Honey Bees

Today I would like to make the Secret lives of Honey Bees not so secret, as it shouldn’t bee. ( LOL)  The more I learn about these creatures the more I am inspired by them. Lets start with the Queen Bee, many say  a Queen bee is made not born. You see the process of her feeding on Royal Jelly is what slowly builds her up from being a normal bee, to transforming to this exceptionally strong Queen Bee.

Without this special food called Royal Jelly, queen bees would fail to develop properly. Royal jelly is a thick, extremely nutritious, milky-white, creamy liquid secreted by the hypopharyngeal glands of the nurse bees. Queen bees live exclusively on royal jelly and it accounts for their incredible size and longevity. They average 42 percent larger and weigh 60 percent more than the worker bee. Amazingly, they live 40 times longer than worker bees, seven years as compared to seven weeks. In the wild, Queen bees will produce 2,000 eggs per day with each day’s brood equal to 2 1/2 times her own body weight.

Biochemically speaking, royal jelly is very complex. It is a very rich source of proteins and contains eight essential amino acids, important fatty acids, sugars, sterols and phosphorous compounds as well as acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is needed to transmit nerve messages from cell to cell. Too little of this compound makes individuals prone to Alzheimer’s disease. It contains gamma globulin, known to stimulate the immune system and fight off infections. “Royal jelly is an excellent source of nutrients and is gentle to the system,” says Steve Schechter, M.D. Royal jelly contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, D and E. It is particularly useful for its B-complex contents, including B1, B2, B6, B12, biotin, folic acid, and inositol. Royal jelly is high in the B vitamin pantothenic acid, recognized for its ability to reduce stress levels. It also supplies the minerals, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, potassium, silicon and sulfur.

Royal Jelly has been used for centuries, some say a thousand years in China (  in Traditional Chinese Medicine), and I have found its healing stories stretch to several countries, if you follow its ancient history far enough. Honey’s origins go back even further. Archaeologists have found writings on the walls of caves in Valencia Spain that date back over 8000 years.

Did you know that all the Working bees in the hive are female bees. The male bees are used as drones to basically just help with reproduction. You might be  saying to yourself these creatures are pretty interesting! But it gets even more interesting. Now we take a look at Bee Pollen.

Bee Pollen, the food of the young Bee, is a rich source of Protein and B12. It has been considered one of natures most Completely Nourishing foods, it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans.  I have actually suggested it for use with those dealing with allergies ( greatly strengthens the Immune system). Some of my friends who have used it, have seen a great reduction in symptoms of Allergies, but some people ( few) are allergic to bees and or Bee Pollen) .  Best way to take Bee Pollen is in Granule form, preferably from your own local Pollen from local bees to your area ( state).

Just think if Arnold Swartzenegger would been taking Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen back when he was competing, he might of said “I am crazy Huge on these Bee formulas”.

So back to the Bee Pollen, it’s used throughout the world in a number of applications– improving endurance and Vitality, extending longevity, aiding from Chronic Illness, adding weight during Convalescence, reducing cravings and addictions, regulating the intestines, building new blood, having Antibiotic Properties without affecting healthy bacteria.  It has been know to help overcome retardation and other developmental problems in Children.  For Bee Pollen to help with Hay fever usually more beneficial to take 6 weeks before pollen season, then continued through the season.

According to Paul Pitchford in the book Healing with Wholefoods
Optimal dose of pollen varies with each individual and their needs. Paul mentions that 6 grams a day of the Pellets ( about a teaspoon) is a good place to start.  Athletes seeking strength can slowly increase until they get to 10-15 grams a day.

Here’s a interesting fact about the Bee Pollen:  It takes one Bee, working eight hours a day for one month, to gather.  Each bee pollen pellet contains 2.000,000 flower pollen grains, and teaspoonful contains 2.5 billion grains of Flower Pollen.

I used Royal Jelly as part of my Healing to help build my blood ( its a Blood Builder in Chinese Medicine).  You see I had a long term illness, four times over 5 year period I lost anywhere from 25-45 pounds each time, it was very disheartening to say the least.  I felt a difference in my energy level and  my mind worked more efficiently while on the Royal Jelly.

It might be wise to be aware of the tremendous energy expended by bees in making pollen grains and royal jelly, and to use nutritional elixirs mindfully.  Many experts say that up to 80 percent of all green plants on earth, are pollinated by Bees! Many agree that life on earth is greatly affected by Bees..  To me Honey bees are nothing short of Amazing…..

Next Post I would like to talk about Bee Propolis and honey, two other things that bees make.  I think you might enjoy learning more about them, until next time.  The more we learn about life, the more we can appreciate it…    Peace

“Life is a Flower of which Love is the Honey.”

Bob Kyes

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