This section is from the book "An Experimental History Of The Materia Medica", by William Lewis.
Bees. This infect, dried and powdered, has been given internally as a diuretic, and applied externally (ground with honey or other like substances) for promoting the growth of hair. Some have slightly calcined the bee, in a close vessel, to blackness, and esteemed it, when thus prepared, to be a medicine, in some cases, of more virtue; a saline matter being now in good measure generated by the fire, though not as yet extricated from the other principles. - For my own part, I have had no experience of the bee itself prepared or unprepared, nor is it used in practice: the valuable products, which this infect affords, honey and wax, will be treated of in their places.