Honey and the Bee              

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding.  (Proverbs 4:7)


Table of Contents
Home Page                                         
The Benefits of Drinking Tea               
Filtering Your Water                           
A Few More All-Natural Recipes      
Fasting for Spiritual Health                  
What Are We Being Exposed To?      
DMSO - Can It Be Beneficial For You?
The Thyroid Gland                               
Essential Oils                                     
Eat Your Green Leafy Veggies             
Baking Soda For Your Health             
Avocados - Another Superfood           
Fermented Foods                               
Looking After Our Teeth                    
Oil Pulling                                           
Reversing Diabetes                             
Groceries - What to Avoid                  
Hemp Oil                                           
Looking After Our Eyes                     
Immunizations - Not For Our Benefit  
All Natural Recipes                            
Eating Nuts - A Healthy Snack            
Growing Your Own Sprouts               
Looking After Man's Best Friend         
Coconut Oil - Another Superfood       
Put Away the Weed Killer                  
Should it be Unlawful to be Healthy?   
Healing Herbs                                    
Growing Your Own Organic Garden   
Changing Your Lifestyle                      
There is no Cure .... or is There?         
Monsanto and the Evils of GMO          
Multiple Sclerosis                                
Surviving Radiation                              
Artificial Sweeteners                           
Coping with Arthritis and Gout            
Maintaining a Healthy Heart                 
The Healing Powers of Hypnosis         
Response to Letter Re: Hypnosis         
Recipes For Raw Food                       
Exercising Your Body and Mind           
Detoxifying Your Body                        
Our Cancer Treatments Are Wrong     
Eating Raw "Live" Foods                     
Is Milk Really Good For Us?              
Superfoods                                        
Vitamins C and D                              
Beating Cancer - Naturally                   
Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy                
Response to Letter Re: H2O2              
The Health Benefits of Juicing              
Say NO To Vaccinations                     
Our Body - A Temple of God              

Perhaps nature’s sweetest food, honey is another superfood that can help with the prevention and treatment of many ailments.  And it just may be the only food that never spoils.  Archaeologists found pots of honey in an ancient tomb while excavating the pyramids in Egypt.  Dating back approximately 3,000 years, it is the world's oldest sample, and was still perfectly edible.


Nowadays, as with so many of our foods, honey is processed to the point that store bought is nothing more than golden chemicals.  There is actually more harmful content in it than good.  Honey should be purchased raw and unpasteurized.  Buy local where possible.  Supporting your local beekeeper (apiarist) along with all others helping to put food on your table is always a good thing.


And there’s another real plus for buying honey produced in your area.  It just might help with those annoying allergies.  The reason you have an allergy to a particular plant, tree or grass is because you’ve been overexposed to it at some point in your life.  Your overexposure to this pollen developed into an allergy and now your immune system regards it as an invader.  Eating honey that was produced locally allows you to ingest small amounts of pollen from the local plant life, enabling your immune system to gradually build up a resistance to it.  Many allergy sufferers claim they are now free from all medications by this one change in their diet!


Here is how honey is made.  Honey gets its start as flower nectar, which is gathered by the bees.  The bee stores it in its extra stomach where it mixes with enzymes, then passes it (via regurgitation) to another bee's mouth.  This process is repeated until the nectar becomes partially digested and is then deposited into a honeycomb.  The unique design of the honeycomb coupled with constant fanning by the wings of the bees causes evaporation to take place, creating the thick, sweet liquid we know as honey.


The beekeeper then harvests the honey by collecting the honeycomb frames and scraping off the wax cap that bees make to seal off honey in each cell.  Once the caps are removed, the frames are placed in an extractor, a centrifuge that spins the frames, forcing honey out of the comb.  The honey is spun to the sides of the extractor, where gravity pulls it to the bottom and it can be collected.  After the honey is extracted, it is strained to remove any remaining pieces of wax or other particles.  It is now ready to be bottled.


The color and flavor of honey is based on the type of flower nectar collected by the bees.  There are more than 300 unique types of honey produced throughout Canada and the U.S., each originating from a different floral source.  Bees make more honey than their colony needs, so it is necessary for beekeepers to remove the excess.  It takes about 60,000 bees, collectively traveling up to 55,000 miles and visiting more than 2 million flowers, to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey.  A hive produces about 80 pounds of surplus honey each year.


It is estimated that bees pollinate 70% of the food that we eat.  Pollination is a plant process, and it’s the first step leading to seed formation and food production.  Plants rely on wind, water and bees and other insects to transfer pollen from the male parts of flowers to the female parts of flowers.  Pollen grains are the male genetic material of a plant, and pollination is all about how pollen is spread to other plants to propagate their species.


Bees actually live on pollen as their primary nutrition source.  When a bee visits a flower, it gathers some pollen and then mixes it with some of the nectar in its honey sacks, which are located on its legs.  When they mix the powder and nectar, they create larger granules that are much easier to tote around than the original fine particles.  Once taken back to the hive, the bees continue to alter the pollen.  They add enzymes to keep it from deteriorating, and then digest the pollen to turn it into honey.  Honey, being already digested bee pollen, keeps for much longer and feeds the bees in the hive.


Pollen is a very nutritionally rich substance, and provides everything the bees need to survive.  In fact, bees would die without it.  And we can enjoy its health benefits also.  It is considered a near perfect food, being rich in vitamins and minerals and containing all of the essential amino acids our body requires.  Taking bee pollen nutritional supplements can help your body to prevent disease.


So we can see that the honey bee is much more important to us than just making honey.  For about a decade now, however, bees have been dying off at an alarming rate.  There is compelling evidence that there are two main contributors to their demise; insecticides known as “neonicotinoids”, and “glyphosate” (weed killer).  While sometimes these don’t kill the bee directly, they may impact the bee’s ability to foraging for nectar, learn and remember where flowers are located and possibly even impair their ability to find their way home to the nest or hive.  Bees are visiting treated fields, and they're bringing these chemicals back to their hives.


And keep in mind that honey was used as conventional therapy in fighting infections right up until the early 20th century.  Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant activities that make it ideal for treating wounds.  A little while back I had a cut that probably could have used a few stitches.  I treated it with a mixture of honey, ginger, garlic and turmeric.  Not only did it heal clean, but it barely even left a scar.