Pollen & Propolis
I like to call Honey, Pollen, Propolis, and Royal Jelly, ‘Apiceuticals’ because these bee products offer a host of benefits for the functions of the body. We do not offer Royal Jelly though.
Buzzing from flower to flower a honeybee sips nectar and gathers pollen dust. The pollen dust gathers and sticks to her body. She brushes the pollen grains onto long hairs on her hind legs and as she flies back to the hive she mixes the nectar and pollen into pellets that are carried in the pollen baskets on her hinds legs. A bee brings back two pellets at a time, which weigh an average of 20 mg. It takes a bee approximately an hour to collect two pellets, which contain about 4,000,000 grains of pollen. A bee makes between 10-20 trips a day. Bees need food, plants need pollination, a grand partnership!
Humans consume bee pollen for the same reason bees do, it is a complete food. It contains all the vitamins, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, hormones, carbohydrates and high amounts of protein necessary to sustain life. All these elements are in a naturally balanced state making pollen a useful and effective treatment for numerous ailments. Many allergies can be effectively treated with pollen with as little as a teaspoon a day to help build up immunization. Around our house it is used for vitality and stamina-building, the same reason the Greek Olympians consumed it. It also helps in regulating your bodies metabolism which maintains a good body weight and it is a successful treatment for various skin problems because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Over a third of the U.S. diet is directly dependent on insect pollination. Wild insect pollinators are always present but changing land use and increasing insecticide application are reducing their populations. Therefore, the honey bee must be relied on more and more to carry on vital pollinating of vegetables, fruits, nuts and oil-producing plants. Literally thousands of colonies of honey bees are used each year in California to pollinate almonds–our bees included. Animal products make up a large part of the diet in the U.S. Meat, milk, leather and wool are all the end result of animals grazing on legumes and other crops. Alfalfas, clover, trefoils and vetches are completely dependent on insect pollination and play an important role in nitrogen fixation in the soil. It is estimated that the value of honeybee pollination in the U.S. exceeds $10 billion, so bees will continue to play a vital role in feeding and clothing us.
PROPOLIS is a resinous material gathered by bees from the leaf buds and bark of trees, especially poplars and firs. It is essentially a type of “glue” used by bees to plug holes and cracks and protects hives from invaders. These resins and balms contain a high percentage of bacteria destroying properties. Propolis is rich in amino acids, iron, copper manganese and zinc all of which are natural antibiotics which provide antiseptic, anti fungal and antiviral properties in many pharmaceutical applications. Tinctures made from this resinous substance can be easily made at home. Contact us for availability.
“The Dew Distilled from the Stars and the Rainbow”
Aristotle’s time-honored statement about honey is as true today as it was centuries ago. Honey is unique in nature– a wondrous treasure for man, as well as a source of mystery and delight since earliest recorded history. It takes around 556 worker bees flying approximately 40,000 miles ( 1 1/3 the distance around the world) to produce only one pound of honey. Honey unearthed centuries after it was buried in the tombs of Egypt was found to be edible when taken from the jars. Honey is considered a super food in its raw state and from many years of analysis the antibacterial properties of honey have been well documented. Because of its low pH factor and low moisture, honey is known to inhibit growth of bacteria, mold and fungi. Raw honey contains inhibine, a known antibacterial agent, but pasteurization removes inhibine and all other natural benefits from honey. You should always buy direct from a beekeeper or from a trusted natural food coop or farmers’s market. Read labels carefully before buying any honey product from a grocery store shelve. Try to buy locally, support your local beekeeper and always buy 100% pure honey made in the U.S.A.
Our bees forage the shelter belts and prairie flora of pasture lands that surround the Sheyenne River Valley that is located in East Central North Dakota. Just imagine bees visiting blossoms of apple, plum, basswood, clover, alfalfa, willow, buckwheat and sunflower. There are also numerous native prairie wildflowers blooming during the bee season. These are just a few of the varietal sources that are available to our bees during the summer months and it is the nectar from these sources that eventually becomes our Award Winning Honey. Our honey is extracted and bottled right here in Kloten, N.D.Our philosophy is to basically, try to get out of the bees way and interfere as little as possible as the honey goes from bee to bottle. This ensures that our honey retains all of its health benefits and is as close to its natural state as possible. Our honey is unpasteurized, but we do strain it through a loose weave fabric. This step removes pieces of wood, bits of bees and larger chunks of wax all of which end up in the honey as it is going through the extracting process. For ease of bottling, we warm the honey but it is never heated over the 90 degree threshold that is the natural temperature of a beehive. Our Raw varietal honey retains the pollen, enzymes, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants that nature provided to the bees. All raw honey will granulate, when this happens place the glass container in a pan of water, remove the lid and heat slowly till dissolved.
Beeswax is another natural byproduct of the beehive. In August, when the honey harvest is in full swing, the extracting room is a very busy place. Full honey supers are taken from their wooden boxes and put through a series of hot knives that slice off the wax cappings that cover the honey cells. Most of the wax cappings drop down and are sent along to a machine to further separate out the wax from honey while the honey supers are sent along to the extractor. Many years later a beeswax candle will still carry a slight sweet aroma from honey that once filled a distant hive. Pretty amazing! Beeswax candles have many benefits over paraffin candles, paraffin being a waste product of the refining of petroleum products. Which right away makes your nose twitch a little.
Beeswax candles burn clean and unlike paraffin candles, contain no additives or synthetic chemicals.
When burning, a beeswax candle emits negative ions, helping to purify the air and prevent problems with asthma and depression.
Beeswax makes for a slower burning candle and there is nothing like the warm glow that emits from a 100% beeswax candle. To properly burn a candle the wick should be trimmed to 1/4 inch. The color of natural beeswax varies widely depending on the geographical location of the hives from which it came. The wax could vary from brown, sage, white, cream or burnt orange. Our beeswax ranges from pale buttery yellow to deep golden yellow based on the pollen gathered by the bees to produce the honey. All our candles are all 100% pure beeswax, refined from its raw state in our honey house at Kloten Apiaries. If your interested in our blocks of beeswax for making your own beauty products or household cleaning products rest assured that our beeswax is of the highest quality for these purposes.