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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.16 73 Honey from Midway, Kentucky, called the Golden Bullet, containing bees' four magic products (each with its own WebMD page): propolis (a waxy hive substance with anti-bacterial/anti-viral properties), pollen, royal jelly (a larvae nutrient used to treat everything from liver disease to PMS) and raw honey. e farm claims that "since the dawn of recorded history," people have been aware of these health benefits. Honey can act as a stress reliever, wound healer, scar reducer, memory enhancer, hormone regulator, allergy reducer and sports per- formance enhancer. It will basically turn you into an Olympian. is doesn't even get into another wing of apitherapy: using bee venom to treat pain and arthritis. For several years Cann kept hives at her house in the Highlands. "I can tell a differ- ence in bees that my dad has in Grayson County and what they produce compared to what I was getting in the Highlands," she says. "Even in different times of the season — earlier in the season the honey will be more light and floral and then we might go through a summer where there's not a lot of rain and a different set of flowering plants. en it's darker, more viscous." She and a few others give me samples of their honey, which I try side by side at home one night — Highlands, Prospect and St. Matthews honeys. Like the differences between Maker's Mark, Knob Creek and Woodford Reserve. Cann says she was nervous about how her Highlands neighbors would react to the bees, but that they were curious more than anything. "One called me and said, 'I want to treat for mosquitoes in my back- yard but I don't want to harm your bees. What can I do?'" she says. "Several started using this garlic oil base — it's harmful to the larvae of mosquitoes but not bees — so the neighborhood started smelling like a pizzeria every so often." She and LaDow got married a year ago and recently moved from the Highlands to their current home in La Grange. e Russians were not hap- py about relocating, and she, LaDow and one of her students who had volunteered to help all got multiple stings that day. Occasional stings aside, Cann says bees have enlightened her more than anything. "e more I learn about bees, the more I'm fascinated," she says. "It's the only organism I can think of that goes through their entire lives without really harming another organism. Bees have a positive influence on the environment. ey don't eat other animals, they don't have to kill a plant — in fact, they pollinate plants. I find that very life-affirming." facebook.com/teamjulianna