'I am heavenly connected and a Mercy to Humanity. For thousands of years I have been valued for my unique taste and health benefits. An army of intelligent creatures worked day and night to produce me for your pleasure. Throughout history, I have been honoured and loved by many civilisations. I have not been heated above my natural temperature and have retained all my natural qualities. I am designed with a specific purpose. I am a true blessing'
These are the words that inspire us, and they are written on every single Bee Mercy Jar of Raw Honey. We dedicate this blog to these words.
The Honey Bee can sense the movement of the Earth. Each Bee, regardless of it's task, senses the location of sun, even if it is in the darkness of the hive. It is always connected and guided by the brightest celestial body. Without this connection it would not be able to locate the much needed sustenance for it's community.
70 out of the top 100 human food crops, which supply about 90 percent of the world's nutrition, are pollinated by bees. Cotton is also pollinated by bees. Without them, we would be living in a very different world to the one we now live in. This small creature is a vital part of our ecosystem. They hold the weight of humanity on their tiny shoulders.
You will find cave paintings depicting the harvesting of honey, Egyptian tombs containing honey used for their journey to the afterlife and ancient Romans trading honey for gold. We have had a unique relationship with honey for thousands of years and language of this relationship has always been health.
A healthy hive can contain around 65,000 bees. Each bee with it's own specific duty to perform to ensure the productivity of the community. There are no orders and no demands, not even from the Queen. Each bee is in a state of complete servitude to the community and fulfils its task to perfection. They give more to Earth than they take, and when they do take, they are gentle. Through this, they produce one of the sweetest and most health giving substances known to Humanity.
The Assyrian's and the Romans placed their dead in Honey to preserve them from corruption. The body of Alexander the Great was said to have been rubbed with and embalmed in Honey. In ancient Egypt, the bee was an insignia of kingship and Honey bees, signifying immortality and resurrection, were royal emblems of the Merovingians, revived by Napoleon. The ancient Greeks associated lips anointed with honey to have the gift of eloquence. The list goes on....
If honey is heated over 35-40 degrees it kills all the natural enzymes that are present. When ultra fine filtered, it removes all the pollen and other nutrients that are beneficial. Unfortunately many commercially produced honeys have been pasteurised in order to standardise the flavour and to reduce the effects of crystallisation. Pasteurisation is also used to blend honey's from difference countries or regions. This essentially means that although it can be labelled as 'Pure Honey' it is in fact something very inferior to 'Raw' honey and not the honey once loved.
Every fascist on this tiny creatures body is designed with one purpose. Every bee in the community of the hive is connected, not only to one another but also to the Earth, Sun and each one of us. Every action it performs is with complete perfection and dedication. Every civilisation has had a positive relationship with them until now and as it flies around us, it is busy keeping us, the flowers and the planet.