A Honey Of A Treatment
An ancient Anglo-Saxon ritual has newlyweds drink honey each day during the first month following their nuptials. The wisdom of the times held that this practice would not only increase the fertility of new couples but might also help the male partner pleasure his wife for a longer period of time.
Even earlier, the ancient Semitic goddess Astarte, who is associated with love, war, maternity, sexuality, and fertility, was believed to be the one responsible for the existence of honey in this world. Of course, we have all heard of the biblical reference to the Holy Land as a, "land of milk and honey."
Now, modern nutritionists and others are making similar claims for the sticky stuff as an aid for increasing libido and enhancing fertility. Susan Fletcher is a major proponent of bee-byproducts as an aid to conception. Fletcher and her husband Clive Brockdorff are the owners of Apitherapy Foods, a Norfolk-based company producing products based on the output of over 2 million bees from their own apiary. Susan feels that the claims for honey and other bee products as conception-boosters are owing to the high levels of minerals found in these items. Bee pollen, for instance, which is a combination of bee saliva, pollen, and plant nectar, contains potassium, sodium, zinc, and copper plus 24 other minerals in addition to 20 of the 22 amino acids. "Put a woman who's struggling to conceive on bee pollen and you can pretty much guarantee a result within two or three months," says Susan.
Research coming out of both Europe and the U.S. shows that bee pollen has a rejuvenating effect on the sex glands of both sexes. Aging glands respond well to the substances contained in this product. Bee pollen has an effect on the reproductive system that is both nourishing and stimulatory.
Some modern studies back up the old Anglo Saxon belief and suggest that bee pollen can increase male sexual endurance, improve sex dysfunction related to prostate issues, boost strength, have a stimulatory affect upon the ovaries, improve egg quality, and relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.
Another bee byproduct is royal jelly. Royal jelly is food secreted by nurse bees intended for the nourishment of the queen bee as she develops into full maturity. While water is the major ingredient of royal jelly, it's also packed with B vitamins, amino acids, hormones, and natural enzymes.
Could this food that is fit for a queen bee stand as the reason she lives for 5 years, compared to just 7 months for a worker bee? Experts use royal jelly to treat impotence, menopause, infertility and PMS. The food of queen bees has hormone-balancing properties and can also be useful for treating postpartum depression, migraines, and acne.