Summer arrives with no small amount of floral and fragrance – and the honeybee – to brighten our gardens and teach us a thing or too . . .
William Shakespeare noted as much in his day . . .
For so work the honey-bees, creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom.
~ William Shakespeare
And, not only do our little friends provide lessons in anti-idleness and anti-chaos, but they manufacture God’s most perfect food . . .
“Eat honey, my child, for it is good.”
~ Proverbs 24:13
And, it’s anti-allergen at that . . .
“It may seem odd that straight exposure to pollen often triggers allergies but that exposure to pollen in the honey usually has the opposite effect…In honey the allergens are delivered in small, manageable doses and the effect over time is very much like that from undergoing a whole series of allergy immunology injections.”
~Thomas Leo Ogren, “Allergy-Free Gardening”
Honey has been hailed through the ages as medicine for a myriad of ailments . . .
“The slight regard at this time paid to the medicinal virtues of honey is an instance of neglect men shew to common objects, whatever their value; acting in contempt, as it were of the immediate hand of providence, which has in general made those things most frequent, which have the greatest uses; and for that reason, we seek from the remotest part of the world, medicines of harsh and violent operation for our relief in several disorders, under which we should never suffer, if we would use what the Bees collects for us at our doors.”
~ John Hill, M.D (England 1759)
And, touted in contemporary medical opinions as a natural wonder . . .
“…every spoon of honey contains TINY quantities of these floral flavonoids…usually referred to as antioxidants. There are at least 16 of them found in honey at last count…Trace amounts of these floralflavones exert POWERFUL influences.”
~The Honey Revolution, 2008 p.5
It is no wonder, then, that the humble honey-bee has ever been lauded by mankind, who yet stands in wonder at so small a miracle with so vast an impact . . .
Bees work for man, and yet they never bruise
Their Master’s flower, but leave it having done,
As fair as ever and as fit to use;
So both the flower doth stay and honey run.
~ George Herbert, The Church-Providence
Safeguard this precious commodity – plant pesticide and non-GMO flowers and fields that they may be strong and carry on their divine purpose in the earth for future generations . . .
“Concerning the generation of animals akin to them, as hornets and wasps, the facts in all cases are similar to a certain extent, but are devoid of the extraordinary features which characterize bees; this we should expect, for they have nothing divine about them as the bees have.”
~ Aristotle 384 BC 322 BC
Sharing Bee in the Pink with Beverly on Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.
Bee Quotes from www.benefits-of-honey.com, an excellent online resource about all things Bees & Honey!