          High blood pressure
–          Constipation (has a moistening effect)

–          Can be applied directly to burns (you can soak the gauze in honey)

Mix water with equal parts honey and apple cider vinegar. This mixture will harmonize the stomach and liver. You can also add a dash of cinnamon for blood sugar balance.

Keep in mind that honey is still a sugar and to eat in moderation!

Also a question to ask the bee farmer when you are searching for your raw honey is how they feed their bees. Do they feed themselves? If they say they are fed a sugar mixture, then you know they are taking too much from the bees.

 

Now the other three of the bee products I’m going to tell you about are completely new to me. I thought it was so interesting that humans can use these products from the bees!

Bee Pollen

–          Sold in crystals or granules
–          Food of the young bee
–          High in protein and amino acids
–          Source of vitamin B12
–          One of nature’s most complete foods as it’s very nourishing
–          ½ of the protein is in free form amino acids (That means your body doesn’t have to break it down in digestion as the amino acids are already available)
–          Considered an energy and nutritive tonic (used to tone and build)
–          Anti-bacterial

–          Anti-cancer properties

Uses for humans:

–          Increased energy
–          Increased endurance and vitality
–          Increased longevity
–          Supports recovery of chronic illness such as auto-immune diseases
–          Energetic quality of sustaining life
–          Reduce cravings and addictions (both food and substance)
–          Helps build and strengthen blood

–          Helps regulate intestines

How to take:

Start small. Take a 1/8th of a teaspoon (assuming you have no pollen allergies) every day for three days. See if there are any reactions. Stop for a couple days and then reintroduce. When you start again you can increase the amount if wanted as you can take up to a teaspoon a day. You can take even more if you are using to help with a chronic illness. Do take caution as you can develop an allergy to pollen during this time.

Royal Jelly

The bees make this by chewing pollen and mixing with secretions from the glands in their brains (so cool). Royal Jelly is the food of infant bees and the sole food of the queen bee. It is an energetic, nutritive tonic and has the same properties as bee pollen, but it`s far more enhanced. It has a strong effect on glandular and reproductive systems as it helps support overall hormonal health.

Uses:

–          Anti-tumour properties
–          Malnutrition (eating disorders, illness, etc.)
–          Arthritis
–          Leukemia
–          Wasting diseases

–          Anti-bacterial properties

Bee pollen is a fraction of the cost. Only a small amount of royal jelly is made by the bees so it’s a lot more expensive. It’s also a lot harder to harvest.

Propolis

Bees make propolis by collecting resinous tree sap (crusty bits of sap on the tree) and mixing it with wax. They use this mixture to seal their hives.

–          Rich and complex molecule combination
–          Health sustaining aspects
–          Powerful/natural antibiotic and anti-viral
–          Known to have a synergistic effect on certain bacteria

–          Breaks down bacterial walls 

I hope you enjoyed this information I shared with you. I was just so amazed as our teacher was telling us. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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One response to “Bee Products!

  1. I learned yesterday that bee pollen and honey are also great to help deal with seasonal allergies to…pollen! If you start taking it before and during allergy season, it can help with symptoms! However, it has to be local honey and pollen! This works within the homeopathic mindset of like treats like. Honey is truly the nectar of life! Awesome informative write-up Elisa!

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