13 August 2015
All About Bees
As we reap the harvest of what what has been sown and tended this year, we must also take a moment to honor the honey bee - an amazing arthropod that has helped make this abundance possible!
The bee is a symbol of the potency of nature. Like us, bees are attracted to a plant by its fragrant, colorful flower. In this symbiotic relationship, the flowers blossom, the world is beautified, and the bee gathers nectar from which it creates the sweet elixir of life - honey!
Honey is a powerful healer
Used for ages to heal burns, honey can be applied during the initial "heat" phase of a burn, unlike many oils and salves help after the burn has cooled. Honey has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, and is used for healing wounds of all types including those which do not respond well to antibiotics. Recently, I was awed as I worked with honey for an eye issue ~ honey has been used for centuries to support people with eye diseases, from simple eye infections to corneal ulcers. When working with honey, use raw honey as it is high in enzymes.
Help support the honey bees
It's impossible to talk about the magic of the honey bees without acknowledging the difficulty they are currently having. You can help by:
- Planting flowers that bees love! Fortunately, bees love herbs--motherwort and bee balm are two of their top picks in my garden.
- Supporting organic farming by buying and growing local organic foods, as pesticides are one of the major factors in the bees' plight.
Bees are almost entirely a group of females working together in mutual support to create something more powerful than they could alone. They remind us that cooperation and symbiosis creates abundance and health in the world!