Jana is a frugal DIY addict who is always testing fitness and work-from-home ideas as well as natural health tips for both humans and pets.
Pollinators Are Humanity's Foundation
Remove the bee and civilization as we know it could disintegrate. This may sound like dystopian clickbait, but unfortunately, the danger is real. Bees uphold a critical link in agriculture. Just one mass failure across most of the world—like a single harvest—can lead to severe food shortages. What do humans do when they want basics like food and water and there's not enough for everyone? They get disruptive. When the shelves run dry, violence and starvation could affect millions.
Needless to say, we need all the beekeepers we can get. Perhaps you're interested in getting your first swarm but don't know what the benefits are. Buckle up; they're fantastic.
1. You'll Create a Sanctuary
Bees need us as much as we need them. They face a tough battle. Pesticides, habitat destruction, disease and invasive species have pushed the honeybee to the brink of extinction.
Thankfully, they are not quite in the red zone. They are, however, teetering on an edge no species should ever have to be on. For this reason, every beekeeper can be proud of themselves. Even when they are just starting out with a single bee box, he or she provides sanctuary for one of humanity's most important creatures.
2. You'll Support a Flourishing Neighbourhood
Did you know that around 60 percent of all fruit and vegetables cannot produce a crop unless they've been pollinated? When bees move into a neighbourhood, veggie gardens and orchards naturally pick up. There are more flowers. Nearby farms and smallholdings see larger yields of produce.
Unfortunately, a hive in urban areas can present a problem but in the proper setting and with safety measures in place, your hobby could be a powerful boost for the local plants.
3. You'll Have Honey, of Course!
The crowning moment for the beekeeper is to finally hold a jar of honey in their hands. One produced by hard work, several seasons and countless hours of planning and chores. There's no greater feeling. Alright, maybe it's topped only by the first taste of your own honey!
A fantastic benefit of producing your own honey is that it's organic. Store-bought honey has been altered to prevent it from turning into a crunchy lump of crystals. This process often includes additives and heating which destroys the goodness of honey. Now you can eat your own, assured in the knowledge that it's healthy and chemical-free.
4. You'll Have Extra Income
A hive can be mined for several products. There's honey, propolis, wax, royal jelly and once you're an expert, you can breed bees for new keepers looking to buy their first swarm. Some people even manage to harvest the pollen, a substance sought after in certain sectors in the health industry.
Due to being protein-rich, pollen is often used in food supplements. The great thing is that anyone can learn how to gather, market and sell the bounty their bee boxes have to offer.
5. You'll Have an Emotionally Satisfying Hobby
No one hobby will garner fans across the board. Beekeeping is no different. Some people might embark on this journey with the best of intentions and born of real interest, only to find that it's not for them. However, many others become stuck on benefits beyond the honey and money.
The process of working with bees can be very relaxing. Keepers lovingly nurture their hives, grow the colony and guide their bees through the seasons. Undoubtedly, for those who are so inclined, beekeeping swats stress and replaces it with satisfaction, calm and something to look forward to every day.
To Bee or Not to Bee?
Alright, bad Shakespeare puns aside, is beekeeping the right thing for you? After reading this article, you now know some of the greatest benefits. Unfortunately, beekeeping also comes with goobers like diseases, pests, and financial investment.
Before jumping into anything, allow yourself enough time to suss out the natural threats and how much the initial equipment, bee boxes and a swarm would cost. Enjoy the learning curve. Soak up the good and the bad. You'll soon realize that there are more benefits than drawbacks and the best news is that anyone can become a skilled beekeeper.
© 2019 Jana Louise Smit
Jana Louise Smit (author) from South Africa on November 08, 2019:
Hi Linda. So do I. This hobby is so rewarding and I just love spending time with these buzzing critters.
Linda Chechar from Arizona on November 08, 2019:
Great article! I love beekeeping.
Jana Louise Smit (author) from South Africa on November 08, 2019:
Thanks, Lorna. Bees are just amazing. I'm lucky enough to live in a reserve where few people bother them. You're spot on about beekeeping providing a great experience for one's children. I should've put that in the article! :)
Lorna Lamon on November 08, 2019:
Great article Jana which took me back to my time in Italy when we kept bees. There is something so satisfying about having your own honey and the taste is incredible. Keeping bees also taught my children to appreciate the wonders of nature, something they treasure to this day. Great ideas and tips - I think we should all give it a go.
Benefits of feeding honey to dogs
A simple Google search reveals thousands of sites promoting honey as a health supplement for people and pets, including dogs. Honey is purported to have antimicrobial and antifungal properties, reduce inflammation, sooth stomach ulcers and sore throats, and cure allergies.
However, there have not been many conclusive scientific studies validating these claims. Many of these claims are anecdotal, but since honey is relatively safe, they are often enough for owners looking for an additional treatment for their dogs that is affordable and safe.
One of the most common claims made about honey is that it can cure seasonal allergies in humans and dogs. While the scientific evidence is lacking, there is some reason to believe that raw honey could help reduce allergic reactions to flower pollen—assuming, of course, that your dog is allergic to one of the pollens in the honey, and not another environmental allergen.
Regardless of the lack of conclusive research, feeding your dog a small amount of honey to help with allergens won’t harm him, even if it is not guaranteed or even likely to help.
Humans also use honey to soothe raw throats and stomachs. If your dog has a sore throat, and you have already seen your veterinarian to determine the cause and followed her treatment instructions, then feeding a little honey could help soothe any lingering inflammation. At the very least, it will give your dog a tasty distraction.
Your pet adoption is like making an investment in your very own community. It helps takes animals off the street, provide essential funds for the shelters that care for these creatures, and supports community initiatives that can educate the public further on the benefits of pet adoption, spay and neuter, and pet vaccinations.
When you adopt, you'll be joining ranks with some of the best people out there who are opening their homes, lives, and hearts to sweet animals in need! So don't wait.
There's a sweet, adorable, innocent, and loving puppy, kitten, bird or other animal out there waiting for her forever home…will it be yours?
According to the USDA, 100 grams of salmon provides nearly 20 grams of protein. (FYI: Females 14 and older need 46 grams of protein a day.) Protein is essential in helping your body thrive, and not getting enough can lead to muscle loss.
Salmon also includes an amino acid called tryptophan, Gans says. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, according to the US National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus website. This means you have to get it from your diet as your body won't produce it. Tryptophan helps the body make melatonin and serotonin, per MedlinePlus—meaning it plays a part in some pretty important bodily functions, such as mood regulation and the sleep-wake cycle.