From the beehive

July 18, 2016

Honey is the original Superfood. Man’s love affair with this nectar of the gods is found depicted in prehistoric paintings. In fact honey is the only food that probably never spoils. Jars of edible honey have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs.

According to the September 1913 issue of the National Geographic Magazine, T. M. Davis, an American explorer, discovered a jar of 3,300 year-old honey when excavating the tomb of Queen Tyi’s parents. The honey was partially liquid, its aroma preserved in its hermetically sealed jar.

Bee keeping as we know it today originated in ancient Egypt. But honey and bee products were a favourite among most ancient cultures ranging from the roman to the Greek to the Maya and India. Honey and honey water featured prominently in the ancient Olympic games of Greece; they were used as food and beverage, and for body and skin care during the games. The famous Roman writer Pliny the Elder described a village in the Apennine Mountains near the River Po where the majority of people lived to over one hundred years old due to their consumption of honey and pollen.

 

Honey and its sister products have numerous health benefits

 

Consider the following facts:

Honeybees visit about two million flowers to make a one pound jar of honey.

A hive of bees flies 55,000 miles to make one jar of honey.

An average worker bee makes 1⁄ 12 of a tablespoon of honey in her life.

All worker bees are female.

Bees communicate to one another by dancing, which they can understand even in complete darkness.

A queen bee can lay up to 3,000 eggs in one day—at a rate of 5 or 6 a minute. That is equal to 175–200 eggs thousand annually.

One hive may hold up to 80,000 bees—one queen, a few hundred drones (males), and the rest are female workers.

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

One gallon of honey equals the combined bee flight distance of going to the moon and back.

Bees from the same hive visit about 225,000 flowers per day.

One single bee typically visits between 50 and 1,000 flowers a day, but can visit up to several thousand.

Bees gather from only one kind of flower at a time. When two different flowers of the same dark purple colour grew side by side, bees were noted to nearly collide in air, but never did a bee touch the pollen of the wrong flower

The average hive temperature is 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Bees flap their wings to cool the hive when it gets too hot.

Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.

A bee’s life span ranges from 3–6 weeks.

Bees have a magnetic band around their brains to help them navigate.

Bees are the chief engineers of cross-pollination.

The honeybee can pollinate at the rate of 30 flowers per minute.

It takes one bee working eight hours a day for a month to gather 1 teaspoon of bee pollen pellets, which contain over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen loaded with micronutrients, trace elements, minerals, and antioxidants.

Honey, in its organic/wild, raw, unfiltered state is rich in minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, enzymes, and is one of the highest-vibration foods on the planet. Honey is also an extremely healing food that provides a very digestible and soothing form of sugar (energy) to the body.

Bee pollen is the most complete superfood found in nature. Containing vitamin B-9 and all twenty-two essential amino acids, it is a delicious-tasting, energy-rich source of complete protein.

Propolis is the substance that seals the hive. It is the protector of the hive. Propolis literally means “for the city.” Propolis is a waxy, highly medicinal, immune supporting, and antibacterial substance collected and produced by bees, and has a long history of herbal and alchemical use.

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