The carpenter bees are members of the Apidae family. Most are black in colour with some having some yellow and white blend. These bees lay large eggs which are like the largest among insects.Just as leafcutter and mason bees, these bees are solitary bees. While the male cannot sting, the female can but rarely does sting unless provoked. These bees are also less hairy, unlike bumblebees. They do not form large colonies, and they bore into wood to make nests. They also excellent pollinators in native plant communities.
The craze for manuka honey doesn’t seem to have been one of those fads that peaked and then disappeared along with many other ‘super-foods’. The benefits of Manuka honey are plentiful and it isn’t just in the things we eat, but also in the things we drink and apply to our bodies and our hair!
Manuka honey is a native of New Zealand and Australia but produced by European honey bees foraging on the manuka or tea tree.
The Benefits of Manuka Honey
It is thought that manuka honey can be used for many ailments, including healing sore throats – which many of you will know if you drink honey and lemon, digestive illnesses, curing staph infections and gingivitis. The raw unrefined honey contains amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phospherous, potassium, sodium and zinc.
It’s antibacterial properties mean it is ideal for fighting infection and its soothing properties help to repair skin related disorders such as eczema and acne. It is also ideal for applying to wounds, burns and ulcers to help soothe and repair the skin.
Check Your Manuka Honey Source Before Buying!
Unfortunately, because manuka honey is so incredibly popular and so expensive, it is frequently counterfeited. Many suppliers have been found to be breaking standards and diluting the honey down with corn starch or just passing this honey off as manuka honey when it is an entirely different type of honey. If you are buying it, make sure it is from a credible and reliable supplier and you can check the validity of its origins.