What are bee products?
Honey is nectar that is taken from flowers by bees. The water content is reduced in the hive and the result is a sweet tasting honey. Depending on which flowers the bees use to collect nectar from, will determine the taste, consistency and properties of the resulting honey. Manuka honey, which is popular with health conscious people and is made from the nectar of the Manuka flower. Bee pollen is the pollen that bees take back to the hive to feed the young bees. It is humanly harvested and used as food. It is highly nutritious and considered as a super food. Propolis is the glue that bees produce to stick parts of the hive together. It is created from the bud of conifer and poplar trees, mixed with bees wax and other bee secretions. It was used by the Egyptians in the mummification process. Royal Jelly is secreted by bees to feed the queen. It is high in carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals as well as having antibiotic properties and containing many enzymes. Bee venom is harvested from bees and used in beauty products such as skin creams and cleansers.
What do they do in the body?
Raw honey has a high enzyme content. Manuka Honey contains concentrated extracts of Manuka. This is what sets it apart from other honey. Manuka hHoney also contains therapeutic enzymes and is especially prized for its antibacterial properties and has been used for many ailments internally and externally.
Why do I need bee products?
Honey makes a perfect alternative to sugar, as well as providing much needed support in times of illness and infection. Sugar has a detrimental effect on health, while honey has a positive effect on health. Bee pollen, being a highly nutritious super food makes a good addition to our diets. Today’s farming methods have left our soils and food low in nutrition content. Adding in Bee pollen can help increase nutrient intake.
How do I take Bee Products?
Honey can be applied topically to the skin and held in place with a gauze. It can be taken internally, and a therapeutic dose is 1-2 teaspoons per day. The UMF rating which manuka honey is given, rates the products antibacterial properties, so if you are using it specifically for its antibacterial properties, choose one with a high rating. It is best not to heat the honey as this destroys the enzymes and some of the therapeutic benefits. Bee Pollen can be taken in a capsule, or can be taken or added to foods loose.