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About Honey and Bees
- Did you know that bees have 4
- The honeybee's wings stroke
11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
- A bee flies at a rate of
about 12 miles per hour.
- How many eyes does a honeybee
- The queen bee is the busiest
in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength.
She will lay about 1,000 to 1,500 eggs per day.
- In the cold winter months,
bees will leave the hive only to take a short cleansing flight. They are
fastidious about the cleanliness of their hive.
- Honeybees do not die out over
the winter. They feed on the honey they collected during the warmer
months and patiently wait for spring. They form a tight cluster in their
hive to keep the queen and themselves warm.
- It takes 35 pounds of honey
to provide enough energy for a small colony of bees to survive the
- Honeybee colonies have unique
odors that members flash like identification cards at the hive's front
door. All the individual bees in a colony smell enough alike so that the
guard bees can identify them.
Facts...About The Work of the Honeybee
- The honeybee is not born
knowing how to make honey; the younger bees are taught by the more
- A honeybee visits between 50
and 100 flowers during one collection flight from the hive.
- In order to produce 1 pound
of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited.
- A hive of bees must fly
55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey.
- One bee colony can produce 60
to 100 pounds of honey per year.
- An average worker bee makes
only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
- At the peak of the
honey-gathering season, a strong, healthy hive will have a population of
approximately 50,000 bees.
- It would take approximately 1
ounce of honey to fuel a bee's flight around the world.
- Honey is the primary food
source for the bee. The reason honeybees are so busy collecting nectar
from flowers and blossoms is to make sufficient food stores for their
colony over the winter months. The nectar is converted to honey by the
honeybee and stored in the wax honeycomb.
Facts...About Honey and Your Health
- Honey contains vitamins and
antioxidants, but is fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free!
- One antioxidant called "pinocembrin" is only found in honey.
- Honey is the only food that
includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
- Honey has the ability to
attract and absorb moisture, which makes it remarkably soothing for
minor burns and helps to prevent scarring.
- Honey speeds the healing of
open wounds and also combats infection.
- As recently as the First
World War, honey was being mixed with cod liver oil to dress wounds on
- Modern science now
acknowledges honey as an anti-microbial agent, which means it deters the
growth of certain types of bacteria, yeast and molds.
- Honey and beeswax form the
basics of many skin creams, lip-balms, and hand lotions.
- According to Dr. Paul Gold, a
Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, "people remember
things much better after they've consumed glucose, a form of sugar found
- Honey is nature's energy
booster! It provides a concentrated energy source that helps prevent
fatigue and can boost athletic performance.
- Recent studies have proven
that athletes who took some honey before and after competing recovered
more quickly than those who did not.
- Honey supplies 2 stages of
energy. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives
an immediate energy boost. The fructose is absorbed more slowly providing
than 1,400 years ago Allah and His messenger sallallahu
alaiyhi wa sallam (peace be upon him), told us that honey can
heal a variety of medicinal problems.
says in the Qur'an, "And the lord inspired
the bee, saying: Take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees and
in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits and follow the ways of your Lord
made easy (for you)'. There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying
colour wherein is healing for men. Verily in this
is indeed a sign for people who think." [Qur'an
Prophet, sallallahu aleyhe
wa sallam (peace be upon
him), has also told us of the healing found within honey for a variety of
medical problems, including stomach ailments. One hadeeth,
reported by Bukhari, states that a man came to the Prophet , sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam
(peace be upon him), because his brother had a stomach disorder. The Prophet sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam
said "Let him drink honey." The man returned a second time
and again the Prophet , sallallahu
alaiyhi wa sallam (peace be upon him), responded again, "Let
him drink honey." The man returned again, and said "I have done
that." The Prophet sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam then responded, "Allah has said the truth, but
your brother's stomach has told a lie. Let him drink honey." He drank it
and was cured.
Tirmizi, Ibn Majah
and Baihaqi also reported that the Prophet, sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam (peace be upon him), said, "Make use of the two
remedies: honey and the Qur'an."
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