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Healing with
The humble honeybee deserves some serious accolades, not only for its role in creating a delicious and versatile sweetener but also for providing several other substances that have healing qualities. In addition to honey, bees create propolis and collect pollen, components that are used in wellness products to boost immunity and increase energy levels.
You can  nd honey in cough drops or
cold remedies but Manuka honey is an especially potent variety of honey that has superior antibacterial properties. This honey comes from bees that feed on the  owers of the Manuka bush, also known as the tea tree, in New Zealand. It has long been used by the Maori tribe to treat wounds and  ght infection.
Pollen has been used for generations to increase energy and endurance. Collected by bees from  ower stamens, it contains
a supply of antioxidants, protein, and B-complex vitamins, including folic acid. This nutrient pro le makes it ideal as a supplement — you can sprinkle it onto salads or add to smoothies.
Royal jelly is a creamy white substance with a high nutrient content that young bees make to feed queen bee larvae. Some of the health bene ts of royal jelly include regulating blood pressure, balanc- ing cholesterol, reducing in ammation, boosting metabolism, and mitigating the e ects of chemotherapy. Royal jelly should not be heated to preserve the enzymes.
Propolis is a mixture of resin, pollen, and waxes that bees gather from nature to use as a seal that sterilizes and protects their hives from outside elements. In fact, propolis means “defense of the city” in Greek. This natural germ- ghter may be e ective against harmful bacteria and can provide support to the immune system.

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