“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
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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