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Natural Home Remedies , Bee Pollen And Honey , Bee Propolis, Royal Jelly, Bee Balm

Updated on June 28, 2013
Bee Balm
Bee Balm

Bee Balm

Bee Balm is a safe herb that can be used to treat both animals and humans. Bee Balm is in the mint family and like all plants in the mint family it's good for indigestion problems. Bee balm also has great antibacterial properties which makes it great for treating infections.And one really wonderful thing about bee balm is that so far there have been no side effects noted from taking or using bee balm.

One other interesting thing about bee balm is that honey bees and ruby-throated hummingbirds love it. If you plant it in your yard or garden it will attract hummingbirds better than almost any other plant.

If you grow bee balm you'll find that it's strongly aromatic even when dried. Some people will say it smells like sweet sage while other people will say it has a smell similar to oregano.

The Native Americans were already using bee balm when the first English settlers came to America. The Native Americans used it for colds, fever, and colic. They also made it into a salve and used it on cuts and burns. The early settlers were also surprised to see the Native Americans adding the leaves and flowers of bee balm to homemade soap both for the smell and to help to cure minor cuts and burns.

In case you don't know bee balm got it's name because bees love it. Some people think the flowers of the bee balm especially when older smell like ripe citrus. The plant is also known as horsemint, oswego tea, and bergamont. That last name is because people think it has a citrus smell.

Going back thousands of years the Native Americans used bee balm and bee balm from the American Midwest has been discovered stored in jars in ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico and Central America. So there was clearly trade going on between the Mayans and people in what is now the United States. I found this to be very interesting.The Native Americans also used the dried leaves and flowers of bee balm to season wild game especially ducks and other birds.

If you want to grow your own bee balm plants you'll want to plant it in moist well drained soil that you've added well rotted manure or compost to. Keep in mind that slugs love baby bee balm plants so either quickly pick the slugs up or set out shallow dishes of beer which is another favorite of the slugs so they will get into the dishes of beer and drown.

Bee balm will draw hummingbirds and butterflies into your yard or garden and it will also draw beneficial insects into your yard and garden. You can take cuttings off mature bee balm plants and propagate new plants. If you'll cut your bee balm back in the fall and mulch it heavily with straw mulch you'll discover it will be back as soon as it warms up in the spring. Leave the tender vegetation covered until all danger of frost has passed.

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Frozen Bee Pollen
Frozen Bee Pollen
Bee Balm in full bloom.
Bee Balm in full bloom.

Royal Jelly

Do you know what Royal Jelly is. In case you don't I'll tell you. It's the thick, milky substance that is secreted from the pharyngeal glands of a special group of young nurse bees between their sixth and twelfth days of life. And that substance is called Royal Jelly.

When honey and pollen are combined and refined with in the young nurse bees royal jelly is made.

It contains all of the B - Complex vitamins and it includes a very high concentration of pantothenic acidand a substance called pyridoxine. It is the only natural source of pure acetylcholine.

You should also know that Royal Jelly contains valuable minerals, vitamins C, D, E, and A, enzymes, hormones, eighteen amino acids, and valuable antibacterial and antibiotic components.

Royal Jelly must be mixed with honey to preserve it or it will spoil quickly.

Royal Jelly is known to aid with bronchial asthma, liver disease, insomnia, pancreatitis, kidney disease, stomach ulcers, and is also known to boost the human immune system.

But you should also know that Royal Jelly will spoil quickly. Keep it in the refrigerator tightly covered.

Royal Jelly And Honey Are Often Given To Surgery Patients.

Russian studies have shown that Royal Jelly is one of the best substances there is for wounds that will not heal. In Russia and parts of Europe people who are about to have surgery are fed Royal Jelly and Honey because of the strong antibacterial properties of both substances.

Bees Use Royal Jelly To Make A New Queen

When honey bees need to make a new queen they choose two or three developing bee larvae and they feed those larvae almost exclusively on Royal Jelly. New Queens develop and the stronger one stays with the original hive while the others leave often with some of the worker bees. This is often what causes a bee swarm.

There have been extensive studies that show that Royal Jelly can lower cholesterol levels, has strong antibiotic properties and is currently under study in the treatment of Graves Disease. It also has strong anti inflammatory properties and it will heal old wounds better than almost any other known substance.

As with many other natural and herbal substances it has been discovered that Royal Jelly does slow down and may even stop tumors from growing. And it has been proven through several differn't studies that Royal Jelly does have a positive effect on cholesterol levels.

This is one of the reasons that is important that you do your own extensive research into Royal Jelly and learn everything you possibly can. When you do research keep a journal and make careful notes that you can refer back to.

Ginseng And Honey Are Perfect For Giving You Energy.

The Chinese Medical Practitioners have for thousands of years given people teas made out of Ginseng and Royal Jelly to give people a lot of energy. If you feel fatigued or out of energy by natural Royal Jelly and Ginseng and make your own homemade tea to give you renewed energy.

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Developing queen larvae surrounded by royal jelly
Developing queen larvae surrounded by royal jelly
In this photo you can see a honey bee carrying pollen back to the bee hive.
In this photo you can see a honey bee carrying pollen back to the bee hive.

Bee Pollen And Honey

Pollen is produced by the anthers of flowering plants not by bees as some people believe. The fine powder like substance is gathered by the honey bees and taken back to their hives. It is when it is gathered by the bees that it becomes bee pollen.

Bee pollen is 10 to 35 percent pure protein and it also has B-complex vitamins, lots of vitamin C, important amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, certain enzymes, carotene, copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and sodium. You should know that bee pollen, bee propolis, and honey all have stron antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

When bees gather nectar and pollen they make honey. Nectar is a sweet substance that is mixed with enzymes produced by the bees and pollen and honey is the product that is produced.

Honey will vary in color and taste depending greatly on what type of flower nectar the bees are gathering. Honey usually contains 35 percent protein and it is considered to be one of the most complete foods there is.

Honey is a highly concentrated source of all kinds of essential nutrients and it contains lots of Carbohydrates, B-Complex Vitamins, Vitamins C, D, and E and a lot of essential minerals. It has been used for thousands of years for it's natural healing ability and for energy. Two tablespoons a day is enough to get the benefits from it. You should keep in mind that it's twice as sweet as sugar and, therefore not as much is needed. If your going for the health benefits of the honey you should only purchase unfiltered, unheated, and unprocessed honey.

Hypoglycemics and Diabetics should use care when consuming honey and honey by products. Your blood sugar levels will react to honey the same way they will to sugar. But you only have to use half as much honey as you would sugar to get the same sweetening effect.

You should never give honey to children who are one year or younger because they are more prone to develop botulism.

Bee Propolis

Bee propolis is good as a salve and also for abrasions and bruises. Bee propolis has the same great antibiotic properties as honey.Many researchers say that bee propolis has wonderful antibacterial properties. There are claims that it is good for the inflammation of the mucous membranes and it is a great treatment for coughs, tonsillitis, ulcers and for acne. Bee propolis is often mixed with pureed cucumber and applied as a salve to the face for acne.

There has been a lot of research into the effects of bee propolis, bee pollen, and honey on the immune system. It is further believed that bee products stimulate the human immune system.

Be sure that any bee products you purchase are sealed and fresh. If your using a bee product to help with your allergies it is always best to be sure your using a bee product that was used with in twenty miles of your home for the best effect. If the bee product comes from outside your area it may not work for allergies for you.

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