Honey contains a high proportion of sugars and these can be readily absorbed by the body and are especially beneficial for children, the sick and those involved in heavy manual labour. In addition to being a food supplement, honey is also widely used as a home remedy especially by those suffering from colds and sore throats. The nutrient value of bee products lies in the fact that they are rich in carbohydrates and some in proteins, as well as vitamins and minerals. By-products such as bees wax can also be used to treat wounds such as burns and sores. The authors describe how these products can be made but point out that to become a beekeeper smallholders do need to have a lot of training and support. Local beekeepers can be a good source of information and help.
Sample pages: Bee products