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Tip n°22 : Hive products (Part 1)

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

This week, change of scenery 😃! We are going to the kingdom of the living, to discover the wonderful universe of bees 🐝 and their different magic potions, the best known of which is honey 🍯. Did you know that there are 20,000 species of bees in the world ⁉️ And if there is an animal that is not unemployed it is her! A tireless worker 😅, she produces an astronomical amount of honey and many other substances, including pollen, royal jelly or propolis 😲. This is what we will see together. Come on, let's go 🚀!

First let's talk about the hive: everything is extremely well organized there and each representative 🐝 plays a clear, neat and precise role there 👌 … the world of human work could also take seed … or pollen … but that's another topic. The responsibilities of our dear bees 🐝 evolve with their age: 👉 From birth, they are on cleaning duty to keep the hive clean. 👉 From cleaners they go to feeders and produce the famous royal jelly which the queen 👑 and her larvae will eat. 👉 From feeders, they then become waxes and make, as their name suggests, wax in order to create new cells and thus expand their habitat. 👉 Then, they become ventilators and produce natural air conditioning because they just have to flap their wings 🧚‍♂️ to avoid too high a rise in temperature... it is still 36° C inside a hive !!! Even in Mauritius 🇲🇺 we rarely get there 😅. 👉 Once they are strong enough, they are promoted to the rank of guardians 👮 ♀️ whose heavy task will be to defend the hive from invaders. 👉 When lady bee 🐝 has proven herself and accomplished all these roles, she can finally GO OUT ‼️ Like what, all those 🐝 that we observe in our gardens had to follow this initiatory journey before being able to exercise their real profession: that of stealing and gathering flowers 🌼🌺🌸. When you see them, maybe you'll never see them the same way again 🌟. Once their freedom is regained, she will make it on the road 🛣️ … yes, several dozen flights a day, covering 1 to 3 km each time! A real air marathon 😅! And... at the end of its life, rather than returning to its hive, the bee chooses one last flower 🥀 to let itself die there... solidarity, it will be until the end 🤗🤗🤗.

But why tell you all this ❓ Simply to share the fascinating side of this universe . Did you know that it takes nearly 14,000 hours of work and a distance traveled equivalent to a world tour 🌍 to produce 1 kilo of honey 🍯 ❓ I don't think you will eat honey 🍯 the same way from now on 😉. Let's talk about 🍯 HONEY 🍯 now: It comes from the transformation of plant nectar. It starts in the digestive tract of the bee 🐝 to continue in the hive. We know that honey 🍯 has many virtues, but what exactly are they ❓ Here are a few :

🍯 Antioxidants (aging prevention), especially darker honeys. 🍯 Promotes the fixing of mineral salts: calcium or magnesium for example for the good health of our bones and our teeth . 🍯 Source of minerals and trace element 🍯 Beneficial action on intestinal flora and very digestible 🍯 Immune system booster 🍯 Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial for the ENT sphere (nose, throat, ears): we know, when we're sick 🤒😷🤧 we eat honey! 🍯 Anti-inflammatory for the digestive sphere as well 🍯 Laxative effect and stimulates diuresis (urine production) 🍯 Beneficial action on blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) 🍯 Powerful healing effect in external applications on wounds or burns (thyme and Manuka honey) 🍯 Beneficial in case of sleep disorders: 1 to 2 teaspoons at bedtime 🍯 Replaces sugar remarkably well whether in your drinks or in the kitchen and is suitable for diabetics, all proportion kept of course. Honey is a living food whose properties change with heat ☀️ and light 💡. I therefore advise you to buy raw honey (unheated), of good quality of course, and to keep it in a dry, rather cool place away from light. For Maurice 🇲🇺, as ​​fresh is rather rare here 😉, put it in the fridge ❄️. And for herbal teas 🍵, wait for them to cool a little before adding this precious nectar. Special attention will go to Manuka honey, the champion 🏅 in case of illness 😷🤒🤧. Its antiseptic and anti-bacterial virtues are clearly superior to other honeys 💪. Why ❓ Because it contains a factor that other honeys do not have, it is UMF. What does UMF 🧐 mean? Unique Manuka Factor is pretty self-explanatory 😃.

Oops, oops, oops 🤦‍♀️ … I didn't see the time pass ⏳, or rather should I say: I didn't see the number of words scrolling on my screen 💻! I'm racing, I'm racing and here is the result 🤷‍♀️: I'm coming to the end of page 2 of my article and I haven't even told you about pollen, propolis or royal jelly yet 🙈 . I will therefore have to bow 🙆 ♀️ to the sad fate of this article : to be incomplete 😆! This will be short-lived 😃 because I'll meet you next week to complete this exciting topic 😃😃😃. Receive my warm thoughts 🤗 and have a great weekend 🌈. ✨🌟 Miam la Vie ✨✨✨ and Miam 😋 honey 🍯!

Docteur Sandra Stallaert 

Cabinet de Santé Holistique

Homéopathe - Nutritionniste

Consultation à distance


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