We use it to sweeten food, remedy when sick, or enhance the Christmas atmosphere. However, honey and bee products are more than gingerbread or tea with lemon and honey. It is also the main object of various forms of apitherapy.
Apitherapy deals with various bee products and their benefits. Today apihouses are beneficial for the mind and soul.
When we look at bee products more specifically, we find that it is actually a “first aid kit” in which we find not only honey but also bee pollen or propolis tincture.
“Honey is not just a food. Yes, these are simple sugars that our bodies can easily work with. On the other hand, you can also use it for problems with the heart, stomach, liver, intestines, or urinary tract. And traditionally with the flu or a cold,” says Michal Blaško from Blaško family beekeeping.
He says that honey compresses can also be applied to bedsores or burns. It also soothes the soul. It is an excellent way to relax when exhausted.
Blaško also comments on propolis. It is a bee product made by combining bee saliva and wax with the ingredients they collect from the surface of various plants. This resin mixture is used to prepare both tincture and ointments.
“I recommend tincture for mouth inflammations and infections. Just rub the place with a tincture or gargle. It can also be used for insect bites or toothache.” Teenagers who fight acne also appreciate the propolis ointment.
However, the beekeeper has an important warning. If we want to use propolis, we need to find out if we are allergic to it. Blaško recommends rubbing the inside of the arm near the elbow with propolis tincture or ointment. If there are no changes within an hour, we can continue to use it without any problems.
Neither tincture nor ointment, but directly bee pollen. This is also one of the products of the “bee first aid kit.” It comes in small granules that bees form when collecting pollen from plants and then cover with a sticky liquid.
“It contains more than 250 nutrients, including amino acids, fats, and vitamins. It is one of the functional foods, meaning it is best to consume it with food, especially fruit. However, I recommend starting with small doses to see if it’s right for you.”
As Blaško mentioned, bee pollen is anti-inflammatory and boosts the immune system and digestion. It also works against allergies. “You can add pollen to freshly squeezed vegetable juice, smoothies, yogurt, or just eat it.”
Viktor Wercholák from the Bee House near Modra also says that apitherapy is a treatment with bee products, but at the same time, as part of the services provided by their Bee House, he also talks about the power of the bees’ energy field. “These are their vibrations that affect their surroundings. Apitherapy, which we offer, is a form of relaxation near beehives. Healing is the energy field that bees vibrate to create and breathe beehive air.”
You don’t have to be afraid of being stung. You are close to hundreds of thousands of bees, but they are inside, in the hives. You can relax on the sun loungers, watching the bees through the hive windows.
It really is a beautiful experience. You will relieve stress, calm your thoughts and sleep better.
The pleasant smell of beehives, where beeswax, honey, propolis, and other aromatic ingredients, awaits the visitors. “The hive is buzzing while accumulating the nectar. When a person relaxes and begins to perceive this gentle but deep and active sound, it is a peace for body and mind. Combined with bee air and a pleasant environment, it’s a truly healing process.”
Text: Eva Vašková, photo: pexels.com, vcelydom.com