Celebrating bees, the world's greatest pollinators
This month we are celebrating bees, the most important pollinators in the world, who play such a huge part in helping us to create our organic herbal teas.
Did you know that the flowering herbs we use in many of our blends (such as echinacea, fennel, rose hip, chamomile and tulsi) are 100% bee-pollinated? Also, we wouldn’t be able to make a single tea bag of our Detox tea (fennel seed, aniseed, celery seed and coriander seed) without the help of bees. It simply wouldn’t be possible.
These incredible insects are so very important to us (and hopefully you too).
So how do we help the organic growers we work with ensure that their farming practices are creating havens for bees?
To meet organic standards, organic farmers must help to promote and enhance agro-ecosystem health through their practices, which includes biodiversity. When our team visits a farm, this is one of the first things they are looking to find.
“If you walk into a field and its thriving with wildlife and bees, it gives you a good indication that this really is a good ecological system that’s clean with no pesticides", explains Marin Anastasov, from our herbal sourcing team (not to mention avid bee keeper), "If it was poisoned, these animals are not going to be there.”
Studies have shown that organic farms contain on average 75% more species of plants and significantly more wildflowers than non-organic farms. More wildflowers, means a lot more bees and pollinators (50% more on average to be precise) bringing with it the long-lasting benefits that such rich biodiversity offers.
Bees have mechanisms to communicate nectar sources within the colony. So, Marin explains, "if you have a colony of 50 – 60,000 bees and one of them discovers a flower, she’ll come back to the colony and communicate to all the other members about this source of nectar.
If the nectar source is particularly rich, the entire colony will be traveling back and forth foraging. They’re very efficient in finding nectar sources.”
Bees are such incredible little creatures and we couldn't be more thankful for the hand (or wing) they lend in helping to create our delicious, organic herbal blends. They help to shine a light on just how important it is that we take time to be mindful of the relationship between plants and animals as well as our own needs.
When things are well with the bees, things are well with Mother Nature.