Apitherapy

Apitherapy is the practical application and use of honeybee products – honey, propolis, bee pollen, royal jelly and bee venom - used to treat disease, fight viral infections and as a preventative in health and wellness.

Apitherapy represents a return to the natural therapeutic sources.

Honey

Honey is the natural sweet substance produced by honey bees from nectar of plants, which the bees collect, transform by combining with specific substances of their own, deposit, dehydrate, store and leave in the honey comb to ripen and mature.

Honey is not just a healthy food but a powerful medicine.

   Raw  Honey

Raw Honey is honey in the form as it exists in the beehive. It is pure honey where nothing was added or removed. It usually carries some traces of pollen, propolis and may contain small particles of beeswax. 

Honey labelled as “raw” should not have been:

  • Heated at all, or not heated above the normal hive temperature 48°C. Heating changes honey’s essential composition, lowers the health benefits of honey and degrades its quality
  • Ultra-finely filtered. Instead, it´s simply strained through a wide stainless-steel mesh 

   Health Benefits of Honey

  • Alkalinizing, Anti-cancer, Antimicrobial, Anti-obesity, Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory
  • Capillary strengthening, Cholesterol-lowering
  • Detoxifying, Digestion-enhancing
  • Immunity-boosting
  • Nerve-message-carrying
  • Smooth-muscle-relaxing

   Raw Honey vs Commercial Honey

Unheated, raw honey contains all the vital ingredients that give it its healthful properties and wonderful aroma. Most of the honey you found in the supermarkets is not raw honey but “commercial” processed honey, which has been pasteurized (heated at 60°C and more, followed by rapid cooling) and micro-filtered so that it looks cleaner and smoother. This is done to make it easier to extract from the honey comb, to package it and to delay crystallization in liquid honey. 

   Honey and Table Sugar are not equal!

Table sugar provides only “empty calories” because it has no nutritional benefit other than their sugars supplying energy. Honey, however, not only provides energy, but also contains many health-enhancing compounds – minerals, vitamins, high sugars (prebiotics), amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, antimicrobials and immunity boosters. Each honey is a unique blend of 200 or so constituents that vary with its nectar sources. Honey also contains tiny amount of pollen, fragments of propolis and beeswax.

So it is worth using honey instead of sugar some or all of the time.

   Crystallization of honey

Crystallization is actually a good sign the honey is raw. Almost all honeys naturally crystallize after time, some much faster than others. The more glucose a honey contains, the more rapid is the formation of crystals. Fast-crystallizing honeys are lighter in colour, for example, flower honey. Darker honeys (forest honey) are generally low in glucose and will not crystallize easily.  If you want to liquefy crystallized honey, place the honey jar in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve.

Propolis

    A natural antibiotic from the bee hive

Propolis is a product of honeybees – a resinous sticky substance - with unique antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. Propolis is available in tinctures and other forms (raw propolis, powder etc.).