Updated: Jan 2
How Do I Eat Bee Pollen?
Bee Pollen is known for its antioxidants, protein and B - vitamin content. Taking bee pollen is a great addition to your diet and can also help with seasonal allergies. Being a plant based protein, adding bee pollen to your morning smoothie or yogurt parfait is a great replacement for protein powders with fillers and harmful routines that can do long term damage to your kidneys. If you are vegetarian, this plant based protein can be an alternative to meat based protein. Did you know that by weight bee pollen has 8 times the protein content of animal based protein sources?
Try adding bee pollen to a peanut butter and banana sandwich, add to cereal or your favorite raw bar recipes. Even letting bee pollen sit in your honey or yogurt overnight can soften bee pollen and increase its bio-availability to your system. Use bee pollen in similar recipes you would granola. Do not cook your bee pollen as the raw benefits are what you are seeking most when adding to your diet. Like honey, when you cook and process the pollen you are losing the raw nutrient density of the food.
Eating bee pollen can be tricky for first timers. BEE aware of your doses as it is pure pollen and you can get itchy and have an allergic reaction. Too much bee pollen can also be counterproductive and an overload to your system. We recommend starting with a few granules under your tongue to test for allergies, always mixing bee pollen with food and beginning with a dose of about half a teaspoon a couple times a week. Some like to graduate up to a tablespoon 3-4 times a week to help with allergy relief and can be a nice year round remedy to keep your system immune to local pollen if you keep a couple jars on hand from a 100 mile radius of your home. Like honey - if you are seeking allergy relief from bee pollen, then it should be within your tri state area.
Storing bee pollen in a dry, cool space with no moisture will ensure your pollen stays fresh and dry. Do not leave in direct sunlight as UV light can damage the pollen and reduce the nutritional value.
Bee pollen also has topical benefits due to its antioxidants and vitamin content! This anti aging mask will moisturize and reverse aging in no time! Try this recipe to utilize the amazing nutrient properties of Honey and Bee Pollen.
Ingredients 2 tablespoons of bee pollen¼ cup of whole milk 1 tablespoon raw honey½ cup of mashed avocado Combine ingredients in a small mixing bowl, mix well and apply with your fingers avoiding your eyes. Leave mask on for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. For best results, apply after hot shower with open pores. The honey will attract and hold moisture to your face to fight dry skin and wrinkles. Honey is also antibacterial and helps with acne prevention. Honey contains propolis which can aid in healing scars. Propolis has wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. The Bee Pollen and avocado will fight aging with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.
2 tablespoons of bee pollen
¼ cup of whole milk
1 tablespoon raw honey
½ cup of mashed avocado
Combine ingredients in a small mixing bowl, mix well and apply with your fingers avoiding your eyes. Leave mask on for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
For best results, apply after hot shower with open pores.
The honey will attract and hold moisture to your face to fight dry skin and wrinkles. Honey is also antibacterial and helps with acne prevention. Honey contains propolis which can aid in healing scars. Propolis has wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. The Bee Pollen and avocado will fight aging with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.
How is Bee Pollen Collected?
Bee Pollen is plant pollen collected by worker bees out in the field who collect bee pollen on their legs and bring it back to the hive as a protein source for the honey bees. Beekeepers most often collect bee pollen using a bee pollen trap at the entrance of the beehive. The trap has holes at the entrance of which when the bees climb through, the bee pollen falls off of their legs and falls into a tray below. Beekeepers then can remove the tray collecting pollen from their bees. NOTE: Beekeepers should always be limiting how much they take from their colonies to ensure the colonies ALWAYS COME FIRST. Practice Bee-Centric Beekeeping 🐝 This is true for both bee pollen and honey, and beekeepers should always ensure that the bees have what they need first and foremost, and the keeper only takes after the bees have their supply. This trap in the picture below allows you to open the gate to limit how much you take from the bees.
We all love Bee Pollen, but did you know that honey bees prepare and eat bee pollen in a very different form than we do?! Instead of bee pollen granules that humans collect from a pollen trap , honey bees gather pollen on their body, push it down to their legs to create "pollen pants" aka "pollen basket" aka "corbicula" and use it as a primary protein food source for the hive. The workers mix raw pollen with saliva and enzymes to break down the pollen and create "bee bread" because pollen in its original form contains a thin waxy coating as a natural protectant for itself. Bees break down this pollen similar to how we recommend mixing pollen granules for humans with yogurt, peanut butter or honey to soak it and make it more bio-available to our systems. Bee bread consists of simple sugars, protein, minerals, vitamins and fatty acids, and is stored in brood cells and sealed with a drop of honey! Check out this cross section view of bee bread/pollen