The mysticism of the old stories is lost, but nowadays bee products
are still used for all kinds of bodily discomforts. The popular
healing art with honey, pollen, royal jelly, beeswax, propolis and
bees venom is caught under the conception 'Apitherapy'.
In the official Western medical
science we find of all these products for sure bees venom. At this
moment there are serious investigations regarding the use of honey
Today bees products are different
from industrial products. Bees products are natural, healthy,
nourishing and harmless.
On all sides honey is recommended
as a healthy remedy:
Moreover honey is a remedy for
throat-, lung- and respiration complaints. An irritated throat is
softened by melting honey in the mouth. Honey, worked up in mixtures,
is recommended in the case of a cough.
For allergies like hay fever honey
from your own region is adviced. The pollen in honey builds up
resistance against hay fever. Honey in lotions, soaps, creams is healty and feeds and cares the skin. Especially recommended for men
with a dry skin, because honey attract moisture.
Pollen is seen as a nutricious
substance. Especially applicable in diets. The booklet "Bees
pollen for your heahh" (Carlson Wade) describes it as:
"All over the world pollen is
accredited by scientists as a matter, which help you feel young;
which build resistance against illnesses; which flither healing and
which give you dynamical energy."
This Statement can hardly be
contested !(?) Dr. Chauvin of the Institute for Apiculture (Bures-sur-Yvette,
France) reports in 1956 that laboratory animals after two years of
feeding with pollen "were full of life" and "they
It would carry me too for to
mention, that pollen are suited to restrain very serious illnesses
like cancer. I restrict myself to the opinion that pollen -
especially in diets - are healthy.
Publibel 2764F says that pollen
regulate the working of the intestines
A bee larva, fed with royal jelly,
grows in five days to relatively ernormous proportions. And "a
(summer) bee, fed with honey, lives six weeks; a queen, fed with
royal jelly, lives five years" the French giro check cover tells
us. For some people the growing power of royal jelly is enough to
believe in its beneficial power. But: it's never proved.
"It's commerce, which imputes
important qualities to royal jelly. As long as no fraudulent
quackery is tried or no empty expectations are created, which can be
medically fetal, then it's allowed to accent the good qualities".
Written by Maurice de Waele in 'Koninginnebrij, een bron van
levenskracht' (royal jelly, source of vital strenght).
giro check cover
Presently cosmetic finns advertise
emphatically with the fect, that they don't use paraffin but beeswax
in their lotions, creams or salves. According to the meter below:
"beeswax cares and protects the skin".
E. Segers writes in his booklet 'Bijenwas'
(beeswax): "Beeswax is a valuable component to harden salves,
creams, etc.". And: "beeswax heightens the capacity to
contain water". Protecting and caring the skin ?????
Worked up in tinctures propolis is
known as a desinfectant. The only propolis item, I have found, is
this Zimbabwe stamp 1998: the bottle with the cross. Not much. I
still am looking for better items.
It's clear, that I criticize some
ideas about the healing properties of bee products.
The books have a leaning to cry
out the absolute qualities with great certainty and with a
bombardment of scientific names and quotations. A favourable
exception is Maurice de Waele (see royal jelly).
For all that: apitherapy belongs to
the topic honey bees. And I think it's possible to make a nice
chapter for your exhibit.