GENSET 4 BEES: not just honey, bees’ products
If you’ve followed our latest news you already know that bees play a crucial role in pollinating crops and maintaining biodiversity.
Today we want to talk about their products, with their wide range of uses that go beyond just culinary ones.
Surely honey is the most well-known bee product. Being used as a sweetener for thousands of years, also thanks to its long-lasting properties, honey in fact is one of the few products that does not expire. Jars of honey still intact were even found in the Egyptian pyramids.
Honey is not only used in the kitchen it is also used in skin care products for its moisturizing and antibacterial properties. It can even be used as a natural cough suppressant.
Another bee product that has gained popularity in recent years is beeswax. Beeswax is used to make candles, cosmetics, and even furniture polish. It is a natural alternative to petroleum-based products, which can have harmful effects on the environment.
Propolis is another lesser-known bee product that has powerful medicinal properties. It is made from the sap of trees and is used by bees to seal their hives and protect against pathogens. Propolis has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, and it is used in a variety of natural health products, also for infants and babies.
Royal jelly is a nutritious substance produced by worker bees and fed to the queen bee. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, and it is believed to have anti-aging and immune-boosting properties. Royal jelly is used in skin care products and supplements.
Bee pollen is a superfood that is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. It is used in supplements and health food products and has been shown to stimulate brain activity: it is an excellent remedy against intellectual fatigue, improving intellectual work and memory skills.
Finally, bee venom, it contains a compound called melittin, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. It is used in the treatment of conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain. Bee venom therapy involves intentionally getting stung by bees to receive the therapeutic benefits of the venom. Today it is also used widely in cosmetics, known for its power of “plumping” is mostly used in lips products.
As we continue to learn more about the importance of bees in our ecosystem, it is becoming increasingly clear that their products have a wide range of uses beyond just culinary ones. By supporting sustainable beekeeping practices, we can help protect these crucial pollinators and enjoy the many benefits of their products.