This guest post comes from our contributor FP Naomi.
All our lives we grow up deathly afraid of bees. I’m no exception to the rule, yet I’ve always found it curious. How can something so small turn a giant human into a scaredy cat running for the hills?
With such horrible dread comes great wonder. We’re in awe of these magical creatures and their golden substance – so much so that humans used to worship their holiness. Today we create homes for the bees and harvest their honey. We’re battling to keep them safe because despite all of our fears, we need them. The bees pollinate our flowers which clean the air; they make delicious honey to sweeten our tea; and they create beeswax that keeps our candles lit well into the night. They are our friend and our foe. The substance that they create is the stuff of our deepest desires.
But I bet there are a few things you never knew about our strange little friends…
10 Things You Might Not Know About Bees & Honey:
1. A bee in the house means a visit from a stranger, and if you kill the bee, the visit will not be a good one.
2. Bees are not native to the Americas. They were brought over with European settlers in the seventeenth century.
3. Honey will never spoil if it’s stored in an airtight container. Honey was found in King Tut’s tomb that was still edible.
4. Old folktales tell that if someone in the family dies, it is important to inform the bees. The bees will spread the news.
5. Regular consumption of local honey will stave off seasonal allergies. Since the honey was made with local pollen, your body builds a resistance.
6. Honey was used as far back as ancient times. In Egypt it was used as payment and even buried with the dead. The Greek thought it to be food fit for the gods. It was custom in ancient Greece to offer honey to deceased spirits.
7. Honey is a Hebrew word which means “enchant.”
8. In Celtic mythology, bees were thought to be the messengers between our world and the spirit realm.
9. The queen bee is the only bee in the hive that does not have a barbed stinger. This means she can repeatedly sting like a wasp.
10. Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers & fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 lb. of honey.
Check out Naomi’s blog Numie Abbot!