Bee-aware and Bee-wear! Why you should know about the “Plight of the honeybee”

Honey Bees have been a staple of suburban gardens for lifetimes on lifetimes, always buzzing around and never really bothering anyone until being bothered themselves. At this point in time, the honey bee is integral to the survival of our agricultural system, and they are slowly but surely dying off.

honeybee-honeycomb-macro_26201_990x742In a 2013 Time Magazine cover article titled “A World Without Bees” Journalist Bryan Walsh delved into the heart of the issues commonly referred to as the “Plight of the Honeybee”
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The first line of the feature read, “You can thank the Apis Mellifera, better known as the Western honeybee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls of food you’ll eat today.”

Yes the western honeybee is one of the most important animals in the production of the produce that we consume every single day.

Walsh added later, “Honeybees — which pollinate crops like apples, blueberries and cucumbers — are the “glue that holds our agricultural system together,” as the journalist Hannah Nordhaus put it in her 2011 book The Beekeeper’s Lament. (In fact, nearly 70% off all crops that are grown today require pollination.) But that glue is failing. Bee hives are dying off or disappearing thanks to a still-unsolved malady called colony collapse disorder (CCD), so much so that commercial beekeepers are being pushed out of the business.”

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CCD is based on multiple factors, most are cause by human influence, these are:

  • Pesticides that human’s spray on our crops.
  • Biological Threats like the Varroa mite are killing off colonies directly and spreading deadly diseases.
  • Over-production of commodity crops such as wheat and corn that provide no pollen for honey bees and therefore they are literally starving to death.

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The population decrease is so profound in some areas that places that were considered honey bee hotbeds like Iowa, has lost 70% of its population over 6 years. (from 2006-2012)

During that same time period, California, lost nearly half of its honey bee population. And from 2010-2015, the United States has lost 30% of its total honeybee population, and bee colonies are now no longer existent.

Canada is not immune to the problem either, but there are many great organizations fighting to save the bees, including Bees Are Life, which is based right in Toronto. We plan to team up with them in the near future.

Our Bee dress is meant to raise awareness around the plight of the honey bee and hopefully work towards changing it to a more hopeful, rebounding, and rising in population, flight of the honey bee.

Check out the beautiful dress below and pre order soon on our website.

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All Natural: At Home Remedies for Your Kids

All Natural At Home Remedies for Your KidsWhen your child has a medical issue, some parents don’t want to jump right into drug remedies. Sometimes they only treat certain symptoms, and the side effects of some can be dangerous for sensitive kids. Here are some natural remedies that often work, and are safe for children.

Honey

For children over 12 months old, honey has many medicinal effects. Honey in hot water with lemon can soothe a sore throat, and there are also several recipes mixed with honey that will soothe coughs naturally. When a child is dealing with local pollen allergies, eating local, unprocessed honey can help make their body more accustomed to the pollen and allergens in the air over time. Just make sure you have some honey ready to eat with every meal.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile helps calm colic in babies, and calms upset tummies in young children. It also is good for its relaxation, and has soothing qualities to help children sleep.

Ginger

Ginger and ginger root is another good remedy for tummy issues in children. It is also antimicrobial and can kill the germs that cause colds, and help reduce fever. Ginger also has a soothing effect for cold symptoms when mixed with other herbs.

Saline

Saline can be used to soothe and moisten nasal passages, and soothe sore throats. Saline can be purchased at the store in drops, saline rinse, or netti pots, or made at home. Homemade saline is simple to make. Just mix ½ tsp of salt with 8 ounces of boiled or sterilized water. With lukewarm saline, squirt 2 or 3 drops of it in the nose, put it through the netti pot, or gargle it to help soothe cold symptoms.

Vapor Rubs

Vapor rubs help children sleep better at night when they have colds or allergies. Vapor rubs can be purchased at a store, and many of them have mixtures that include eucalyptus, camphor, and menthol. However, children under 2 should not have menthol products. Look for products that have aloe, herbs, oils, beeswax and essential oils. These rubs can also be made at home.

Herbs

There are many herbs that are used for medicinal purposes. For example, hyperactivity can be treated with certain herbs such as red clover, lime blossom, Valerian root, catnip, and lemon balm. Herbal medication can be purchased in pills, capsules, or liquid form. If you like to know what is in the capsules, capsule filling supplies can be purchased separately and filled at home with herbs purchased or grown yourself. Make sure you have a capsule filling guide handy so you know you’re getting a safe amount for your kids.

Doctors and drugs have their place at times. However, using these remedies can help a parent feel safer knowing that there is a more natural way to try to soothe that cold, quiet the tummy, and calm anxiety for their child.

Guest Blog by Brooke Chaplan, Freelance Writer and Blogger

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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