Bees are dying out! With medicinal mushrooms against the varroa mite

“When the bees die out, man has 4 years to live” (Einstein).

Our bees (Apis) are threatened by environmental toxins, monocultures and their worst enemy, the varroa mite


The Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) is an approximately 1.2 mm large mite that lives parasitically on Apis mellifera and Apis cerana. This secretive and extremely destructive mite has been spreading among European bee colonies for 40 years now.

The mite first attacks the brood. When the larva is 4-5 days old and about to be covered, it is attacked by the varroa mite. The mites then multiply as the brood grows. If the bees survive this attack, they are often born crippled. The small but very effective parasite can quickly destroy entire colonies.

Another villain in the bee world is Nosema ceranae. This protozoa nests in the intestines of the bees and spreads through the feces in the hive. This disease can also destroy entire bee colonies.

A strong and healthy bee colony

Bienen am Einflugsloch

Bienen am Einflugsloch

The most important thing is a strong and healthy bee colony, so that no parasites, germs or diseases can spread in the first place. But what is important for a good and healthy colony? Let’s look at nature.

Environmental influences for the bee

In nature, first of all, there are no neonicitoids, antifungal agents, etc. Nor are there any square, six-story hives made of Styrofoam there.

However, one of the most important points for a healthy and strong bee colony is the nutrition of the bees. A very short monoculture harvest (flowering) and feeding with sugar water in order to obtain a lot of honey as cheaply as possible will not pay off in the long run. There are all kinds of substances in flower pollen that can protect our bees from parasites and viruses. Therefore, especially in the countryside, there should be many more different flowering areas that provide bees with food. Nowadays, bees in cities curiously often find more and different pollen than their colleagues in the countryside.

But what does the fungus do for the bees?

In the wild, there are some species of bees that live in old tree cavities. You can understand the bee, the place is safe from most predators, the entrance hole is not so large and thus easier to guard and it is wonderfully dry.
But there are more co-inhabitants in the tree-bee community: fungi, and not a few of them!
One day, the well-known mycologist Paul Stamets discovered that the mycelium (fungal tissue) was being eaten by bees. But why and what is behind it? The fungus is the pharmacy of bees. There are very well known and researched vital and medicinal mushrooms, these include the Reishi (Lackporling), the Maitkae, the Shittake and many more. These mushrooms were often weighed with gold in the past because of their healing properties. Medicinal mushrooms have an effect that strengthens the immune system. This proven effect comes, among other things, from glycanesacharidden, but other antiviral or antibacterial substances are also formed in the mushroom, such as the triterpenene in the reishi. This substance is important for our intestines. For this, there are breathtaking results in people with various severe gastrointestinal diseases.

Ganoderma-Lucidum – The mushroom of immortality

Today there are not many colonies of bees living in tree hollows. That is why we have to support our bees with vital mushrooms.
For this purpose, there is a special formula of various medicinal mushrooms, which are mixed with organic honey to provide the bees with a “mushroom cure”.
This special mixture strengthens the bees in a natural way! It protects the intestinal flora and strengthens the immune system, so that the bees can better defend themselves against the protozoan Nosema ceranae and also the Varroa mite.

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Heilpilz & vitalpilz

Mycotherapy Healing with Mushrooms

Healing with mushrooms – Mycotherapy (“Mykos – Greek mushroom”)

Mycotherapy has a very long tradition. The often tasty mushrooms are equipped with all sorts of medically effective substances that positively support the body.

In the vital mushroom
therapy, two aspects are in the foreground, the holistic person is healed and the causes of the diseases are eliminated.

The probably oldest described healing effect will come from the stone age man Ötzi. The ancestor lived approximately between 3359 and 3105 BC. , so the age of the mummy today is about 5250 years. He was found in 1991 in a glacier crevasse in the Ötztal (South Tyrol). Of course, this was a stroke of luck for science. Here we had a frozen picture of a caveman. After intensive investigation, an amulet was found on his neck. This pendant was a mushroom more precisely a porling. This medicinal mushroom has a strong healing effect that helps with stomach problems and being unwell. Which was probably very helpful on a long journey across the Alps.

Another treasure of the past comes from the Asian region where the use of medicinal and vital mushrooms is a living tradition (TCM traditional Chinese medicine) that has proven itself. Unfortunately, in Central Europe there are hardly any records of the medical use of medicinal mushrooms. This disappeared with the Christianization of the indigenous peoples of Europe. Some old rents are still to be found today one thinks of Christmas and the fly agaric. The Raunächte was very popular with medicine men (Santa Claus).

The individual types of mushrooms which are also called vital and medicinal mushrooms

Reishi , shiny lacquer porling (Ganoderma lucidum) is probably the most familiar and at the same time is the most salutary

Der Shiitake or Shii-Take (Lentinula edodes)has a wide range of action.
Is an anti cancer and anti bacterial Mushroom

The Tibetan caterpillar  fungus (Cordyceps sinensis & Cordyceps militaris). Probably one of the best known and strongest of all currently known vital mushrooms. But also the expeniift mushroom in the world expensivest.

Maitake, (Grifola frondosa) Among mushroom lovers it is appreciated as a delicate edible mushroom. He can make an enormous contribution to health

Umbrella polypore or lumpy bracket, (Polyporus umbellatus) It is considered the oldest known antibiotic and is also highly valued for its strong antibacterial effect

Judasohr, Mu-Err-Pilz, Holunderpilz (Auricularia polytricha) – As a common edible mushroom worldwide, it is often used in many Asian. He does not taste like. but is a good mushroom for our body

Mushroom of the sun, God’s mushroom (Agaricus blazei Murrill) regulates the entire immune system, especially in cancer and autoimmune diseases

lion’s mane mushroom, monkey head mushroom, (Hericium erinaceus)
Is a very tasty mushroom, often the taste is compared with seafood. But it is not only delicious but a mushroom for our head. In ALzheimer or other brain damage this mushroom helps wonderfully. Also the support of the digestion with the Hericum are recommended. the Hericium contains nineteen free amino acids as well as polysaccharides and polypeptides

Note :
Mushrooms have the property to absorb and store pollutants, heavy metals and impurities from the environment like a magnet. Therefore, it is extremely important to choose suppliers of mushroom preparations that obtain vital mushrooms for processing from controlled organic cultivation and a high quality standard. Please renounce cheaper products from the Far East or dubious dealers for the sake of your health.