someone told me
venom has some interesting adherents. Many years ago I had a local lady who
suffered from some chronic affliction, for what I can't remember, and she asked
me if I would let her get stung by my bees. She said that the venom helped
control whatever her symptoms were doing to her. I felt for her but I declined
to sacrifice hundreds of my bees to alleviate her symptoms. She said she was
hoping for as many as 200 stings; that's a lot of bees. Maybe I should set
aside a couple of hives just for therapeutic stingings...
still buys a ton of honey and swears by it. Whatever. If she feels it helps,
who am I to argue. (Plus I like the money)
the single fear I have is the massive industrialization of honey.
there is a huge amount of HFCS and other adulterated honey coming in from China and Vietnam.
best bet is to put out the cost to a local producer who is reputable.
just start your own nukes.
propolis is a wonder and the honey contains hydrogen peroxide that is the
primary killer of the microbes.
is also a huge amount of data that clearly shows that compounds in the bee spit
(yes its bee spit folks) along with Royal jelly has certain intestinal
protections that reduce colon cancer issues and digestive problems.
a good start. 5lb.s of bees equates to roughly 40-50 thousand bees. A good,
hard working queen can run that number right up within a month necessitating
you split the hive or watch them swarm. Bees are like people; some are hard
working and industrious, some take their cue from a dilettante queen and lay around
and no nothing all day. Unlike our society, when you find such a queen you take
her out the hive and squash her beneath your boot and introduce a new queen
with the explicit instruction that she out perform her predecessor ...or suffer
the same fate. The bee world is a cruel, cruel, place...
someone told me
But it is fascinating stuff! Honey's antibacterial properties have been
studied by various research groups for some time, especially for the treatment
of open wounds (leg ulcers, infected wounds, etc. see pubmed). If I remember
correctly, thyme honey has been shown to be best for legs ulcer.
Earlier this year I had some contact
dermatitis on my palm that flared up and was very uncomfortable. It was the
weekend. I went out and cut some fresh thyme, crushed it and mixed it with
coconut oil and put a pultice of this on my palm for several hours. I removed
the pultice at bedtime, rubbed a little more of the thyme oil mixture on my
palm and covered with a large bandaid. The next morning the amount of healing
that took place was astounding. Didn't need to go to the doctor on Monday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meiTS1SIb_8 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meiTS1SIb_8