From time immemorial, bees have symbolized humanity's wish for increased health, strength, endurance and prosperity. Napoleon valued bees for their industry and dedication, decorating his coronation robes and official crests with bee symbols.
Based on the startling observation that a bee's body is too big for its wingspan to be able to carry, many people feel it's a miracle that a bee can fly at all. Some therefore think of bees as good luck, and as encouragement for getting through tough times. Bees are also a symbol of empowerment and hope in the face of great odds.
Bee pollen honey is reported by holistic healers as having special healing characteristics; bee venom is even being experimented with as a treatment for cancer. No matter what you might think about the nature of bees, their industriousness and productivity is astounding.