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3 Nourishing Gifts From The Beehive

3 Nourishing Gifts from the Beehive

This material was originally presented in a slightly different format in our Winter 2006-2007 catalog.

Honeybees are industrious little creatures and they produce highly nourishing food in abundance for themselves and for humans. Almost every compound they make is usable for building health; today let’s look at just three of their valuable offerings.

Honey

Honey begins as the nectar of herbs and flowers (wild or cultivated). The benefits of hundreds of herbs are carried in the stomach of the bee where the nectar is subtly altered by the bee’s digestive enzymes in ways that modern science has been unable to explain. New health-benefiting compounds are created by this process. Then the honey is regurgitated in the hive, concentrated by evaporation, and stored in the hexagonal cells of the honeycomb.

Because of its3 Nourishing Gifts From The Beehive-- from Beeyoutiful.com high natural sugar content, it’s very hard for bacteria to survive in honey. Many honeys contain large amounts of naturally-occurring hydrogen peroxide and in some traditions is used to disinfect cuts and scrapes. Most raw honeys also contain some propolis, a compound that can kill bacteria. In laboratory tests, honey put on seven types of bacteria killed all seven!

What is Raw Honey?

There is a difference between raw honey straight from the hive, and the processed honey that’s typically available in stores. Any honey is good for you, but raw honey is by far the best since it has not been through a heating process. Heat over 120 degrees melts the sugar and also kills wonderful enzymes and bacteria that are so rich in healing properties. Raw honey can often be purchased from local bee farmers in your area; check for nearby apiaries or ask at your farmers market for a good source. WARNING: Children under twelve months of age should not eat honey in any form as there is a risk of botulism.

Propolis, The Bee Glue

And you thought honey was sticky! Propolis is made from a sticky resinous material that western bees gather from tree buds or sap flows. The sap usually comes from coniferous trees and/or poplar trees. A worker bee will tear off tiny amounts of this resin and place the bits in her pollen baskets (the middle portion of each back leg) and then carry the resins back to the hive. House bees (young bees) unload the resins at the hive and mix them with pollen, wax, and their own enzyme-rich salivary secretions.

The finished propolis functions like cement or glue, and is used to build or repair the hive. Propolis covers virtually every centimeter of the hive, acting as an antibacterial sealant, and is a sanitary covering for all hive surfaces.

A Mummy Mouse in the Bee House!

From time to time, some unfortunate little critter (most commonly a mouse or a lizard) will get into a beehive. The bees will sting the invader to death, but they aren’t capable of removing the carcass from the hive. To keep the dead animal from rotting in the hive, the bees will coat it with propolis.

Amazingly, these propolis-mummified animals can remain undecayed for years. The powerful flavonoids in the resins, which the bees collect to make propolis, are a shield for the hive. Not only does propolis protect against viral infections, but against bacterial and fungal invasion of the hive. The same things propolis can do for a hive, it can do for you in the form of Bee Immune!

Propolis’ Healing Record

Propolis has been used topically for skin problems ranging from ordinary abrasion, to advanced herpes in the mouth, gum infections, eczema, acne, skin cancers, bruises, burns, and… well, pretty much anything that can go wrong with skin. The high percentage of flavonoids in propolis results in a remarkable immune boost when taken internally.

Because of this immune boost, my favorite way to take propolis is in capsule form along with vitamin C from rosehips. This combination can stop a developing cold in its tracks! If you wake up with a sore throat and swollen glands, try three Bee Immune propolis capsules, and 1000 mg of Rosehip C every other hour all day, and then get a good night’s rest.

Bee Pollen

Pollen is the dust-sized male plant seed, required for the fertilization of the plant, found on the stamen of all flower blossoms. Once a honeybee arrives at a flower, she nimbly scrapes off the powdery pollen from the stamen with her jaws and front legs, moistening it with a dab of the honey she brought with her from the hive.

The bee’s legs have a thick crowd of bristles called pollen combs. The bee uses these combs to brush the gold powder from her coat and legs in mid-flight, pushing the gathered pollen into her baskets. Her pollen baskets, surrounded by a fringe of long hairs, are simply concave areas located on the outside of her back legs. When the bee’s baskets are fully loaded, the pollen dust has been tamped down into a single golden granule.

This pollen-gathering bee now takes the pollen back to the hive where younger house bees unload the pollen. They secrete nectar and special enzymes into the flower pollen to create what we know as bee pollen [LINK] and young bees know as delicious food.

Superfood

Bee pollen is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods, containing nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that can be directly absorbed by the body.

Bee pollen is often used by athletes and body builders to increase stamina and speed. There are countless stories of impressive athletic improvement attributed to the regular intake of this superfood. Most believe this is due to the pantothenic acid in bee pollen which helps the body build resistance to stress, aiding the production of the adrenal-cortical hormones and creating a powerhouse of vitality and energy.

Bee Pollen and Weight Control

Bee pollen also stimulates the metabolic processes, speeding caloric burn by stoking the metabolic fires. Bee pollen is a low-calorie food, containing only ninety calories per ounce (about two heaping tablespoons). By volume, it offers 15% lecithin, a substance that helps dissolve and flush fat from the body. Bee pollen also satisfies many cravings by meeting the body’s vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Cinnamon Honey Toast

Now that you know more about honey, propolis, and pollen, give yourself a tasty treat, courtesy of your local beehive! Drizzle raw honey on a slice of fresh buttered bread, sprinkle with a bit of ground cinnamon, and toast on a cookie sheet under the broiler or in a toaster oven until golden. Mmmm… thank you, busy bees!

Beeyoutiful’s Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe

We have never had a product so loved as Berry Well®! Its simple yet incredibly effective ingredients have made it the stuff of legend among our Beeyoutiful families and customers. It is by far one of the most convenient and effective ways to utilize the incredible properties of a variety of ingredients that work together synergistically.

Make your own elderberry syrup with Beeyoutiful's kit

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Beeyoutiful® is now offering a way for you to create your own homemade elderberry syrup so that you have an affordable and effective recourse should Berry Well be unavailable, or if you have a large family and stocking up on Berry Well in sufficient quantities isn’t an option for your budget.

It is more work to create your own elderberry syrup, and it doesn’t taste exactly like Berry Well, but we have saved you some steps and made it as convenient as possible by combining most of the must-have ingredients into one discounted package. You also get the satisfaction of knowing you have created an amazing health-supporting product for you and those you love with your own two hands.

IMG_9524Each Elderberry Syrup Starter Kit contains enough supplements and primary ingredients to make a minimum of 4 quarts of homemade syrup (with some ingredients left over). Feel free to tweak the recipe below based on your individual family’s needs and taste preferences.

Each of Beeyoutiful®’s Homemade Elderberry Syrup Starter Kits contains 1 box of Traditional Medicinals Echinacea Tea, 1 bottle of Bee Immune™, 1 bottle of Gentle C, and 1/2 lb. of dried organic Elderberries. You will need to source raw unfiltered honey (preferably from a local apiary) and raw apple cider vinegar to round out the ingredients list.

Beeyoutiful’s Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Makes 1 Quart
Purchase most of the ingredients in our discounted kit, or through the individual links below. 
 You will need:
1 cup boiling water
4 Echinacea teabags
6 capsules of Beeyoutiful’s Bee Immune (Bee Propolis)
1 cup Unfiltered Local Raw Honey
1/2 cup dried elderberries
2 cups water
4 Tablespoons Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
6 capsules of Beeyoutiful’s Gentle C
Step 1:  Add 4 teabags to 1 cup of boiling water and cover. Allow to steep until slightly warm, 30 minutes or more.IMG_9530
Step 2: While teabags are steeping, place 2 cups of water and dried elderberries in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower temperature and cover so that it remains at a gentle simmer. Allow it to simmer together for at least 30 minutes. Berries should be soft and easily mashed.IMG_9537

Step 3: Remove tea bags, squeeze and set strong tea aside.

Step 4: Once berries have finished simmering, remove from heat and allow to cool. After cooling, pour juice through a fine mesh strainer into a wide mouthed quart jar. Use a spatula to move berry pulp around, making sure every last bit of the juice is extracted.IMG_9573

Step 5: Open capsules of Bee Immune and Gentle C into the still-warm echinacea tea and use a whisk to blend in.IMG_9548

Step 6: Add tea mixture to quart jar of elderberry juice. Add cup of honey (gently warmed to make pourable, if necessary) and then 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Cap tightly and shake well to mix all ingredients.IMG_9583

Shake well before serving. Syrup can be stored in repurposed Berry Well bottles for easier serving or kept in larger quart jar; it will stay good refrigerated for up to 6 months. Feel free  to substitute any ingredients or customize in any way that is best suited to your particular needs.IMG_9611
Store in refrigerator. Do not serve to babies less than a year old.
Adults: take 1 tablespoon as often as needed.
Children 4 years old and older: 1 tsp. as often as needed
For children 1 to 4 yrs old: 1/2 tsp
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Simple Propolis Healing Oil

Simple Propolis Healing Oil

Dissolve some (powdered or chunks) propolis in olive oil by slowly heating the oil in a water bath, stirring occasionally. The amounts depend on your desired potency and consistency. DO NOT heat over 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the propolis is all, or mostly, dissolved and mixed into the oil, strain through a mesh cloth into a glass jar and seal. Use generously on any topical infection or burn for faster healing and relief.

A Small Miracle- Summer 2007 Catalog

by Maranatha Owens

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I have a good friend who has five kids, the youngest of which is still a baby. One day I left a small sample of Miracle Salve balanced precariously on her doorknob since nobody answered when I knocked. (It didn’t have it’s name at that time and was simply known as propolis salve.) I had pretty much forgotten all about it until I ran into her two months later. “It’s a miracle!” she exclaimed. “Uhhh…. What’s a miracle?” I was clueless until she told me the story. It went something like this:

One summer day she had her baby in the backpack and was walking in her backyard. Her twelve-year-old son who was a few steps in front of her pulled back the metal clothesline to duck under it, not thinking that mama and baby were behind him. He let go of the line which immediately flew back and struck the six-month-old across the cheek. It lacerated the skin which instantly grew inflamed and bright red, swelling before their eyes. There was a thick welt in the shape of the clothesline and bruises were forming rapidly. Mama didn’t know what to do and was in quite a panic (so was the screaming baby). She then thought of the little salve container that I had left without much explanation as to its usage. She packed the green goo generously on the little one’s cheek not thinking it could possibly help this horrible sight. But as she watched the wound over the next day, the healing power of the salve became more evident. The bruising disappeared. The inflammation subsided. The clothesline mark was still there, but faint. Healing was well underway-with no sign of infection. She related to me her awe that the bruising seemed to just disappear. It was a small miracle.

Another friend of mine who has two older sons is one of my very best product testers. She is the one person I can trust to try my products on every imaginable ailment-even problems that I wouldn’t have suggested using the product for. Even so, she discovers new practical uses for various herbal concoctions all the time. She says that Miracle Salve works great on chigger bites, mosquito bites, kitchen burns, rashes (although not those that are a side-effect of prescription drugs) and certain face blemishes, but not acne.

From my own experience with my four children, I can say that I’ve observed it to work great on scrapes, bruises, burns, sliver sites (sometimes they get little embedded slivers which they don’t want removed with a needle), dry wind-chapped skin and lips, diaper rash, and mosquito bites. My two-month-old had a horrible face rash that I think might have been yeast related, which seemed like it would never go away. Yeast can’t thrive without moisture, so I experimented by lightly coating her face with Miracle Salve. Now I can’t prove that she had a yeast infection, but after applying the salve for two days, the rash went away and did not return. It is my theory that the oil and beeswax formed a vapor barrier which starved the “yeasties”, while the propolis inhibited infection from spreading. The comfrey and plantain nourished the skin and sped healing–as they are both famous for doing.

Miracle Salve is excellent for hemorrhoids because of plantain’s cooling action. It has also been observed to reduce scarring after extreme staph. infection (applied daily for approx. 2 months) and after skin cancer surgery (applied daily for 3 months).

The beauty of this product is that you will probably find new uses for this salve that I’ve never even thought of. Does Miracle Salve really work miracles? You’ll have to see for yourself.

 

A note of caution: Although I have never heard of any adverse reactions to this product, it is always wise to test any product on a small patch of skin before going hog wild. This will let you know if you have any sort of allergic reaction to any of the ingredients.

 

So how does Miracle Salve work?

There is so much to know about the incredible ingredients in its formulation, but a brief explanation will have to suffice. Read more about any of these ingredients at the library or online-the sheer volume of beneficial properties is staggering.

 

Extra virgin olive oil: If you’ve done your research on olive oils, you know that unless it says “extra virgin” it has been chemically extracted. Light, dark green, the word “pure,” these all mean nothing-only the words “extra virgin.”

Coconut oil: Is known for its skin-softening qualities. Coconut oil strengthens connective tissue, reduces free radical production, and contains high levels of special fatty acids that boost the immune system.

Beeswax: Our beeswax is bright yellow, sweet smelling, and collected by local beekeepers. It is the natural alternative to all petroleum-based waxes which have numerous toxic elements known to be harmful to humans.

Certified organically grown comfrey root: This herb has a long, rich history and is also known as “bone-knit,” as it well should be. Comfrey speeds healing to skin abrasions as well as bruises, bone breaks and fractures. The leaves can be used to make poultices. My knee was once hit by a heavy weight. It turned every shade of green, yellow, purple and blue you could imagine. I pounded fresh comfrey leaves until they were damp and packed them around my knee, securing them with an elastic bandage. Within a day, the knee hardly hurt and had no bruising…a truly amazing herb.

Certified organically grown plantain leaf: Plantain spells relief. My four children will agree. All but the newborn can identify it wherever we go, and they have many times served their brother or sister who was stung by a bee or wasp by running to the nearest plantain plant, ripping a leaf off, chewing it up, and smacking it onto the sting. It usually only takes a minute to feel the relief that plantain brings. Plantain is an astringent and works by drawing out infection, venom, or sting from burns. It also works wonders on diaper rash. You can even apply the masticated leaves directly to baby’s bottom for relief you will be sure to notice!

Calendula: Gentle, healing and emollient, calendula is wonderful for rashes, skin inflammation, and dry, sensitive skin.

Propolis: Also known as bee glue, propolis has strong antibiotic, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. It promotes wound healing, fights bacteria, and is useful on various skin infections.

Lavender essential oil: Lavender is known as the Swiss Army knife of the herbs. Few match its abilities. It is an antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, sedative, diuretic, and calmative. It is very useful in treating minor burns.

Rosemary essential oil: We have included rosemary in this formula because of its power as a natural preservative and for its pain relieving qualities.

 

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Land of Milk and Honey, Part 2- Winter 2006-2007 Catalog

by Rebekah Joy Anast

Recently, as a homeschool project and in anticipation of starting our own beehives, we visited a successful bee farm in Tennessee. We contacted Tim Durham Sr. ahead of time via phone to see if we could drop in and see his hives. When we arrived in the humid afternoon, I was surprised to find a small portion of the Durham’s bee farm right in their own backyard, in the middle of a rural neighborhood. Mr. Durham graciously introduced us to his bees and allowed us to watch as he opened a hive and checked on a new queen that was being introduced to the hive. She was in a little cage and the entrance was plugged with “candy.” He said that by the time the worker bees ate their way through the candy, they would be used to the new queen’s smell, and accept her as their new matriarch.

“Now, you fellas be nice and get to know your Lady. She’s a good one, and you better be sweet to her…”

“Do the bees know you?” I asked, watching them crawl over his hands, and buzz around in his face without stinging him.

“Funny you should ask,” said Mr. Durham, “I really think they do. Recently there was a test conducted that proved honeybees prefer the face of their own keeper. When shown photographs of various people, the bees would favor the photograph of their own beekeeper. They know me all right.”

I learned a lot about bees that afternoon, and went home with an absolute amazement over the benefits of bee products.

Honey

Honey is the nectar of the herbs and flowers that grow wild in the fields and woods. The benefits of hundreds of herbs are carried in the form of nectar in the stomach of the bee where it is subtly altered by the bee’s digestive enzymes in ways that modern science has been unable to explain. New health benefiting compounds are created by this process before the honey is regurgitated in the hive, concentrated by evaporation, and stored in honeycomb. Because of the high natural sugar content, Honey absorbs moisture in wounds, making it hard for bacteria to survive. Many honeys contain large amounts of hydrogen peroxide which is regularly used to disinfect cuts and scrapes. Most raw honeys contain some propolis, a compound that can kill bacteria. In laboratory tests, honey put on seven types of bacteria killed all seven!

What is Raw Honey?

There is a difference between raw honey straight from the hive, and processed honey which you buy in stores. Any honey is good for you, but raw honey is by far the best since it has not been through a heating process (over approximately. 120 degrees) to melt the sugar, which also kills the wonderful enzymes and bacteria that are so rich in healing properties. Raw honey can be purchased from local bee farmers in your area.

WARNING: Children under twelve months of age should not eat honey as there is a risk of botulism.

Propolis, the Bee Glue

And you thought honey was sticky! Propolis is made from a sticky resinous material that western bees gather from tree buds or sap flows. The sap usually comes from coniferous trees and/or Poplar trees. A worker bee will tear off tiny amounts of resin and place them in her pollen baskets (the middle portion of each back leg) and then carry the resins back to the hive. House bees (young bees) unload the resins at the hive and mix them with pollen, wax and enzyme-rich salivary secretions. The finished propolis resembles cement, or glue, and is used to to build or repair the hive. Propolis covers virtually every centimeter of the hive, acting as an antibacterial sealant, and is a sanitary covering for all hive surfaces.

A Mummy Mouse in the Bee House!

From time to time some unfortunate little critter will get into a beehive; most commonly a mouse or a lizard. The bees will sting the invader to death, but are not capable of removing the carcass from the hive. To keep the dead animal from rotting in the hive the bees will coat the carcass with propolis. Amazingly, such propolis-mummified animals remain undecayed for years. The powerful flavonoids in the resins, which the bees collect to make propolis, are an anti-viral shield for the hive. Not only does propolis protect against viral infections, but against bacterial and fungal invasion of the hive. The same things propolis can do for a hive, it can do for you…

Propolis’ Healing Recordbee_immuneweb

Propolis has been used topically for skin problems ranging from the ordinary abrasion, to advanced herpes in the mouth, gum infections, eczema, acne, skin cancers, bruises, burns, and… well, pretty much anything that can go wrong with skin. The high percentage of flavonoids in Propolis results in a remarkable immune boost when taken internally. Because of this, my favorite way to take propolis is in capsule form along with Rosehip vitamin C. Th is combination will stop a developing common cold in its tracks. Just last week I woke up with a sore throat, swollen glands, and aches. I took three Bee Immune propolis capsules, and 2000 mg of Rosehip Cevery other hour all day. The next day I was completely well, with no cold symptoms remaining.

Bee Pollenbee_strongweb

Bee pollen is the dust-sized male seed, required for the fertilization of the plant, found on the stamen of all flower blossoms. Once a honeybee arrives at a flower, she nimbly scrapes off the powdery pollen from the stamen with her jaws and front legs, moistening it with a dab of the honey she brought with her from the hive. Her legs have a thick crowd of bristles called “pollen combs.” The bee uses these combs to brush the gold powder from her coat and legs in mid-flight. With a tapping movement of her auricle, which is used as a hammer, she pushes the gathered pollen into her baskets. Her pollen baskets, surrounded by a fringe of long hairs, are simply concave areas located on the outside of her back legs. When the bee’s baskets are fully loaded, the pollen dust has been tamped down into a single golden granule. This pollen-gathering bee now takes the pollen back to the hive where younger house bees unload the pollen. They secrete nectar and special enzymes into the flower pollen to create what we know as “bee pollen”. Bee pollen is food for the young bees.

Super Food

Bee pollen is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that can be directly absorbed by the body. Bee pollen is taken by athletes and body builders to increase stamina and speed. Th ere are countless stories of impressive athletic improvement attributed to the regular intake of bee pollen. Most believe this is due to the pantothenic acid in bee pollen which helps the body build resistance to stress, and aids the production of the adrenal-cortical hormones. When the glandular system is adequately nourished with sufficient pantothenic acid (as found in bee pollen) it creates a powerhouse of vitality and energy.

Bee Pollen and Weight Control

Bee pollen also stimulates the metabolic processes. It speeds caloric burn by lighting and stoking the metabolic fires. Bee pollen is a low-calorie food, containing only ninety calories per ounce. (An ounce is about two heaping tablespoons.) It offers 15% lecithin by volume. Lecithin is a substance that helps dissolve and flush fat from the body. Bee Pollen also satisfies many “cravings” by meeting your body’s vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Health and Beauty

Some doctors and dermatologists say that bee pollen seems to prevent premature aging of the cells and stimulates growth of new skin. It may offer protection against dehydration and inject new life into dry cells. “The skin becomes younger looking, less vulnerable to wrinkles, smoother, and healthier with the use of honeybee pollen,” Dr. Essen of Sweden says. “Taken internally or used externally, bee pollen exercises a suppressive effect on facial acne. It is also an important skin rejuvenator, primarily because it contains a high concentration of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA as well as a natural antibiotic factor.”

Cinnamon Honey Toast

Now that you know everything about honey… Drizzle warm honey on fresh cut slices of buttered bread, sprinkle with cinnamon powder, and toast on a cookie sheet in the broiler

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Our Family Miracle- Winter 07-08 Catalog

By Mary Ewing266976_10100645769584420_903335_o

Five years ago I met my husband to be, Talmadge. Little did I know, that was the beginning of a war against sinus problems – not mine, his. Other than the occasional cold, I rarely had any problems with allergies or sinus ailments. But Tal, on the other hand, was a total different story. From early on in childhood, he struggled with food, environment and seasonal allergies, often leading to full blown sinus infections. Even after two major sinus surgeries, he still was prescription medication dependent just to be able to breath through his nose. During our first date, he spent most of the time in the passenger seat of my Jeep while I was out with our friends having fun because he had a fever and bad sinus infection. Romantic, I know. I later found out that he was on four or more medications daily just to try to maintain some normalcy, and would still contract an infection requiring antibiotics almost once a month. Being a nurse and a fix-it sort of person, I wanted to find something to help him, but if all the doctors couldn’t help him with all of their knowledge, how much could I hope to accomplish?

During the courtship and the first few years of our marriage, we worked with Tal’s diet (when we met it consisted largely of cokes, Honey Buns®, and Ramen® Noodles), broadening it to include more whole grains and vegetables and decreasing the amount of sugar, carbonation and processed foods. We also added supplements to his diet, relying primarily on phytochemicals to increase nutrients. This helped significantly by decreasing his infections to one or two a year instead of 10 to 12. He went almost an entire year without antibiotics by just doing these few things.

Despite our best efforts, Tal was still taking two antihistamines, one to two decongestants, a leukotriene blocker, a nasal spray with an expectorant and had another nasal spray handy as back-up relief. In addition to this, he would often use saline washes and topical rubs to help provide relief. Not including the amount we spent on tissue, we were spending well over $100 a month on prescription medication and doctor co-pays to keep Tal breathing and well. I began to believe that we were destined to keep the cycle going his whole life.

When our children, Emma Grace (2 ½) and Elliot (1), began to exhibit some of the same symptoms, I became desperate. I fervently wanted to spare them from the constant struggle, intermittent misery, and lifelong dependence on pharmaceuticals that seemed to be their father’s lot in life. I tried everything from natural homeopathic drops to medications to herbal infusions. Some would provide temporary relief, but nothing seemed to help long term.BerryWell_2

Then out of the blue a dear friend asked if we had ever tried elderberry. They even gave us a bottle to try – Berry Well Elderberry Extract, from Beeyoutiful. Although we were willing to try anything, after everything else that we’d done, we were not really expecting any better results. The first night we had the bottle, Tal and I were both feeling like we were coming down with sore throats, so we gave it a try. My brother, Matthew came in from out of town with a cold, along with my mom who was tired after the long car ride.

We tried to get Matthew to take some, but he was leery, thinking it would taste bad. He wouldn’t try it until my mom did. It was AMAZING! We all were coming back for more the next day. Matthew said he was very surprised at how good it was. No bad aftertaste or medicine taste at all. He was amazed at how well he had slept despite having had a bad sore throat and congestion the entire day prior. He continued taking it and his symptoms were gone within two days. He was an absolute believer! My husband was so convinced he went “cold turkey” on all his medications, only taking Berry Well. Even Mom, who had not felt sick, was praising the remarkable results. She had more energy and the jet lag feeling had disappeared.

 

How Does It Work?

It took over 7 years for the staff at Honey Garden Apiaries to perfect this amazing blend of immuno-boosters. At the core is Elderberry extract. One of the most studied, tried and proven immune system aids out there, the Elderberry is the star of this synergistic blend of complete health supporting elements. Most studies have focused on documenting Elderberry’s incredible ability to support the body when dealing with viruses, specifically Influenza. No pharmaceutical currently available on the market has been able to match the Elderberry’s ability to combat viruses and prevent their recurrence. Elderberry works so very efficiently in so many ways, researchers are still baffled by how this simple berry can be so powerful.

Propolis is the dark sticky substance made by bees from the resin of various trees and plants. Bees gather this sap, re-metabolize it with their own nectar secretions and then take it back to the hive. It was named ‘propolis’ by the ancient Greeks which means, “a defense”. Some people call it “Bee Antibiotic”. Many scientists believe a hive to be more sterile and free from harmful bacteria than a modern hospital. The healing benefits of bee propolis have been known for hundreds of years. Hippocrates first recorded the use of propolis to treat wounds, sores and ulcers as early as the fourth century B.C. The Roman scholar Pliny praised the benefits of propolis 400 years later in his writings, explaining how it “extracted all substances embedded in the flesh, reduced swelling, softened hardened areas, soothed pain, and healed sores when it appeared hopeless for them to mend.” Today’s modern science supports what wise men of old knew to be true. With the technology available to us we are able to study the many wonderful internal benefits of propolis as well! White blood cells (phagocytes) serve as the body’s primary defense mechanism against bacterial infections. We all need an abundance of healthy white blood cells to attack invading microbes. The same white blood cells are responsible for influencing production of antibodies which will wipe out harmful bacteria. Propolis has been found to initiate the activity and cleansing action of these life saving white blood cells.

Raw apple cider vinegar is a cherished folk remedy it has been used historically to help in a huge array of immune system based complaints. It is a staple in the medicine cabinet of most in the natural health community.

Raw honey has been a time honored food staple through the ages as well as being treasured for its healing and soothing properties. BerryWell’s raw honey has not gone through the high heat, refining, and filtering processes that most commercially available honey has. It retains all of the amazingly beneficial enzymes and traces of beeswax, pollen and propolis that make it such a valuable part of this proprietary blend. Taken internally, especially blended with the other fantastic ingredients in BerryWell, honey supports healing on many levels from the inside out. Raw, unfiltered honey has been used by many to help alleviate the symptoms of severe allergies and asthma. Its unique properties combined with the marvelous elderberry are one of the primary reasons BerryWell works so effectively on such a wide array of complaints.

Similar in some ways to the Elderberry, one of the main mechanisms of action for echinacea is that it stimulates phagocytosis in the blood stream. This allows it to work in harmony with Elderberry in supporting the body’s first line of defense on a cellular level to protect against the invasion of foreign substances in the body. Other components in Echinacea have been shown to have mild antibacterial and fungicidal activity. These elements have been found to slow down the spread of the bacteria rather than kill them outright like an antibiotic. Rather than depending on one chemical compound or “Magic bullet” to do the job Echinacea works in several different ways to support immune system health.

All was well around here for a few days . . . until our supply of Berry Well was depleted. I was in the doghouse with everybody for “letting us run out” before ordering more. You can imagine that I anxiously anticipated the arrival of our order, but the day it came, I was experiencing a headache of monstrous proportions and was in no mood to celebrate. I’d had no relief from the pain for over 48 hours. I decided to give elderberry a try, as nothing else was working and I figured it couldn’t hurt. I quickly downed the tablespoon and went about my business. I was out for a walk with the children about thirty minutes later when my ears began popping. For the next three hours, my ears popped and drained. My headache eased up within an hour and was totally gone by the end of the day. I had been taking decongestants and pain killers for the entire forty-eight hours without any help. Seeing Berry Well help the other members of my family was one thing.

Experiencing such impressive results myself was an entirely different story. Believe me when I tell you that I have no intentions of “letting us run out” of Berry Well again.

Now, my husband has been off his regular medications for over a month. We are saving well over $1000 a year because of just that. My daughter wakes up without a stuffy nose. And I have never felt better. We buy Berry Well in quantity because we use it so much, and to have enough to pass out to others. I cannot sing its praises enough. It is hard to imagine that such a small amount of sweet berry liquid can make such a big difference.

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