Save the bee

Honey bee populations are declining at an alarming rate! The bees need our help.

I have heard people talk about how our bees are endangered, but I have never really done anything about it from my side. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to visit a beautiful little shop called myrtillo in Kefalonia Greece.

We were on a pre- booked full day bus excursion and this was one of the places the company took us too. When we got there we had the opportunity to learn more about the bees and we got to taste all the amazing different honeys they make.

I felt so inspired by what I learnt that day, that I had to share!

I got to taste the most aaammaazing superfood enriched honey from this beautiful little shop.

Look at all these stunning flavors they have!

For more information on these beautiful super food products follow the link to their website http://alabasinis.gr/

What is honey?

By definition it is a sweet liquid produced by bees from plant nectar. Honey is a high energy source food that can last a very long time. It may crystallize or change form, but it will still be good to eat.

How honey is made

It is designed by instinct that bees join together to make honey. A single bee or a small group of bees together cannot produce honey.

It is a team effort that will require the work of many bees. Bees need to work as a unit when gathering food as well as defining the hive.

What do bees symbolize?

A bee might appear when you are doing too much and in other cases when you are not doing enough. The bee has a strong hard working ethic, but it also knows when to stop and smell the flowers.

To me a bee symbolizes working together in a community, extracting the sweetness of life and pursuing your dream, no matter how great it seems.

There is so much we can learn from bees. The one thing I wish we could all learn from the honey bee especially is to recognize our love for one another and working hard as a team to make life sweeter.

None of us do that in today’s life. Its everybody for themselves. If we all worked together, it would be so much easier to fulfill our purpose, maybe we should try and look past the thorns and go straight for the flower, just like the bee.

Bee species

There are seven recognized species of honey bees, the most popular and well- known is the Western honey bee.

Out of 20 000 different kinds of bees, we often recognize honey bees as the most charismatic representatives of the species.

Honeybees

Honeybees have a remarkable ability to gather plant nectar and crate the sweet treat we know as honey.

Honeybees have been making honey for so long we take the process for granted. It may seem magical and like the honey just appeared but it is not.

A worker bee will only make about 1/12 of a teaspoon honey in her lifetime.

Worker bees are all female. They only live for about 6 weeks and spend half of their time in the hive.

A healthy colony of bees need the following to make honey:
1. A strong population of working bees
2. Floral nectar to forage
3. Good working weather conditions

Bees are amazing and so are you!

If there are no bees, there would be no life! “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” – Albert Einstein.

We take majority of fresh, nutritious food for granted, but if it weren’t for bees, there would not be enough food to feed all human on earth.

I sure hope that is enough reason to take interest and concern for bees. Pesticide use is a major factor putting bee populations at risk. When a crop is treated with a pesticide it becomes toxic to any insect that interacts with it.

Helping the honey bee

I want to make a difference starting today! I have decided to educate myself more on this topic. I signed up for a beekeeping coarse coming up soon.

I have been pesticide free for a while now, but I can certainly help to create awareness on how pesticides harm the bee by weakening their immune system and making them more susceptible to disease and infestation by other pests.

I encourage you to look for labels that say ‘grown without pesticides’ to ensure the products you buy are bee- friendly.

I also planted a bee loving blueberry tree this week to ensure pollination and providing nutrient- rich pollen and nectar that bees use for food to make honey. #Makingadifference

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Qualified chef, Health Coach and Nutritionist based in Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

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