Bee Inspired Gardening
Bees are amazing pollinators ~ they transfer pollen and seeds from one flower to another ~ fertilizing the plant so it can grow and produce food. Cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world's crops and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive. Without bees to spread seeds, many plants including food crops would die off...
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While we don’t need bees to pollinate every single crop, here is just a brief list of some of the foods we would lose if all our bees continue to perish:
- Kiwi Fruit
- Rose Hips
- Black and Red Currants
- Prickly Pear
- Passion Fruit
- Lima Beans
- Kidney Beans
- Adzuki Beans
- Green Beans
- Orchid Plants
- Custard Apples
- Acerola – used in Vitamin C supplements
- Macadamia Nuts
- Sunflower Oil
- Goa beans
- Palm Oil
- Star Apples
- Brazil Nuts
- Mustard Seed
- Brussels Sprouts
- Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage)
- Congo Beans
- Sword beans
- Chili peppers, red peppers, bell peppers, green peppers
- Black Eyed Peas
If one of your favorites is on this list, you should consider becoming a bee activist...
Bees are amongst the most important creatures to humans on Earth. These amazing insects pollinate over 80% of all flowering plants including 70 of the top 100 human food crops. One in three bites of food that we eat is derived from plants pollinated by bees.
But the role bees play in nature is likely part of a greater story. Bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for the last 10 to 20 million years, and have been mentioned in ancient writings, including the Vedic texts and Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform.
As major contributors to floral growth, bees provide nourishing habitats for animals like birds and insects and beautify the Earth. Many of the floral landscapes that we know and love in nature are made possible because of honey bee pollination
Linden flowers are the most commonly used part of these trees ~ primarily because of the potency of linden flower tea ~ which is known to be very powerful as a treatment for a wide variety of conditions.
The flowers are yellow and once they are dried ~ they can be brewed as a delicious and potent tea ~ which is growing in popularity around the world as more research is being done. The health benefits of linden and linden tea are largely due to the high concentration of phytonutrients ~ flavonoids ~ and other diaphoretic substances. This unique mix of organic compounds has resulted in one of the most trusted and reliable herbal tea varieties on the market.
Health Benefits of Linden
Anxiety Issues: One of the most frequent uses for linden tea is as an anxiety aid ~ as its soothing properties have been known to reduce mental stress and anxiety. If you suffer from mood swings or unexplained chronic stress ~ a cup of linden tea can be a very wise addition to your health regimen. It has a minor effect on your hormone levels ~ inducing a state of relaxation for the body and mind
Free Radical Neutralization: As with so many herbal remedies the antioxidant content of linden is one of the best qualities this plant has. Antioxidant compounds like quercetin and kaempferol both act as free radical scavengers ~ eliminating these harmful by products of cellular respiration from your system and improving your overall health by preventing chronic disease. These are particularly effective for protecting the skin against signs of aging and exposure to the sun as you age.
Detoxify the Body: P - Coumaric acid is another of the very beneficial organic compounds found in linden that can be accessed in linden tea. This is known as a diaphoretic ~ which means that it induces sweating, which is a very effective way of releasing toxins from the body ~ along with excess salts ~ fat ~ water and foreign substances. This quality also makes linden valuable for people suffering from fevers as inducing sweating can help lower a fever faster and prevent permanent damage to organ systems.
Colds and Flu: In addition to stimulating sweating to break a fever ~ linden also contributes to other symptoms of colds and flus ~ such as inflamed or swollen membranes throughout the mouth and respiratory tracts. This can help to reduce coughing and irritation, which is why linden is often relied on to sooth sore throats and calm coughing. Linden tea can also help to eliminate congestion, making it a true triple ~ threat to colds and represents a major immune system booster.
Inflammation: For those who suffer from tension headaches and other inflammatory conditions including arthritis and gout ~ linden tea can help eliminate those painful symptoms. Just as it reduces the inflammation in the respiratory tracts ~ it also helps to lower blood pressure and remove inflammation in the blood vessels ~ thereby preventing the small capillary back ups that so commonly lead to headaches ~ as well as the swollen tissue of arthritis sufferers
Prevent Cancer: With its impressive arsenal of antioxidants ~ Testing is showing linden is a definite contender for preventing and treating various forms of cancer. Those antioxidant compounds, like quercetin and coumarin ~ prevent free radicals from causing apoptosis or mutation in healthy cells ~ which can often leads to cancer.
Indigestion: If you’re suffering from an upset stomach ~ bloating ~ constipation or cramping ~ sip on a cup of linden tea and settle your stomach in no time. The blend of compounds and chemicals found in linden can reduce gastrointestinal inflammation and stimulate the proper digestion and excretion of food.
A Final Word of Warning: There are some people who are allergic to these flowers ~ so speak to your doctor before adding linden tea to your favorite beverage list. Also ~ there is a maximum dosage ~ so avoid drinking more than 3 cups per day. Furthermore ~ if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it usually isn’t a good idea to drink linden tea ~ nor if you have heart disease ~as this flower can negatively interact with certain pharmaceuticals.
Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before beginning any new herbal medicine.
- Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey.
- One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles ~ three times around the globe ~ to make one pound of honey.
- The average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
- A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
- A honey bee can fly for up to six miles and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
- The bee’s brain is oval in shape and about the size of a sesame seed~ yet it has a remarkable capacity to learn and remember things. For example ~ it is able to make complex calculations on distance travelled and foraging efficiency.
- Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing.
- A colony of bees consists of 20,000 ~ 60,000 honey bees and one queen. Worker honey bees are female ~ live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
- The queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs per day.
- Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work. All they do is mate.
- Honey has always been highly regarded as a medicine. It is thought to help with everything from sore throats and digestive disorders to skin problems and hay fever.
- Honey has antiseptic properties and was historically used as a dressing for wounds and a first aid treatment for burns and cuts.
- The natural fruit sugars in honey ~ fructose and glucose ~ are quickly digested by the body. This is why sportsmen and athletes use honey to give them a natural energy boost.
- Honey bees have been producing honey in the same way for 150 million years.
- The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
- Honey lasts an incredibly long time. An explorer who found a 2000 year old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious!
- The bees’ buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.
- When a bee finds a good source of nectar it flies back to the hive and shows its friends where the nectar source is by doing a dance which positions the flower in relation to the sun and hive. This is known as the ‘waggle dance.’
- Honey’s ability to attract and retain moisture means that it has long been used as a beauty treatment. It was part of Cleopatra’s daily beauty ritual.
- Honey is incredibly healthy and includes enzymes, vitamins, minerals. It’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.