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Apitherapy encompasses the use of bee hive products including honey, bee pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom. Apitherapy is used to treat many illnesses and to alleviate pain from injuries both chronic and acute. The honey bee and hive products have historically played a large role in disease care and prevention. Science is finally catching up to what naturalists, herbalists, and acupuncturists have known for years.
In this course with organic beekeeper and apitherapist Ross Conrad, you will learn about using honey, bee pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax and bee venom to promote healing and health. From burn treatment and the common cold, to arthritis, cancer and multiple sclerosis, Ross shares how each of these products can be beneficial to human health. Ross explains how bees make each of these products and how the bees use them in the hive. He covers the chemical constituents of each product and how each product can promote health and healing.
Ross draws on his considerable experience as an organic beekeeper and explains how these products are harvested from the hive with the success of the hive as the ultimate goal. With the help of volunteers from the live audience Ross even demonstrates how to give a live bee sting!
As Ross says “everything about the bees is so healing; it is astounding really”. Be prepared to be astounded! And be thankful for the bees!
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Metta Earth InstituteLincoln, Vt
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|Section 1: Introduction to Apitherapy|
In this introductory video, Ross provides a brief synopsis of what apitherapy is and how it works to help heal the body. He introduces the six bee products that are used in apitherapy: bee pollen, propolis, honey, bees wax, royal jelly, and bee venom.
|Section 2: Bee Pollen|
In this lesson, Ross talks extensively about bee pollen. He explains what bee pollen is and how the bees collect pollen and make bee pollen. He talks about why bees make bee pollen in the first place and why it is useful to the hive. Ross shares why bee pollen can be beneficial to people. He talks about usefulness in treating allergies including describing a protocol for using bee pollen to treat an allergy to pollen. He even explains how the bee keeper can gather bee pollen from the hive. As Ross says, “everything about the bees is so healing”.
|Section 3: Propolis|
Is this lesson, Ross explains exactly what propolis is and how the bees gather it. He tells you why bees gather it and what they do with it in the hive. He explains what propolis is made of. He calls propolis “the most anti-microbial substance found in nature”. Ross talks about the various different ailments that can be treated with propolis and even explains how you can make your own tincture with propolis.
In this lesson Ross continues his discussion of propolis. He spends some time answering a number of audience questions including questions about treating Lyme disease, recommended dosage, topical application, and spray application. He also directs you toward an excellent and reputable online resource for further exploration of apitherapy.
|Section 4: Honey|
In this lesson, Ross explains how bees take nectar from flowers and turn it into honey. Ross calls honey “a first-aid kit in a jar”. He talks about why honey is so healing and how it aids in the healing process. He explains the antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties of honey. The most healing form of honey is raw, unfiltered, unheated honey and Ross tells you why. He explores a number of ways that honey is used for healing including burn treatment, treating kid’s coughs, use by athletes, and even diabetics. You will even hear an audience testimonial about successfully treating 2nd degree burns with raw honey.
|Section 5: Beeswax|
In this lesson, Ross explains a few uses for beeswax. He answers several audience questions regarding toxin buildup in beeswax and explains the importance of finding and using the “cleanest” beeswax possible.
|Section 6: Royal Jelly|
In this lesson, Ross teaches you about royal jelly. He explains what royal jelly is, how the bees produce it, and what they do with it. Ross tells you what royal jelly is made of and he talks about the many ways royal jelly can be used for healing. Ross also explains how royal jelly is harvested and why he chooses not to harvest royal jelly from his hives.
|Section 7: Bee Venom|
In this lesson, Ross talks about the healing powers of bee venom. He explains why bee venom can be helpful in healing a variety of diseases including multiple sclerosis, arthritis and other rheumatoid diseases, cancer, chronic pain, and dermatological ailments. Ross offers suggestions for ways to support your body before getting bee stings. Then Ross goes on to explain how to gather bees from the hive and how bee stings are given. He explains the difference between a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction and a normal, healthy reaction to bee venom. Ross shares a number of stories from working with and learning from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned bee keeper and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries in Vermont.
In this lesson, Ross walks us through the process of giving and getting a live bee sting for healing purposes. He offers his complete protocol for giving bee stings and shows us how to do it with live volunteers from the audience. He talks about why beginning with a test sting is so important. Ross explains various options for treating reactions to bee venom including an Epi pen, antihistamines, and homeopathic remedies. He spends some time answering a number of questions from the audience as well.
In this lesson, Ross continues his discussion on live bee stings. He completes the process of giving live bee stings to volunteers from the audience. He spends more time addressing audience questions including questions about the likelihood of experiencing a reaction to bee venom. Ross talks about some of the diseases and ailments that can be treated with bee stings.
|Section 8: Conclusion|
In this lesson, Ross reminds us of the most amazing and healing gift that bees offer. He revels in the fact that bees don’t hurt anything yet they give back so much. Ross strives to emulate the bees in his own life by doing no harm and giving back even more than he takes in order to make the world a better place.
Ross is the author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. He learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned beekeeper and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries in Vermont. Former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Conrad is a regular contributor to Bee Culture - The Magazine of American Beekeeping. Ross has led bee related presentations and taught organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years.