Honey Honey Honey, Let’s Talk About Those Bees
Happy Bee Awareness month, folks!
Have you ever stopped to ponder Honey Bees?
You’ve probably heard a lot of hoopla about the bees lately as their population’s decrease and their endangerment gloomily advances.
But let’s really dive into these crazy critters and why they are truly deserving of their own awareness month.
When you think of Honey Bees, you may automatically hear Jerry Seinfeld voicing Barry B. Benson in Disney’s Bee Movie, but in fact, there are over 20,000 species of bees, with only eight surviving honey bee species today.
Honey bees are considered the most highly efficient pollinators in the world. A single bee’s pollinating ability is tremendous (roughly 2,000 flowers a day), but the real strength is in the colony, which can pollinate 3 million flowers a day.
Commercially bees are used as pollinators, helping feed individuals and families all over the world. Their pollination is estimated to be worth upwards of $34 billion. They also pollinate wild and native plants. Bees are conserving the variety and diversity of plant life worldwide.
Now yeah, bees are cool as heck, but they are also essential to the health and longevity of the environment. Not to mention, without the bees, certain crops would cease to exist. Crops like nuts, cocoa, tomatoes, apples, and coffee; you heard me right, COFFEE.
All joking aside, if you don’t feel an immense appreciation for bees yet, these facts are sure to impress you.
- Honey bees can reach 15 miles per hour in flight and can fly for six miles without rest.
- A single colony can have up to 60,000 bees in it.
- The average lifespan is four weeks in the spring or summer and up to 6 months in the winter.
- Queen bees live for two to three years and can lay 600-1,500 eggs a day.
- The buzz you hear from a bee results from its wing stroke of 11,400 strokes per minute. That’s 200 flaps per second.
- Bees have 170 odorant receptors inside their tiny noses.
- Honey bees share information with one another by wiggling their bodies. This “dance” informs their fellow bees where food sources are.
So in honor of these fierce pollinators, here are a few things you can do to help protect and help them!
- Get your green thumb on! If you don’t have that much space, consider window boxes, planters, and flower pots! Planting green backyards and gardens is a fun and practical way to promote bee health and numbers in your community.
- Consider going chemical-free, avoiding the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. There are many organic and natural products that will do the job instead.
- Planting trees helps the bees! While bees do love their flowers, bees get a large percentage of their nectar from trees. Planting trees in your community provide bees with an excellent food source and habitat.
- Bees need baths too. Filling a shallow bowl or birdbath with clean water and an arrangement of pebbles or stones is a great way to help the bees stay hydrated and healthy.
- And, of course, support your local beekeeping organization and beekeepers. Do some research to find your local beekeepers and help their business folks.
In honor of bee awareness, let also make you aware of the beautiful benefits honey does for your skin and body and why we LOVE using it in our products!
Honey balances skin bacteria and helps fight acne. Incorporating honey into your skincare routine will moisturize, speed healing, and reduce inflammation. Our Honey Blossom Bubble Bath infused with argan oil, and aloe vera is a great way to soak up those benefits in a fragrant and rejuvenating bath.
With an ingredient stocked full of microbial properties that help fight skin infections, we had to create a Honey Blossom Lotion. If you’re looking for a long-lasting and penetrating moisturizer, our Honey
Blossom Body Butter will do the trick! This lotion is an efficient everyday tool to give your skin a glowing and vibrant appearance.
The bees help us create eco-friendly and organic products, so we make sure our honey products come from ethically sound and cruelty-free companies.
Cheers to the bees and a standing ovation for honey!