Stingless bee honey is considered to be the most nutritious honey than other honey varieties. Stingless honey bees exist in most parts of the world. These bees are much smaller than the usual honey bees and each of them is not bigger than 5 mm. One of a unique feature of these honey bees is that they are not stingers. In South Indian state of Kerala these bees are called by a different name called ‘Cheruthen eecha’ and their honey is known as ‘Cheruthen’.
Medicinal qualities of stingless bee honey or ‘Cheruthen’ is mentioned in Ayurvedic tests and other medical journals. This honey variety can be administered to small children for treating mild fever. Since it has antibacterial properties, stingless bee honey can be used against various infections.
The flowers of many of those antibacterial and anti-fungal medicinal shrubs and herbs are very small. Normal honey bees are much bigger and are not cut out to take away the nectar and pollen from these flowers. Bigger bees are mostly circulated in fruit orchards, where all sorts of chemicals and hormones are used for production. But the small size of stingless bees enables them to feed on these medicinal flowers, thereby increases the medicinal value of their honey