Honeybees are great pollinators. Some say they are responsible for every 3rd bite we eat and for more than half of the blooms and branches we use in ikebana for their fine form, color and of course, scent.
Green Tip: Eat Local Honey, It is Good For You.
And it supports local beekeepers that work hard to help keep these hard working flyers alive and well. After all, just to make one pound of honey, the approximately 300 bees must fly over 55,000 miles (over 88,500 KM) and visit 2 million flowers. Oh, and they dance while they work, too...
- The first record of humans harvesting honey from bee’s dates back to 6000 BC. In these early days (and in some parts of the world still today), humans were honey hunters -- harvesting honey from wild nests -- not beekeepers.
- Beekeepers around the world are experiencing a loss in bee colonies. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the Varroa mite and viruses it carries, bad weather, and the use of chemical pesticides are all suspected causes, but nobody knows for sure.
- The antibacterial activity of honey is well established as a useful wound dressing for ulcers, burns and for promoting tissue growth. Propolis (bee glue), a substance made by the bees from tree resins and wax, is used in sore throat pastels and venom/sting therapy is gaining popularity for many health problems such as arthritis and MS.
- Honey is a humectant, which means that it attracts and retains moisture. Add a bit of honey to your moisturizer, cleanser, scrubs, creams and even bubble bath for a wonderful treat for your skin.