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Those busy Bees

While bees are making their rounds to the various trees and flowers they are doing an incredible job at gathering some valuable cargo.

Not only do our neighborhood bees collect pollen; they also pick up propolis, a resin obtained from the buds of some trees and flowers. These bees must be pretty smart: The resin they’re picking up is a helpful antibiotic! Bees spread this around their nest to protect it from bacteria and viruses. Propolis is found in some toothpastes to help prevent low grade infections in humans. Some believe propolis can improve energy by stimulating thymus activity.