CheruThen (Small Honey) – Stingless Bee Honey
Stingless bees are found in both tropical and subtropical regions like Southeast Asia, America, Africa and Australia. In Kerala the Stingless honey bees are known as ‘Cheruthen eecha’ and the honey produced is called ‘Cheruthen’. These bees are much smaller in size varying in color and appearance but without a stinger. The hives of stingless bees are made in hollow trees and rocks and the honey is made from the nectar collected from small shrubs and herbs that cannot be accessed easily by normal bees due to their bigger size.
Scientific studies have revealed that honey from stingless bees has more nutritional value than normal honey as these bees feed on anti bacterial and anti fungal medicinal plants. This honey is comparatively more expensive as stingless bees produce much less honey as compared to normal bees.
Stingless bee honey has several medicinal benefits. It helps in treating many skin infections, treats coughs and throat irritation and provides relief from bacterial gut infections and ulcers. This honey is given to infants to make their immune system strong defending against infections. It works as a natural sweetener and can be substituted for sugar. A spoonful of stingless honey mixed with a glass of water has a very soothing effect on the mind.