Beekeeping Benefits And Risks
Beekeeping has a long history. It has been practiced in ancient Egypt, as well in Greek and
Roman civilizations. There are parts of the Middle East and Asia that were into beekeeping to get honey and other
bee products. In the ancient civilizations, honey was used as a food staple during winters, medicinal purposes and
even offerings to placate the gods and goddesses.
What is great about beekeeping?
First with be the benefits that one can get from honey. There are different uses of honey, it could be used for
medicinal and beauty purposes. Honey has antiseptic, antibacterial and even anti-inflammatory properties that could
help in dealing with wounds and burns. It could be used as facial moisturizer, facial masks and body lotion. Honey
could be used as a healthier alternative for sugar when cooking and even baking.
However eating honey may not be beneficial for everybody. Since, honey is commercially filtered it could have
few allergens. Raw honey could have a different impact though, since it is unfiltered it may contain pollens that
could cause severe allergies. Although, honey allergies are uncommon, it still pays to be careful.
Aside from pollens in honey that could cause allergic reactions, there are some bees that can produce toxic
honey. This kind of honey can be made from rhododendrons, mountain laurels and azalea flowers. They can be
poisonous to humans but not to bees. Beekeepers should monitor their bees closely to get an idea what would be in
the foraging areas.
Another major benefit from beekeeping would be the benefits of pollination. Pollination could help in increasing
harvests of fruits and vegetables. There are testimonies from beekeepers, saying that beekeeping was able to help
them reduce stress. There are times when all they do is sit and watch their hives.
Beekeeping could be a unique and relaxing hobby. It is an entertaining and educational pastime. Actually,
thinking about it, it is a profitable hobby. You get to keep bees and at the same time earn a small income from it.
There can be people who are genuinely afraid with bees, they can be family members and neighbors, so you could
educate them. Despite fear of bees, beekeeping is not that dangerous.
The only risk with beekeeping with be being stung by bees. To protect the keeper from being stung, it is
important to wear protective gear. When stung by bees, it is important to remove the sting by plucking or scraping
immediately to lessen the effect of the venom. When picking out the type of protective clothing, choose smooth and
light-colored materials. You could use a smoker to effectively and safely control the bees.
Beekeeping has many benefits and risks. It is important to identify if you are genuinely interested. Otherwise,
if you are really afraid of handling bees, then it would be better not to pursue the venture.