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Info on Bees
Here are some fun and funny factiods from the days before Just Bee came to bee ...
As a kid I (Lori) used to sing the Baby Bumblebee song all the time with my mom.

In the fall of 2001, at a farmers & craft market in Salt Lake City, I fell in love with and bought this cute little bottlecap magnet with a bee in it. A foretelling of things to come? It's still on my refrigerator!

In 2002 I got my first ever bee sting. Turns out I'm allergic to bees!!   :0)

I lived in Utah, the  Beehive State for 19 years!
 Utah's baseball farm team is ... The Bees.  

Okay, so you'd like some real facts about bees?
There's an aw-full lot to bee told about bees! Bee-fore we show you what we found, we encourage you to do your own research as well! Here goes ...

Bees spread life! Bees are pollinators. Pollinators make possible the fruits, nuts and vegetables we eat – an estimated 1/3rd (1 out of every 3 bites) of all the food we eat; an estimated $15 billion worth of fruits, vegetables, nuts and agricultural seeds annually in the U.S. alone.

Did you know that California supplies 80% of the world’s almonds?!! And, it is bee-cause – thanks to – the mighty honey bee.

Bees also pollinate the cotton we grow for our clothes and the ground cover plants that hold our homes together by preventing erosion.

Bees bring life to all the flowers, trees and plants in forests, grasslands and jungles – vast ecosystems that provide habitat for animals and humans alike, and produce life-giving oxygen for the planet.

Honey bees fly approximately 15 mph and visit about 50-100 flowers in each pollination trip. To produce just one pound of honey, honey bees must fly 55,000 miles and visit 2,000,000 flowers!

It takes a hive to make honey and every bee counts! An average worker bee can only make 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime, but a honey bee colony can produce 60 – 100 pounds of honey a year!

The Hive: An average hive is about 50,000 bees; drones (males), worker bees (females) and a queen bee. Bees do a lot in their short lives. Drone bees live 40-50 days, worker bees 1-4 months and queen bees 2-5 years.

The distinctive buzz of the honey bee comes from its wing strokes – 11,000 strokes a minute!

Did you know that bees favorite color is violet? Possibly to coincide with the most nectar-rich flowers.

Troubles in the bee world = troubles for humans!

Over the last several years, more than 25% of the honey bee population in the U.S. has vanished.

Why should we care? Bees and pollinators spread life, make possible food for humans and eco-systems which provide oxygen. Without honey bees 1/3rd of our food supply is in jeopardy.

Research indicates a variety of causes for the decline in the bee population. Here are a few hypothesis:
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD – which causes bees to suddenly leave their hive and die – unfortunately remains much of a mystery to beekeepers and scientists worldwide. CCD symptoms have been reported by more than 35 states in the U.S. and in provinces in Canada, Belgium and Spain.
What about viruses? Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) is highly associated with CCD.
Chemical exposure? Pollen in CCD-affected hives show levels of 45 different types of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides.
Could it bee a parasite? Varroa mites – inadvertently introduced into the U.S. in 1987 – are tiny, brown parasitic relatives of ticks that feed exclusively on honey bees.

Drought or lack of nutrition? Limited supply of good pollen and nectar supplies may bee due to drought, in turn impacting honey bees.

Raw honey rocks!!
Here’s what we found out about raw honey, but again, don’t listen to us, do your own research and see what you find out about raw honey and how it might impact and/or serve you in your own life.

Unprocessed honey, straight from the hive, has been used worldwide for millennia to promote healing and for centuries as a home remedy for all kinds of things.

Raw honey is composed primarily of carbohydrates and water, but more importantly contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins – including Vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E, and K – and minerals – including beta-carotene, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc – and enzymes. The stronger and darker the honey, the richer the mineral content!

Antioxidants found in raw honey are compounds that provide natural defenses against cell damage by neutralizing unstable oxygen molecules known as free radicals. Honey contains a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids, which act as antioxidants, scavenging, countering and eliminating the toxic effects of free radicals, which have been shown can cause DNA damage leading to a variety of unwanted, age-related problems.

Antioxidant compounds in raw honey are believed to aid the body in fighting a host of diseases. Honey contains high antioxidant levels equivalent to those found in spinach and strawberries. Unique to honey is pinocembrin, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

Generally, darker honeys have higher antioxidant content than lighter honeys and it has been determined that darker honey has less water and more illness fighting antioxidant agents than light-colored honey. A study done by University of Illinois scientists found that honey made from nectar collected from Illinois buckwheat flowers packed 20 times the antioxidant punch as that from bees who lapped up California sage.

Bee Pollen contained in raw honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and a spectrum of vitamins. Raw honey contains over 5,000 enzymes including amylase, a digestive enzyme for carbohydrates. The benefit of ingesting naturally occurring enzymes such as amylase is that it reduces the burden on the body to produce these enzymes itself to digest the food. Raw honey has an exceptionally high concentration of enzymes and provides an outstanding source of energy for the body.

Natural, healthy, raw honey is nature's original sweetener; sweeter than sugar, but completely digestible! Try substituting in recipes for added vitamins and minerals. Good and good for you!

Pure honey is being re-discovered as a natural source of energy that also offers a unique combination of nutritional benefits. Recent studies suggest that the unique mixture of sugars which occur naturally in honey, work best in preventing fatigue and enhancing athletic performance.

The ultimate moisturizer! Applied lightly over the skin and rinsed with warm water leaves skin baby soft! Raw honey has also been known to quickly clear up facial blemishes and acne caused by cosmetics or allergies.

Bee picky! Specially harvested, uncooked, unfiltered, unadulterated, fully crystalized (vitamins, minerals, enzymes and all the nutrients are preserved) raw honey is energy packed and provides the maximum level of natural antioxidants and healing agents.

Raw honey is antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, antibacterial and it never spoils!
Sore throats and colds: Raw honey and lemon in hot water works magic on sore throats and colds and tastes soothing and delicious (especially with sweet Meyer lemons).

Allergies: Raw honey – especially local raw honey – contains all the pollen, dust and molds that can cause up 90% of allergies according to one study. The contents of raw honey (pure, unstrained, unfiltered, unheated raw honey) cause the individual to build up an immunity to pollen, dust or mold causing the trouble in the first place. Some doctors prescribe a daily teaspoon of raw honey to help with allergies.

Respiratory problems: Much of the effectiveness of raw honey to help treat respiratory problems has been traced to the bee pollen and propolis suspended within it. According to a research report from Bulgaria, they found raw honey has anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant properties that insure the body has an immunobiological defense and give it the capacity to regenerate attacked cells.

Digestion: The human body was designed to digest natural sugars such as raw honey more readily than refined sugars as evidenced in part by the fact that honey ingestion does not produce the radical effect on blood sugar levels that refined sugar does, nor does it produce the weight gain associated with refined sugar ingestion. According to Mike and Stuart McInnes, authors of The Hibernation Diet, Raw unfiltered honey, taken prior to sleep and processed by the liver provides the exact metering of glucose and fructose the body needs to facilitate rest while providing the brain the food it requires during the sleep cycle to awaken alert.

But don’t take our word for it.
Do your own research, try it and
Bee-live it for yourself!

Stomach ulcers: Researchers from the University of Waikato in New Zealand found raw honey stopped the growth of bacteria colonies of the H. pylori bacterium known to cause gastric ulcers. They recommend one tablespoon before meals and at bedtime to combat ulcers and gastritis.

Ulcers and burns: The American Medial Association (AMA) reports that applied every 2 – 3 days under a dry dressing, honey promotes the healing of ulcers and burns. Raw honey is antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, antibacterial and never spoils! Raw honey can also be applied to other surface wounds, cuts and abrasions. Canker sores, blisters and mouth ulcers also respond to an application of raw honey.

Antibacterial and antibiotic properties: All honey has an antibacterial activity due primarily to hydrogen peroxide formed in a "slow release" manner by the enzyme glucose oxidase, which prevents bacterial growth and reduces infection. Honey acts as a natural antibiotic while promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria.

Skin rashes, burns and abrasions: Apply a small amount of raw honey lightly over the affected area and cover with a dressing (or a dusting of cornstarch to reduce any stickiness). Honey creates a moist healing barrier between wound and dressing with no sticking and no tissue damage -- scarring is reduced because skin cells grow without forming a scab.

Joint tissue and tissue regeneration: Honey has been said to promote the mobility of joint tissue and that honey supplies nutrients necessary for healthy tissue regeneration, stimulating the growth of new blood capillaries.

Anit-inflamatory: It has been said honey draws lymph out to the cells while absorbing moisture, providing an anti-inflammatory action.

Copyright 2008 LORI L. MERTZ. All rights reserved.