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Abango VR-J

The new Jarabe VR-J is an herbal remedy that relieves cough and cold symptoms.

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Arnica

Applied as an ointment arnica can relieve sore muscles, reduce inflammation, heal bruises and superficial wounds, help reduce swelling from broken bones, reduce the inflammation of insect bites, sprains and arthritis.

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Honeybees and Bee Pollen

The industrious honeybees are certainly exceptional little creatures. There are worker honeybees that collect nectar and there are worker honeybees that collect pollen. These bees flit from flower to flower collecting pollen into the tiny baskets on their legs. Fortunately these little bees collect more pollen than the colony needs thus enabling bee keepers to scrape some of the pollen onto special screens that have been devised for the purpose as the bees enter the hive. The rounded pollen grains that you purchase are these little baskets on the bees’ legs. Pollen provides the bees with their protein, fat, vitamins and trace elements. The plant nectar and honey provide the carbohydrates. The bees that collect pollen visit the plants that have the most nutritious and easy to collect pollens. The nectar can come from other plants or the same ones. The best pollen comes from wild plants and second to that is the pollen that comes from organically farmed crops. Raw honey always contains bee pollen so even though bee pollen doesn’t have a long tradition of use as a food, humans have been eating pollen as long as they have been eating honey. The flowery taste of raw honey comes from small amounts of pollen in the honey. The processed and filtered honey does not contain any of the bee pollen so you might want to think about buying the raw honey and of course, bee pollen by itself. Bee pollen has a concentrated source of nutrients as it consists of the male reproductive parts of seed plants. After the male pollen grains fertilize the female eggs the results are awesome. The seeds now contain all the genetic material and nutrients needed to grow a new plant. Something else that is quite awesome…bee pollen can contain 12 to 40 percent protein by dry weight. This protein has a complete and balanced spectrum of amino acids making it complete for humans, other mammals and birds. Pollen contains all the vitamins that are known. It does contain Vitamin B12 and vitamin D but in small amounts. We need both of these vitamins but pollen doesn’t give us enough of them. Vitamin D is simple enough…just get out in the sun every day for 20-45 minutes. Vegans need to supplement the vitamin B12. The only reason that meat eaters get sufficient amounts of B12 is because the animals that provide the B12 eat plants but they eat a lot of them.... read more

Propolis, A Powerful, Natural Antibiotic

Actually Propolis isn’t a bee product but a product produced from the bark of certain trees such as poplars, birch, beech and aspen and used by the bees. Propolis consists mainly of resins exuded by the leaf buds and bark of these trees. The worker bees, whose job it is to collect these resins, mix the resins with a little wax, honey and enzymes to make propolis. The entire colony uses propolis as putty to seal cracks and openings in the hive and to strengthen and repair their honeycombs. Propolis helps to sterilize the hive so that bacteria, viruses and fungi do not spread. Some bees even line the brood cells with propolis. Because propolis does these things with the hive it stands to reason that humans could use it to their advantage. For over 2,000 years humans have used propolis as an antiseptic, antimicrobial and a detoxifier. In Europe, the Middle East, and Asia propolis has been used to heal festering wounds. These wounds came about through battle, because of skin ulcers, or because of bed sores. There are hundreds of chemical compounds in this complex natural substance. The make up of propolis is approximately 50 percent resins, 30 percent waxes, 10 percent essential oils, 5 percent pollen and 5 percent plant debris. Researchers have found that there is a recurrent pattern of antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. Bees harvest resins from their local areas making the composition of propolis vary considerably. The interesting thing here is that although the composition varies a great deal the medicinal properties do not. There are several reasons why propolis is so effective. There are more than 180 phytochemicals while flavonoids are the most abundant compounds. Propolis is rich in antioxiants and can reduce inflammation as well as pharmaceutical drugs. Propolis has been shown to be very effective against respiratory infections, healing wounds, keeping teeth and gums healthy, fungal infections, viral infections, and herpes simplex infections. As I’ve mentioned many times the best offense is a great defense…hence a strong immune system is essential. The Pharmaceutical Industry has been handing out antibiotics like candy for many many years. Consequently the overuse of the drugs has made them quite ineffective. Also, along with the inevitable mutations of bacteria into resistant strains are now, once again, turning simple infections into life threatening illnesses. Something that you can do right now is to use propolis to help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to improve... read more

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