Everybody knows that bees are essential to our crop production and the overall sustainability of our ecosystem. Bees are pollinators and are responsible for cross-pollination, which helps at least 30% of crops and 90% of wild plants thrive. And while many people think of raw organic honey as bees' only edible byproduct, organic bee pollen is now growing in popularity due to its possible effects. But to use organic bee pollen powder safely, it's important to take some precautions. Here's part one of our beginner's guide to using bee pollen safely and effectively.

First Time Use

Before taking bee pollen it's important to talk with your doctor. If you're taking bee pollen for the very first time, it's important to 'test the waters' and make sure you don't have any sort of sensitivities to the substance. This means that you should start with a very small amount and then gradually increase your intake. Bee pollen is by no means considered a drug, but as with many new substances, it's best to start slow in the rare event that you have some sort of intolerance or allergy.

How to Ingest

To be safe, first time users should place one granule's worth of bee pollen powder under their tongue. Let it dissolve entirely and become absorbed into the mucous membrane and into your bloodstream. Wait a few minutes and see if you experience any sort of reaction. If you don't feel any adverse effects, this means it's generally safe to up your intake the following day and take two granule's worth of the substance.

Ongoing Use

You should keep in mind that just because you don't experience any adverse reactions the first day doesn't mean you're certain to be 100% tolerant to the substance. Though allergic reactions to bee pollen are quite rare, they often depend on the dose you're taking. With this in mind, experts recommend increasing your dose by just one granule's worth per day for a month. After this time, you can continue ongoing use, as long as you personally feel confident that you won't experience any adverse effects.

Ultimately, understanding how to begin taking bee pollen is the key to getting the most of all the substance has to offer. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we'll discuss some more safety tips for proper bee pollen use.