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Apitherapy

API-WHAT?

Apitherapy is the use of honeybee produced substances for health and healing.

Honeybees produce honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and beeswax, all of which are used by people for nutrition, immune system support, treatment of a variety of ailments, skin care, and healing of open wounds. Even bee venom is used to treat many chronic conditions.

HEALTH AND NUTRITION

Bee Nutraceutical products are pure and natural honeybee products used as dietary supplements to promote good health.  The products produced by the honeybee are Royal Jelly, Pollen, Propolis, and Honey.  These products may be taken separately in their native form or blended to provide the right balance in an ‘easy to take’ mixture.

BODY CARE

Honey, beeswax, royal jelly and propolis are used as healing and pampering agents in a number of body care products including soap, lip balm, cremes, salves and lotions.

HONEY FOR WOUNDS

Honey has been used in treating open wounds for centuries. Until the development of antibiotics in the mid 1900’s, honey was the primary treatment for wounds on the battlefield.  For the next 50 years, the use of honey in wound care, especially in western countries lessened.  However, in the past 20 years there has been renewed interest in using honey, due to the  concern of the rapid development of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.

  • Honey can be used to treat open wounds, burns, and skin ulcers.  Results from studies have shown that honey used on open wounds has the following results:
  • Inflammation, swelling and pain are quickly reduced
  • Unpleasant odours cease
  • Wounds bandages can be changed painlessly with no damage to new tissue
  • Minimal scarring
  • Honey has been shown to prevent the growth of wound bacteria and to protect the wound from getting infected.  Honey also provides a moist, nutrient rich environment that actually assists the natural healing process of the body.

1. Q. I’ve heard that when starting to take Bee Pollen you must do so gradually. Why?

A. This ancient food source contains nearly all nutrients required by people. Unfortunately it can cause an allergic or even anaphylactic reaction, so to test for a potential allergy it is suggested that you consume only a few granules initially. If you have no adverse reactions slowly increase to 1/4 teaspoon. Once your body is accustomed to it, the normal daily dosage is 2-3 teaspoons.

2. Q. Why is honey so good for sore throats?

A. Honey has been a sore throat remedy for centuries. Honey has great antibacterial properties and it’s viscous consistency is also is soothing on the throat. So, when you have a sore throat have a teaspoon of honey, try some Propolis Throat Spray or honey lozenges, all available at our Country store or our online shop.

3. Q. Where does Royal Jelly come from and how is it harvested?

A.  Royal Jelly is produced by the attendant bees , from their pharyngeal glands. During the larval development of Queens, the Queen cells contain an abundance of Royal Jelly, much more than the larvae can use.  It is harvested from these individual cells and is scraped out with a very small tool. 

4. Q. How is Pollen harvested?

A. Bee pollen is trapped using a metal screen that fits over the entrance to the hive. The pollen-collecting bees come back to the colony and enter through this screen where the pollen pellets are captured from the bees legs and fall into a collection container for storage. Pollen is only collected from strong colonies that are able to spare some of this high protein food. Weaker colonies require all of the pollen they collect to feed their young.

5. Q. How is Propolis harvested?

A. Since Propolis is a combination of resin collected from trees and shrubs combined with beeswax, it is extremely sticky. It is collected in two ways, either by scraping it from the hive itself in the winter (when the Propolis tends to be harder and comes off easily) or trapped in special screens. The screens are put into the hive in place of the inner cover and when the lid is propped open the bees will fill the screen with Propolis to seal the hive. The frame is then removed, frozen and the Propolis falls off.

6. Q. Why is there alcohol in Propolis Tincture and what type of alcohol is it?

A. Nearly all tinctures are made with either grain alcohol (80%), glycerin or oil. In general an alcohol based tincture extracts more of the medicinal properties from a compound and is more quickly absorbed into the blood stream. Our Propolis Tinctures come in either an alcohol or glycerin/honey base. The glycerin based tincture has a trace amount of alcohol that is only used to dissolve the raw propolis. 

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