Wild Honey from Nepal
Wild Honey are collected from the wild bee colonies Apis Laboriosa found in the isolated forest in Himalayan mountains of Nepal, The world’s largest honey bee, Apis Laboriosa (the giant Himalayan honey bee) is a wild bee and makes it combs cliff over hangs on rocky mountains. The honey hunters are a tribe of Mongol and native people living in mountain area who follows the tradition of honey hunting, a tradition passed down since generations. The bees are drive away from the honeycomb without smoke or with smoke too. After this, a portion of the brood comb is sometimes cut off. The honey portion of the hive is brought down in baskets. People waiting near the foot of the trees, squeeze honey from the comb into earthen pots.
We make every effort to ensure that the bee products reach you at their Organic best. Wild/ Cliff/ Mountain/ Red honey is extracted by the ‘cold press’ method without the use of heat. This helps preserve the pollen and the enzymes that occur naturally in honey.
Besides being an economic activity harvesting cliff honey, honey hunting also involves special rituals and satisfies the leisure requirements of isolated mountain people. This culture does not allow the total eradication of bee nests but rather supports the sustainable presence and multiplication of cliff bees.
Traditional beliefs and superstitions of these hunters for Wild Honey:
- Tuesday is the best day for initiating honey-hunting event while Wednesday is not suitable for this event.
- Honey hunting is not allowed in 8th, 11th, 23rd, 26th and 30th day of moon cycle.
- Honey hunters believe that there are two gods in the forest i.e. local god, who looks after local events and the real god of cliff. Worshiping of these gods is mandatory by sacrificing, goat, sheep or chicken for giving blood in the name of god. Worship is also performed for those who passed away from the village.
- Either morning or evening time is considered good for honey hunting.
- In some places there is practice of pouring milk to the cliff before initiating honey hunting.
- Women are not even allowed to watch honey-hunting event in certain communities. They have to stay quite far from cliff site. It is believed that if they participate then the bees will be very aggressive.
- Main honey hunter gets the head of sacrificed animal while meat-cooked during the event is also tasted first by the honey hunter.
- One can not join honey-hunting team if his wife is menstruated or pregnant of over 6 months.
– Helps prevent cancer and heart disease.
– Reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
– Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
– Increases athletic performance.
– Reduces cough and throat irritation.
– Balances the 5 elements.
– Helps regulate blood sugar
– Strengthen the immune system
– Rich in anti-oxidants
– Useful for an active life style.
– Unheated Wild honey / Cold extracted
– Nutritional values: Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Amino Acid
Usage & Dosage:
– 1 tablespoon equals 60 calories
– One table spoon daily.
– Do not drink with alcohol
– Do not drink water or alcohol after use
– Can be used as a medicine
– Not suitable for babies under 10 yrs old