“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” -St. John Chrysoston
Spring is in the air! Buds are blooming, which means pollinators are buzzing! Did you know bees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of all food in the world? These amazing little creatures are so important to the entire ecosystem, and there are so many bee-products that are useful!
Of course, honey is the first bee product that comes to mind when thinking of bees. Honey is not only used as a sweetener, but also for skincare, haircare, and as a dietary supplement. There are many different kinds of honey, including tupelo honey which is low in glucose. (making it more suitable for people with diabetes) To read more on the many uses of honey, please click here. Beeswax is also important product that is only produced by bees. Beeswax is excellent for skincare, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and aids in stress-relief. To read more on the power of beeswax please click here. A less common bee-product is royal jelly. Royal jelly is a strong antioxidant, immune booster, cholesterol balancing and possible cancer treatment. To learn more on royal jelly, please click here. Bee pollen is a bee product that is gaining popularity and is used for energy enhancement, allergy treatment, and fertility treatment. To learn more on bee pollen, please click here.
As you can see, these unbelievable pollinators give us so much! Unfortunately, bee populations are declining. This year 7 species of bees were placed on the endangered species list. Bee decline in large part is due to pesticides, disease, and habitat loss. There are steps you can take this spring to help support your local bee populations, such as: planting a bee-friendly garden (be sure to plant varieties that have not been treated with Neonicotinoids which kills pollinators and other good garden bugs. Click here to learn about the effects of neonicotinoids.), cutting back on chemicals and pesticides, choosing some native plant varieties, and cutting back on mulch. (over 70% of bees dig ground nests for their young) A big way to assist pollinators is to buy locally grown produce. (which helps farmers to keep planting in our area.) A great place to do that is at the GreenMarket every Saturday. It is also important to buy from local beekeepers to support local colonies. You can find local bee products at the GreenMarket every week from a variety of vendors, including our honey vendor which is happy to answer any questions you have about bees!