Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Put learning into practice

The wise Book says

So I’m making a concoction

Hope to help a loved one out.

Clover, Bee and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.

At the Beekeepers conference, I learned about bee bread.  It’s made in the hive by the bees, of course. But you can also make it outside the hive, with human hands. Pollen is a high source of protein – higher than beef!  And like the other hive products, it has many other benefits.  It is said to help with many illnesses, as well as being great for an energy boost.  Athletes use it to prep for a race.  With that information under my belt, I decided to  buy some pollen at the vendor’s fair, bring it home, and make some!  (And we definitely have to start collecting pollen ourselves from our hives! )

My motivation, besides and energy booster for Steve and I, is our daughter-in-law, who suffers from gastroperisis – a sluggish emptying of the stomach which causes pain and digestion problems.  And then there’s our son, who has chronic acid, reflux, and irritated esophagus even at his young age. Bee bread is pollen mixed into honey and then left to sit for 2 weeks.  The pollen has a very hard coat and one cannot get the full nutritional and healing benefits from it, unless the coat is broken down.  Putting it in the honey makes that happen, and that is just what the bees do.

So, yesterday, I got out some of our honey and the pollen we had bought.  I mixed honey and  pollen in a 2:1 ratio.  Later, I read a different recipe of 3:1, so I may add more honey to make the pollen go further.  After mixing, I put it into wide-mouthed containers and set it back in our “Bee Room” office/den.  There it will sit for a few weeks to meld.

I’m going to encourage Ashley and Nate to take a spoonful each morning and evening for a month and see if it helps their digestive problems.  If it works as well as the propolis we’ve used for every ailment under the sun, it should help!

Proverbs 16

20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,  and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

21 The wise in heart are called discerning,  and gracious words promote instruction.

22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,  but folly brings punishment to fools.

23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,  and their lips promote instruction.

24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,  sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.