Apitherapy - the use of honey bee products for healing

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APITHERAPY 

- is the therapeutic use of products that are the result of the activity of bees. Products that are natural, from uncontaminated sources, combined in their pure state without harmful synthetic chemicals or preservatives.

BEE HIVE PRODUCTS

Different colors help bee's to find their own hives


Honey - An energy and vitamin food that bees make from plant nectar.

Royal Jelly - a bee secretion used by bees as a food supplement for the growth of Queens and young bee larvae.

 Bee Pollen - gathered and used by bees for protein.

Propolis - an organic substance that bees collect from plants that exude resin to protect themselves from infection and disease. Bees use propolis in their hives for building and antiseptic purposes.

Bee Venom - their defence mechanism.

Beeswax - a bee secretion used as a sterile hive building material

 

HONEY


The top part of the hive is for honey storage. 

Honey is a sweet, viscous, golden fluid processed by bees from flower nectar and other flower secretions. Bees gather nectar, add their own components and transform it by evaporation into honey, then store it in combs in the beehive. Bees use this honey as food when no nectar is available.  The honey keeps maturing in the comb because of a fermentation process. Honey is composed of 14 to 18% water; the dry matter left is composed of many different sugars types. That is what makes honey such an interesting and dynamic food.

Honey colour and taste vary greatly. Colour can range form light translucid yellow to all shade of amber to dark red-brown, taste varies from mild to spicy almost medicinal flavours. This variation is due mainly to the plant source of the honey but sometimes influenced by climatic conditions.

Honey is a stimulating energy food, 350 Kcal per 100 grams; it contains minerals, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes and anti-oxidant. It is a natural health supplement.

Honey has medicinal properties, the main one being its anti-bacterial activity.

Honey shows strong cicatrizing or wound healing activity.

The plant origin determines the medicinal properties of honey. Some honeys are suitable for diabetics, because they have a low Glycemic Index GI.

  The sucrose in sugar is absorbed via osmosis. This means that it simply enters the bloodstream, penetrating directly through membranes, where it is digested. The implication is that large amounts of sugar can rapidly enter the system. This rapid entry can cause an over-reaction of insulin production by the pancreas, resulting in the quick burning of the sugar in the system. A crash back to lower levels of sugar (caused by the overstimulation of insulin production/rapid digestion of sugar) may occur.

The complex sugars contained in honey are absorbed by a process known as "active transport." While the term "active" may seem to denote that this should occur quickly, the opposite is true... since the transport of the sugars through membranes and into the bloodstream is accomplished by an actual carrying agent (a chemical that binds the sugar), the speed with which it is absorded is regulated by the availability of the transport agent. So complex sugars move into the bloodstream at a slower rate and are, therefore, less likely to cause an overstimulation of insulin production.

Add to this the fact that honey is twice as sweet as sugar, you can use half as much in a given recipe, and you can see that diabetics are far less likely to shock themselves with honey as a sweetening agent than sugar.

Honey For Diabetics.

Different honey types have different GI ratings.  Check for the honey with the lowest GI before using.

Caution.  Some honeys offered for sale are adulterated with glucose or corn syrup.

See our Ebay guide on Manuka honey

 

ROYAL JELLY


Royal Jelly in the hive

The healing properties of Royal jelly have been known to folk medicine for centuries. It was discovered and rediscovered in different parts of our globe throughout history. Royal Jelly is commercially produced in China, Japan, Russia, France. US, Italy and Austria , amongst other countries. One can appreciate why Royal Jelly is so nutritious if one examines the source of this wonderful elixir. Royal Jelly is the only food of a Queen Bee. She is fed on this her whole life, and because of this highly potent diet she grows far bigger and lives twenty times longer then ordinary bees.  Royal Jelly is a secretion from glands in the head of  nurse worker bees, it is a creamy milky-white colour, strongly acidic with a bitter taste.

Royal Jelly contains all the important amino acids which are needed by every cell of the human body. In more detailed breakdown of Royal Jelly it has been discovered that it contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E, Folic acid, Nicotinamide, Pantothenic acid, Minerals, 4 kinds of Saccharides, 9 kinds of Amino acids and these are all useful nutrients to the human body.

Royal Jelly is in use in many areas in dietary supplements, also as a additive in lotions,cosmetics and creams. Royal Jelly should be considered as a nutritious healthy additive that could improve your wellbeing.

 

POLLEN

Pollen stored in the hive, the yellow cells and used  by bee's as a protein source.

 

Bee pollen. Pollen is collected from flowers by bees and then extracted from bees at the hive entrance using a pollen trap. The pollen is collected on a daily basis depending on the humidity and is then frozen or dried.

Bee Bread. Bees store some of the pollen collected in cells in the hive for use during times when there is no pollen available. The pollen is preserved in the cell by covering it with honey. This pollen is called Bee Bread.

Properties 

( in fresh state as dried it looses some of it's properties):

Pollen properties vary greatly according to the species of flower they came from.

But there are general properties relevant to ALL types of pollen.

Pollen is considered as a Super Food containing the entire range of nutrients required for human beings.

Bee pollen can contain up to 40% protein.

Large vitamin B complex for the balance of the central nervous system.

Contains Lacto- bacteria.

It can be considered to be a Probiotic food. It has an excellent regenerative and cleansing effect on the guts.

It contains plenty of Fiber to facilitate digestion.
Increase vitality and energy, good ratio of carbohydrates.
Rich in minerals included Iron which helps the restoration of red blood cells and good oxygenation. (Magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc, copper).
Because of its sexual nature (containing hormones), it has an effect on the human reproductive system.
It is best used as a preventive treatment to keep our bodies at an optimum level.
One of the richest food in anti-oxidant, it contains a lot of flavonoids.
Antibiotic properties.
Anti inflammatory.
Tonic, nutritive, trophorestorative: speeds the healing process for better recovery.
Contains Rutin which increases the capillary resistance, is a circulatory stimulant, hypotensive.

Because of the above qualities, Pollen can be a useful protein substitute for vegetarians.

Pollen is used by bird fanciers as a general food supplement for birds and is added to a birds diet when molting. It is also used for horses and dogs  for  improved health and stamina.

See our Ebay guide on Pollen



BEE VENOM

Bee Venom has extensive uses in alternate healing especially for inflammation

See our  Ebay Guide on  Bee venom Therapy

 

PROPOLIS

Propolis used here by bees to seal the outside of a native bee hive.

 Propolis results from bees collecting the sticky resins that exude seep from the bark and leaf buds of a variety of trees and shrubs. . It is often called bee glue.  Propolis properties depend upon the plant species that it is collected from.

Bees make Propolis by scraping the protective resins off flowers and leaf buds with their mandibles, carrying it home in pollen baskets on the sides of their legs. As part of the collecting process the resins are blended with saliva, other bee secretions and wax flakes secreted from special glands on their abdomens, combining to form Propolis. Propolis is used to coat the inside of brood cells, is mixed with wax to seal  brood cells as part of the preparation for the queen's laying of eggs, a most important procedure  These uses are important , because the anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities in Propolis, ensures a hospital clean environment for developing brood. It is a very complex medicine with high properties. It is one of Mother Nature’s best natural preservatives and is used to literally mummify intruders in the beehive to stop them from decaying and infesting the hive with prolific dangerous bacteria.

Propolis is powerful in action becoming Nature's premiere preventative. Antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties have shown up in research. Propolis has been shown to affect streptococcus bacteria. The strong antimicrobial properties of Propolis counter certain bacterial and fungal infestations. Because of the extensive research the Russians have carried out on this wonder product from the bees it is often called Russian penicillin. 

Propolis has been well researched in Europe. Improvements have shown for urinary tract infections, sinus problems, ear diseases, wound healing especially burns, used in plastic surgery for reducing scaring, effective in cancer treatment, arthritic complaints, infections in the mucous membrane, gastritis, headaches, eczema eruptions, sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, warts, respiratory infections, liver improvement, periodontal disease, hormone regulation, blood and cardiovascular systems, and ulcers.

Propolis use enhances your immune system and helps to regulate hormones. Scientific studies support the fact that people who use Propolis on a regular basis become more immune to colds and various types of flue. Virus immunity is improved, and it appears to have a synergistic effect when used with antibiotics. Some bacteria are starting to resist chemical antibodies, but Propolis seems to be effective at combating them. Propolis has been shown to be able to control bacterium and fungi. Everybody, healthy or sick can use Propolis as a protection from microorganisms.

See our Ebay guide on Propolis

 

BEESWAX

Beeswax is the building material of a bee hive.

Bees secrete wax in tiny scales from eight  special  glands on their bodies.

Bee wing and wax scales

Bees then mold the wax to construct the familiar honeycomb inside a bee hive


Honeycomb 

It is estimated that bees fly 200,000 kilometers to collect enough nectar to transform into honey to then yield 500 grams (1 pound) of beeswax (Cera alba).  Bees need to consume about seven kg of honey to secrete 1 kg (2.2 lb) of wax.
 
 Beeswax is obtained, after removal of the honey, by melting the honeycomb, straining the wax to remove impurities, and pressing the residue to extract any remaining wax. The purified wax is then poured into moulds to solidify. Colour and quality are preserved by melting the wax in water, avoiding direct heat. The wax may also be bleached.
 
After processing, beeswax still remains a biologically active product, retaining anti-bacterial properties and a small amount of vitamin A. It contains 10-15 percent paraffin carbohydrates, 35-37 percent esters of C16 to C36 fatty acids and about 15 percent cerotic acid, melissic acid.
 
Beeswax is used in Surgery, Cosmetology and Dermatology. Used for modeling in Dentistry and Art. And of course, for candles.

Beeswax has great medicinal values. Valuable for treating arthritis, some forms of dermatoses and bronchial asthma. Used in ear candling to relieve tinnitus.

In Cosmetology, it makes a good emulsifier, a great excipient(carrier) and has emollient, soothing and softening properties. Most cosmetic companies prefer to use cheaper synthetic ingredients that try and simulate the properties that pure natural beeswax has.

In Dermatology it is used to clean the skin, has good ability to reduce scarring, anti-inflammatory properties and helps the skin to retain moisture.

 Beeswax candles burn differently from those made of paraffin. A beeswax candle flame has a "warmer," more yellow color than that of paraffin, they also burn cleaner with less smoke and little wax dropping down the sides. The color of the flame may vary depending on where and when the wax was harvested. 

 

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