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The Healing Powers of HoneyI have had this book on the go for several months now and I’ve found it very useful and informative. It’s a great book to have lying around and pick up from time to time to read a few interesting facts about honey. The Healing Powers Of Honey is a book full of little tidbits of information about honey gathered from all over the world as well as recipes and cures for all sorts of ailments.

Author Cal Orey (get it?) has written other “healing power” books including The Healing Powers of Vinegar, The Healing Powers of Olive Oil and The Healing Powers of Chocolate so she definitely has a healthy background in… well… health.

For any beekeepers, aspiring beekeepers or simply general honey lovers, this book is a great resource to have on hand. Orey discusses many of the scientific benefits of honey and applies them to just about any ailment, injury or illness you can think of. When in doubt, turn to honey.

What gives honey its amazing healing powers? It comes down to antioxidants, acidity and hydrogen peroxide. Different styles of honey are derived from different plants and flowers and this book details many of them. I was particularly interested in reading about Manuka honey, a New Zealand honey which has extraordinary healing powers and even combats some antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

Most readers will find Orey’s narrative and anecdotal style of writing enjoyable and easy to read, however I must admit that I found the honeybee puns and analogies a bit over the top at times.

Overall, this is a great reference book and one that will get lots of use over the years. I’ve bookmarked many of the pages and will be sure to pick up this book for its recipes, home remedies and honey factoids in the future.

The Healing Powers Of Honey
By: Cal Orey
Published Oct 2011
Kensington Publishing Corporation

Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper (Kindle Edition)This just in: For a limited time, the Kindle e-book edition of Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper by Marina Marchese is on sale at Amazon for only $2.99. This book is the book that sparked my interest in beekeeping. It’s full of interesting facts and amazing diagrams but it’s also written as a story about the author’s own experience with beekeeping.

If you’re interested in learning more about the book, read my review of Honeybee and if you have a Kindle, don’t think twice, just go download this book.




Cover of the Travelling Beehive

The Travelling Beehive is a stunningly beautiful book about beekeeping that I had the pleasure of reading last week. The book was originally written in Spanish by Elena Garcia and Manuel Ángel Rosado and is illustrated by Juan Hernaz. At this time, there is no English print version available, however, the electronic version is available for free!

The Travelling Beehive is geared towards school-aged children but would be great for anyone (child or not) curious about bees. It explains beekeeping in a very accurate and entertaining way. It also does an excellent job of describing pollination and some of the problems that are affecting honeybees and other pollinators in the world today. There’s even a free Teacher’s Guide available which will help to introduce this book to classrooms around the world. I have included a gallery below of some of the illustrations which are truly the bee’s knees. (Yes, I went there.)

I must admit, I did find a few spelling mistakes in the current edition of this book, but overall it is very well translated from Spanish. The Spanish print version will be distributed to schools and libraries in Spain this fall. Hopefully one day the English print version will also make its way to North America. In the meantime, here are links to the ways you can read the electronic version of the book.

Note: It’s a bit tricky to read the full-width online version as the pages are very wide and the text very small. I found it easiest to download the PDF version and read on my iPad.

Read electronic versions for free

For teachers interested in the Teacher’s Guide