These stingless bees make medicinal honey. Some call it a ‘miracle liquid.’
Typically, these bees don't survive in the Amazon because their hives die when the honey is harvested. Now, Biochemist and National Geographic Explorer Rosa Vásquez Espinoza wants to help champion stingless beekeeping because of all the benefits the bees bring to communities that raise them—many of which have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. She believes that the stingless bees are bringing life back to the Amazon by providing medicinal honey, income, and pollination benefits to a region in need of help. These special bees make honey with chemicals that ward off microbial and fungal growth, an adaptation to keep the substance from spoiling in the tropics. Given the wide variety of plant biodiversity in the Amazon, and the incredible range of botanical chemicals the bees mix into their honeys and wax, it’s also no surprise it has medicinal value.