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Bees - Legends and Lore
The oldest remains of bees known to exist are preserved in a
small bit of amber kept at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The
bee inside is believed to be over 80 million years old.
Throughout the ages the bee has been revered by man. The Bible, the
Talmund, the Torah, the Koran (the code of Islam), along with the scrolls of the Orient,
the writings of Ancient Greece and Rome, the legends of the Russian and Slavic people,
even the relatively recent Book of Mormon (1830), all praise the industrious and healing
foods created by her and found in her beehive. In the Bible alone, the bee's nectar
is mentioned 68 times.
Traveling back in time, we find the honeybee was revered, even deified in
many religious cultures. The book of the Hindu's, the Rig-Veda, penned in Sanskrit
between 2000 and 3000 BC, talks of bees almost with awe. Vishnu, the powerful Preserver
and Protecter of the Hindu trinity of gods, is often symbolized as a blue bee on a lotus
flower. The east Indian god of love, Kama, wields a bow with a string made of an
entwined chain of bees. In cultures worshipping a goddess of fertility, variously
named Venus, Diana, Ceres, Cybele, or Iris bees were invariably considered sacred and were
minor deities in their own right. Spring fertility rites often used the bee as a
symbol for the festivities. No other living creature, other than man, has been held
in such high regard by so many diverse cultures.
Components Of Bee Pollen
Pollen itself is the male seed of flowers, required to
fertilize the plant. Every single flower in the world puts forth a dusting of pollen, as
do many orchard fruits and agricultural crops. Bees are responsible for the
pollination of more than 80 percent of the earth's foliage.
Bee Pollen is abundant with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and more.
It contains all the essential components of life, and is rich in rare and precious
compounds which work in a deep and lasting fashion. Keep in mind that
pollen composition may vary quite a bit in different localities in this country,
as well as in the world. Some of the chief vitamins found
in bee pollen are:
Main Ingredients: Protein 21.2 %, Carbohydrates
48.5 %, Fatty acids 9.9 %, Ash 3.5 %, Fiber 14.2 %
Thiamine (vitamin B1) - Indicated for the treatment of the toxic effects of
alcohol and certain medicine, the curing the edemas, the treatment of shingles, and heart
conditions myocarditis and tachycardia, and in regimen for diabetes.
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) - In opthomology, necessary to cure conjunctivitis,
disorders of retinal adaption, some skin diseases and alleviate migraines.
Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) - Required for the formation of hemoglobin and used to
combat nervousness, fatigue, muscular weakness, brain tumors, anemia, Parkinson's disease,
arteriosclerosis of the brain, and radiation sickness.
Nicotinic Acid (Nicotinamide) - Acts on the formation of blood, is used in the treatment
of toxic overload, diabetes mellitus, gastrointestinal problems, asthma, neuralgia, fights
migraine and tinnitus, and lower cholesterol.
Pantothenic Acid (Part of B-complex) - Effectively speeds the cure of wounds, gangrene, various
ulcers, herpes, bedsores, inflammatory infections of the mouth, colds,
bronchitis, infectious hepatitis and minor skin problems.
Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) - Stimulating antitoxic effects. Beneficial against
colds, respiratory distress, and is useful in metabolizing calcium.
Retinol (vitamin A) - Effective against infections, dry eyes, and
Tocopherol (vitamin E) - Assists oxygenation of the cellular level and fights
sterility. Has anticoagulant properties and improves blood circulation.
Something you should know about pollen and
allergies is that a single source "local" pollen is documented as almost always
being deficient in one or more elements. It is necessary to blend pollens from
many sources to ensure a full complement of all elements. This is the way we
pack all of our pollen! A blend of pollens is best for allergies!
Benefits Of Bee Pollen
Vitamins and minerals are not all that bee pollen
offers. It is also rich in proteins, free amino acids, hormones and trace elements.
No other food on earth offers such a broad spectrum of nutrition so
All over the world honeybee pollen is recognized not only as an ideal food source,
but as a food source with wide-acting medicinal properties, including:
1. Restore lost sexual desire and energy.
2. Alleviate menstrual cramps.
3. Speed the healing of wounds.
4. Alleviate depression and fatigue.
5. Normalize digestive problems.
6. Alleviate migraine headaches.
7. Relieve various prostate problems.
8. Improve fertility in females and males.
9. Reduce cholesterol.
10. Greatly improve energy levels.
11. Weight Control
12. Using bee pollen daily can help you
build up a resistance to airborne pollen allergies.
Modern researchers today are proving what our ancestors already knew
yesterday; that eating bee pollen every day will keep many maladies at bay.
(The above information
should not be seen as a claim for any remedial properties, it is
entirely based on experience of bee pollen users, therefore it is
advisable to consult your physician or homeopath regarding treatment).
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