At Au Natural Skinfood, we love bees! World Honey Bee Day celebrates, not only honey bees, but beekeepers too. The day encourages people to try honey produced in their own communities. If that sounds like fun, keep reading to learn more about World Honey bee Day and how you can celebrate it with your family.
Honey bees are amazing little creatures that pollinate the flowers that grow our food and make the honey we eat. They are also responsible for creating the Manuka honey we use in our products. Manuka honey is now used in hospitals and veterinary clinics worldwide for wound care and burns due to its amazing healing properties. If any insect deserves a day of celebration, the honey bee does!
Beekeepers care for the beehives used in producing honey. I recently became a beekeeper myself and got my own hive at home and I am amazed everyday at my hive and bees. Here’s a photo of myself and our beekeepers in Oamaru, New Zealand:
History of World Honey Bee Day
World Honey Bee Day is a fairly recent addition to the calendar. It began in 2009 as National Honey Bee Day after beekeepers in the USA petitioned the USDA for a day to celebrate bees and beekeepers. Within a few years, World Honey Bee Day is recognized around the globe.
Bees play a vital role in our ecosystem, and they are crucial to our food supply, since they pollinate many of the plants that produce our fruits and vegetables. Despite being so important, our activities as a species have threatened their survival. Widespread use of pesticides along with habitat loss from urban development and unsustainable agricultural practices have put the honey bee’s future in jeopardy. Raising awareness of the honey bee’s plight was one of the pressing reasons behind creating World Honey Bee Day.
How Can I Help The Bees On World Honey Bee Day?
One of the best things you can do to help the honey bees is plant wildflower seeds that are native to your area. When land is taken away and replaced with pavement and lawns, the bees have nowhere to eat. This makes them quickly succumb to fatigue trying to find food. Planting wildflowers turns your yard into a rest stop and feeding station for hungry honey bees.
The Honeybee Conservancy recommends planting at least three different types of flowers so there are blooms available to the honey bees for as long as possible. Try crocus or calendula to provide nectar for bees in the spring. Bee balm and Echinacea are good choices for summer flowers. In the fall, late blooms from Zinnias and Goldenrod will ensure honey bees still have something to eat.
If you have the space, you could even opt for planting fruit trees. Although many take a few years to produce fruit, they’ll provide blossoms to the bees, and later, you’ll reap the rewards of your efforts. Depending on your area, you could try apple, orange, or peach trees. The honey bees will thank you!
What else can my family do?
A wonderful way to celebrate World Honey Bee Day is to help your local beekeepers by trying local honey. Did you know that the flavor of the honey depends on the flowers the bees get the nectar from? That means that even within your community, honey from different beekeepers (and even honey made in different fields from the same beekeeper) will have different tastes. Try a few to see what you like best. And while you’re at it, why not gift some honey to a friend or family member?
If you have children, the World Bee Day website has a free bee game and mobile educational app. Many communities host World Honey Bee Day celebrations, but this year, your community may have needed to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you can’t attend a celebration in person, why not encourage your children to brainstorm ways you can celebrate World Honey Bee Day with your family?
When children are engaged at young ages, they continue to care about their community and world as they grow older. Maybe they’ll create a bee-bee themed game for your family to play, or perhaps you can try some honey bee crafts. The sky and your imagination are the limit. Whatever your family comes up with, you can feel good about knowing that you are teaching your children how important honey bees our to our lives and why it’s important to help them. Sometimes, it feels like meaningful change is impossible, but small changes like these make a huge difference to the bees.
Fascinating Facts About Manuka Honey
Most of us tend to think about honey as simply a sweet treat. Or maybe you associate it with soothing your cough or sore throat when you’re sick. Honey is a pretty amazing food, but did you know that there is a special type of honey called Manuka honey that has such powerful benefits, the FDA approved it for medical use?
Manuka honey is so potent that it heals surgical wounds better than conventional therapies! It’s naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial, so it also helps keep wounds from becoming infected. Manuka honey is even good for your oral health. One study showed that sucking on a Manuka honey chew helped reduce gingivitis and plaque.
Manuka honey also works wonders on your skin, which is why we use it in our products, we use only Active 16+ unpasteurised medical grade Manuka honey. In addition to the above benefits, Manuka honey is anti-inflammatory and can modulate your skin’s immune response. There is even growing evidence that it can inhibit the growth of skin cancer! For more information about the science behind Manuka honey, check out our science page here.
We also have active 16+ Manuka honey in our Collagen powder which is a nutricosmetic – beauty that starts beneath the skin with a focus on delivering healthy hair, skin and nails whilst aiding to repair damaged skin and ageing skin, designed to support Au Natural Skinfods products to rebuild your skin in a hand holding approach.
Whether you appreciate honey bees for the fact that they are necessary for over one-third of the food we eat, for the flavor honey provides to your tea, for the incredible medicinal benefits Manuka honey provides, or just how adorable they look covered in pollen from their flowery snacks, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating World Honey Bee Day on August 15, 2020. We also invite you to explore the natural skincare products we offer. See how the honey bees’ gift of Manuka honey can bring you the life-changing skincare results you’ve been looking for. Happy World Honey Bee Day!
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