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Bee Derived Products and Their Healthy Benefits

Updated on August 25, 2012
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Bee Derived Products

Ancient Egyptians knew the benefits of bee derived products, including honey, and considered them universal healers. Finally, modern day scientists have caught up with the ancients and are in agreement.

Listed below are bee derived products and their benefits.

Note: Be sure to read allergy and other warnings below

1 - Royal Jelly - Royal Jelly is filled with amino acids and antioxidants that are known to block DNA and cell damage. Research has shown that royal jelly has the power to extend your lifespan, increase energy, repair and rejuvenate the skin and even stimulate the growth of new stem cells which include the stem cells in the brain that are responsible for memory.

Did you know? Royal jelly is produced exclusively to nourish the queen bee.

2 - Propolis - Propolis has an abundance of flavonoids and phenolic acid which both work to boost immunity by increasing your infection fighting white blood cells. Propolis is antifungal, antibacterial and also has antiviral resin; all help to stop allergies and sore throats, speed up the healing of wounds, reduce the possibility of gingivitis while also reducing your risk of cavities.

Did you know? Bees gather propolis from tree bark.

3 - Bee Pollen - According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, bee pollen has all the essential amino acids making it the equivalent of three servings of veggies and fruit. Additionally, it helps increase stamina. Two teaspoons of bee pollen taken each day can boost immunity by 50% and stamina by 25%.

4 - Honey - Honey is the most familiar of all bee derived products and there are many different types.

Honey as a sleep aid:

In general, any type of honey will act as a natural sedative and help you sleep better. Honey helps you relax because it triggers the release of tryptophan in the brain, helps you absorb the calming effects of calcium and also helps prevent the release of cortisol - the stress hormone. Honey also helps prevent leg cramps because it soothes muscles.

How to Use: Take one spoonful before bed time.

Honey to stop a cough - Buckwheat

Buckwheat honey can stop an itchy throat and persistent coughing as well as any over-the-counter (OTC) cough suppressant without the risk of side effects. Credit goes to the honey's good bacteria, as well as the immunity boosting and germ killing antioxidants.

How to Use - Take one spoonful before bed time.

Personal Note: This has worked well for me especially right before allergy season. Suddenly one spring I was sneezing and hacking. After some research - looking for natural options - I came across honey as a recommended solution. I was able to prevent the allergies the following spring. Starting in March, I took a half-teaspoon everyday until the honey was gone - about 1 month. When spring came about and everyone was sneezing, coughing and had teary eyes, I had no problems at all. If the particular brand of honey has a comb, I also chew on that.

Honey to improve your skin - Manuka

I often use honey - just honey alone - as a facial because it tightens the pores and has hydrating properties. Just apply a thin layer (not too heavy because it will drip) leave on for about 20 minutes then rinse thoroughly with cool water and pat dry.

Manuka honey is recommended for its excellent healing properties - especially for acne. Manuka has antibiotic and antibacterial properties. If I want to heal a blemish, I apply honey and then just leave it on the blemish until I get around to washing it off.


Allergy Reminder - If you are allergic to bee stings you may also be allergic to bee derived products. Before using any of the products you should speak to your healthcare provider.

Warning - Not For Children - Children one year old and younger should never be given honey as it can cause a rare and potentially dangerous risk of infection.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So great to hear from you! I so appreciate your comments! Oh yay!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      BkCreative, Wonderful hub on the benefits of Bee derived products! This is packed with healthy suggestions! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much for sharing that - this is one of the great things about having a world writing community - we learn about other cultures. There are many people here in the US who feel the same way and follow a strict vegan diet.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 5 years ago from Tumkur

      Jains in India do not like eating honey or other bee products, as it amounts to stealing of hard earned food stored by bees.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you Om Paramapoonya - honey has been such a good friend!

      I am so glad 4youreyes that we are remembering what our brilliant elders taught us - they were true nutritionist and everything worked - with no side effects.

      Don't you just love, Delores Monet, that idea that we are going to save something - hah! I'm with you - let's open that jar - now!

      drbj - I read so very much about bee pollen - and it is all good news. I'm so glad we are learning to appreciate nature once again.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Wow, Bk - " ... bee pollen has all the essential amino acids making it the equivalent of three servings of veggies and fruit." That's amazing. Who knew? Not me. Thanks for the newsflash.

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      We were given a large jar of raw honey for Christmas. It was all cloudy from the pollen and I hoped to save it for spring to thwart allergies. Fat chance. It was gobbled up too fast! Delicious!

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      4youreyes 5 years ago


      Reading about honey being good for coughs brought back memories of my great grandpa, every time someone coughed out came the honey :). I never have heard you could use it to help you sleep and leg cramps sounds great. A all natural muscle relaxer and sleep aide all in one. I'll be trying it out tonight. Thanks for the tips.

      Have A Good Day !

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Ah, I didn't know that honey can be used as a sleep aid. Lots of interesting info here. Thanks a lot for sharing!