Did you know that honey bees harvest or make a total of six hive products that humans use for nutritional and medicinal purposes? These products are honey, pollen, royal jelly, beeswax, propolis, and venom. We invite you to learn more about the benefits of honey from our January 2020 blog post. In this January 2021 blog post, we wanted to tell you more about the other, less well-known bee products.
In a year marked by fear, uncertainty and loss, it seems more important than ever to let those special people in our lives know how much we appreciate and care for them. Homemade gifts come from the heart and are treasured all the more for the love and effort that goes into making them. This time of year provides the perfect opportunity to give family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, a gift they will cherish because it is handmade with them in mind. The good news is that homemade gifts don’t need to be hard, time-consuming or expensive to make.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bee America is highlighting entrepreneurs who have embraced some aspect of honeybees and their life cycle and provide them with a platform to talk about their “pandemic passion.” In the first of this series, we would like to introduce you to Willie Harner, who has been inspired to make beautiful beeswax candles.
With so much of our life in turmoil this year, taking solace in the little things and participating in soothing rituals has become essential to ensuring one’s peace of mind. Given all this uncertainty, isn’t it comforting to know that some things will always remain the same? One of those immutable items is honey. Honey has been called the only food that truly lasts forever, thanks to synergy between its miraculous chemistry and the artisanal attention of bees.
Being outdoors has been a refuge for many during the long months of quarantine brought on by COVID-19. And gardening —whether tending a few cherished plants in pots on a stoop, a balcony oasis, or a full-blown yard full of flowers, shrubs and trees—has been an activity that has helped people cope with the stresses brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Fortunately, the ability to enjoy nature—in whatever way you safely can during the COVID-19 pandemic—will help boost your spirits and improve your fitness. Whether it is time spent at a beach, pool or sprinkler in the grass; a walk around your neighborhood; or a bike ride or hike in the countryside, be sure to pack a small container of Bee America honey. Honey is a helpful, natural remedy that has many benefits. Here are some of our favorite uses for honey during the summer.
Honey has been considered both food and medicine in many cultures around the world for millennia. It is a good source of antioxidants and micronutrients. It has antibiotic and antifungal properties and can act as an effective cough suppressant. Furthermore, it has been clinically proven to promote wound healing and is believed to boost one's memory and lower the risk of heart disease. But, do you know what honey actually is? If you said, “It’s a substance that bees make.” You would be right, of course.
A way to have a direct impact on the lives of bees: honey bees, native bees and bumble bees as well as other pollinators like moths and butterflies is to make our yards more pollinator friendly. Honey bees continue to die off at alarming rates with beekeepers across the United States losing 40% of their colonies from April 2018 to April 2019. Since bees pollinate one third of the food crops we eat, this trend has grave implications for the security of our future food supply.
Looking for an all-natural sweetener to elevate your baking to the next level? Look no further than honey, a pure ingredient that comes directly from Nature. Why is honey so magical? It can improve the taste and appearance of food and also help it perform better in terms of its structure and longevity.
Honey is forever—it never spoils. In this very disposable world, it’s refreshing to find something so enduring. What a wonderful, timeless symbol for a romantic month. If you would like to give your sweetie a homemade gift, try one of these delicious recipes enhanced with honey: candied grapefruit peels, chocolate covered strawberries or raspberry truffles. These treats are perfect for gift giving as they require no baking, are fun and easy to make, and will impress your loved ones.