OK In Health - Environmental Care

How Important Are Bees? - June 2020

By Klaus Ferlow, Vancouver, BC

Bee keeping

We are all familiar with honey bees but do you really know how important they are for sustaining life of human beings?

Honey bees are one of the most important domesticated animals in the world. Billions of dollars of fruits and vegetables depend on pollination. Most beekeepers move their beehives around so the bees can gather the nector of a variety of flowers around mountains and here in the Lower Mainland in British Columbia, Canada bees are pollonating blueberries, raspberries and from natural wildflowers, fruit trees, vegetables ec. All these different flowers produce honey with unique flavors. Bees make alo propolis, pollen and royal jelly.


Honey Facts

It takes the nector from 1 million flowers to make 500 grams of honey and the bees travel 45.000 km to harvest it. The average bee worker produces ¼ of a teaspoon of honey during her lifetime.


Sweet Inside and Out

Honey has been a medicine since ancient times. Sumerian clay tablets and Egyptian papyri indicate honey was used in most treatments and was especially effective for dressing wounds and sores. Those prehistoric physicians knew what they were doing. Modern research verifies honey's healing benefits.

Honey has three important wound healing capabilities. Antimicrobial activity sterilizes the wound, and prevent wound contamination. Anti-inflammatory activity reduces swelling, pain, and scarring potential and honey stimulates rapid healing through decreased phagocytosis and cell proliferation. The physical and chemical characteristics of honey contribute to is antimicrobials activity. The low water content in combination with the high osmolarity has the effect of limitting the growth of bacteria, while the natural acidity helps to prevent bacterial growth. Bees use enzymes to convert nectar into honey. The resulting compounds preserve and sterilize the honey. There are a number of other compounds present which also contribute to antibacterial activity. Several researchers have shown that honey helps heal burns, wounds and sore throats. In addition honey has found to help digestion. What would be a good herbal tea without quality honey?


Honey is soft on skin

Honey has been used as a beauty product since the days of Cleopatra and it continues to be used today in products for skin and hair care. Honey acts as a natural humecant, which means it has the ability to attract and retain moisture. The skin's ability to stay moist (or hydrated) is an important factor in its ability to maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity. As skin ages, or as it is exposed to environmental stresses and chemical agents, it loses its ability to retain water; it becomes dry and appears wrinkled. Honey's natural hydrating poperties make it ideal for use in moisturizing products. Because it is all natural and does not irritate the skin, honey is also suitable for sensitive skin products.


Nectar of the Gods

Honey differs in color and flavor depending on which blossoms the honey bees visit in search of nectar. Honey color ranges from almost colorless to dark amber brown and its flavor varies from delectably mild to richly bold. As a general rule, light-colored honey is milder in taste and dark-colored honey is stronger. A good beekeeper and honey producer takes great care in ensuring that the honey is as close to the comb as possible. Great care is also taken not to heat the honey more than necessary as honey easily burns altering the flavor and color as well as damaging the natural enzymes and micronutrients. Honey comes in a variety of forms including liquid, creamed, comb, and chunk. Liquid honey honey is extracted from the honeycomb by centrifugal force. Creamed honey is finely crystallizes so that it remains creamy and spreadable. Comb honey is honey that comes as it is found in the hive, right in the beeswax honeycomb.


Storing and handling honey

Honey naturally crystallizes over time becoming hard. The speed of transformation depends on the flower blossom. Crystallization doesn't change the characteristics of honey except for the degree of solidity. The taste and health benefits are the same. To slow down crystallization, keep honey at room temperature or freeze what is not in use. The best way to re-liquify honey is to gently heat it in a double boiler. Be careful not to heat it more than 40 degrees C. The honey degrades, the taste is altered and the antimicrobial properties and health benefits are reduced. Avoid heating up the honey in a microwave since it can easy burn the honey and alter the enzymes in it. As you heat the honey, stirring speeds up the process and reduces the chance of burning.


Can humans survice without bees?

There are many scientific studies are done to determine who kills bees, butterflies, birds and this subject is highlighted by many articles in magazines and on the internet. Globalreseach.com published an article March 2008 and August 2011 with the title “Death of Bees” with this comment:

“The Einvironmental impact of sacrity and increased rampant disease is not fully understood and if so, is kept silent by these conglomerates. The economic impact of the bee colony collapse would mean inflation, scarity of agricultural commodities, and ultimate the collapse of the North American agricultural commodities and ultimate the collapse of the North American agriculture. The economic impact that the scarity of bees will potential have on us as a whole is very worrisome. In the end, only our children will fully realize that it was the greed that destroyed our beautiful blue planet!


Words of Wisdom

“It is ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something seemingly trival as the choice of an insect spray.”   Rachel Carson, author of the book “Silent Spring”



Hubell Sue, 1998, A Book About Bees: and how to keep them, Mariner Books

Mattingly Rosanna L, 2012, Honey Maker: how the honey bee worker does what she does, Beargrass Press

D'Malley Michael, 2010, The Wisdom of Bees: what the hive can teach busisness about leadership, effeciency, and growth, Portfolio Hardcover

Packer Laurance, 2011, Keeping the bees: why all bees are at risk and what we can do to save them, Harper Collins Publishers

Kidd Sue Monk, 2003, The Secret Life of Bees, Penguin Books

Sammataro Dianna, Avitabile Alphonse, 2011, The Beekeepers Hand book, Comstock Publishers Assn.


Copyright @2015, all rights reserved.

This information is offered for its educational value only and should not be used to diagnose, treatment, or prevention of disease, please contact your health care practitioner.


Klaus FerlowKlaus's Bio: Klaus Ferlow, HMH (Honorary Master Herbalist, Dominion Herbal College, Burnaby, B.C., est. 1926), HA (professional Herbal Advocate Canadian Herbalist's Association B.C., Victoria, is a traditional herbalist, innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder of Ferlow Botanicals, Vancouver, B.C., www.ferlowbotanicals.com now retired and Peter Ferlow is acting President, manufacturing/distributing herbal medicinal and personal care products with no harmful chemical ingredients to holistic practitioners and selected stores in traditional medicine in Canada and parts of USA since 1993, the company was founded in 1975. His educational articles about health, healing, herbs, nutrition have been published in health & women's magazines, newspapers, newsletter in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa in print and online and on the internet. Klaus founded in 2013 NEEM RESEARCH, Mission,, B.C. to protect and promote the precious healing gift of the Neem tree from India to humanity and with over 23 years experience working with Neem he published in 2016 the book "Neem - Nature's Healing Gift to Humanity", www.neemresearch.ca and is also a co-author of the book "7stepsdentalhealth.com" He is a member of the National Health Federation, Monrovia, Ca., International Herb Association, Jacksonville, Fl, United Plant Savers, Rutland, OH, Neem Foundation, Bombay (Mumbai), India and he can be contacted via neemresearch1@gmail.com - Klaus Ferlow Website - Email

Bodysentials - Youth Nutritional Product - Before school shakes

Copyright © 2004- 2011 OKinHealth.com. This article is of the copyright of OK in Health and the author; any reproduction, duplication and transmission of the article are to have prior written approval by OK in Health or the author.

This information and research is intended to be reliable, but its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. All material in this article is provided for information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this newsletter / e-magazine / website. Readers should consult their doctor and other qualified health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. The information and opinions provided in this newsletter / e-magazine/website are believed to be accurate and sound, based on the best judgment available to the authors. Readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions. OK in Health is not responsible for the information in these articles or for any content included in this article which is intended as a guide only and should not be used as a substitute to seeking professional advice from either your doctor or a registered specialist for yourself or anyone else.
Connect with Us
facebook    twitter

Michael O'Connor - Astrologer

Wellness Tip
Adequate Water Intake
Adequate water intake prevents your body from overheating. It is also required for normal metabolism. By the time you feel thirsty, you may already have lost 2% or more of your body weight in fluid. At 4%, loss of both strength and endurance can occur. A recent Institute of Medicine report stated that women on average would need just over 11, eight ounce cups of water per day (from both liquids and watery foods), men just under 16 cups. If you are very active or live in a hot or dry climate, you likely need more.

Celtic Healings Intuitive Readings with Maria O'Farrell Carr

Wellness Directory
Energy Balancing with Michelle Parry
Specialty: Energy Workers
Energy balancing for Grounding, Clarity, Acceptance and Choice. Go to the root cause of your issues, change their energy and awaken yourself to a whole new world of possibilities.
View Details

Michael O'Connor - Astrologer

Ferlow botanicals - natural products

What is Healing Touch?
We are energetic beings and when our energy is balanced and flowing freely we experience health and harmony. Through the stress of daily living our energy system can become disrupted, unbalanced and depleted and the result can be fatigue, tension, and pain or the symptoms of illness.
Full Article

Maria's Ireland Sacred Tours

Mackerel with Pine Nuts and Parsley
Category: Fish
Description: Fish are high in Omega oils. Mackerel and other oily fish are a great source of omega 3 fats, get a good dose with this simple recipe.

Mackerel is a slim and cylindrical shaped fish found in the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. Also the Pacific mackerel (American, blue or chub mackerel), Pacific Jack mackerel (horse mackerel) and Wahoo (ono). The fish is known to make a person’s blood fresh and thinner and prevent heart attacks.
Mackerel helps in reducing cancer-causing agents in cells, thus preventing the risk of different cancers.
It regulates the hormone level and makes blood vessels and capillaries more elastic.
By reducing blood coagulation, mackerel eliminates the deposition of cholesterol.
The fish also helps in reducing the bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowering blood pressure.
It prevents cardiovascular diseases, strengthens the immune system, improves functions of organs weakened by illness and regulates metabolism.
Mackerel helps in easing the pain of migraine, arthrosis and arthritis. It also improves brain activity and thus, enhances the memory.
Full Recipe

Michael O'Connor - Astrologer