The bees fly in and out, diligently bringing pollen. Several beehives stand close together here. One should approach them only very carefully. It could be that the insects don't like it so much when you just walk around their apartment like that, no matter what. "Don't worry, our bees don't sting", says helmut sperber and laughs. The chairman of the ebern beekeepers' association reassures the reporter: "don't be afraid."
The association has a small land near fierst, on which he keeps several bee colonies. Young beekeepers learn how to deal with insects here, it is the beekeeper's classroom in the great outdoors. On the occasion of honey day, which is held every two years, the people of ebern opened their doors to visitors and gave them an insight into their work.
Protective clothing: not a must
Sperber and fellow organic beekeeper hermann bastian open a beehive. Bastian pulls out a honeycomb plate. Protective clothing? "It works without", says the 74-year-old. The experienced beekeeper is happy to accept a few stings anyway (yes, the bees from ebern do sting): "that's healthy."
The bees only become aggressive if you tamper with their hive in a hectic and clumsy manner. Sparrowhawk and bastian, on the other hand, remain calm, even though some of the bees have become a bit more active and are swarming out more because someone is tampering with their home. Attack? No, the animals are not in rage. Nevertheless: now quickly take the press photo and then better keep your distance.
In an interview with hermann bastian, it becomes clear how attached he feels to these small flying insects. "Bees are of great importance for man", he says. They pollinate a lot of plants every year, and they also produce honey, which is a lucky thing for humans. "It tastes good and is healthy – that's about what most people know about honey", says bastian. True so far. But there is much more.
"The beehive is a pharmacy", explains bastian, who has studied the subject extensively. "All this does not come from my own research. I am more or less a multiplier." Medicine has long since discovered the benefits of honey, propolis, apilarnil, bee bread, royal jelly and even bee venom. All these substances have various properties that can be very beneficial to human health – in a completely natural way.
Propolis, for example, a resinous mass produced by the bees, has an antibacterial effect. Like an antibiotic. The bees "seal the hive and sterilize each honeycomb cell," explains hermann, explains hermann. If it is used in human medicine, it can be used, for example, to treat angina, sinusitis, hay fever, tooth infections or skin injuries.
Bees know what is good. Royal jelly, for example, is a product of the glandular system of the young worker bee and is used mainly as food for the queen bee. It contains proteins, amino acids, several vitamins and minerals.
According to bastian it has a vitalizing effect when ingested by humans. "It increases resistance to physical and mental stresses." And even the bee venom is apparently healthy: in the form of ointments or directly as a sting (methods have been developed in which the bee does not lose its sting and survives), it is used, for example, against rheumatism and arthritis.
However, according to bastian, there is one thing that must be taken into account: "about two percent of people are allergic to one of the bee products." So to be on the safe side, you should get tested by an allergist. Otherwise the health will backfire.