I want to thank our Guest Blogger Amanda Plunkett owner of BeeRooted.com, Please visit her web site. Amazing Facts About Propolis by Amanda Plunkett.
Honey bees, social insects that live in colonies with thousands of kin, collect various substances to contribute to the health of their society. Female foragers gather flower pollen, flower nectar, plant resins, and leaf guttation fluid.
Flower pollen changes into “bee bread” for storage through enzymatic fermentation with honey bee saliva and nectar. Flower nectar transforms into treasured golden honey through a similar, but much more extensive process.
Foragers enjoy leaf sap, guttation fluid, from the leaves of bushes and trees. Pollen and honey often receive the greatest glory for their uses by humans. Yet, propolis has also been extensively researched.
Propolis, often called “bee glue”, is the sticky material female foraging honey bees collect from leaves, flower buds, sap, resin, and other botanical sources. They mix such material with enzymes in their saliva which ferments the material after which they then blend it with beeswax for storage. Popular sources for propolis include trees such as poplar, pine, eucalyptus, oak, birch, and willow and bushes such as plumeria, rosemary, ragweed, and brittle bush.
The word “propolis” originates from the Greek “pro” (in defense or for) and “polis” (city). Thus, it translates as “in defense for city”, the honeybee city. Propolis protects as a sealant for unwanted gaps and spaces against invaders and aids thermoregulation of the hive.
Even though propolis has been used medicinally by ancient humans, protection of the honeybee city, through self medication with propolis, has only recently been discovered.
This sticky substance can frustrate beekeepers attempting to open a hive. Hoyt (1965) said that propolis “is the bane of a beekeeper’s existence”, and apiculturists have bred honeybee lines with reduced propolis production. Yet, increased honey and pollen stores have been found to be significantly and positively correlated with increased propolis production. In addition, increased propolis positively correlates to honeybee colony health.
Apitherapy, the science and art of prolonging, sustaining, and retaining health by using products obtained from honeybee hives, including propolis, has been extensively studied. Propolis is composed mainly of resin (50%), wax (30%), essential oils (10%), pollen (5%), and other organic compounds (5%). Propolis has been found to have antiseptic, antibacterial, antimycotic, astringent, spasmolytic, anti-inflammatory, anaesthetic, antioxidant, antitumoural, antifungal, antiulcer, anticancer, and immunomodulatory properties. However, its composition varies depending on the colony, season, and region as vegetation changes.
Recorded medicinal use dates back as far as Hippocrates who applied it for internal and external wounds and ulcers. Even sources from the twelfth century wrote of using propolis for oral infections. Recent studies report its use for inflammation, oral surgery, tooth decay, vaginal infections, cancer prevention, canker sores, and Giardiasis. As a matter of fact, in just the last 30 years, researchers around the world, attracted to its biological and pharmacological properties, have published over 2500 articles on Pubmed alone.Some ideas for use include ointments and creams in wound healing, treatment of burns, mouthwash for oral health, throat spray, and so much more.
Propolis has proven to be an effective antiviral in multiple studies. For example, in 2000, a study tested a propolis ointment, an antibiotic ointment, and a placebo ointment. The results showed that the antibiotic ointment and placebo ointment produced similar results in patients with genital herpes. However, the propolis far outperformed both by almost double. Another study in 2002 proved that a 5% propolis extract resulted in a 50% inhibition of HSV infection. In addition, in a single‐blind, randomized, 3‐months trial, 135 patients with different types of warts received oral Propolis, Echinacea, or placebo. In patients with plane and common warts treated with Propolis, cure was achieved in 75% and 73% of patients, respectively.
Topical propolis has also been shown in human studies to be a well-tolerated and successful therapy for diabetic foot ulcers when applied weekly, showing its effectiveness in wound care. It has also been found to be effective against Gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus spp., and Streptococcus spp.
With so many uses for human and honeybee health and tied to increase honey production, what is not to love about this sticky powerhouse substance? Such a super food should not be frowned upon by beekeepers frustrated with opening their hives, but rather, beekeepers should view propolis as another valued product for bee and human health.
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Surly, all have heard of Honey Bee losses. Well, I have decided to show you something that the media won't. Pest Control and Honey Bee Colony Declines.
Science has been looking for the cause of Honey Bee losses since 1989. A worrisome problem, that if not fixed will continue to grow.
Beekeepers Nation wide suffer with losing 33% of their colonies every year. Although we can make up the losses, it cost and uses a lot of resources.
All peer papers show that the main cause of these declines are PESTICIDES. When used correctly, are some what safe for bees.
Directions state not to use when crops are in bloom. Hopefully, AG uses these chemicals in the correct manner.
The Honey Bee is an amazing creature, they are the only insect that produces food for humans. Not just food mind you, but medicine as well.
How does exterminators contribute to the Honey Bees staggering declines. Pay close attention, I will explain.
Honey Bees forage 5 miles from their nest to collect food for their young, and storage for winter. Honey Bees sense of smell is better than any hunting dog around. Dogs sense of smell is parts per million, Honey Bees parts per trillion.
These creatures are not only hard working, but opportunistic. When they smell a weaken hive, they will come and remove all the resources. This is called robbing.
In theory, when the exterminator kills or injures a colony of bees, other bees come to rob the left over honey. Honey Bees will travel 5 miles to collect resources for their colony.
In the United Kingdom, they have a low that REQUIRES any pest control company that kills honey bees must remove all the contaminated comb, and dispose of the now hazardous material.
Why? The unsuspecting honey bees bring this poison back to their hive and the whole colony dies. Just one poisoned colony can destroy up to half of the colonies within their 5 mile forage territory.
For thousands of years, man has known about the benefits that Honey Bee products bring to the body. Known to the Egyptian and Greeks as medicine, today we call the use of bee products, Apitherapy. Continue reading for the Top Ten Health Benefits of Honey.
Apitherapy, is using honey bee products to recover a living being, Human, Animal and Plants. Bee products used in the art of Apitherapy are, Royal Jelly, Propolis, Pollen. Beeswax, Bee Venom and lastly Honey.
At the writing of this post, we in Texas, are in the mesquite flow. This is the main source of nectar in the and around Abilene Tx.
Being almost crystal clear, mesquite honey is one the best in the country. Yet, Honey comes in many different colors and flavors. But, they all have some health properties in common.
Antioxidants and flavanoids in raw natural honey makes your immune system healthy and improves your cell structure. These same antioxidants and flavanoids helps in 3 reducing the risk of certain cancers
4 Healthy Skin
The Egyptian women would use Honey on their skin to keep it supple and smooth, Honey can also reduce wrinkle give an anti aging effect to the skin.
Killer Bees Dallas TX, what a load of crap. Look, i'm gonna tell you why and how to tell if Bees are killer bees.
My name is Ben, Owner of IRescueBees, and a full time professional Honey Bee extractor. I just recently received an article about Killer Bees in a Allen TX home.
First thing I should let you know is that killer bees in our part of Texas build their nest UNDERGROUND, not in walls, soffits, or under your shed, but UNDERGROUND.
Killer bees have a small winter cluster, a winter cluster is when the bees gather together to keep warm. Bee with large winter clusters will build their nest above ground because they can make it through the winter, and are not killer bees.
Bee with a small winter cluster build their nest UNDERGROUND because our winters are to cold, and they would not survive.
Any professional Bee removal expert worth his weight in salt will tell you the same thing. These facts are well known in our Business.
Look, I am in the business of bee removals, I can tell you if the guy you hire wants to start in the afternoon run him off, he will neither remove them live let alone relocate them.
I can only do one cutout a day because I must get them out live and then drive them to my apiary and rehive them. This takes a lot of time and effort.
Yet, not everyone in the bee extraction business wants to take the time to save the Bees, when they can call them KILLER BEES and make a bigger profit killing them.
Bayer to Save the Bees, Bayer announces a half a million dollars in grants to "FEED A BEE". Sounds pretty great, right?
Since it's founding in 1863, the Bayer group has recently become three subgroups. Bayer HealthCare, Bayer CropScience and Bayer materialsceince.
Bayer has been around for two world wars. Well, on March 9, 2018 the news was released through wraltechwire.com Bayer to Save the Bees using a five hundred thousand dollar FEED A BEE grant program.
These grants have funded FEED A BEE programs in thirty nine States and hopes to cover all fifty States this year. The goal is to find answers to the decline in Honey Bee populations cause by Varroa mite and OTHER FACTORS. Hmm.
This little bug Varroa Destructor has cause many of Beekeeper sorrows. A Honey Bee blood sucking parasite can wipe out entire apiaries in a short amount of time.
Beekeepers throw all types pharmaceuticals in a attempt to save their bees. But, these do not work, and now Lithium is being used.
I am a registered TEXAS beekeeper providing Live Bee Removal for Abilene Tx, Sweetwater Tx, Brownwood Tx, Eastland Tx and all points in between. All bee removed will be relocated to one of my apiaries in the Big Country.
Honey Bee Swarm Removal Abilene Tx 2018
This is the first Swarm removal if 2018. Feb. 26 2018 I got a call from Steve Walton at Lawrence Hall Mazda in Abilene Tx.
He said, they weren't here this morning now their stuck to one of are vehicles. They looked quite nice with a metallic green background.
Our world has become a playground for drug resistant superbugs. Now science has turned to HONEY An Ancient Remedy Revisited.
I am not just talking about any Honey, but raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized Honey. Raw Honey still contains bits of propolis, pollen and traces of royal jelly suspended in it.
Honey Bees travel many miles in search of blooms to extract the sweet nectar from. They carry their bounty back to the nest and process it into honey.
Nectar is rich in plant source enzymes and other healthy constituents. Honey Bees will mix in their enzymes and place the concoction into specialized cells and the excess moisture is evaporated off.
Honey along with other Bee products have been used as medicine from antiquity. In fact, products of the hive were medicine then.
Yet, all that was forsaken for petrochemical pharmceutical drugs. Which has led us to drug resistant superbugs.
Lets take MRSA as a example.
MRSA, found mostly in hospitals eats away the flesh of unsuspecting patients. Turning to Doctors for help they become infected with this horrendous infection.
National Geographic News did a story on how Honey was being used to slow MRSA infections and aid in the killing of the bacteria.
Honey is commonly used in medical practices as a antibacterial agent, anti inflammatory and anti oxidant. Honey contains many enzymes such as oxidase peroxide, catalase, amylase and phosphorylase along with trace vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Clinical trails of Honey have shown promise as a anti depressant. As well as other physiological maladies due to honey containing gluamic acid, aspartic acid and proline.
You should read the study by Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences published on Science Direct for a much deeper look into HONEY An Ancient Remedy Revisited.
Lyme Disease Infections have become epidemic in recent years. Traditional treatments don't seem to be effective. Could Bee Venom Relieve Lyme Disease Sufferers a new study suggests just that.
People that are commonly infected with Lyme disease spend time outdoors. Activities that increase risk of infection include playing in grass or woods, hiking and camping.
Of course you shouldn't let Lyme stop you from being outdoors. Lyme is preventable, it is said that the tick must be on you for 24 to 48 hours in order to transmit Lyme infection.
Antibiotics are quickly becoming an ineffective treatment and Lyme builds resistance to treatment. Lyme symptoms is a life long tragedy for those infected.
Symptoms of Lyme infection include brain fog, drooping face, muscle and joint pain, poor sleep, mood swings and depression. These symptoms are sometimes misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer.
A recent study suggest that mellitin/bee venom may relieve these symptoms. This study comes from Lyme Disease Research Group, University of New Haven, West Haven CT.
Talk about the canary in the coal mine, scientist are using Honey bees to gather data on our climate. NASA Biologist Measuring Climate Change With Honey Bees has been going on since 2009.
The weather chaos in 2017 was a roller coaster ride for sure. Extended droughts in the west followed by massive wildfires, Houston and Florida hurricanes followed up with heavy snow in the north not to mention Florida's winter storms will affect those areas honey bee populations.
As of today it is unseasonably warm in Texas for Feb. This early winter warming will have it's effect on Honey Bee colonies.
When temps get to 50 Honey Bees begin to fly look for food. When they can not find it they eat their stores and the brood patch is not increased.
As a matter of fact, my associates in the south experienced low wild Honey Bee populations along with smaller than average honey stores. This is the way it was for the 2017 bee removal season.
I wanted to attribute the slow year to Zika spraying, but i'm not so sure now. In a article put out by Texas A&M extension service we read of Dr. Wayne Esaias. Read the full report at the link above.
Dr. Wayne Esaias a NASA biologist began beekeeping in 1992. It was easy for him at first but within a few years he began to experience colony losses.