I love honey bees. They remind me of my childhood, when we ran barefoot in the yard during the summer. We did not have chemically treated lawns that were free of dandelions, clover and other odd little weeds. Our lush, green lawns also had lush, white clover that attracted honey bees by what seemed the thousands. Even being very careful, it was almost impossible to run across the lawn without stepping on a bee and getting stung.
Getting stung so often wasn't creating any love for me back then, but now whenever I see the rare honey bee working the clover in my lawn, it takes me back to my joyful, carefree childhood on the eastern shore of Maryland.
I love honey, too. With its varying golden to amber hues, its sweetness on corn bread or toast, its ability to sooth a sore throat . . . honey is a gift from nature. It is an Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal substance. It never degrades, spoils, or harbors germs. Raw honey can sooth burns and small scraps. The list of honey's benefits is extensive and worth the effort to read about.
I like to use honey and bees wax in my skin care products. I put honey in my lotion and bees wax in my lip balms. I wish I could have some hives on the farm, but the local bear ravaged our last attempt and bees are just too valuable to tempt the bear with again.
American honey bees don't sting unless they are defending their hive or are stepped on with a bare foot. They are not vicious little insects out to do harm or injury to us. They are a tremendous benefit to nature and humans alike and without them, our world would be a much less cheerful place indeed. I hope the next time you see a honey bee buzzing about her business of pollinating flowers and making honey, it will bring a smile to your face and a renewed appreciation for all the good these small creatures bring to our lives.