While bees are best known for making honey, scientists studying their brains and behavior have uncovered some astounding feats of biology. Bees have a lot to teach us and what we learn from them may someday help slow down the aging process, cure addictions and troubleshoot some very real human problems.
Bees’ Brains Can Halt the Aging Process
September is National Honey Month and it’s the perfect time of year to honor it in all of its golden glory after just finishing our own bountiful harvest season at Bee America. While honey is not created by magic, its very existence is the result of a certainly remarkable process. As children are more likely to believe in magic than adults, they would not have any trouble having faith in the following equation:
Beautiful Flowers + Industrious Bees = Delicious Honey
Eco-friendly, by definition, means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment. The term is typically used in the context of products and practices that help conserve critical resources like water and energy, thereby contributing to “green-living”. Adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle or running an eco-friendly business like Bee America also helps to mitigate polluting our air, water and land. But what is often overlooked in the equation is that eco-friendly is not only good for our planet, it is good for ourselves as well.
Midsummer is a perfect time to help your neighborhood pollinators. When blossoms start to fade and heat and humidity make gardens look more like a parched desert than a lush oasis…there’s several things you can do around your home to help out bees, butterflies and other pollinators:
1. Avoid the use of insecticides and use natural pest control instead (i.e., prevention, beneficial insects and nontoxic remedies)
For countless centuries, honey has been used to treat a variety of afflictions and conditions. It can be ingested as a treatment for coughs, allergies and other ailments or it can be applied directly to the skin as balm for healing rashes, burns and cuts. Honey is at its most potent in its natural state, i.e., “raw”, which means that it is not pasteurized. Raw honey has the substantial benefit of being chock full of active vitamins and minerals, powerful antioxidants and beneficial enzymes.
My idea of a “wildlife” yard started about 15 years ago. I first started my prairie restoration project covertly by planting creeping thyme in areas of my front lawn and then allowing the thyme to overrun the fescue grass. The results are a very low maintenance lawn that blooms when I neglect to mow it for a couple of weeks. (Oh, no! More time for kayaking!)
Determined not to be overshadowed by Amazon’s quadcopter or Groupon’s catapult, Bee America proudly presents both an innovative and bio-efficient delivery system for shipping honey.
Honey has a venerable history when it comes to the role it has played not only in enriching the human diet, but also as a valued medicinal compound. In ancient Greek, Roman, Indian, and Islamic texts, there are references to the diverse healing properties of honey. It was used for everything from treating imbalances in the body to healing cuts and burns to helping extend one’s life to embalming bodies.
Bee America is proud to announce the launch of its American Heritage Collection. The collection is comprised of three new honey blends based on original honey that sustained Americans as they explored and settled in the United States. These artisanal honeys recreate the adventure and spirit of our forefathers and tell a story of the formative era in American history—a period dating from the mid-eighteenth century to the nineteenth century.
At Bee America, we are careful not to heat our honey as we want to preserve the enzymes and probiotics that make it a healthy food product. However, in medieval times, mead makers actually cooked honey in big iron cauldrons over an open fire pit. The honey would simmer and bubble for hours and eventually burn, which lent it the perfect flavor for creating Bochet, a mead made from burnt honey.