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.
This past weekend, we sold our honey at a local holiday craft fair. While most of the people who came by the Bee America booth were looking for gifts for family, friends and coworkers, there were a few who were curious to try our local honey. Inevitably, these were who people had lots of questions about beekeeping, the plight of the honey bees and environmental conservation.
While raking leaves this past weekend, a neighbor walking by stopped me to ask which one of our Bee America honeys would go best in her tea. With the weather taking a definite turn toward chillier temperatures, hot tea seemed just the thing after hours spent outside. However, there are so many more uses for the golden nectar than flavoring a pot of tea. Throughout history, humans (and lots of animals) have been eating honey for its nutritive sweetness.
It’s not too early to start preparing for winter. About this time of year, I set about cleaning out the gutters, changing the furnace filter, inspecting the chimneys, reversing the ceiling fan…and all the other items on my honey-do list.
With federal employees on furlough and vital government programs and services on hold, the impact of Washington gridlock is spreading across America. I believe that “honey bee politics” might be able to provide our Congressional leaders with some profound insights about governing. As revealed by the prominent animal behaviorist, Thomas Seeley in his fascinating book, Honeybee Democracy these amazing insects have much to teach humans when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision-making.