Winter's not to far away, the time of year that we are more likely to get the dreaded lurgy. No one likes being sick, especially if you're like us and you work for yourself. The work doesn't get done and you don't get paid unless you are working. To reduce the risk of catching bugs over winter the best thing we can do is to boost our immune system now. The bees produce some of the best natural immunity boosting products around!
Bee pollen is collected by honey bees. As the bee moves from one flower to another it places flakes of pollen into pollen baskets on its back legs. It combines the flakes with nectar to make a granule of bee pollen.
Bee pollen is an incredible natural source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that it has a nutritional composition that surpasses that of virtually any food eaten. Regular consumption of bee pollen aids your general health and well-being. Just some of the benefits reported from bee pollen are: Sustained energy, enhanced immunity, reduced stress, relief of inflammation, more rested sleep and better skin condition.
Bee pollen raises the immune system’s capability of producing antibodies for the destruction of the various influenza viruses that come and go. Studies show that the white blood cell count is increased in those taking pollen. Gamma globulins are the “stuff” antibodies are made of, and antibodies are our only internal defense against viruses. White blood cells of various types consume harmful bacteria and other foreign matter that enters the blood or lymph stream. In short, pollen appears to boost our immune system protection.
Bees collect sticky resins and gums from trees and add special antibacterial properties to it. This propolis is used in the hive to block up holes, as an antiseptic and guards the hive against disease.
Bee propolis has been used for centuries for healing, it invigorates the immune system and is highly effective at fighting infection and viruses. It has proven remarkably successful again influenza viruses, when taken before the virus takes hold.
Not only is it delicious to eat, honey is hailed for its medicinal properties – it is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and packed with highly valuable nutrients. All honey has these benefits but Manuka honey has particularly strong healing properties.
Honey is also a great medium for transmitting the benefits of herbs, spices and other helpful plants into your body at the same time. The best additions are of course ginger, garlic, lemon (rind and juice) and cinnamon. Ginger has chemicals that target the most common cold viruses. Lemons contain antioxidants which are needed for a strong immune system. And a daily dose of ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder with 1 tablespoon honey may help boost the immune system and protect the body from viral, bacterial and fungal diseases.
So next time you think about making yourself a cup of tea instead grate some ginger and lemon rind and steep that in hot water before pouring over a cup with lemon juice, a good dollop of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. And maybe add a few drops of propolis tincture as well!