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The jobs of a bee. What is the life of a bee?

tired working bee cartoon

To find out which are the jobs of a bee, we should first understand what is the life of a bee. It sounds rather strange to talk about “jobs” when coming to an insect, but this is exactly what it is. A job, or better put “an extended job” because it identifies with the entire lifetime. Honey bees belong to the order HYMENOPTERA (from Greek: υμην= a membrane; πτερον= wing). In this order there are also wasps, saw-flies etc. Their characteristic is… Read More

Honey in the Koran

honey in the koran

Muslims respect bees for their intelligence, industry and creativity. In the Koran there is an entire chapter, entitled “The Bee”, which states (16:67 – 16:69): “And of the fruits of the palms and the grapes – you obtain from them intoxication and goodly provision; most surely there is a sign in this for a people who ponder. And your Lord revealed to the bee saying: Make hives in the mountains and in the trees and in what they build. Then eat… Read More

Honey in the Bible

honey in the bible

It is said that the word honey is mentioned 61 times in the Bible. It was impossible for me to count, but there are plenty of people who did that.  After researching the subject, here are the important occasions where honey appears. It represents: Abundance: We have all heard of the land where honey and milk flow. It’s a  proverbial metaphor, expressing abundance, Hebrews were using when referring to Palestine. This reference is repeated twenty-one times in the Bible. The LORD said, I… Read More

Bee venom for therapy: general information

general info on bee venom for therapy

Since ancient times, people knew about the healing properties of a bee sting. Painful and healing, just like Eros’ arrows of love, painful but ultimately pleasant. Bee venom was probably one of the first natural cure for arthritis. Apitherapy was used in ancient civilization of China, India, Egypt, Babylon and Greece. We still wander if beekeeping appeared because of the healing stings of the bees, or because of the sweetness of honey.  A little history – Among the earliest books… Read More

Venom Immunotherapy or How to treat bee sting allergy for good!

honey bee on a hand

Known as Venom Desensitization or Allergy Immunotherapy,  Venom Immunotherapy (VIT) is a therapy that answers the question of How to treat bee sting allergy once and for all! It’s a therapy that reduces the sensitivity to the allergens in venom that cause the allergic reaction. It uses small doses of venom or whole bees, that are injected under the skin. Over time the allergic reaction decrease or even disappear completely. Immunotherapy is available to treat allergies to stings from: honey bees, yellow jackets, hornets, paper wasps, fire… Read More

Bee venom for therapy: homeopathic remedies

homeopathic apis mellifera benefits

What is Homeopathy? It’s an alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur). Meaning that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in sick people. The Gale encyclopedia of alternative medicine states: “Homeopathic medicine operates on the principle that “like heals like.” This means that a disease can be cured by treating it with products that produce the same symptoms as the disease.”… Read More

Bee venom for therapy: Multiple Sclerosis

bee venom therapy treats MS

Talking about bee venom for therapy, we know that in some countries bee venom is used to cure diseases such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, and many other painful joint conditions. Recently there have been a serious interest in Western countries in researching bee venom effects on neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and multiple sclerosis (MS). The enzyme ‘Hyaluronidase’ found in bee venom dissolves scar tissue on the myelin sheath, improving synaptic transmission. Other benefits include improved circulation, better bladder control,… Read More

Bee venom for therapy: arthritis. What is apipuncture?

The series of “bee venom for therapy” continues with another condition: arthritis. We will explain what is apipuncture and why is this form of therapy for arthritis and rheumatoid conditions used in only some countries and not in all of them. Arthritis is most surely the oldest disease of humanity. In ancient times, Homo Sapiens probably noticed that he got some relief after being stung by the bees, making bee stinging the first apitherapy received by humans. Considered the father of… Read More