Raw Honey: Honey is a treat! It is man’s oldest sweetener, an excellent substitute for sugar in drinks and food, and is also great for many medicinal uses and treating certain conditions.
Honey is made of sugars like glucose, fructose, and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron, and phosphate. It also contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5, and B3, all of which change according to the qualities of the nectar and pollen. They contribute to converting food into energy, critical for nerve function, and for healthy skin, hair, blood, and brain. B6, in particular, can help in reducing the risk of heart disease and can play a key role in sleep, appetite, and mood. Besides the above, other properties such as copper, iodine, zinc, as well as several kinds of hormones are also within the honey in small quantities. Approximately one half of the human diet is derived directly or indirectly from crops pollinated by bees. Today, honeybees are an essential part of a healthy agriculture economy. (Natural vitamin benefits found at https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/listing_of_vitamins)
2. Seasonal Allergies
Honey can be helpful if you have seasonal allergies, as honey within your local area contains the pollen from your area’s plants, and with the consumption of that local honey will grow your body’s immunity to the plants you get your seasonal allergies from! Along with this, honey helps with any sore throat you may get from these allergies, or even from a cold. Honey has powerful antimicrobial properties, which soothe the raw tissues, and also contain different phytochemicals – chemicals found in plants and different foods – that kill viruses, bacteria, and fungus. Honey has also been proven to help with your stomach aches and dehydration when diluted in water. Pour a teaspoon of honey into a large serving spoon and then top off the spoon with lemon juice. Swallow the concoction (without water) every few hours until symptoms clear up. Some people also add in a pinch of black or red pepper to increase blood circulation to the throat.
3. Skin Care
Honey can also be good for your skin! It has the ability to attract water to increase moisture. It’s safe for sensitive skin and can be used for your hair as well. Use it in a moisturizing skin mask or mix it in with olive oil for your hair! However, be sure to wash your hair thoroughly before you go outside so as to not attract the bees to your hair. Its attraction for the moisture is also helpful for cuts and burns, and prevent infections, as it contains antimicrobial agents that kill bacteria in and around the wound. Many types of bacteria can’t survive in honey so wounds heal, swelling eases, and tissue can grow back. It may help to heat up the honey before putting it on the wound (BE SURE TO CAUTION TEST THE HEAT BEFORE PUTTING ON WOUND).
Pollen: Bee pollen is one of nature’s healthiest and most powerful “superfoods” there is. It’s been used as a dietary supplement for thousands of years and was well known to the Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks!
People who consume high-quality bee pollen almost always experience an increase in energy, zest, and physical endurance. This is exactly why thousands of world-class athletes supplement their diets with this natural substance! It has also been shown to help cope with stress, as it is filled with amino acids, essential fatty acids, and vitamins that help regulate your mood.
Bee pollen also contains an incredible array of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes, and hormones. It’s especially rich in B vitamins and antioxidants, including lycopene, selenium, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and several flavonoids (which reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma, and stroke). It’s also composed of 55% carbohydrates, 35% protein, 3% vitamins, and minerals, 2% fatty acids, and 5% other substances. Overall, it’s one of the most nutritionally complete natural substances found on earth. Use it in smoothies, salads, baking, and more!
Beeswax: Beeswax has been around for as long as the honey bee, as it is produced by honey bees to build the honeycomb walls. This natural wax has been used for many things over the years including, but not limited to, cosmetics, skincare products, and candles. There are several benefits associated with the different uses of beeswax.
It is used in many cosmetic and skincare products, as companies love beeswax because of the natural properties it contains. One of its best features is the amount of vitamin A found in it, which keeps tissues and skin healthy, and plays an important part in bone growth and the immune system. Beeswax is also found in moisturizing lotions because it retains properties that soothe, soften, and keep skin moisturized. There are also properties within the beeswax that work as healing agents in salves designed for burns, cuts, and other wounds.
2. Smokeless Candles
Along with these cosmetic benefits, beeswax can be used for making candles as well. When beeswax is burned, it emits negative ions in the air which help rid the air of pollen, dust, mold, toxins, and many other pollutants which makes it ideal for those who suffer from allergies. It has been scientifically proven that the only fuel known to mankind to produce fully balanced negative ions is pure, unadulterated beeswax. These candles don’t produce smoke when they burn and burn much slower than other candles making them much more cost-efficient.