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Apitherapy: Medicine Made by Bees

Apitherapy: Medicine Made by Bees

Did you know that bees, those quiet, buzzing, diligent workers that gather nectar and pollinate plants, help to provide us with about one third of our food supply by pollinating crops? And that’s not all they do. Bee products can be used as medicine.

Raw Honey
Raw honey is not only wonderfully tasty and loaded with B vitamins, it can also be used as a topical salve to treat burns and wounds, due to its antibacterial qualities.

Beeswax
Recent studies have shown that a beeswax and olive oil mixture can help ease dermatitis or psoriasis.

Bee Pollen
Ingesting bee pollen is thought to increase energy levels and stamina. It has been used to ease back pain as well as seasonal allergies.

Bee Venom
Since it is believed to have anti-inflammatory qualities, the venom from bee stings has been used to treat arthritis and other joint ailments. Bee venom therapy (sometimes called Apipuncture) has also been reported to successfully ease multiple sclerosis symptoms, such as fatigue, vision problems and numbness.

Royal Jelly
Royal jelly is produced in the salivary glands of bees. It is used to feed all bee larvae and, if a queen bee is needed, the queen hatchling will continue to receive royal jelly for the first four days of its growth. It’s a milky white substance, and medicinally has been used to treat chronic fatigue problems and to increase appetite. Studies have indicated that royal jelly can lower cholesterol. Some practitioners consider royal jelly to be effective in bolstering the immune system, increasing energy levels, easing menopausal related headaches and vaginal dryness, preventing osteoporosis and, even, improving skin tone.

Propolis
Bee propolis is a sort of bee glue that bees make from tree sap and beeswax. They use it to stick their hives together and repair hive walls. Propolis is considered an antioxidant and can be used to make lip balm. It’s also thought to be able to break down and soften scar tissue and help ease spasms in people with MS. If you have asthma, don’t use propolis because it can worsen your condition.

For some great ideas on how to add honey to your pampering routine, read Honey Do: Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips.

A word of caution
Bee products can, in some instances, cause severe allergic reactions, so be an informed consumer and consult with an experienced apitherapist or a doctor who uses apitherapy.

Read more: Health, Alternative Therapies, Natural Remedies

By Lynn Behrendt, contributing writer for Green Living at Care2.com

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Lynn Behrendt is a writer, poet and sculptor of steel. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband and two sons.

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12:23PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Very interesting article!
It is already know that bee venom can help and cure several medical conditions for example:

For example:
Tumors
Arthritis
Osteoarthritis
Multiple Sclerosis
ALS
Temporal Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatic.
Lyme Disease
Parkinson

Read more here: http://www.apitoxin.se/research.html.

5:08PM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

thanks

9:21AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

neat.

8:55AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

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6:35AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Bees are great and with me having multiple sclerosis bees are even better !

3:29AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Bees are brilliant as are Ants but in a different way. We can learn from both.

3:14AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Bees are fabulous!

2:59AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Fascinating. Bees are a treasure of Nature and certainly are welcomed into many gardens.

6:26AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Petition signed thank you Ian D.

6:23AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Lovely thanks.

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