Honey

 

Before honey arrives on your kitchen table, it has been part of a remarkable process and quite a journey.  In order to produce one jar of honey, bees travel a distance roughly of 500,000 miles.  That's the equivalent of a round-tip to the moon!  But it's all just another day's work for the diligent honey bee, nature's powerhouse insect.

 

What is Honey?? Honey is actually flower nectar that has been consumed, regurgitated, and rehydrated by bees until it reaches the perfect consistency.  Beeswax, which is used to build the beehive, is also the product of nectar.  A honeybee has to log a lot of miles, traveling from flower to flower, to accumulate enough nectar to create honey.  Once a honeybee gathers nectar, it returns to the beehive and begins to process what will become honey.  In the hive, honey is stored in six-sided hexagonal chambers.  The honeycomb sructure of the hive is also ideal for use as "rooms" for the queen bee to lay her eggs.

In order for honey to be gathered for human consumption, the honey-covered walls of the hive are removed and placed in a spinner.  Rotating rapidly, the spinner separates the liquid from the comb.

Besides being honey-producers, honeybees help put fresh fruits and vegetables on your table, and ensure that our fields and woods are lush and healthy.  How? when they gather nectar from flowers, honeybees perform pollination.  Pollination is the process where, through the transfer of pollen from one plant to another.

 

Honey is mostly made up of fructose, glucose, and water. It also contains a variety of other sugars, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids including niacin, fiboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper iron,magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. 

 

With approximately 17 grams of carbohydrates and just 64 calories per tablespoon, honey is an effective, all-natural energy booster that's ideal for a quick pick-me up since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy. Remember that honey is a quick, easy, and delicious all-natural energy source.

 

Honey should not be fed to children under 1 year of age.

 

If honey crystalizes or granulates(most do over time) simply place the honey container in warm water and stir til crystals dissolves.

 

Refrigeration speeds up crystalization.

 

Store honey at room temperature, out of sunlight, and on a countertop or a shelf.

 

Natural source of energy, provides nutritional benefits, and free of bacteria.

 

Darker honeys are higher in antioxidants, minerals, array of vitamins, and amino acids. The color of honey depends on the nectar source.

 

Essential part of a healthy agriculture economy.

 

Americans consume approximately 1.3 pounds of honey per person annually.

 

Germany and Saudi Arabia consume more honey per capita than any other countries in the world.

 

Sidr Honey, which is only harvested twice a year from bees that feed exclusively on the pollen of the Sidr Tree in the Handramaut Mountains of Eastern Yemen, is said to be the most expensive honey in the world.  It is priced at $200 per kilogram! Sidr honey is sought after by many for its rich, remarkable tate as well as for its medicinal benefits.

 

When Alexander the Great died, he was returned to Greece in a coffin filled with honey.

 

Man's oldest sweetener. Honey is sweeter than table sugar.

 

Simply add a squeeze of honey in your water bottle for an energy boost durng your next workout.  It is an easy substitute for sports drinks. Since honey is a convenient, portable source of energy, take it with you for long periods of activity to help sustain your energy levels.

 

Can help improve sinus and allergy problems.

 

Can soothe sore throats and help reduce coughs.

 

Eating local honey regularly especially the wax cappings from honeycomb or unprocessed honey such as cut-comb is believed to alleviate the symptoms of  hay fever, from which 25% of people suffer.

 

Getting the purest, freshest, and tastiest/flavorful honey versues honey sold at grocery stores.

 

Honey Bees

Honey bees are the only insect that produces food for humans.

 

Honey bees provide pollination for plants that are important to humans. They pollinate: 1/3 of the food you eat. Approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines. 75% of all flowering plants. Most of the fruits and vegetables you find in the grocery store would no longer be available if honey bees were to go extinct. What would the world be like without chocoate, blueberries, peaches, melons, almonds, vanilla or coffee? Certain plants rely on a particular pollinator species to pollinate them. If one disappears, so will the other. We'd have to say goodbye to colorful meals, fruit smoothies and salad bars. Honey bees have recently been decreasing at an alarming rate! There are many reasons why, but the main ones seems to be: loss of habitat, disease, and pesticides. How can you help protect Honey bees? Planting a wide variety of native flowers, shrubs, and trees to provide nectar and pollen in your landscape is one way you can help protect them in your own backyard.  Encourage good bugs to live in your area by decreasing or eliminating the use of pesticides. More good bugs, mean less bad bugs. Eliminate or reduce the use of pesticides. If pesticides are required, here are some helpful tips to make them less harmful: Timing is of the utmost importance. The best time to apply pesticides is at night after the sun has set. Use pesticides that break down rapidly and are the lest toxic. Read and follow pesticide label to make sure you are applying the corrrect amount. More is not necessarily better. Avoid pesticide formulations of dusts, or wettable powders, which are similar in size to pollen grains. Use granulars, solutions and soluble powders instead. Don't get pesticides on flower blooms.

 

Honey is one of man's oldest natural cosmetics used on its own or in combination with other ingredients, including beeswax, to manufacturer creams, cleansers, and tonics for the skin and hair.  Honey is hygroscopic so it attracts and retains moisture, which may help to improve the complexion. Warm honey smoothed over the skin removes dirt from the pores and this, in combination with its natural antiseptic properties, makes it an ideal skin cleanser.

 

A Honeybee colony rears 150,000 bees in 1yr. They require 45lbs. of pollen and 130 lbs. of honey each year. Takes 3 million foraging trips to accumulate enough nectar to create that amount of honey and further 1.3 million trips to collect the pollen. Thus an average colony flies about 12.4 million miles in a year's food collecting.

 

With the energy from 1 ounce of honey a bee could fly around the world.

 

A honeybee flaps their wings approximately 11,000 times every minute. That's what makes the buzzing sound.

 

Communication is key for honeybees, who must be able to tell each other the location of flowers, their invaluable source of nectar.  Honeybees communicate using a series of movements similar to dancing, called the "waggle dance".

 

Majority of the honeybees in a hive are called "worker bees" because they work so hard.  They build the wax cells in the hive, gather nectar and pollen, clean the hive, and protect the hive from intruders.

 

Honeybees have special baskets on their legs to carry pollen back to their hives. Takes an  estimated amount of 11 lbs. of honey to produce 1 oz. of beeswax that's 15 1/2 lbs. of honey to produce 14 1/2 oz. of wax found in an average hive.

 

In London, honeybees out number the city's population by 30 to 1 in the summer months.

 

A queen bee can lay up to 3,000 eggs in one day-that's 175-200,000 per year.

 

During honey production periods a bee's lifespan is only 4-6wks.

 

Honeybees visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 lb. of honey.  Bees from the same hive visit approximately 225,000 flowers per day. One bee visits bewteen 50-1000 flowers per day.

 

A bee travels an average of 1,600 round trips to produce 1 ounce of honey.

 

Bees fly approximately 13-15 miles per hour at a speed of 15 mph.

 

Beeswax

Beeswax is rich in vitamin A, serotonion, and gives off positive Ions.

 

Candles made from beeswax were once only affordable by the rich.

 

Archers use it on their bow strings, printers use beeswax in their inks, used to lubricate sewing threads,  unsealed/unvarnished wooden furniture, applied to underside of skis to reduce friction, and will lubricate drawers and zippers that are sticking.

 

Used as a coating for cheese to protect the food as it ages, a glazing agent for chewing gum and  gummy bears,  and before air tight lids a jar's contents would be preserved by sealing it with a thin layer of beeswax.

 

Softens, conditions, and waterproofs leather and used as a shine for army boots.

 

Beeswax has long been used as an inert base for cosmetics, a base for medicinal salves and pharmaceutical products, and used for coating pills.


Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen is known to contain substantial quantities of potassium, calcium, and magnesium, together with high levels of zinc, iron, manganese, and copper. 

 

Contains enzymes, vitamins, omega 3's, 22 amino acids, and 35-40% protein.  Humans primarily use  pollen as a nutritious food, usually as tablets, or granuales. It can be taken raw or processed into powders and liquid. Bee Pollen of different colors is better than pollen of a uniform color. Bee Pollen is referred to as "Nature's Most Complete Food".

 

Can't be synthesized in a laboratory.

 

Bee Pollen gives you all the essential nutrients needed for glowing good health and vitality, gives extra energy of sugar and caffeine naturally without undesirable elements, gives a speedy increase in calorie burning and exercises an antiputrefactive effect for healthy digestion, dramatically increases stamina for a long run, and can lower the pulse rate naturally while permitting an increase in strength and endurance.

 

Protects against common environmental pollutants, can aid in improving circulation, and bolster the immune system.

 

Can improve unhealthy and/or aging skin when taken internally. Can eliminate age spots and clear acne.

 

Propopolis
Propopolis is a complex mixture of many components. Generally it is brown, but its color can range from red to yellow depending on the particular sources of resin. 55% of resinous compounds, 30% beeswax, 10% ethereal, aromatic oils, and 5% pollen. It is the glue which holds the bee's world together.

 

The antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antibiotics properties of propolis have long been known. Today, it is a natural supplement in herbal medicines. It is used as an additive in cosmetic products, such as skin lotions, beauty creams, lipsticks, toothpastes, soaps, shampoos, mouthwashes, and even chewing gum. Propolis is combined with pollen, royal jelly, or other products in table form.

 

Propopolis can heal burns and fight skin disorders, can strengthen the immune system,, can help fight colds and flu.

 

Royal Jelly
Produced in the head of nurse bees for larvae food. Contains vitamin B1, 2, 5, 6, panothenic acid and others.


Used in cosmetics to improve the skin, and can reduce stress.


Can Increases energy, stamina, and resistances to diseases, combats aging, and growth problems.

 

Mead
Mead is a wine made from honey.


Oldest alcoholic beverage known to man.


The term "honeymoon" comes from drinking mead on the wedding night.

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