Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Traveled to Michigan, to vend our wares

Shared with other  beekeepers while we were there.

Learned some new things, taught some, too.

And had some good questions to find the answers to.

 

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

We traveled to East Lansing Michigan this past weekend to attend the Michigan Beekeepers’ Conference at MSU.  We went last year and kind of consider it the birthplace of our new business.  It was during that weekend that we came up with a name and finalized ideas and direction for our bee products venture.  This year, we met up again with Laurie’s twin sis,Deb and her husband Ray, also beekeepers, to enjoy the conference together.  We also were vendors of our bee hive products at the event.

We had a great time learning from veteran beekeepers, spending time with friends, and sharing our passion for bee products with customers.  We had a few questions that we did not know the answers to, so I had to come home and do some research right away!  One question we had was from a lady who wanted to know what propolis product she could put in her eyes, to cure cataracts!  She said she had heard at one session that propolis could cure cataracts.  We told her emphatically that one should not put anything that is not 100% sterile and proven safe, in one’s eyes!  And that also goes for inhaling anything non-sterile into one’s lungs!   In all the research I had done, I had not seen anything about propolis and cataracts.

But I found it today.  However, propolis WAS NOT put into the eyes!  In a study using mice with a sodium-selenite- type of cataract, scientists injected propolis extract subcutaneously, for 3 days, along with the sodium selenite.  These mice did not develop cataracts like those injected with just the soium -selenite.  But again, this study was done on mice and on only one kind of cataract.  Not something I would recommend people try!

The other question we had was how much protein is in a tablespoon of bee bread.  This question came from a young man who must monitor his protein intake carefully.  I dug up some nutrition facts, so I could figure this out.  Here are the nutrition charts for pollen and honey, the components of bee bread.   1 TBS of our bee bread will have .9 grams of protein, 14.6 carbs, 60 calories and .07 grams of fat.  The Recommended Daily Allowance of protein is 56 grams per day for men and 46 grams per day for women.

Joshua 22

But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

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