Archive for July, 2012

More on propolis: Prostate Cancer

The Atlantic recently published the results of a study that suggests a compound in propolis may be effective in suppressing prostate tumor growth in mice. The effects are transient; tumor growth renewed when treatment stopped. They're also not indicative of curative properties. The tumors didn't shrink, but just stopped growing. There are a handful of other demonstrably effective uses for propolis, including as a storage medium for detached teeth. Stay tuned for more!


07.30.2012 Posted in Beelog by Karessa

Bees self-medicate

Got a lot of propolis? That may not be the only thing you have. Bee colonies infected with certain types of harmful fungi may bring up to 45% more propolis into the hive. The efforts appear to pay off, as the fungus levels are measurably reduced when propolis levels are increased. Some other notes of interest: According to the report linked above, bees can differentiate between benign and harmful fungi. Bacterial infections don't provoke increased propolis-gathering. Workers also remove infected larva to help stem the infection. Hygienic bees are more proficient at this. This time of year it's normal to see increasing levels of ...


07.30.2012 Posted in Beelog by Karessa

Blueberry Bliss

A tip from Jana Jakub at Sunset Valley Organics: Blueberries taste best when picked after a warm, sunny day. For the best flavor, avoid buying blueberries after overcast or rainy days!


07.29.2012 Posted in Beelog by Karessa

Word of the Day: Melissopalynologist

Melissopalynologist: One who studies the traces of pollen found in honey. Talk about a specialized field of research!


07.29.2012 Posted in Beelog by Karessa