Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bees luv Calendula

Calendula in bloom in October
     With a break from the rain the bees were very active today in the garden with their October plant of choice being Calendula.  Calendula is in the daisy family (the genus Marigold) and self-propogates and unregulated can be a tad invasive, but in a nice way.  It comes in both bright orange and yellow colors.  This plant has anti-viral, anti-genotoxic (genotoxicity is the break down of a cell's genetic make up as in the formation of tumors) and anti-inflammatory properties.  It can be used in a number of medicinal treatments.  Bee pollen is 25% protein and very low in fat and sodium.  It contains many minerals and vitamins such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, maganese, copper and vitamin B.  Bee pollen stimulates the immunological responses in humans and can be used as a nutritional supplement for women pregnant and breastfeeding and for the treatment of many maladies.  Different pollen provide different nutritional value for bees.  For example, blueberry pollen has fairly low nutrional value while almond pollen has fairly high nutrional value.  I'm not sure of Calendula's nutrional value for the ladies but in October you can't bee choosey.  I apoligize for the poor quality of the photos but our photographer (me) is not very good.

Lucy's legs coated in orange Colendula pollen
  

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