Bless the Bees: The Many Benefits of Local Honey
“Save the bees!” We’ve heard it before, but truly, bees and their honey have kept us all sweet and healthy since ancient times. The Egyptians called it gold, we can assume because of the beautiful color as well as the multitudes of beneficial qualities and uses. Honey may easily be taken for granted when seen in stacked on grocery store shelves, but there are significant differences between commercial and raw honey from your local beekeeper. The latter is a collaborative labor of love from your community beekeepers, farmers, gardeners, and bees. Next time you see that the quart of honey on your kitchen counter, think it took the efforts of dedicated community members and 2,304 bees!
Honey is Enchanted
New deliveries of local Richmond honey grace the shelves of the Enchanted Nurseries gift shops and garden centers on a regular basis. Many customers are seen stopping by on a Sunday morning once a month or so to pick up a pint or quart of honey. One charming lady who named herself a honey connoisseur exclaimed that ours was the best honey she’s ever tasted! Beyond satisfying your sweet tooth, a heaping teaspoon of local honey (harvested within a 50-mile radius) will keep the doctor, the nurse, the dentist, and the beautician away!
We’ve curated a list of our favorite uses of local honey for our Enchanted journal readers.
Say Adios to Allergies
Bees do much more to help the body than to hurt it. The National Honey Board and the American Medical Association found through research that eating honey raised within a 50-mile radius of your home helps prevent allergies. Local honey contains bee pollen and propolis, substances created exclusively by bees that do many great services to the gardener’s body:
Reduces inflammation, a common allergic reaction
Boosts the immune system
Builds immunity to the pollen contained in the honey from the local plant culture
Stabilizes the cells that trigger allergic reactions
Nutritious and Delicious
Explore the culinary possibilities. Get creative.
Safe for diabetics
Antioxidants—fights off free radicals that can lead to cancer and heart disease
Re-hydration from the electrolytes—Make your own sports drink!
Vitamins and minerals
Take before bed for a good night’s sleep
Important note: Never feed honey to an infant younger than one year old.
Combining honey with other natural remedy ingredients will fill your kitchen and bathroom with homemade organic products to cure common injuries and maintain an all-natural beauty.
Contains bactericidal properties
Removes debris from wounds
Treats antibiotic-resistant infections
Acts as an antiseptic
Dries into a natural bandage
Heals mild burns and sunburns
Soothes diaper rash
Soothes heartburn/upset stomach
Soothes sore throat
Read the full article for details on the above treatments before trying them at home: HONEY HEALTH BENEFITS, the Farmer’s Almanac.
A Beautiful Golden Glow
A little honey in your daily beauty routine can achieve big things.
Slows down hair loss
Contributes to maintaining healthy skin
Fights eczema, canker sores
Reduces bad breath
The Misunderstood Honey Bee: Notes from our Resident Beekeeper
Honey bees are not aggressive! Don’t mess with them and they won’t mess with you.
The Africanized Bee is the dangerous relative to keep a lookout for. We’ve found a video to help you differentiate killer bee from honey bee.
Notes from Our Entomologist
Maintaining a clean water source such as a birdbath or fountain encourages bees and other pollinators to visit and revisit your landscape.
Carefully read and follow pesticide directions and precautions before purchasing: you want to hit your target precisely without hurting innocent bystander bees!
Use an integrated pest management approach: call or visit our nurseries to explore your options.
Apply pesticides in the evening when pollinators are less active
The Farmers’ Almanac
The Beekeeper’s Bible