What’s the buzz this month? We’re celebrating pollinators!
All around the Co-Op this month, we’re highlighting products that let us bee a little more in tune with our native pollinators! Some products are tried and true favorites; others are new products we’re really excited about! Check ‘em out !
Crossed the path of an angry bee?
Summertime means more time outside – and more possibilities for bites and stings! To calm bug bites, try Boiron’s Apis Mellifica 30C. Use Boiron’s Calendula Gel or Super Salve’s Calendula Salve to help with itchy bites or make your own salve with this recipe (great for itchy skin in general!):
1 cup organic olive oil
- ½ ounce of dried calendula flowers, ½ ounce dried comfrey (both pollinated by bees!)
- ½ ounce grated beeswax
- 400 units of Vitamin E
First, infuse the olive oil with the dried herbs by placing both in an oven safe dish and baking at a very low heat (≤ 200 degrees)
Allow mixture to cool and then strain through cheesecloth
Gently re-heat mixture and add Vitamin E and beeswax until its melted together
Remove from heat and pour into jars; allow it to cool.
What is propolis?
When we think of the beneficial things produced by bees, honey is often the first thing that comes to mind. Just like honey’s varied medicinal uses, propolis has an equally long history of being used for healing. Propolis is the resin-like material that derives from trees and beeswax. Bees use it to construct their hive by filling crevices and varnishing honeycombs with the substance. Because of the high amounts of bioflavonoids found in it, propolis is a natural antioxidant. Additionally, it has antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Propolis can be used to boost immunity and heal wounds, especially after oral surgery. We currently offer Honey Gardens Propolis Spray in our Wellness section.
Hurray for Honey!
Whether you use it often in tea or in baking, there’s probably a jar of honey in your pantry. When it comes to honey, quality counts! Most conventional honeys go through an extreme process of filtration, stripping pollen from the honey. When shopping for honey, here are some helpful tips:
Read the label. It should only list honey.
- Buy Local! Look for Dharma Bees and Al’s Bee in our grocery section
- The darker, the better! Researchers have found that the darker the color of the honey, the richer it is in minerals, and antibacterial and antioxidant power.