Manuka Honey

Did you know? “New Zealand’s manuka honey is another example of a floral honey that’s considered superior for medicinal use.  Manuka honey has been recommended for stomach and duodenal ulcers, and case reports from physicians in New Zealand report that it is effective.”  (Broadhurst p.37, 2000) Did you know? “In cell cultures, manuka honey has been shown to inhibit the growth of Helicobacter Pylori, the bacteria that often cause or contribute…

Saudi Arabian Honey

Did you know? “Animal and cell culture studies have provided some clues regarding the manner in which honey protects the stomach and small intestine.  In a 1997 study, floral honey from Saudi Arabia was shown to prevent increased (alcohol-induced) permeability of the blood vessels in the stomach.  Increased vascular permeability is considered an initial sign of damage to the stomach lining.  Blood vessels that are more permeable than normal begin…

Why Does Propolis Work?

Did you know? “More than 180 phytochemicals found in propolis are known to have biological activity in mammals.  (Biological activity refers to a substance’s ability to significantly and consistently affect or alter aspects of the metabolism.)”  (Broadhurst p.29, 2000) Did you know? “Flavonoids are the most abundant compounds commonly found in propolis.  Flavonoids are a very large class of phytochemicals.  They are ubiquitous is all seed plants, and many have…

Water In Pollen

Did you know? “Fresh bee pollen granules are 10 to 20 percent water.  Traditionally, to prevent spoilage, pollen is sun – or oven-dried within days of collection.  The resulting granules of bee pollen that are offered for sale contain 4 to 8 percent water.”  (Broadhurst p.20, 2000) Did you know? “Pollen is also often sold dehydrated or pressed into tablets, in which case the water content is less than 5…

What is Propolis

Did you know? “Propolis consists mainly of resins exuded from leaf buds and the bark of certain trees.  These resins are collected by a honeybee colony’s designated group of ‘propolis harvesters,’ and are then mixed with a little wax, honey and enzymes.”  (Broadhurst p.23, 2000) Did you know? “Bees use propolis as a kind of putty, for sealing cracks and openings in the hive and to strengthen and repair honeycombs. …

New Beekeeper

Did you know? “Before bee-keeping is even contemplated, it’s important to know how the honey bee lives its life, who’s who in the hive, how the hive hierarchy works, what are the natural enemies of bees, and so on.  This will make it much easier for you to manage and care for your bees, be aware of any likely problems, and finally harvest the all-important honey that will be produced. …

What is Honey

Did you know? “Honey is produced from flower nectar collected by honeybees in spring, summer and early autumn.  Some bees also collect ‘honey-dew’ from the sugary secretion of aphids that feed on tree sap.”  (Broadhurst p.33, 2000) Did you know? “Nectar is greatly concentrated; it is stored in wax cells, thousands of which from the honeycomb.  In a natural honeybee colony, honey serves as food for bees through the winter,…

Buying Bee Pollen

Did you know? “High-quality, fresh pollen should consist of soft, pliable granules that have been neither pasteurized nor heat treated.  The highest-quality bee pollen is frozen as its collected, and stored frozen until it’s packaged.  Fresh, raw pollen is in fact fresh produce, and it needs to be treated as such.  Just like fresh fruits and vegetables, pollen is intrinsically variable, perishable and subject to mishandling.  The granules you buy…

Bee Pollen and Medicine

Did you know? “The detoxifying and healing properties of bee pollen have been appreciated for years.  Pollen has helped to alleviate allergies, fatigue, high cholesterol and triglycerides, infertility, impotence  varicose veins, recovery from illness and surgery, prostatitis and cancer.”  (Broadhurst p.14-15, 2000) Did you know? “A 1971 study done in Moscow found that 250 milligrams of bee pollen administered twice per day remarkably improved the symptoms of bleeding gastric ulcer patients.  Chinese studies on humans…

The Honeybee

Did you know? “There are about seven species of honeybee in the world and just over 40 subspecies, all grouped within the genus Apis.  Today, however, whenever the term honeybee is used, we usually mean the domesticated European or Western honeybee, Apis Mellifera.  Honeybees as a group probably originated in Southern Asia, but various races became well-established in areas such as Africa and Europe, both in the wild as well…