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One of the most overlooked creators of life on this planet is also one of the smallest: it is the humble honeybee. These tiny creatures swarm together in masses that can seem overwhelming, but as individuals, they are so tiny as to seem inconsequential. However, their effect upon the world at large is staggering. Bees are responsible for the pollination of over 80% of all plants on this earth, which, simply put, makes them absolutely irreplaceable. But besides fostering the growth and perpetuation of the majority of greenery on our planet, and producing the most delectable all-natural golden sweetener of all time, honeybees are also creators of other nurturing and healing concoctions that you may not have heard of. This article, the start in our series on bee products, will introduce you to 5 items that will change your life!
- Bee pollen – a staple in holistic medicine and folk remedies for countless years, it has never been successfully synthesized in laboratories. Its health benefits are manifold, and it has been proven effective in situations ranging from treating allergies and hay fever, to increasing strength and physical performance, to regulating the intestines, among others. It is also one of the most completely nourishing food sources, a true Superfood, containing almost all the nutrients necessary for our bodies.
- Propolis – anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anesthetic, anti-microbial and containing a greater concentration of antioxidants than any other edible substance known to date, it packs quit the therapeutic punch! Known to be an excellent stimulant for the body’s own defenses (aka the immune system), it is what the bees use to fortify and protect their hives.
- Royal jelly – an ingredient popular in beauty products, it gets its aristocratic name from the queen bee. Royal jelly is what these matriarchal monarchs subsist on, and it is also used to feed all the larvae of the colony in their first few days of existence. Rich in minerals (potassium, iron, calcium, and copper, to name a few), it is also high in B-family vitamins, folate, and seventeen different amino acids, including the 8 essential amino acids.
- Bee venom – while it can be bothersome to those of us who are so unlucky as to be on the receiving end of a bee sting, it is a miraculous healing agent. Administered as a shot to treat rheumatoid arthritis, it is also used to combat tendonitis. There are substantial testimonies that purport its having aided in the healing of scars, resulting from skin cancer, as well. Medicinal history dates the use of bee venom back to ancient Egypt.
- Beeswax – and you thought it was just for making candles! The container for the bees’ nectar absorbs many nutrients in its lifetime of use in the hive, including enzymes from the saliva of the bees themselves. Popular as a topical application, it is a known natural treatment for various skin maladies (including acne, eczema, and stretch marks) and uncomfortable nether-region afflictions (such as hemorrhoids and anal fissures). It is also an excellent stimulant for the scalp, improving hair growth and texture, as a result of being a thickening agent.
- Maria Vasylivna