The benefits of bees are endless!
But, if your only encounter with a bee is its stinger, you may be missing out on health and beauty products made by bees.
The term “as busy as a bee” was well-earned by these hardworking little creatures.
It’s shocking, but worker bees truly work themselves to death.
In this article we will focus on their benefits and what they give us.
Here are some of the numerous products made by bees that humans use.
What Bees Do For The Environment
Bees do a lot of wonderful things besides just the products for our health.
These busy bees also keep flowers growing.
Without bees it is likely a lot of plants or flowers would die off with no other way of pollination to be done.
“The most important thing that bees do is pollinate.
Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators.
When a bee collects nectar and pollen from the flower of a plant, some pollen from the stamens—the male reproductive organ of the flower—sticks to the hairs of her body.
When she visits the next flower, some of this pollen is rubbed off onto the stigma, or tip of the pistil—the female reproductive organ of the flower.
When this happens, fertilization is possible, and a fruit, carrying seeds, can develop.”
The source for this section was bees.techno-science.ca
“Simply put, without bees, many plants would have no way to reproduce and die out.
Bees play an important role in the life cycle of most plants and flowers.
Interestingly, there are dozens of species of solitary bees that have evolved to pollinate a single type of plant, and coexisting in unison with the lifespan of that plant.
Without that specific species’ devotion to that plant, the plant would cease to reproduce and become extinct.
Unfortunately, a large percentage of bee species have died off each year due to a variety of factors, including disease, parasites, pesticides, and the destruction of their main food sources.
As more species die, we will lose crops and, eventually, certain plants will become extinct without bees to do their part.
The fate of bees can also indicate when environmental dangers exist.
Mass bee deaths have been past indications of the use of toxic chemicals, or severe climate changes, giving scientists further proof of how fragile our environment really is.”
Source for this section is perfectbee.com
Beeswax – Made by Bees
Worker bee kids can’t catch a break.
They are put to work at a young age making beeswax.
Ultimately, the beeswax is used to make the six-sided or hexagonal honeycomb for storing pollen and honey.
A natural product, beeswax is as eco-friendly as you can get.
If you decide to purchase beeswax in any form, ensure it is certified organic.
Beeswax lip balm traps natural moisture in your skin, which is good therapy for chapped lips.
You can also use beeswax in non-drip candles that make your home smell like honey.
They are more expensive than other candles but burn about 10 times longer and do not give off toxic smoke and soot.
As a result, these make great gifts for any eco-friendly home!
Another thing this wonderful creation from nature make is natural and organic furniture polish.
Furniture polish made of beeswax can rejuvenate old wood and make it look new again!
It protects wood furniture from water damage if left outside.
Beeswax For Skin and Hair
Soaps containing beeswax clean, freshen, and moisturize your skin all at the same time.
Beeswax hand cream is just the ticket for rough, dry skin.
It naturally replaces needed moisture that your skin needs for health.
For your hair you can rub beeswax in hands and apply to hair.
It moisturizes, encourages growth, and alternatively helps with the removal of hair.
Bees Helping Guys
Guys like myself can use it on beards and mustaches made into natural and organic beard balms or beard wax.
Beeswax also makes a great product to pretreat the rack for your outdoor grill.
With warm beeswax just rub it on the grill rack before firing up the grill.
This will help eliminate food residue left on the rack after cooking is done.
Made by Bees For Your Health – Propolis
Did you know honey is not the only thing Bees make?
They also make something called Propolis.
When they combine the sap with their own discharges and beeswax, they create a sticky, greenish-brown product used as a coating to build their hives. (source)
This is propolis.
Propolis plays a vital role in bee (and human) health.
It safeguards them from diseases and harsh elements such as cold and wind.
Bees also use it as a sealant for little gaps and cracks in their hive.
Propolis contains an astonishing number of natural therapeutics, including anti-inflammatories, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidants, and antifungal compounds.
Use propolis against candidiasis or yeast infection of vagina, intestinal tract, or mouth.
Studies reveal it may ward off and/or reduce the length of the common cold.
Researchers discovered that a propolis ointment healed Herpes lesions quicker than the common prescription drug.
It also helps decrease the duration and pain of cold sores and fever blisters (another form of Herpes).
Propolis is beneficial for healing wounds and/or burns.
It has been proposed that propolis may provide therapy for certain cancers by decreasing the probability of cells developing cancer or stopping cells that are cancerous from multiplying.
It is not believed that propolis could function alone as a cancer treatment, but that it could be effective in concert with other cancer therapies.
Clinical studies have established that toothpaste containing propolis reduces plaque, prevents receding gums, tooth decay, and cures bleeding gums.
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Bee pollen is a complete food comprised of essential nutrients your body needs, such as
- Protein, minerals
- Amino acids
- and Fatty Acids.
Pollen is the male flower seed, which is necessary for fertilizing the plant.
Bees collect pollen, mix it with their saliva, and deposit it in little baskets located on their hind legs. This is called pollen loads.
The bees return to their hive, and the pollen is deposited in honeycomb cells.
After spreading a light layer of wax and honey over the pollen, it ferments and creates bee bread.
The bee bread is their main source of sustenance.
Benefits of bee pollen:
• Stress reliever long used in Chinese traditional medicine.
• Contains anti-viral and antibacterial bioflavonoids that aid in reducing cholesterol strengthens capillaries, quickens recovery.
• Boosts weight loss by stimulating metabolism and curbing appetite.
• Preserves skin. Bee pollen has been dubbed “the fountain of youth”.
• Heightens energy. Athletes are go-to for increasing energy and endurance and fending off exhaustion.
Made by Bees – Bee Bread
When mature worker bees return from foraging pollen, young worker bees stuff the honeycomb cells with the pollen.
In several weeks the pollen and additives ferment to produce bee bread.
Bee bread has been sorely neglected by researchers and scientific studies.
With the going green movement firmly established, the demand for nutritious and therapeutic natural products has grown exponentially.
Known facts about bee bread:
It is rich in vitamins contains every essential amino acid, high in flavonoids and enzymes.
It shines as a therapy for anemia, stress, hepatitis, digestive tract issues, memory improvement, and regulates cholesterol levels.
In-store and online opportunities to find authentic bee bread are slim to none. Your best bet is to contact your local beekeepers.
Royal Jelly – Made by Bees
Royal jelly is made from a mixture of worker bee’s salivary gland secretions.
It is rich in vitamin B5 and B6 and amino acids.
Although baby bees (larvae) are fed smidgens of royal jelly for three days, it is the sole diet of the queen bee from birth to death.
Royal jelly helps balance blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.
It is a topical anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.
Royal jelly promotes healthy skin, enhances energy, aids in digestion, and more.
Made by Bees – Honey
If you want to impress your friends, ask if they are aware that honeybees have a “honey stomach”.
Or, for that matter, do they know bees have two stomachs.
To suck nectar from flowers, worker bees use their proboscis (long, pointy tongue).
For honey-making, the bees deposit nectar in their honey stomach.
A portion of the nectar proceeds to their main stomach for sustenance.
You don’t need to swallow pills to boost your immune system.
Just drink a mixture of honey, lemon juice, and warm water every morning.
Honey promotes healing of wounds, cuts, and burns.
It functions both as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which reduces pain and swelling.
It has long been used for healing sore throats and suppressing coughs.
So now what do you think about the busy, buzzy bee?
Whether the bee evokes your admiration, gratitude, or a simple wow, you’ll admit it is more than a stinger.
Kudos to the brilliant bee and what they do for the environment and us!
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