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St. Ambrose … The Patron Saint of Bees

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:15+00:00 December 4th, 2014|History|

St Ambrose... The Patron Saint of Bees December 7th is the Saint Day of St. Ambrose, also known as Ambrosius. He lived from 340 AD to 397 AD and for some of his life was the Bishop of Milan. It is said that when he was an infant a swarm of bees settled on his face and, when they flew away, a drop of honey remained. He was thereafter said to have been endowed with a “honeyed tongue”. He is also the Patron Saint of Beekeepers and Candle makers. Other famous historical figures connected with bees were Hippocrates (460-370 BC), Galen (130-200 AD) and Dioscorides (40-90 AD). These were all great physicians of their time and used honey and propolis to treat wounds. Before the Greeks and Romans, the ancient Egyptians used honey and propolis for healing. Propolis in particular was used in the embalming process because of its incredible antibacterial and preservative properties. Propolis is the sticky resin which bees collect from trees and shrubs and use to sterilise their hive. It has powerful anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity and is the most important beehive product. More information about propolis will follow in future blogs. Galen invented the first recorded skin cream made from beeswax, almond or olive oil, rosewater, propolis and honey. Today this famous recipe is still made and can heal skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. Galen also invented a cure for baldness consisting of crushed bees in honey which was smeared over the scalp. Hard to believe you may think, but.....venom from the bee stings is a vasodilator and would increase circulation; honey is full of nutrients to nourish the hair follicles; there would also be traces of [...]

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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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