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Feeding Your Hive

Feeding your hive – To stimulate brood-rearing or to provide stores in the spring, in preparing colonies for winter and at other times during a shortage of stores, it may be necessary to feed the bees.

Obviously, it is desirable to allow the bees to keep sufficient honey and if this can be done it is always preferable to feeding.

No better stimulation to heavy breeding in the spring can be found than adequate protection and an abundance of stores, but a large amount of food is needed at this season and the beekeeper should feed if he finds that he has failed to leave enough.

In small hives, the giving of additional stores in the spring is usually desirable, either in the form of combs of honey or as a syrup. 

The feeding of sugar syrup to produce comb-honey has of course been tried and some beekeepers have believed that the product is honey. This is not the case and the fraud
may readily be detected.

Fortunately, even at the lowest prices of granulated sugar, the sections actually cost the beekeeper more than he gets for pure comb-honey and this fact effectually keeps adulterated comb-honey off the market. 

What to Feed the Bees

Honey from an unknown source should never be fed, because of the danger of introducing disease. Beekeepers usually feel that it is cheaper to feed sugar syrup because of the higher market value of honey, but no food for bees better than honey has yet been found.

If extracted-honey is fed, it should be somewhat diluted. The best plan is to give combs of honey.

As a substitute for honey, syrup made of organic sugar is best. For spring feeding, a thin syrup may be used, even as dilute as two parts of water to one of sugar (by volume).

Ordinarily equal parts of each are used. For supplying winter stores, a thick syrup, 2| to 2| parts of sugar to one of water, is preferable.

To prevent granulation of the sugar in the thick syrup, it is inverted (changed chemically to levulose and dextrose) by the addition of a teaspoonful of tartaric acid to 20 pounds of sugar while the syrup is being heated to dissolve the sugar crystals.

In early spring and late fall, syrup may be fed while warm and fall feeding should be done as rapidly as the bees will take the syrup. In making syrup, the greatest care must be 

taken not to allow it to be discolored by scorching the sugar; it should be as clear as if made with cold water.

Glucose, other cheap syrups or molasses and the cheaper grades of sugar should not be fed to bees, especially for winter stores, since they contain substances indigestible to
bees, causing dysentery.

Candy and cube sugar are sometimes used for supplying bees in winter after their stores are exhausted. These should be used only in emergency and nothing but granulated sugar should be used in making candy for this purpose.

Excerpted and edited from:

Beekeeping; a discussion of the life of the honeybee … 1915. Phillips, Everett Franklin, 1878-1951.

 

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Beekeeping Equipment

Gone are the days when beekeepers felt safe when visiting their hives without protective equipment.

The introduction of foreign bee species, especially those from Africa, means the threat of an aggressive group of bees within the hive is higher now than ever before.

Mild-tempered bees can have the hive taken over by aggressive bees and this requires some basic beekeeping equipment to keep you safe.

The following list includes the needed items to keep yourself safe from potentially aggressive species.

Bee Suit or Bee Jacket

There are those who are still resistant to wearing a bee suit, but they do offer the best overall protection for the body.

If you choose not to wear a suit, it’s important to choose light colored clothing as bees usually don’t like dark colors and may attack.

A bee jacket is the next best option to a full bee suit. It protects the upper body from stings, including the arms, face, head and neck.

Bee Gloves

Wearing gloves can make some activities difficult when tending your hives, but they protect the hands and arms, which are often the most vulnerable areas.

Those who are beginning with beekeeping may wish to use beekeeping gloves until they’re more comfortable with the tasks involved.

Hive Tool

This is an essential tool that makes it easier to clean the hives and pry frames apart. It’s a versatile item that has many uses in the hive.

Smoker

The smoker makes it easier and safer to tend your hive. When the smoke is blown into the hive, it makes the bees eat an excessive amount of honey, which makes them gentler and much less likely to attack.

It’s important to use the right amount of smoke as too much will cause the bees to leave for an extended period of time.

Smokers can be fueled by many cheap and accessible fuels like: wood shavings, cardboard and cotton rags.

Bee Brush

The bee brush offers a gentle way to move bees away from the hive. Brushes with synthetic bristles are better choices. In a pinch, you can simply use a twig with leaves to brush the bees away.

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Selling Your Honey

There is nothing better than being able to extract and enjoy your own honey. Once you have a surplus, it’s time to think about giving away and selling your honey.

Honey Demand is Increasing

Mintel, a market intelligence agency, reported that honey sales increased 57% from 2011 to 2016. This growth is higher than all types of artificial sweeteners.

Research from the University of Delaware has found that consumers value local honey, and are willing to pay more than for honey originating from international sources.

Quality

Many different surveys have indicated that consumers want to know what is in their food and where their food comes from.

In 2013, some Chinese companies were caught “honey laundering”, substituting artificial honey for the real thing. This fake honey contained zero percent real honey and also traces of aluminum residue. This questionable cargo was then exported to the US and other countries. It was then considered the largest food fraud in US history, totaling about 80 million dollars.

Many Chinese honey brokers will now transport their honey to Asian countries, such as Taiwan or Malaysia and re-label their products.

This is a great opportunity for local honey producers able to label their products “Locally Produced” or “Made in USA”.

Packaging

You can choose to package your honey in plastic or glass jars, which may be purchased from a beekeeping supply company.

Honey jars come in all shapes and sizes, with the “bear” shape being one of the most popular.

While glass bottles are more expensive and cost more to ship, the perception is that the product is of a higher quality.

Many local honey producers use Mason jars purchased at discount stores, such as big Lots.

Honey Categories

Honey is categorized into different categories, depending on extraction method and how it is processed.

Here are three categories of honey typically sold by local producers:

  1. Liquid honey is honey in which the wax capping has been cut and the honey is then extracted using a honey extractor.
  2. Comb honey is honey, which is still contained within its original hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells. This honey has not been subject to processing or filtering
  3. Chunk honey contains one or more honeycomb pieces with extracted honey poured on top. 

Labeling Requirements

All honey sold should have a label that clearly identifies the product as honey. The label must be easily read. You may call your honey “Wildflower Honey” if your bees forage locally, and not on one particular crop. If your bees are pollinating a specific crop or trees, such as sourwood or clover, you may label it as such.

The weight must be indicated in both ounces and grams (excluding the packaging). The weight must be displayed on the lower third of your label.

The label should include your name, address, phone number and website as well.

It is a good idea to put a warning label, reminding folks that children under 12 months should not ingest honey.

Please be sure to check with your state Department of Agriculture for their state-specific labeling requirements.

Marketing

There are more than 500 honey brands available to consumers in the US. Marketing will help you stand out from the competition.

A professional logo will help consumers identify your unique brand. There are many providers, such as Fiverr.com, where you can have a logo made inexpensively.

You can also aim for certifications such as USDA organic, Non-GMO, or “True Source Honey”, a nonprofit that certifies the quality and origins of its members honey. While expensive, these certifications will help you distinguish your brand from others.

Selling Artisan and Varietal Honeys

A good way to differentiate your product from the competition is to offer artisanal and varietal honeys, such as:

  • Acacia Honey
  • Avocado Blossom
  • Orange Blossom
  • Sourwood Blossom

I’ve even seen one marketer offer “Tea Honey”, or honey that is especially good with tea.

One of the latest trends is cannibas infused honey. Please make sure it is legal in your area before selling this type of honey.

The benefit of offering artisan and varietal honey is that you can often charge a premium price, say a dollar or two more than standard wildflower honeys.

Pricing

The best way to come up with a price for your honey is to survey your local market. Go to local grocery stores, farmers markets, health food stores and festivals that sell honey.

Compare prices and then determine what all your costs are to figure your ideal selling price. Consider offering discounts for bigger jars, 2-packs and 3-packs.

Since it’s your brand, you can experiment with different pricing strategies.

Giveaways

Large corporations have used sampling for decades, to introduce products and increase sales.

Simply give away small jars of your honey with all your contact information.

You can target friends and family, local companies and even the local Chamber of Commerce.

Gifts

You can advertise your honey as an ideal gift for birthdays, wedding showers, retirement parties, employee appreciation and anniversaries. 

You might even approach a local gift basket company, encouraging them to include your local honey in their gift baskets.

Fairs and Festivals

Many honey sellers market their honey through fairs and festivals. Demonstration hives are really popular ways to draw a crowd.

Local Retailers

If you are selling to any retailers you must be willing to sell at a wholesale price. You must be careful to not undercut the price your local retailer is selling at.

The advantage to selling to local stores is that you will be selling by the case, instead of by the jar. Local health food stores are good candidates to sell your honey.

Sell on the Web

 Selling on the web is easy and efficient. You can put up a simple website and sell from there, or sell through other platforms, such as Amazon or ebay.com.

Amazon has a program called FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) that lets you ship your honey to amazon’s warehouse, and they handle fulfillment and customer service. This service generally comes at a price, usually 30% of your retail price. 

Selling Benefits and Features of Honey:

Many sellers of honey tend to highlight to health benefits, such as:

Unlike artificial sweeteners, honey contains additional nutritional compounds, like proteins and minerals.

Other marketers promote the local aspect of their honey:

“Every purchase of local honey products benefits your local economy”

Conclusion

Producing and selling your honey is both challenging and rewarding.

The amount of honey you extract and produce may vary from year to year. Building your own brand and varieties of honey takes time and money. You deserve to profit from all your hard work and effort.

Good luck and happy marketing!

 

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Honey Bees Disappearing

Why Are Honey Bees Dying Off? Bees Disappearing, Vanishing …

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The idea of bees disappearing in mass quantities may sound a little eerie, but the vanishing of honey bees is no ghost story: it’s happening right now in real life. Why are the bees dying? Will honey bees go extinct? Scientists and researchers are trying to find out what is causing honey bees to disappear, and they’ve come up with a few reasons why bees are endangered.

Why Are Honey Bees Dying Off and Vanishing?

Why are bees dying out? Scientists can explain why the honey bees are endangered and disappearing, but unfortunately it doesn’t all come back to one cause, but a lot of different factors coming together to wipe out the bee population at a fast rate. Here are a few reasons why the honey bees are dying out.

Bee Disease

Bee Disease Scientists suspect that one reason why the honey bees are dying is disease, mostly due to the attacks of the varroa mite, a bloodsucking parasite that causes viruses and and disease to spread quickly from bee to bee.

Pesticides and Fungicides Endanger Bees

Exposure to Pesticides and Fungicides Another reason for the death of the honey bees is a fairly obvious one. The pesticides and fungicides sprayed on crops are full of toxic chemicals that lead to the bees dying.

You might say, “Why not stop using pesticides then?” The pesticides and fungicides are used to kill off predators of bees, like the harmful varroa mite.

Scientists are trying to come up with ways to get rid of the bad insects without endangering the good ones in the process, but it’s no question too much pesticide is currently being sprayed.

Traces of up to 21 different kinds of pesticides have been found on some bee pollen, which means there are a lot of opportunities to cut down our outrageously high use of chemicals that are harmful to humans and honey bees.

Honey Bee Habitat Also Vanishing

Poor Nutrition and Lack of Honey Bee Habitat Just like all living things, honey bees need plenty of space to live and grow as well as nutritious food to eat. Scientists have found that the amount of natural “meadow” land full of wildflowers and indigenous plants for bees to pollinate is also vanishing, being replaced by plowed land with mostly soybeans and corn. Just like humans, it is not very nutritious for a honeybee to eat soybean and corn all of the time.

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Honey Bees Are Disappearing by the Millions: Here’s Why It Matters …

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Did you know that since 2006, beekeepers have reported losses of 30 to 90 percent of their honey bee colonies each winter? Before 2006, it was ordinary to lose about 10 to 15 percent of the colony during wintertime, but in the last decade, those numbers have jumped off the chart completely. What’s to blame?

Scientists believe Colony Collapse Disorder is responsible for this change of pace, and that’s not just in the U.S., but around the world. European beekeepers are experiencing the same losses as North American beekeepers. CCD occurs when the worker bees of a colony disappear and leave their queen behind along with a few straggling nurse bees left to care for the last few batches of immature bees.

To put in layman’s terms, the worker bees in the colony are up and leaving their leader behind because … well, no one can figure out why. And it matters because so many international agricultural crops are pollinated by western honey bees. Basically, one-third of the food we eat relies on bees for pollination.

Crops like celery, okra, potato, onion, mustard, broccoli, cauliflower, orange, grapefruit, coconut, strawberry, cotton, avocado, peach, pear, and so many more benefit from honey bee pollination, resulting in an industry of over $200 billion in 2005.

Up to 2013, more than 10 million beehives were lost to CCD which is twice the normal rate of hive loss. While the science community is searching for answers, there are no theories that are wholly agreed upon. Everything from pathogens to genetic factors to loss of habitat is on the table with no clear end in sight.

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Help Save The Bees by Planting Flowers

In recent years the decline of bee populations has raised a lot of concern, with more than 40% of honeybee hives lost by beekeepers last year.

Unfortunately, bees have been dwindling in numbers, and it’s directly related to a loss of wildflowers.

There are a lot of different reasons why this is happening, and it ranges from pesticides to natural causes. You may think of bees as nuisances, but without them, the food chain could seriously suffer.

Bees are very important when it comes to agriculture, and if their numbers continue to take a dive, millions of people will not get food. This is not stated to scare you, but rather to help you realize that without an increase in bee populations, dire consequences may loom.

There is hope for a brighter future, and it’s found in a simple idea, planting flowers that attract bees.

Consider the following top flowers to plant that will bring bees back again and again.

Borage

This flower is interesting in that it attracts bee many times over. Bees can visit these flowers often, coming back again and again for more nectar, as it is continually refilled.

Cornflower

One of the most unique flowering solutions is like a little bouquet when in bloom.

It’s cost effective, and bees cannot resist the cluster of small flowers that come through with this option.

Baby’s Breath

The common flowers that are used in bouquets the world over, are easy to plant, and attract plenty of bees. They are bright, vibrant, and create nice visual overflow.

Cosmea

Another easy option to plan, Cosmea will illuminate any outdoor garden area. There are several varieties under this option, one that is easier to plant, if you’re seeking simplicity.

Garden Nasturtium

This medicinally used plant is one for those that want to spread flowers across large spaces.

Larger gardens will benefit from these outright. If you don’t have a great deal of square footage, then you will find some single pot options. The point is, these attract plenty of bees.

Honeywort

Purple and blue flowers attract butterflies to brighten your day, and bees to continue to pollinate.

These can be a bit tricky to get started, but once you’ve figured out the initial steps, you’ll have a great display.

French Marigold and Common Marigold

Two marigolds that are going to help you attract bees will lighten up your garden areas with ease.

The French version can even help with insect issues.

Many pests do not like the French Marigold, so plant it near crops that you’re going to harvest later. Single flower options are best here.

As for the Common Marigold, you’ll find that it’s an easy to grow, simple plant that bees love. These two marigold are easy to find, plant, and deliver on the premise of helping bees.

California Bluebell

If you have dry soil, and want flowers to bloom without a great deal of work, then these are for you. They have great pollen, and will attract bees with little to no effort.

Sunflowers

These large flowers are not only sights to see, they attract bees with ease. They do take a little extra work to get started, and cultivate, but once they are up and in bloom, you will have a great solution to get the population of bees in your area growing.

Simple Gardening Advice

If you’re not sure about all of this, or perhaps don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry. The above options are simple to work with, and don’t require you to have a large garden.

You can work with pots and single flowers; you could have a windowsill solution, or a hanging garden option.

Bee friendly gardening is a matter of simply looking for flowers that grow well in your area, and maintaining them.

Most big box retailers, gardens, and hardware stores have seeds that you can plant and water.

As long as you don’t overdo it with water or soil, you just plant seeds and wait for the flowers to bloom. Once in bloom, you’ll be doing your part to save bees in your area, which is a great thing.

Another thing you can do to save the bees is by becoming a beekeeper. Not only will you be able to pollinate your garden, but you will have the benefits of honey as well.

 

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Bee Sting Remedies

Bee stings are quite annoying for a vast majority of people. While the never really experience any major complications as the result of something like this, they do tend to experience temporary symptoms at the site of the sting such as the following:

  • Sharp pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Warmth

Those who are allergic to bees or who end up getting stung multiple times will experience more problematic, even life-threatening, situations.

Whenever a honeybee stings you, the insect’s stinger is released into your skin. This causes the honeybee to eventually die, and this is the only species of bee that this happens to, as wasps and other species of bees do not lose their stingers after they sting another living thing. Furthermore, they can also sting you more than once if they wish to do so.

If you do end up getting stung, a venomous toxin is then left behind, which can cause not only pain, but other various symptoms as well. There are some people who are actually allergic to this toxin.

A more mild allergic reaction can cause symptoms at the site of the sting such as an increased amount of swelling and extreme redness.

Allergic reactions that are more severe in nature, however, can often result in the following symptoms:

  • Hives
  • Skin that is pale in color
  • Severe itching
  • Tongue and/or throat swelling
  • Having difficulty breathing
  • Increased pulse
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness

If you begin to experience any type of severe allergic reaction after being stung by a bee, it is recommended that you seek medical attention immediately. This is because you may be experiencing something serious such as anaphylactic shock, which is an allergic reaction that can be life-threatening.

Oils and Herbs

There are also various oils and herbs that possess healing properties and which can also potentially help relieve the symptoms of a bee sting. These include the following:

Aloe Vera

This not only helps relieve pain, but also soothes skin as well. If you have an aloe vera plant in your home, all you need to do is simply break off one of the leaves and squeeze out the gel onto the site of the sting.

Calendula Cream

This is an antiseptic that is mostly used to help ease skin irritation and heal minor wounds. To help heal a sting, simply apply the cream directly to the affected area, then cover it with a bandage.

Lavender Essential Oil

This helps to relieve swelling due to its anti-inflammatory abilities. Simply dilute the oil with what’s referred to as a carrier oil (i.e. olive oil or coconut oil). Then, apply just a few drops to the site of the sting.

Tea Tree Oil

This is likely to help ease the pain of a bee sting due to the fact that it is a natural antiseptic. Similar to the process involving lavender essential oil, simply dilute with a carrier oil and apply one drop to the affected area.

Witch Hazel

This is perhaps one of the best herbal remedies for not just bee stings, but other various types of insect bites as well. This is a substance that helps to reduce pain, itching, and swelling. Simply apply the desired amount to the site of the sting as needed.

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Honeybees in Colonial America

Although honeybees are a common sight in America today, they haven’t always called the Western Hemisphere home. English settlers first introduced honeybees to the area in 1622 after realizing how important they were for crop pollination, as well as for providing much needed honey and beeswax.

On a side note, honeybees were referred to as the “White Man’s fly” by Native Americans, who were said to know white men were on their way when they saw them.

Introducing Honeybees to America

According to Richard Brewster, a well-established beekeeper, Black Russians, which were “miserable as the devil”, were originally imported. Considerably smaller than today’s honeybees, they are no longer found in the United States.

Plentiful in England, Black Russians were shipped in skeps, or woven baskets, on an 8-week long journey to their new country. Colonists transported them home by horse wagon.

Later, settlers would track their movements from their watering hole to their tree hive. The tree would be cut down and some of the trunk used as a hive with a removable top to make harvesting honey much easier.

Colonists preferred to use gum trees because their insides rot at a faster rate than any other tree, making plenty of room for the bees to inhabit. These hives were referred to as “bee gums.”

Later, bees would be housed in box hives, clay jars, straw skeps, or anything else nearby, even a coil of rope. In an effort to study them and learn more about them, some people would make honeybees build their nest in a glass vase. This, along with other similar experiences, gave us the opportunity to learn how a hive worked.

At times colonists would place sticks inside the skeps, allowing bees to build comb on them. They would also use wooden box hives with sticks placed inside to create a wax foundation. Unfortunately, it was impossible to remove honey or honeycomb from these containers, so harvesting would lead to the death of the entire bee colony. Additionally, beekeepers were unable to lift the frames and see inside, so it was impossible to know if the queen had died or if parasites had entered.

Colonists waited until the winter months when bees were sleepy to harvest their much needed honey. Using smoke as a distraction, they would cut the comb out and drain the honey from inside. Of course, without any protection, except for possibly a veil to cover their face, they were often stung during the process.

On occasion, a technique known as drumming would be used to extract the bees from the hive. A farmer would place an empty box on top of the hive and bang on it with sticks to get the attention of the bees, who would exit the hive. These left fewer bees to contend with during harvesting.

In time, smart beekeepers designed hives to encourage the queen to lay in certain areas and stay away from others. After realizing that queens prefer to lay in one spot, they hollowed out a space in the middle for her, along with passageways for the other bees. This not only improved the quality of their hives, but also their overall health and honey. Eventually, colonists were able to provide enough honey and beeswax for themselves, as well as their neighbors.

More than 200 years later, honeybees traveled across the United States in swarms, finally arriving on the West Coast.

The Benefits of Bees during Colonial Times

During colonial times, bees were extremely beneficial. For example, when England started taking America, honey was used in place of highly-taxed sugar. They also served as a source of income.

Beeswax was used for making shoe polishes, lipsticks, candles, and even to coat the inside of a wine bottle, making it a top seller. In addition, colonial beekeepers would drink and sell mead, an alcoholic beverage made with honey.

You may be surprised to learn that beehives were originally featured on coins, which just lets you know how important honey was to the colonists.

The Differences between Colonial Beekeeping and Modern Beekeeping

While colonists had to devise a way of getting bee gum out of a tree trunk while angry bees milled around, our modern hives are much easier and safer to harvest from. Our hives also do not ruin the hives or kill the bees. Additionally, colonial beekeepers were unable to maintain their hive during the winter when they would take their honey and kill the bees.

Today it is easy to get bees, as well as hives and all the necessary equipment for beekeeping in a short period of time, thanks to the internet. Unfortunately for colonists, it took plenty of time and effort to track down swarms of bees.

Additionally, honey was used by colonists as their main source of food sweetener, while we tend to use sugar and processed sweeteners instead. Beeswax was used to make candles for lighting because electricity had not yet been invented. Of course, today, candles are more decorative than anything.

The most significant difference between today’s beekeepers and colonial beekeepers involves the introduction of beekeeping suits and beekeeping gloves to prevent stinging.

By comparing beekeeping today with beekeeping during colonial times, it is easy to see why bees were so important at that stage in history. Today, they are just as important, thanks to the delicious honey they produce daily.

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Can Bees Help Fight Cancer?

An ingredient of the venom that is contained in the sting of a bee called melittin has been known for years to have anti-tumor properties. However, before now scientists were unable to find a way to use it because it also attacked vital healthy cells such as red blood cells.can-bees-help-fight-cancer

A breakthrough has now been found as scientists have been able to make use of nanotechnology in order to turn this into a treatment that may help prevent death in some patients that are suffering from cancer.

The treatment works by attaching melittin to nanoparticles which creates something that the researchers have named nanobees. This is then injected into the bloodstream of the patient and the nanobees find the cancer cells which the melittin attacks.

The nanobees are attracted to newly formed blood vessels and this may explain why they seem to search out tumors. The tumor itself will use blood vessels to feed itself and grow.

The advantage that this form of treatment can potentially have over chemotherapy is that the cancer cells are destroyed through a process known as apoptosis which allows the cells to die naturally.

There are forms of chemotherapy that can cause cancer cells to die through external causes and this is more likely to cause damage to other parts of the body.

Use of this treatment could prevent cancer patients suffering the many side effects that chemotherapy brings as it will only be the cancer cells that are targeted.

Experiments using this treatment have so far only been carried out on mice but results have been extremely promising.

In almost all cases the tumors that the mice had either stopped growing or began to shrink when the nanobees were injected into their blood stream.

Experts believe that it may only be another few years before trials can begin with humans.

A synthetic form of melittin will be used and this will help avoid any issues that may arise in patients that are allergic to bee stings.

 

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Homemade Honey Cough Syrup

With cold and flu season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for us to share with our readers the Homemade Honey Cough Syrup recipe.

Honey has been used as a natural and healthy sweetener for ages, since the dawn of man and bees.Homemade Honey Cough Syrup

A great addition to any lemonade or oatmeal, this cupboard staple can now be commonly found in families’ medicine cabinets, as well.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes honey as a viable home-remedy option for anything from a minor cough to an upper-respiratory infection.

The sticky, golden substance creates a soothing layer of film that coats the mouth and throat, alleviating the dry, itchy need to cough.

Not only can this miracle substance help you and your children sleep uninterrupted by dizzying coughing fits, research shows that honey is full of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Turns out ingesting honey to soothe cough or a dry mouth may help an illness slowly subside.

Avoid the lines at your local pharmacy and learn how to create your own, natural and delicious cough remedy.

Our simple recipe calls only for these basic ingredients to begin:

  • raw honey (1 cup)
  • ginger root (1/4 cup)
  • water (1 cup)
  • two lemons (2 tablespoons)

Raw honey is especially important in this recipe, as it is different from any mass-produced honey you’d find on your grocery’s honey cough remedyshelf.

Raw honey is not pasteurized or meddled with in any way – think of it as buying directly from the beekeeper.

Find raw honey at your local grocery store’s organic aisle or farmer’s market. The earthy ginger and citrus of the lemon further aide in soothing cough as well as add yummy flavor.

Kitchen utensils you will need:

  • knife
  • zester (Tip: if unavailable, cheese graters work)
  • medium-sized sauce pan
  • mixing spoon (Tip: spray your spoon with olive oil cooking spray; this will help the honey
  • from sticking too much)
  • measuring cup(s)
  • strainer
  • bowl
  • jar to store the finished product in

Here are the 10 steps to make you homemade honey cough syrup

  1. Pour 1 cup water into your saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. While your water is heating, peel the rough skin of the ginger (all of the flavor and benefits are inside!), and then slice the root. You should have enough slices to fill a 1/4-cup.
  3. Zest the 2 lemons to fill 2 tablespoons (if a little less, that’s fine).
  4. Add the sliced ginger root and lemon zest to boiling water in saucepan.
  5. Turn heat down and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Strain the solution into a bowl and set aside.
  7. Pour 1 cup of raw honey into saucepan, but do not boil. Low heat only.
  8. Add the ginger lemon water into the simmering honey, mixing slowly. If any juice left in lemons from earlier, feel free to squeeze generously, minding the seeds.
  9. Keep on low heat and stir routinely until a desired texture is reached.
  10. Let cool and pour cough syrup into container.

Dosage and Storage:

  • For toddlers, 1 to 5 years of age: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon every two hours
  • For children, 5-12 years of age: 1 to 2 teaspoons every two hours
  • For children 12+ and adults: 1 to 2 teaspoons every four hours

And good news!

Because honey is a natural preservative, your couch syrup should have a 2-3 month shelf life, if not longer.

Keep the remedy covered and refrigerated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raising Queen Honey Bees

Careful management promotes healthy honeybees – Western Farm Press

Ray Olivarez says his bee business is not typical. He owns and operates Olivarez Honeybees near the Glenn County, Calif. community of Orland.

Though he pretty much does it all – rearing queen honeybees for commercial sale, selling package bees to other beekeepers and leasing bees for pollination – his success is seen in his sustainability.

With annual losses in the range of 10 percent, versus the 30-50 percent reportedly common throughout the rest of the bee industry, he’s got a point.

 

Don has yet another way to make queens. The method could not be easier.

http://www.honeybeesonline.com Thanks for watching another Long Lane Honey Bee Farms video and today we’ll follow a frame of grafts for new queens.

Local Beekeeper is as Busy as His Bees

You could say that Marty Hanks is as busy as a bee.

Hanks owns and runs, “Just Bee Apiary,” a chemical-free business that focuses on raising and managing colonies of honey bees. The 30 hives on his Chapel Hill farm account for half of his inventory, while the other 30 hives are spread across rooftops and Raising Queen Honey Beesbalconies in Pittsboro, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

“We who live in a house or have land are all beekeepers by default because we have resources they can choose,” Hanks said.

The bee population has been declining over the past 40 years, with the most drastic decreases happening since 2000. According to Bee Informed, the leading bee research group in America, U.S beekeepers lost 44 percent of their total colonies between April of 2015 and March of 2016. Hanks attributes the loss of bees to several factors, including a loss of habitat and food resources. But the most deadly threat to the bees he said, can be found in your garage.

“Homeowners are buying products, the DOT is spraying and the power companies are spraying. So suddenly we’re looking at this widespread use of products.”

Those products include harmful pesticides that start a chain reaction for the bees, Hanks says, forcing them to travel farther for their food, and return with less.

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