21 Scenice-Backed Health Benfits of Honey
By Helen Nichols
Did you know that honey can be a healing agent for all sorts of ailments? There are so many nutritional and medicinal benefits to be obtained that the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians were documenting them as far back as 384BC! Learn more
Honey and Heat
Keeping your honey at normal room temperature is critical for a high quality honey. The raw honey I produce is very close to the original condition when it left the hive, nothing added, nothing removed, no filtering, and never heated. Heat is the enemy of honey! It will degrade all of the qualities we seek from Raw Honey.
Scientists Think Bee Venom Could Fight Cancer
Pure bee venom injected into the bloodstream is highly lethal, but researchers say that parts of the venom could useful in making drugs to treat some kinds of cancer. In a new study, scientists took bee venom, as well as that of snakes and scorpions, and separated out proteins and peptides within it in to test if they could be used to block tumor growth without harming patients. Learn more
What's Killing the Bees?
Since 2006, US beekeepers have lost 10 million beehives, worth an estimated $2 billion.1 The monetary loss is staggering, but the losses to the food supply, which could soon be disastrous if bees keep disappearing, is beyond words. Learn more
The Science Behind Honey's Eternal Shelf Life
A slew of factors—its acidity, its lack of water and the presence of hydrogen peroxide—work in perfect harmony, allowing the sticky treat to last forever. Learn more
The "ouch" part of the honeybee. Although sharp pain and some swelling and itching are natural reactions to a honeybee sting, a small percentage of individuals are highly allergic to bee venom. "Bee venom therapy" is widely practiced overseas and by some in the USA to address health problems such as arthritis, neuralgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even MS.
Parasite-free Honey Bees Enable Study of Bee Health
An international team of researchers has discovered honey bee colonies in Newfoundland, Canada, that are free of the invasive parasites that affect honey bees elsewhere in the world. The populations offer a unique opportunity to investigate honey bee health, both with and without interfering interactions from parasites. Learn more
A honey bee colony can contain up to 60,000 bees at its peak.
It takes a lot of bees to get all the work done. Nurse bees care for the young, while the queen's attendant workers bathe and feed her. Guard bees stand watch at the door. Construction workers build the beeswax foundation in which the queen lays eggs and the workers store honey. Undertakers carry the dead from the hive. Foragers must bring back enough pollen and nectar to feed the entire community.
Bees Are More Crucial to Modern Agriculture Than Fertilizer
Bees are more integral to a successful harvest than fertilizer, according to a new PloS ONE study. Researchers, led by Alexandra-Maria Klein of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, discovered that disrupting insect pollination affected almond tree yields far more than restricting nutrients and water. Learn more
Propolis is a natural antibiotic made by honeybees that is fast gaining in popularity in the application of home remedies! It's a bee product that makes head turn and cause us to wow at the wonder of nature and marvel at the ability of the highly organised insect - honey bee. Enjoy the fascinating story of propolis and how the bees use it to protect themselves from diseases. Learn more
On average, a worker bee in the summer lasts six to eight weeks.
Their most common cause of death is wearing their wings out. During that six to eight-week period, their average honey production is 1/12 of a teaspoon. In that short lifetime, they fly the equivalent of 1 1/2 times the circumference of the earth.
The Case of the Vanishing Honey Bee
Pesticides & The Perfect Crime: In the widespread bee die-offs, bees often just vanish. One beekeeper calls it the Perfect Crime—no bodies, no murder weapon, no bees. What's happening to the bees? Learn more
'Zombie' Bees Discovered for First Time in Eastern US
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Vermont beekeepers face mite infestations, extreme temperature swings and the possibility of colony collapse. Last fall, a new threat emerged: zombie bees. Learn more
How to manage your bees for section honey
Managing bees for cut comb or chunk honey is relatively simple, but coaxing them into other containers is a different story. Unless a colony is prepared for sections or jars, you will often see a dozen bees examine the supers, indifferent and bored. This can go on all season: you think your colony is not thriving; your colony thinks you've lost your mind. Learn more
Comb honey: when to treat for mites
Before I get down to the details of each type of comb honey super, I want to discuss Varroa mites. In Honey in the Comb, Eugene Killion does not write a single word about these irksome creatures. This was not an oversight. In fact, the book was published in 1981, six years before Varroa appeared in the New World. Believe me, life was easier without them. Learn more