Friday, November 5, 2010

Bees in Bangladesh.....

Well Brayden isn't in any of our shots for this day.  He was with us, but he avoided the camera every time.  For this months Kids for Peace, our group leader Betsy, spoke with us about Bee Farming in Bangladesh.  Here's a link about the subject:

We met at Wildwood Metro Park in the Window Room where there is an observation bee area. 

Betsy gave us some wonderful information on healthy uses for raw honey (non-pasturized):

 Amazing Honey
Healing wounds with honey goes back to the ancient Egyptians. It was used on soldiers wounds as early as the last two world wars. It was phased out in preference to the rise of the use of new antibiotics. However, as we are faced with the "new germs" that seem to be resistant to any chemical antibiotic, perhaps it's time to take another look at this old remedy.
1. Wound healing- A recent scientific study showed that honey worked well as a wound dressing. Honey not only cleared existing infection, but protected the wound from additional infection. Besides honey's anti-inflamitorial effects, it reduced scaring, speeded healing and stimulated growth. Scientists at the University of Bonn have been experiencing these positive results from the medical use of honey. Even when dealing with multi-resistant bacteria many times healed within just a few weeks.
2. Cough Suppressant-Affective against coughs with no side effects or worries about administering it to children.
3. Lip balm -. It's anti-bacterial qualities will heal chapped lips.
4. Acne cream - Use on acne, again because of it's anti-bacterial effect.
5. Kills bad breath - As a mouthwash, mix 1 tsp. honey with 1 cup warm water. It kills germs.

Fun honey factsIn addition to the above mentioned amazing healing properties of honey, it can be used to treat digestive problems, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis. It's also a fast remedy for athletes foot. But use raw honey, organic if it is available as the heating during manufacturing destroy nutrients and enzymes.
Although sweeter than table sugar, honey is low on the Glycemic Index because it is gradually absorbed into the blood stream.
The natural minerals and vitamins in honey help metabolize the "bad" cholesterol in our bodies.
And, there is nothing better than hot cornbread, right out of the oven, slathered in honey.

Betsy also had a wonderful craft project of creating bees for our pencils out of pipe cleaners.  It was fun and very cute!

It was a wonderful meeting!!!  Thanks Betsy for the wonderful information.

Here's some pictures I took at Country Tree Farms of a bee in a pumpkin blossom (you can see the pollen on his legs):

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