Honey -Medicinal and Beauty BenefitsPart II

The Common Bumble Bee

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Photo Courtesy of Bing

Ground Bees

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Photo Courtesy of NC State University

Types of Bees

There are 20,000 types of bees in the world, so obviously I will list just a few of the more common and interesting types.

  • Bumblebees are large, hairy, black and yellow, display social behavior and live in colonies,. They flourish very well in tropical climates.
  • Honeybees are described in Part I of this series.
  • Carpenter bees have metal like black color with no yellow. They tunnel into solid wood so sawdust near a tree with an opening could be a warning.
  • Ground bees dig tunnels to provide shelter for their progeny and are usually found in well-shaded areas with loose soil and little vegetation. They can sting, but they are not very aggressive.
  • Parasitic bees are also called “cuckoo” bees. They don’t search for food or build nests but they live off of the nests of solitary bees by sneaking in, laying eggs in the chambers before the host can lay their own. They live off the food provided and when the females are born they kill the queen bee and they all take over the new hive. Not a very nice species!

Africanized bee: These are better known as "killer bees" and are very aggressive. Initially, they came into Europe and just attacked hives killing the queen bee and taking over. They spread from South America and are in the lower south western US and spreading. Certainly stay away from them if at all possible.

There are so many bees that you could easily write a book just on them and their idiosyncrasies.

Killer Bee

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Photo Courtesy of Wickipedia

Killer bees - don't provoke an attack - Ultimate Killers - BBC wildlife

Honey as Medicine

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Photo courtesy of milk and honey

Honey a Great Antioxidant

Honey has many medicinal and beauty benefits beyond satisfying the palate. The benefits of honey are amazing as it is sweeter than sugar but moderate consumption doesn’t cause weight gain. It is a powerful antioxidant, yet it has all the goodness of fruits and vegetables. The proof of this claim is its chemical composition of complex sugars, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. The antioxidants fight free radicals and reverse aging. I would be pleased if it just stopped aging! Free radicals are everywhere; in food, in the air we breath, and in the sunshine. The antioxidants neutralize the free radicals, thus the benefits. In two studies of antioxidants in honey the first one from the University of Illinois concluded honey had a mild protective effect and the second study by University of California concluded that honey has as many antioxidants as spinach, apples, oranges or strawberries.

Honey is a great antiseptic because of its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. It has cleansing properties for your body and health, which include skin care and healing. Its powerful healing attributes have been used for thousands of years and were known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders for many generations. In a 2007, study Dr. Shona Blair from the University of Sidney concluded that honey dressings should be used as a first line of defense, not as a last resort. Honey also reduces inflammation, helps shed dead tissue, and stimulates the development of new blood cells.

A 2008 study conducted by University of Amsterdam investigated the antibacterial capability of medical grade honey (Revamil). They concluded that honey is a promising topical antimicrobial agent for prevention or treatment of infections, including those caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria.

Honey, Honey - Mamma Mia!

Various Remedies Using Honey

Honey is the perfect energy booster rather than that can of Red bull or some other caffeine drink. Many people start the day with the cleansing tonic which is tasty and easy to make.

Recipe to start the day:

Mix 1 tsp of honey and one tsp. of lemon juice into a cup of warm water and drink it before breakfast.

Honey possesses carcinogen preventing and anti-tumor properties and it is curative and these properties make honey is anti-cancer aid according to Dr. Ron Fessenden, who is a scientist that has studied the properties of honey.

Combat the effects of a hangover when you drink too much alcohol by using this recipe.

15 ml (3 tsp.) liquid honey

80 ml (5-6 tbsp.) orange juice

70 ml  (5 tbsp.) natural yogurt

Blend together until smooth.

This recipe works because honey is gentle on the stomach and contains a mix of natural sugars which speeds up the oxidation of the alcohol by the liver which acts a sobering agent.

Honey has antimicrobial properties which will help to treat a sore throat and kill bacteria. Professional singers soothe their throats with honey before performances. You can take a spoonful of honey to soothe the inflammation or gargle:

Mixture:

2 tablespoons of honey

4 tablespoons of lemon juice

A pinch of salt and drink up.

Insomnia:

Glass of hot milk

Add a teaspoon of honey to calm the soul and induce sleep.

Or, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a cup of chamomile tea and sip.

Buckwheat honey at bedtime if more effective for curing coughs and sleeping difficulties in children than over the counter cough suppressants.

Arthritis or “joint inflammation” pain is one of the most common ailments today. Fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are all common problems and treatable with the combination of honey and cider vinegar.

Manuka UMG Honey

Many people use Manuka UMG honey which is very well know for its anti-bacterial healing properties. Manuka UMG honey comes from New Zealand and Australia.

Unique Manuka Factor or commonly known as UMF and is the only worldwide standard in identifying and measuring the antibacterial strength or quality of some strains of Manuka. The ordinary Manuka honey has hydrogen peroxide antibacterial properties, which is common in most types of honey. The UMF honey has more potent antibacterial properties than regular honey. It is a very stable compound and is not easily destroyed by light or heat. UNF Manuka is known as “Medihoney” in some pharmacies which are preferred for wound dressing and it is also effective in treating stomach ulcer symptoms and gastritis. It aids the natural cure of skin ulcer, wounds, burns, boils and cracked skin. Many skin care products contain UNF manuka.

Researchers are not sure exactly where the UMF comes from, as it is not found in the Manuka flowers but belongs to the Tea Tree bushes found in New Zealand, and it not necessarily produced every year. The concentrations vary from UMF-10 to UMF-25, and of course the higher the number, the more expensive. Another unique feature of this honey is the mineral content is 4 times higher than normal honeys. Apparently the taste of this honey is an acquired one.

Avocado & Honey Homemade Facial Mask

Tips for Honey Skin Care

Facial cleansing: Mix honey with ground almonds

Firming mask: Whisk a tbsp of honey together with an egg white, 1 tsp. of glycerin and approximately 1/4 of flour. Smooth on your face and leave for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Moisture pack: Mix 2 tbsp. of honey with 2 tsp. of whole milk, smooth over the face and throat leaving on for about 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and finish by splashing with cold water.

Moisture lotion: If you have patches of dry skin on your elbows, hands, or other areas of your body mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, then apply. Wash off after 15 minutes...

Egg Yolk mask:  1 tsp honey, 1 tsp. glycerin, 1 egg york. Mix and apply for 15 minutes then wash off with cool water.

Lip Balm: Honey rubbed on chapped lips or for acne is effective due to the antibacterial properties.

Hair care: Mix 1 tsp. of honey into 4 cups of warm water. Use as a hair rinse. If you are blond, add the juice of one lemon.

Conclusion of Honey Bees, Part I and II

As you can see from this two part series on bees, particularlyhoney bees, there is a lot to learn. There is a lot of research and money being put into the problem of the disappearing problem. It seems that pesticides are going to be a big part of the answer. I watched a show on PBS about a year or two ago addressing this problem and they said that in France they have eliminated some pesticides which sees to have helped the problem.

Of course, we need the bees for agriculture but isn't it marvelous how healthy honey is for your body? The antimicrobial and antibacterial properties are marvelous, and it is so healthy for as an energy booster plus the antioxidants are not to be overlooked. I enjoy a little honey in a cup of green tea every day.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Pamela - you just might bee the one to write that tell-all bee book by virtue of your bee-yootiful and bee-dazzling bee research.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

drbj, I think I am about bee'd out but thanks for your lovely comments. I love the sense of humor!


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

I too loved drbj's humor. Great hub Pam. It is so amazing that there are so many different types of bees. It just makes me glorify the creative power of God even more, if that is possible.

Are lizards next? (smile)

Thanks,

Forever His,


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

I'm truly overwhelmed at the amount of knowledge you have imparted in these two hubs on bees and the benefits of their products.


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vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

very informative.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Rev Lady, Definitely no lizard or any other insects but don't count out the birds as I like them a bit better. Thanks for your comments.

Tom, Thank you so much for your very nic comments.

Vrajavala, Thanks for your comment.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

This is a nicely done and interesting hub!!!

People don't realize how important bees are to food production!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Carolina, You're right people don't know how important bees are. I appreciate your comments.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your great research and informative hub.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Wow - I learned a lot here! Thanks!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

Habee, Thank you for your nice comment. It is appreciated.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Very interesting hub, although I have to admit bugs good or bad scare the hell out of me.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

POP, I don't like being around bugs at all either. Thanks for your comments.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Nice collection of recipes, I will have to check them out.

Thanks for sharing

great hub as always

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

I learned a lot. Good article :)


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

Most interesting and informative hub on Bee's. I am amazed at the number of species of bee's. I am aware of the carpender bee for they have attacked my back porch. The honey bee I am very fond of because I love Honey. Pamela, a great hub. Thanks!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

wow there is so much to know about bees great hub. Cheers.


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Very informative hub - I learned a lot! I have to ask have you seen or read, "The Secret Life of Bees?" It has a lot of interesting info about honey bees.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

I'll have to try some of those beauty and health remedies. Great conclusion!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Zsussy, Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Coolmon, I hope some of the recipes will work well for your. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

Cybersupe, I had never heard of carpenter bees before and hopefully you were able to get rid of them as the back porch is not a good spot. Thanks so much for your comments.

Ladyjane, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for your comments.

Cari, No I haven't seen or read The Secret Life of Bees but I am making a note to check it out. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for your comments.

bayioulady, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Never knew there were sooooo many types of bees. And I learned more about honey too. Wonder if the Manuka UMG honey can be found in a health store. But even if not, honey is more wonderful than I originally thought, and my thoughts were good, LOL!! Voted-up/rated.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, I did not know about Manuka honey until I started my research but I thought is was good you could order it from Amazon. Thanks for your comments.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Great info - and buckwheat honey is one of my favorites! We have a lot of bees here in Central Oregon - and a lot of the big, big bumble bees. While I'm terrified of snakes (absolutely insane about them), Bob is terrified of bumble bees - and I have not a clue why! Since I have scads of flowers, they are here all summer long but they never bother us! Great info!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Audry, I never think of bees as frightening as I do other bugs, like wasps for instance. Thanks for your comments.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I had absolutely no idea there are so many varieties of bees! Thanks for such a well-researched hub, Pamela, and for all the applications of honey!


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Wow, Pam, I'm truly impressed with the wealth of knowledge contained in this interesting hub. I'm going to use your moisturizing tips using honey. Rated awesome!


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I've never heard of that UMF honey before.. very cool info!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Lorlie, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for your comments.

anginwu, Thank you for your nice comments.

Chris, The UMF actually was new to me also but I ran across it in my research and I thought it was very interesting. Thanks for your comments.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I like your subject and hope the people who read it take it to heart. I keep honey in my kitchen for burns - it's the best thing I ever found.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Sheila, That is what is wonderful about honey. There are so many good uses in addition to the good taste. Thanks for your comments.


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Carrie DeSha 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Sweet! I have been using a mixture of honey & olive oil to treat poison ivy scars. It works pretty well! The scars are fading & my unaffected skin has never looked better!

I think I will try some of these facial recipes!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Carrie, I am glad that is working for your skin as I know you had a really bad case of poison ivy. Thanks for your comments.


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

Most marvelous! Great refresher course, thanks!

I have to figure out how to see those vids...


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

RTollini, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good morning, Pamela. Sorry I am late to know this information. Actually I wait the part two of honey bees. I always learn from you, my friend. Now I know many types of bees. Honey is great ingredient for natural remedies. Honey also used by the herbalist in my country to healing people. I love the taste. Thanks for share the recipes. I'll bookmark this one and I want to share to my family. Good work, Pamela. I can't wait to Vote this Up. Herbal remedies still the best.

Prasetio


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Prasetio, I agree that herbal remedies are the first choice if possible. Thanks for your comment.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Honey is one sweet thing I LOVE, thanks for the information on the multiple benefits of honey. Have I told you I raise bees? I love watching the happy activity of my healthy bee hives.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Katiem, You did tell me you raised bees and I hope they remain healthy. Thanks for your comment.


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Loves To Read 6 years ago

Another very informative hub Pamela and very interesting also. Honey is truly an amazing liquid as bacteria cannot live in it so it is a very powerful antiseptic.

Great work and thanks for sharing.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Loves to Read, Thank you so much for your comment.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

I really enjoyed learning more about bees. You really had some great information in this hub.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, Thanks you so much for the compliment and I am glad you enjoyed the hub.


Manuka Honey 5 years ago

Great information about Manuka Honey.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Manuka, Thanks for your comment.


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mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

Fascinating read Pamela.

I'd leave a longer comment, but I feel compelled to run to the store for a large bottle of honey.

Looking forward to reading more of your hubs.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

mwilliams, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

A wonderful hub about our bees. If we can all let our voices be heard, we may save these marvels of nature. whonu


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

whonunuwho. I hope we save the bees as we surely would have problems pollinating crops and flowers both. I think they are fascinating. Thanks for your comments.

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