Bees, resins and propolis

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Bees, resins and propolis

Wild honeycombs above a curtain of propolis

Wild honeycombs above a curtain of propolis

The forecast for the North of England is not good. Heavy snow, freezing temperatures and gale force winds are on the way… but in Malindi, Kenya, it is 30°C (or in old money…86°F).

The photograph shows the end of a traditional log hive which the bees are busy sealing with a curtain of propolis. I took the picture in January 2009. African bees can be very aggressive so we opened up the hive after dark!

It is an interesting fact that, given a choice of tree resins, bees will select those which have the most powerful antimicrobial activity. The propolis which they make from these resins will be perfectly matched to the pathogens which are found in their own environment.

Nature has endowed them with the ability to determine this. How they do it, is still unknown.

We should therefore take our cue from the bees and use propolis which is collected locally. So in the UK we should use propolis from the UK. This will give us the best chance to support our immune systems successfully and keep away all those viruses and bacterial infections.

Also, if there are several different plants secreting nectar at the same time, the bees will choose the one with the highest sugar content. This ensures that their winter stores have the greatest energy value.

There is still so much we do not know about these incredible insects. It is believed that up to 5% of the compounds in propolis, royal jelly and pollen have not yet been identified.

For now they remain part of the mystery and magic of the honeybee.

Nature truly is wonderful.


By | 2017-09-13T09:09:14+00:00 January 28th, 2015|Propolis|Comments Off on Bees, resins and propolis

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