Apis Mellifica. (Honey Bee.)
The Honey Bee possesses marked medicinal properties, but from a prejudice against such remedies, has been but little employed.
An infusion of twelve to twenty Honey Bees in a pint of boiling water, is one of the most certain diuretics I have ever employed in cases of suppression of urine from atony. It is also a very efficient remedy in retention of urine, and in some cases of irritation of the urethra.
I have used a tincture for the same purpose, and also for inflammation of subcutaneous structures, with tensive and lancinating pains, and in irritation of the skin. I have prepared my own tincture, in the proportion of ℥j. to Alcohol 98° Oj. Dose one to two drops.