We mostly believe that honey bees only make honey. However, they also make other highly beneficial products like Bee Pollen, Beeswax, Propolis, Royal Jelly and Bee venom. These products are collectively called BEE PRODUCTS.
Honey is the primary food for honeybees for their survival and sustainability. Along with honey, bees store bee pollen for protein, make wax for the honeycomb, royal jelly – a royal food for the queen and young bees. Propolis – a sticky material to prevent insects from entering the honeycomb. The bee venom to sting.
The necessity of making these products is a natural instinct of honey bees. These products of honeybees have unique purpose and usage.
For human beings, these products contain various medicinal benefits. Which is getting proved from the recent scientific studies.
These bee products are in use for centuries in every civilized society as it promotes health nourishment and immunizes from various infectious diseases.
Let’s know the bees products and how they make them?
Honey is a sweet substance that bees make it from the nectar they collect from the flowers.
It is a super food for bees. For human beings, since the time of ancient period honey is in use for both as a sweet substance and remedy for various ailments and health nourishments.
Pollen is a male reproductive substance of the flower that honey bees carry while collecting the nectar from the flowers. This way Honey bees play a significant role in the pollination of crops across the world.
This makes it a rich and nutritious food supplement. The reason is it includes elements like enzymes, antioxidants, antibiotics and flavonoids and other medicinal properties. Bee Pollen also contains protein between 2.5% to 61%.
It is a special food which is secreted from the glands of nurse bees. It has a milky texture and light pale in color.
Royal Jelly is a super food that is full of nutrients, protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids which is quite suitable for medicinal purposes.
Royal jelly is specially fed to the larvae which are designated to be the queen in the beehive which has a life span of 2 to 3 years against the normal Bee which lives for 40 to 45 days.
Hence, Royal Jelly is anti-aging and life prolonging product.
Bees make Propolis by using the sticky resins from the tree buds, sap and other plant sources. Beekeepers call it as bee glue. Its usage is to seal the gaps or cracks in the beehive. Therefore it reduces the entrance of the beehive to stop the invader.
Propolis contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. This is beneficial for healing wounds and fight diseases. It is also rich in Flavonoid and has antioxidant properties.
Worker bees at very young age of between 14 to 18 days old make beeswax from the secretion of their special wax glands. Beeswax helps them make walls and caps for the honeycomb.
It has various useful purpose in the making of candles, cosmetics including lip balms, creams and other useful stuff.
Venom itself defines that the honeybees use this when they are at risk of invader’s attack. Consequently, Bee venom has been proved to be very effective in curing breast cancer.
Therapist considers Bee venom the only treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Hence, it is effective in Apitherapy too and offers a great cure for other illnesses too.
All honey bees products are significant for various health benefits. The recent studies have proved its effectiveness for human health and diseases. In the near future, these products have the potential chances to be available as pharmaceutical products.