You know when you start hearing about the same thing from different people at around the same time? This has been happening to me lately in regard to, well, bees. I was recently given "bee venom therapy" for an old injury and it disappeared. I was recommended bee pollen, raw honey and propolis for various purposes. So far, these recommendations have worked for me. I started to research and found some very interesting facts which I thought I would share with you.
The Beehive Glossary:
Beyond producing honey, honey bees, or apis mellifera, in the course of building and maintaining a hive, produce a variety of products including propolis, bee pollen, bee venom and royal jelly.
It’s a vector for royal jelly, bee venom, propolis and pollen. Raw Honey specifically is obtained by beekeepers without heating the honey above 120°F.
A honey produced in New Zealand that is monofloral and must be produced with manuka pollen in order to be considered a proper manuka honey.
Bees collect resin from trees and plants and combine it to seal and sterilize their hive. Propolis is rich in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidant phytonutrients and flavonoids.
Bees are selective about the pollen that they collect from flowers to take back to their hive. They collect pollen on their legs and take it back to the hive where it is mixed with honey and traces of propolis, and then fed to larvae for their growth and development. This substance contains amino acids, vitamins B, C, D, E and anti-oxidants.
This is what only the queen bee eats. It’s produced by a gland on the worker bee and is packed full of Vitamins A, B and E and anti-oxidants.
This is the substance that is contained in a bee’s sting. Frederique Keller, an acupuncturist and owner of BeePharm, Apitherapy for Health & Beauty says, "It’s a complex substance with over sixty components, mainly proteins, enzymes and peptides."
A little known therapy practiced by “apitherapists” that has been used for centuries uses real bee stings for ailments.
A form of acupuncture that combines bee venom with acupuncture. Bee venom is injected in select acupuncture points.