Saturday 15th August is National Bee Day when we get to celebrate these little buzzing miracles of creative endeavour. Without them, our crops would not be pollinated and would fail - creating an immediate and catastrophic world food shortage.
Here at Reuthe’s-The Lost Gardens within our 11-acre paradise, our beehives are nestled in our orchard so that the bees can feast on the flowers of quince, chestnut and apple. We have also sown areas of wildflower meadow, suited to the sandy ericaceous ground conditions, that flower early and later in the Season to ensure food sources for the bees are around throughout the year.
We harvest the honey in late Autumn and after filtering we pour the raw amber nectar into jars available to buy direct from our retail shop and online via www.reuthes.com
Many people believe that as raw honey comes straight from the honeycomb it provides more health benefits than regular honey. Whereas regular shop bought honey is pasteurised using intense heat and this reduces the number of antioxidants and nutrients contained in the honey.
Raw honey is naturally cloudier than regular honey because it contains small pieces of the honeycomb. Some studies have shown that raw honey is more nutritious than regular, offering extra health benefits. It is also suggested that by eating raw locally produced honey we can mitigate the effects of hayfever on our immune system.
These include the bee pollen, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Bee propolis is a glue-like substance that helps keep the hive together certain vitamins and minerals enzymes amino acids antioxidants
A 2015 review study about the benefits of bee pollen reported that incredibly, honey combines antioxidant properties with anti-inflammatory effects, antibacterial and antifungal action together with pain-relieving properties. These properties make bee pollen a useful addition to honey and can contribute to honey’s natural ability to heal wounds and kill bacteria. Bee pollen also contains amino acids, vitamins A and C, and small amounts of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, and sodium.
Raw honey contains bee propolis. Bee propolis is the sticky substance that bees use to build their hives and hold the structures together. This glue-like substance not only helps the bees, but some scientists believe that it is healthful for humans as well. Again, a review study from 2017 reports that bee propolis, found in raw honey, exhibited anti-inflammatory effects with antiulcer action and antifungal effects. Bee propolis also contains B vitamins, vitamins C and E, magnesium, potassium, and beneficial enzymes.
Raw honey contains flavonoids and phenolic acids that have antioxidant properties with antioxidants reducing oxidative stress in the body. Research has linked oxidative stress to many chronic health conditions, including cancers. The types of antioxidants found in raw honey vary depending on the kind of flowers that the bees pollinated.
I could go on and on about my passion for bees but for now that’s just a short blog exploring the wonders of these furry flying bundles of joy. So please, on National Bee Day when you next see a honeybee in your garden, salute these inspirational creatures for everything that they give to us.
And if you can’t wait to try the restorative powers of raw honey for yourself then pop by our shop for a jar or order online at www.reuthes.com