Enviro Girl loves honey. Nature’s sweetener, it’s low in calories, abundant in health benefits and produced by the workhorse of the insect world: bees. Honey can help heal a wound, soothe a burn, soften skin, coat a sore throat. Studies show that eating local honey helps boost one’s tolerance for local pollens, reducing their allergic reactions. Honey is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Honey is an amazing food!
Bees are amazing creatures, the only insects that produce a food supply humans can eat. They dance, too! Bees dance to share information with one another–particularly where to find flowers to pollinate. Bees can carry 100% of their body weight and can recognize faces.
On a field trip to an apple orchard with her son, Enviro Girl learned that bees often head south for the winter. Bee keepers actually move their bees around to work different crops during different seasons. She’d always assumed they hibernated through the winter and now feels envious of their Florida winters.
Bees deserve our respect, not our fear or loathing. Do the bees in your neighborhood a favor by laying off the pesticides and the bug sprays. The best bug repellent is the kind you spray on yourself. For every “pesky” bug you kill with an application of Raid or other pesticide, you kill bees, too.
Learn more about the amazing things bees can do at 21 Things You Didn’t Know About Honey Bees.
And don’t forget–when you buy honey, make sure you’re buying REAL honey by checking the ingredients. Many corn syrup substitutes are labeled “Honey,” but offer none of the benefits of 100% honey.