10 Great Uses for ‘Propolis’

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:12+00:00 October 12th, 2015|Honey, News, Propolis|

Most people are familiar with the gorgeous yellow and amber colors typical of honeycomb and beeswax. But another bee-produced substance exists and it doesn’t get discussed quite as much is propolis. Propolis is a resinous material that bees use to seal small cracks and gaps in the hive (beeswax seals the larger gaps). It’s made when bees collect resin from trees and other sources and mix it with a little bit of honey. Like its cousin, beeswax, propolis has been found to offer numerous health benefits, and many researchers are looking into its role for various therapeutic uses. The Benefits and Uses for Propolis In ancient cultures, propolis (or bee resin) was often used for abscesses and minor wounds. Bees, in an effort to close gaps in hives, use propolis as a precautionary measure to keep out dangerous microbes and fungi. Recent findings have confirmed its potent action against many harmful pathogens and more research has established its enormous healing benefits. Here are some of the researched uses and health benefits of propolis. 1: Discourage Infection Researchers have tested propolis against several dangerous microbes, and the results suggest that propolis is powerful against aggressive bacteria. Although the strength of propolis can vary based on geography, its protective benefits remain constantly present. Part of the reason for the action may be due to it containing a wide spectrum of flavonoids. 2: Natural Antibiotic Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem in medicine, often due to the overuse of antibiotic medication. People who are taking antibiotics are often advised to take probioticsto aid in the preservation of good bacteria in the intestines. Researchers have determined that propolis offers powerful antibiotic properties. The isolated acids from propolis have been shown to be an effective agent against [...]

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4 Easy Ways to Help Bees From Home

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:12+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Honey, News|

By now, the majority of the population knows that something is up with bees. We know that we need to be saving them … leading most to understand that bees are in some sort of danger. That of course, is correct the honeybees in all countries, are disappearing in mass quantities. Blame has yet to settle uncomfortably on any one set of shoulders but suffice it to say that most of the fingers are pointing towards  everything from pesticides to mono-cropping to shipping bees across the country for pollination. Regardless, the call for help is now spreading wide and far, so as concerned citizens of the world, and fans of vegetables and fruits (most of which are pollinated by bees), we can take it upon ourselves to do something for the bees. The beauty of this whole thing is that we can help the bees from right at home. Plant a Garden What bees need to keep kicking is honey, and the way they make that honey is by collecting pollen. And, they get said pollen from flowers, and those flowers can – and should – be on a wide assortment of flowering plants, be them vegetable, fruit, medicinal or simply ornamental. One of the suspected issues with bee disappearances is that the massive expanses of mono-culture crops mean that, outside of season, there are no flowers from which bees can get pollen. Give bees a diverse collection of flora to harvest from year-round, and they’ll set up shop and thrive. Plus, it’ll mean you’ve got food and beauty all over the place. Curb the Chemicals Once more, chemical pesticides, herbicides, and other a-cides have also been linked to problems that bees and other pollinators [...]

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How to Lighten Hair with Honey

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:13+00:00 July 13th, 2015|Honey, News|

Cause Natural Highlights Are Oh-So-Sweet Natural way to lighten hair Everything in life is sweeter when the summer months are here. So you might as well double down on sweet and sun by learning how to lighten hair with honey. Creating natural highlights with honey is a gentle way to lighten hair without using harsh chemicals. Seems like a miracle, right? If you’re all into organic hair products, this is one must-try organic hair dye that can save you serious salon money. To get all science-y for a second, honey has an enzyme called glucose oxidase that produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide acts as a bleaching agent when applied to your gorgeous locks. Much like the way you can lighten hair with lemon, using honey as a natural bleach is a multi-step process that brightens hair in stages. Not only is honey a mini hair miracle, if you find yourself in a jam, The National Institutes of Health reports that the antibacterial properties in honey’s glucose oxidase make for a natural wound dressing. So, you know, if you fight a bear and have only his honey stash to heal yourself, you’re totally gonna be OK... If you’re game for this at-home hair lightening challenge, remember to use a honey with high levels of hydrogen peroxide for best results and distilled water in the mixture. The minerals in tap or filtered water can negate the bleaching properties in the honey, so buy ye a jug of distilled agua from the market. Just follow these easy instructions and get your mane in full summer mode with a super sweet natural bleaching dye: Bustle, 7/2/2015

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Royal Jelly Has Potential to Manage Chronic Human Diseases Like Hyperglycemia (Type 2 Diabetes), Hypertension, and Breast and Skin Cancers

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:13+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Honey, News, Uncategorized|

Probiotics in Milk as Functional Food: Characterization and Nutraceutical Properties of Extracted Phenolics and Peptides from Fermented Skimmed Milk Inoculated with Royal Jelly Journal of Food Safety Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue) This study evaluated the biological properties of milk fermented with Lactobacillus acidophilus with and without several amounts of royal jelly including: total viable count, pH, titratable acidity, antioxidant activity and inhibitory activities of angiotensin 1-converting enzyme (ACE), α-amylase, and growth of colorectal (SW480) and skin (MV3) cancer cell lines. The bound phenolic extract after acid hydrolysis had better biological properties. The antioxidant activities increased after 4 h of fermentation time in skimmed milk fortified with royal jelly. Contents of aromatic compounds decreased along fermentation time in skimmed milk with royal jelly. The in vitro inhibitory activities against skin and colorectal cancer growth of fermented skimmed milk were not dependent on fermentation time and concentration of royal jelly. Results revealed the accumulation of hydrolytic bioactive peptides with inhibitory activity of ACE at 24 h. Practical Applications Inoculated skimmed milk with different ratios of royal jelly has potential application to manage chronic human diseases including hyperglycemia (type 2 diabetes), hypertension, and breast and skin cancers. Apitherapy News - Monday 29th June 2015

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Fact or Myth: Are Natural Antibiotics More Effective Than Traditional Antibiotics?

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:13+00:00 June 29th, 2015|History, Honey, News|

This is a Fact! Before the development of penicillin in the early 20th century, honey was mainstream medicine’s choicetreatment for wound care and persistent skin infections as natural antibiotics. Fast-acting antibiotics replaced this natural antibiotics. As our antibiotic use increased, so too did the antibiotic-resistance of many strains of bacteria. With the rise of growing antibiotic resistance, scientists are returning to good ol’ honey as a “new” solution to wound care. Research thus far has shown that honey, particularly Manuka honey, is more effective at healing skin infections and treating wounds than popular antibiotics are. A recent study conducted by researchers at Cardiff Metropolitan University and published in the journal Microbiology, found that Manuka honey eradicated 85% of a fully formed, extremely resistant strain of bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenus. The study also indicated that Manuka honey helps prevent infection from occurring in the first place. Affirming the health benefits of honey as an antibacterial ointment, Scientific American recently reported: “In lab tests, just a bit of the honey killed off the majority of bacterial cells — and cut down dramatically on the stubborn bio-films they formed.” When wounds cluster together they form bio-films, which stimulate infection and form a barrier against antibacterial drugs. Numerous research studies attest to Manuka honey’s ability to destroy infectious bio-films. A 2009 study of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) sufferers found that honey was considerably more effective than traditional antibiotics in eliminating both planktonic and bio-film-grown forms of pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) and staphylococcus aureus (SA), two important bacterial strains that cause CRS. However, it wouldn’t be advisable to apply the highly processed “Grade A” honey you find in most supermarkets to your wounds. Processed honey should never be used on a [...]

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Honey… Nature’s perfect energy food

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:15+00:00 November 28th, 2014|Honey|

Honey comb Yesterday I went up to see the bees. It has been a very mild winter so far. A good thing you may think, but actually not for the bees. There are no flowers now, but they still fly when the sun comes out and so use up valuable honey stores for energy. They have worked hard all summer long, visiting millions of flowers and collecting the precious nectar. For every jar of honey, they will have flown the equivalent of twice around the world. This watery solution of sucrose is taken back to the hive and transformed into what we know as honey. Thousands of tiny wings create currents of warm air and evaporate off the excess water. Enzymes are added to the nectar changing it from sucrose into glucose and fructose. So honey is the perfect food for them and will sustain them through the long winter months. It is also the perfect energy food for us, containing vitamins and minerals. Refined white sugar has no nutritional value and is hard for us to metabolise. It is thought to be a major cause of conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes. Even diabetics can enjoy a little honey. AMBROSIUS

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