VSBA Master Beekeeper Study Guides
Hive Product Recipes and Instructions
Honey Lavender Bee Sting Remedy
Mix well and apply to affected area. Cover with a cloth and ice pack for 15 minutes then rinse.
Honey is a natural antibiotic, the baking soda neutralizes the bee venom (which is a form of formic acid) lavender is a soothing compound and the olive oil helps the mixture to spread.
For more remedies like this see the links to:
Winter Hive Tips
Cooking with Honey
Apitherapy (Bee Sting Therapy):
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Essential Oils by John Steffel
Make your desired syrup...
If you heated it, let it cool before adding any essential oils (EO) or they will just evaporate.
Add a couple of drops of the EO you want to use. 2-3 drop of each per gallon. Mix thoroughly. Feed the bees.It should NOT have a 'knock you over' scent to it.
Food grade, NOT aroma therapy.
Tea Tree is a good all around anti fungal, anti bacterial
Peppermint, Lavender, or Spearmint seem to work well and they smell good too. There is no need to use all of them at once either.
Wintergreen also works but be sure not to make it too strong.
Lemongrass mimics the queen pheromone so treat it like the attractant it is. Be prepared for possible robbing.
Use a chamomile tea bag in the hot water
Two glugs of lemon juice per gallon
Mineral salt... a pinch per gallon NOT table salt because of the iodine
Premix the oils and water in a blender.. 5 mins on high.. You end up with a milky white solution that can then be kept in it's own bottle for future use. This makes a concentrate pre-mix, so add about a teaspoon of the mix per gallon. I use a plastic jug to get the syrup to the hives and I've noticed the bottle itself sometimes has a strong EO smell. I alternate a batch of just syrup every so often and it cuts down on the buildup. My thinking is if it makes me jerk my nose away, the bees would not enjoy having it in their house either.
Feed them until you put the supers on, then start again after harvesting your honey. You don't have to feed all the time but you can if you need or want to.
Swarms are particularly helped by this. They have to build all their comb, so all their comb is 'treated' as well.
Sources / References:
Bee careful on the internet. Just because somebody can make a video and talks about bees, it does NOT mean they really know what they are talking about.
Scientific Research Articles
Honey Bee Lab University of Maryland http://www.vanengelsdorpbeelab.com/current-research.html
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