7 Great Bee Products to Buzz About!

Bees are important as they pollinate an estimated third of the food we consume each day. Of the thousands of species of bees, only the Apis mellifera (honey bee) has the ability to produce honey. Apitherapy is a branch of alternative medicine that uses bee products and is becoming more popular in the health world, but what’s all the buzz about? Let’s find out with 7 Great Bee Products to Buzz About! 

1. Honey

It seems only right to start with the most popular of bee products. Honey is a complex substance made when nectar, a highly sugary substance produced by plants and trees, is collect by bees. With its wide variety of benefits, it’s no surprise that honey does not come cheap. While it’s easily available in many stores and supermarkets, a more sustainable way of acquiring it is by producing your own honey through beekeeping. Make sure to search for quality honey bees for sale to successfully start an apiary in the comforts of your own backyard. This, combined with an enzyme secreted by bees, creates the liquid gold we know and love. Honey is antibacterial, making it perfect for healing wounds and calming sore throats.

2. Honeycomb

Honeycomb is made from the wax bees secrete after consuming honey. This is made in a distinctive structure to protect their larvae, honey and pollen. The honey stored within the honeycomb is the purest, rawest form of honey. Honeycomb contains long chain fatty acids which provide heart health benefits.

3. Pollen

Bees collect pollen in structures on their back legs called pollen baskets. Once at their hive, the pollen serves as an essential source of protein to raise the number of bee eggs known as a ‘bee brood’. Pollen is considered one of nature’s most complete foods due to its comprehensive and balanced nutrient profile of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants.

4. Royal Jelly

This glorious substance is secreted from the glands in the heads of ‘worker’ bees (sterile females) and is fed to all bee larvae. After several days it is no longer given to the worker bee larvae or drones’ (males) larvae but only to the queens (fertile females) larvae. Royal jelly is full of B vitamins, essential for everything from metabolism to red blood cell production. If it’s good enough for the queen, it’s good enough for us!

5. Propolis

Blended beeswax and saliva forms a glue used to seal cracks in bee hives. This sticky substance contains the compound ‘pinocembrin’ which is antifungal, antimicrobial and antiseptic – a triple combo of useful properties!

6. Bee Venom

I am sure most of you will be familiar with the feeling of a bee sting. When a worker bee stings, it injects bee venom known as apitoxin. This substance is suggested to help relieve arthritis pain via bee venom therapy…who would have guessed – you learn something new every day…!

7. Bee Bread

Despite its name, bee bread is actually made by bees, not of them. It consists of pollen, nectar and bee saliva, which is packed into comb cells which then begin to ferment. This process creates protein-dense pellets for the bees to consume and prolongs the shelf life of pollen, giving you more time to utilise the potency of its benefits.

Next time you reach for that sugar pot to add some to your tea, try honey instead – it’s a natural sweetener packed with easily assimilated and wholesome health benefits. If you’re feeling adventurous pick another bee product from this list and start receiving its bounty of natural goodness – then you’ll really have something to buzz about! Into bee-products? Which ones have made the biggest difference for you so far? Let us know in the comments below, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!

Anna Redmayne-Porter

Anna is currently finishing her BSc in Nutrition, which is where her passion for health and food comes from. Being a long-term vegetarian, she likes to experiment with plant-based cooking. She plans to enter the world of food development after graduating. She also has a great love of animals. You can also find her on Instagram @be_free_with_anna

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