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Psalms from the Hive, by Jeannie Saum

Chill in the air

Trees and birds prepare

For winter’s freeze.

Germs abound, 

Inside and out.

Wise ones use

An ounce of prevention!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

Fall is upon us with its cool, crisp and refreshing weather, beautiful changing leaves, and many chance for outdoor fun.  But it also means colder air, dampness, and shutting ourselves indoors at times, with dry, heated and stale air.  It’s a time when germs and viruses seem to populate and insert themselves into our previously healthy bodies.  Kids get exposed to all kinds of germs at school.  We bring home germs from work. No matter what precautions we take, inevitably, someone in the family gets sick.  And once one person is sick, it seems to make its rounds to everyone!  What’s a parent to do?

The good news is, the honeybees make something wonderful that can be used as a preventative dietary supplement to keep your family healthy!  Propolis is a sticky substance the bees make from tree resin.  In the trees, this resin keeps the bud from getting viruses,

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propolis on top of frames

fungus, and bacteria.  Once mixed in the bees’ bodies and used to coat every surface inside the hive, bee propolis keeps bacteria, viruses and fungus molds and yeasts from growing in and infecting the hive.  In the fall, the bees continue to add layers of propolis to keep the hive germ-free, seal cracks and insulate for winter.  An experiment done by researchers at The University of Minnesota found that bees housed in a nest box coated with propolis had lower bacterial loads in their body and also ‘quieter’ immune systems compared to the colonies with no propolis coating. Seventy years of research on bee propolis indicates that this substance can also do the same for us!  Propolis can boost our immune system and overall wellness, as well as kill many bacteria and viruses.

Propolis provides general immune system support.   Propolis actually stimulates the immune system and raises the body’s natural resistance. Its antimicrobial properties suppress harmful bacteria and infections.  This powerhouse substance contains 500 times more bioflavonoids than is found in oranges. Flavonoids have strong antioxidant properties and help to protect cells from free radicals and cell mutations.  Propolis contains all the known vitamins, except vitamin K.   Propolis contains 13 of the 14 minerals our bodies reauire, with the exception of sulfur.  You don’t have to swallow a whole handful of vitamins and minerals.  Instead, you can use about 10 drops( about a half-dropperful) of 10% propolis oil or tincture, daily,  to strengthen your immune system and supply your body with ample antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  And kill those nasty germs before they get established in your body!

 

 Our four  generations of family members and close friends (ages 5-84)  have diligently taken daily propolis during the cold months,  for over four years now.  We can honestly tell you that there have been only 2 visits to the doctor, in these four years, for common ailments among over twenty friends and family.  We triple our dose to three times a day, if we feel like an illness is coming on, and typically symptoms are gone in 1-2 days.  We have staved off upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, migranes, ear infections, colds, cough, and sore throats.
But don’t just take our word for it.  There is much research about propolis as an immune system booster and on its effectiveness against staff, strep, rhinovirus (common cold), upper respiratory infections, chronic ear infections, and many other illnesses.
Here are some links to this research.  To get the general gyst of the articles, read the abstract at the beginning and the summary at the end!

Psalm 132

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion;  he has desired it for his dwelling place:
14 “This is my resting place forever;  here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provisions;  I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 Her priests I will clothe with salvation,  and her saints will shout for joy.
17 There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
18 His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.”

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Our Hives are Hoppin’!

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by Jeannie Saum

How many hives can the  honey bees make

If the bees make it through the winter?

Five hives?   Ten hives?  Fifteen? Twenty?

We’re up to twenty-one!

Swarms caught, splits made, nuc boxes full

And five boxes of honey to pull!

 

Clover, Bee, and Revery

It’s been IMG_3311quite a spring with our bees, and we feel like we are finally  getting the hang of things after 5 years of beginning beekeeping and many conferences and beekeeper meetings  where we get tons of helpful information.

 

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At the Dotson Apiary, they had four  hives make it through the winter an20150522_104446d these were thriving and multiplying in early spring.  In the Saum Apiary, we had three make it, but they started the spring out kind of small and weak.  We were happy with the survival rate, compared to last year.

 

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At the Saum Apiary, we had  a small disaster in the last snow and wind storm in February.  Our tarp wind break broke loose at one end and whipped around in the wind, knocking off the covers of three hives.  We didn’t find this out for several hours, so those bees probably succumbed to the cold and lack of protection.

 

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We’ve been out in our hives every two weeks, installed four new nuc (5 frame starter hives from an experienced beekeeper with overwintered bees and queens), caught a swarm from one of our hives, captured a swarm after a call from a neighbor, and made five hive splits from the Dotson’s booming hives and started 3 nucs with queen cells we found.

 

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We’ve also been building massive amounts of  extra equipment – boxes and frames – so we have extra boxes to put on our hives as they grow and make honey during the summer and fall.  Our daughter said our dining room looks like a bee supply company threw up in it!

 

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And next week, we will have five boxes of spring honey to harvest!  We’ll keep you posted as to when that is ready!

 

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And remember, BEEpothecary is back open for business, with a 15% off coupon code  reopen15.  Get to our online market with the tab at the top of the page “Our Products”

Jeremiah 31

10“Hear the word of the Lord, you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’
11 For the Lord will deliver Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they.
12 They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord
the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more.
13 Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
14 I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,” declares the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faithfulness – a Blessing to BEEpothecary

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Faithfulness, a quality sought

In  family, customers, friends.

They stick around during the hard times

Encouragement, they send.Delawaremay14

They keep us going

When we want to give up

Standing by, holding us up.

 

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Faithful Customers, family and friends , you kept us going!  All during the few months we have received DAILY calls from you, our faithful customers, believers in all things BEE!  While we hated telling you that we did not have products for you at that time, we have to tell you that it is your phone calls that have kept us encouraged and pursuing getting up and running quickly!

Your calls and stories of health successes with bee propolis, continued to remind us of why we were doing this.  More than creating a small business that might provide us with a little extra income for retirement, our number-one desire is to passionately promote these incredible bee resources to help others discover and experience the many health benefits from hive products.

It is so exciting to hear your stories and build relationships with you all.  We thank you for support and encouragement over the last

Jeannie and Steve Saum, Peter and Laurie Dotson

Jeannie and Steve Saum, Peter and Laurie Dotson

few months!  We look forward to serving you with these incredible products, getting to know you better, and hearing your stories of

success – keep them coming!

Bless you,

Jeannie, Steve, Laurie, and Peter

 

P. S. My daughter turned me on to this suggestion that is going around on Facebook.  If you want to know what a true and faithful friend is, try putting a friend’s name in this verse, in the place of the word LOVE and its pronouns.  See if it rings true for that person in your life.

 When we consider you all, it does!

1 Corinthians 13

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

Grand Re-Opening – BEEpothecary is Back!

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with the amazing BEE PROPOLIS

and other hive resources, are available at

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or at BEEppothecary’s home office

 3320 Toy Road, Groveport, Ohio

call ahead for appointment – 1-614-450-2339


Coming Soon!

BEEpothecary will be available at our partner Store Fronts within the next few weeks! Stay tuned for the announcement!

 

State and Third Boutiques – Shoppes at Capitol Square

Urban Emporium – Main St.,  Bexley

Simply Vague – Polaris & Tuttle Malls

River’s Edge Cutlery – Hilliard

Garden Herb Shop – Canal Winchester

Blystone Farm Market – Oregon Rd., Canal Winchester

The Well, Lancaster

Joshua 6

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.

March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.

Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.

When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout;then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times.

16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!

17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[a] to the Lord.

20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the Lord.

Tucking in our Bees for Winter

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

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Insulate the hive and top?

Feed them syrup?

Block the wind?

What’s the best way 

For us to tend?

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

Last year ago in the fall, we argued back and forth about what to do to our bees to prepare for winter.  Just as every beekeeper you talk to has different ideas about how to prepare hives for winter, so, too, Steve and I had differing opinions.  We had lost 2 out of 4 the previous winter, and I thought we should do something proactive to the hives.  Steve, on the other hand, felt that if bees can survive in nature, in a tree, through the winter, that the less done to them the better.  Round and round we went over this.  Our county bee inspector came in the fall, and he felt the hives looked good, and that even the small hive might make it, since they would need less honey stores.  He made a few recommendations about how many boxes to reduce down to and how many frames of honey they would need.  In the end, Steve’s way won out.  We did nothing except leave honey in the hives and feed them some sugar syrup in the fall.

Winter came with a vengeance last winter, as you all may remember.  We had long periods of time with temperatures well below freezing, many days of below zero weather, lots of wind and snow.  Then suddenly, for a day or two, it would warm up to the 50’s and then – Wham! – back to below zero.  This weather played havoc on trees, shrubs, perennials and the bees.  

Bees stay warm in the winter by forming a tightly packed cluster around the queen.  By quivering their flight muscles to generate heat, they keep their cluster and the queen in the middle at close to a toasty 90º!  The bees in the outer layer stay between 48º to 57º.  The bees on the outer layer eat honey from the frames for energy, then move toward the center to get warmer, while the bees in the core move toward the outside to get honey.  But if the body temperature grows colder than 48º, they can’t move their flight muscles, and fall off the cluster and die.

Last winter, with the wildly fluctuating temperatures and the periods of bitter cold, our bees did not fair well.  When the weather warms up to 50º, the bees break cluster and go out for a cleansing flight (they do not defecate in the hive).  Then when the temperature drops rapidly to below freezing, as it did last winter, the bees often can not get the cluster formed and warmed quickly enough.  We lost all but one hive at both the Saum’s  and the Dotson’s apiaries.  We were bummed!  At $95 for a package of bees, beekeeping is an expensive endeavor, especially when they die every winter.

So, this year, Jeannie will get her way.  Doing nothing last winter resulted in a 92% loss, so th20140615_135218is year, we’re doing it my way!!  I wanted to try several things we have heard about at beekeeping conference we’ve been to this past year.  Steve and I made hive blankets on day on my lovely dining room table!  These are shallow boxes with a screen bottom and filled with wood chips.  They go on the top of the hive to catch condensation dripping from the lid.  This condensation  forms in the winter when the heated air from the cluster rises and hits the cold lid of the hive.  If this moisture drips on the bees, they die.  So we are hoping this blanket of wood chips will absorb the moisture and keep the bees dry.

One day in early November, Laurie and I went out and wrapped hives in black roofing tar paper, while Steve cooked more  sugar syrup for the bees.  The black paper helps the hive stay warm through solar gain from the sun on the black paper.  We had intended to staple the tar paper on with our pneumatic stapler, but found it went right through the paper.  So we ended up tying it on with string around the hive.   We added buckets of more syrup to feed until the temperature dropped below freezing, and then moved on to Laurie and Pete’s apiary to do the same.

A few weeks later, we added Styrofoam sheets inside the lids, to further insulate, and drilled a top entrance hole in each hive to help with ventilation – to further control the moisture.  Steve and I also added a T-post and tarp wind break about 3 feet behind the hives, on the west side.

I’ve heard a beekeeper say that the bees are dying  a “death by a thousand cuts” – meaning that there are so many factors that hurt the bees from pollution to pesticides to weather, to lack of forage to viruses and mites, ,.   Hopefully, we have reduced the “cuts” a bit by preparing our hives with these winterizing tactics and are giving our bees a little better chance.

And now we wait…

 

 Deuteronomy 30

15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.

16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them,

18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

What I know about the Creator of the BEES

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum, with apologies to King David

by Rebekah Saum

“Let me tell you ’bout the birds and the bees

And the flowers and the trees

And the moon, up above,

And a thing called love…”

What I’m gonna tell you,

Is not from a song,

But from a Book of Love

Penned long ago.

Something I know in my heart to be true,

About the birds and the bees

And me and you.

348sCorny, I, know, but it says what I want it to say, as an introduction to what I am about to share.  I am sitting at my computer at 7:00 AM on a Tuesday morning. So, what’s the big deal?  I AM RETIRED!  I don’t need to be up at 7:00 AM!  I had forgotten that 7:00 AM even existed!  But here I sit, fortifications of coffee and hot cream of wheat beside me, feeling convicted to write something I know was placed on my heart to share.

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by Rebekah Saum

This entry is going to be different from most I write.  While it is marginally about the bees, I am writing for a different purpose  than usual, and about a subject, a truth that makes some uncomfortable.  I am giving you permission right here, to stop reading this entry, now or at any time through it. I promise, I will still love you, if I know you and if I don’t know you, I won’t hold it against you!  Now I am a first-born, left brained,  bossy princess daughter, who often thinks she knows everything, can figure out or  fix anything and is (almost) always right.  ( And just realized, raised by not one, but TWO oldest child, bossy parents who alternately were  know-it-all, information junky , analyze everything, fix anything, brilliant people .  – Double Whammy!)   So not cramming this down your throat might seem unusual.  But I am also an insecure, people-pleasing, family fixer, child of an alcoholic, who doesn’t really want to offend anyone and desperately wants you to like me!  So I am going out on a limb, here, by sharing this and by giving you permission to reject, dismiss or disagree, up front.  I don’t really want to share what I believe has been revealed to me, but I am compelled.  And I know that the Creator of the birds and the bees, the universe – my God – who has created me in his image;  gives me, and all of his creation, that free will to accept and know; or disagree, dismiss and reject the truth.  So I am just  passing that  permission on to you.  But I am getting ahead of myself, a bit.

tumblr_m8lht0IpGp1ro78jvo1_500-6603.pngI was wakened from a sound sleep at 6:15 this morning by a dream, and (yes, I confess) a night-sweat, and the un-ignorable urge to go to the bathroom!  🙂 ). TMI?  Sorry, I tend to be a little casual and overly transparent about my reality!   As usual, I can’t remember most of what my dream was about, but I do remember that I was in some kind of life or death crisis and sharing with another person, what was on my heart about life and death.  Once I got back in bed, I lay there, in that half in-half-out state of dreaming; sort of analyzing my dream, thinking about what I was thinking, going over it and over it in my head.  Our incredible brain can be very strange…

After laying there for about 30 minutes in this state of rambling and confusion, I had a sudden moment of clarity: I KNEW I had been given an answer to a prayer I had been praying for years.  It didn’t come from my intellectual study, or my brilliance, or my work, or my efforts.  I JUST KNEW!  It was a gift.   And needed to get up and write it down, right away, before it slipped away.  So here I sit…praying for my God’s wisdom, clarity, and truth and praying I don’t offend those I love.

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I am a God believer, a Christ’s-sacrifice-saved believer, an imperfect sinner, seeking Holy Spirit- giving- me- daily-strength believer.  I wasn’t always so.  I was raised in the 60’s, on evolution, agnosticism, war strategy( (military brat) and war protests, rock and roll, and flower power.  I thought Jesus Freaks were over-the-top weird.  Yet I had an urge to go to church as a child, dragged my mother there sub_page52_picture0and asked to be baptized, not really knowing or understanding why. As a teen, I viewed my Christian “saved” friends as opinionated and pushy and brushed their sharings aside.  Oddly, it was years later, in an Al-Anon meeting, with its God-inspired, collective wisdom, that I first really believed and understood.  (What God has planted by one, will be watered by others) Sitting in a room of others trying to make meaning out of the struggles of life, my mind and heart were suddenly filled with the KNOWING that there was a “higher power”, GOD, who was in control of my life, who created me, who loved me, who was watching over me, who had a purpose for me and all the things that had and would happen to me.   He was infinitely bigger, wiser, more powerful than this little me.  And He was infinitely more  capable of taking care of me and those that I loved, than I was.  An indescribable sense of peace, relief and trust washed over me, and I KNEW, THAT I KNEW,  THAT I KNEW  that this was true.  This KNOWING didn’t come from my own strength or brilliance or any thing I did.  It was a gift – from a holy, just, all-powerful, all-wise GOD of the universe.

I latched on to Romans 8:28 as my “life verse” from that moment and struggle daily, in the ups and downs of life, to practice and believe that “All things work for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.”  I don’t do it perfectly or even well, most days.  But I pray each day, that God will teach me what I need to know and use the good things and bad things that life sends my way, to teach me his truths and mold me more into his image through them.  I have come to know that his ways are not our ways and the mind of God cannot be understood, he is so far above us.  But he loves us,  wants good for us, and can bring blessings out of tragedies to 6a0133f0b2fdc2970b014e8805c542970dmake us more holy like he is – just like he gives us the blessing of spending eternal life with him, through the tragic sacrifice of his only son, Jesus.  We get out of jail free, relieved of our sin-sentence, because Jesus took our punishment, paid our fine, did our time and suffered our death penalty!  A just and holy God, made a way that was previously impossible, for us to be free of our sin-debt, pure and righteous enough  to stand in his presence, and to live eternally basking in his holiness and peace.  You may not understand this, but I hope someday you will.   In fact you will probably think that I am nuts, and stop here. I hope someday But that is a chance I am compelled to take.

Through the years in my walking with Jesus, I have prayed for a way to comfortably share my faith, my KNOWING with  others – those I know and love, and those I don’t know.  I’ve never been comfortable doing this – fearing judgment, rejection and offending someone.  Always feeling like I have to see others’ sides to the faith issue, accept that others’ believe there are other ways to God, and do what is politically correct!  I have been reluctant and uncomfortable sharing  my faith and always marveled at people who could strike up this kind of conversation with a stranger on a plane, without offending.  Yet all the while, I knew God asks all of us to spread the Good News about Jesus – the embodiment of his love for us.  Early this morning, I think I got my answer.

Through my dream, I realized that what God was asking of me, what just what he had done with me.  He didn’t hit me over the head with hediedforyouhis truth.  He didn’t get mad when I dismissed or disagreed.  He just kept putting the truth out there, sending it through; books, and speakers, and churches, and videos and events  good and bad, and strangers and his Holy Bible and friends (whom I call the “rescuing Eskimos of life” – but that’s a whole ‘nother story). From this dream, I realized that it is his model of sharing the truth that I need to use.  Just put it out there, with the message that this is what I KNOW TO BE TRUE.   But knowing  that you are free to accept or reject, take or leave, agree or disagree, ponder or dismiss.  I will still like and love you, no matter what, just like all those years God loved me while I wandered in the wilderness of confusion and tried to figure it out on my own.  God loved me enough to pursue me and risk rejection.  I must love God enough to do what he has asked of me.  And love you, family, friends and even strangers,  enough to risk your rejection. Love you enough to tell you the TRUTH I KNOW because I want you to have the gift I have, the eternal life promised, the purpose of living this life and the peace in your heart that can not be explained.

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20141015_131129I can’t look into a bee hive with all its intricacies and perfection and not believe in a creator GOD. Only an intelligent-beyond-all-we-can-imagine GOD could have created these incredible creatures with their amazing abilities:

 

 

 

to build tiny hexagonal cells all exactly the same;

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to make nutritional and healing honey;

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to mix up the antimicrobial, healing propolis out of tree resin;

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to navigate their environment to find food and resources for their fellow bees;

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and to live in a highly organized community where each member has a job to do and works together for the prosperity of all. 20141015_131149

 

 

 

 

 

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A beautiful, complex building, an architectural wonder, didn’t just design and build it self.  It didn’t happen by accident. It was designed by an architect with vision, expertise and brilliance and built by those with intelligence, skill and tenacity.

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by Rebekah Saum

by Rebekah Saum

 

I KNOW that my bees, in all their perfection,complexity and ingenuity were created by GOD, not by happenstance.

So watching and working with the bees validates and confirms what I KNOW to be true:

that GOD created the birds and the bees,

and me and you.

There, I said it and shared it.

And you are free to believe or not.

But I KNOW he is right here waiting for you…

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Psalm 139:13

15 For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Jeremiah 1

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,   before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

 

Cleaning Propolis – an Update

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Psalms from the Hive

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raw propolis

by Jeannie Saum

Harvesting propolis from the hive – Like mining gold from ore.

Claiming what’s of value, According to the lore

Saving all the sticky goo, Picking out the chaff

What bees use to sterilize, We can use to heal a rash.

 

 Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

We have been taught a new way to clean propolis, from our beekeeper friend Dwight.  He has  hundreds of hives and supplies us with a lot of propolis!  So we are updating this post with the news information about how to clean propolis.  Messy, but much easier than hand picking out all the debris!

Two Ways to Collect Propolis

  1. propolis2From spare hive bodies and frames (pulled off for winter) – Scrape propolis from hive bodies and frames using a hive tool.  Do it outside or in the garage.
    • It’s good to put down a drop cloth, because propolis tends to chip off and fly everywhere.  Using a hive cover turned upside down, to work over, catches most of it and drop cloth will catch the rest.
    • Don’t scrape all the propolis from hive bodies the bees are using!  They need it to keep the hive healthy.  As you inspect, only scrape away propolis that is in your way, or prevents you from getting frames back down in in the box!  S ave this propolis, too.
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    scraping propolis from a propolis trap

    Propolis traps -Put trap on top box of frames and block up lid with stick or thumb tacks- You have to do this to let light in, so they will fill up holes to block light.  Otherwise it is just up against the cover and they won’t fill it.  No inner cover needed.

    • Once trap is full, pull off, put  trap in large trash bag, and put in freezer.
    • Once frozen, you can bend, twist and whack most of the propolis off the trap, inside the bag.  
    • You still may need to scrape or pick some out of the trap using a hive tool.

Storage

  •  Keep any propolis you collect in a plastic bag or closed container in the freezer until you have finished collecting and are ready to clean it.  
  • Try not to let it get too warm or it will glob together.  Much easier to clean when crumbly in little pieces.

To Clean Propolis

WORK OUTSIDE!  Remember, whatever you use to do this, (except the garden hose), you will never be able use for anything else.  It must be dedicated to cleaning propolis, because you will never get it completely clean! You will need:

  • hammer
  • strong plastic bags or several grocery store bags
  • tarp,
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • garden hose
  • strainer or a piece of window screen for straining
  • rubber gloves if you don’t want propolis strains on your hands or under your nails
  • second  piece of window screen for drying out the propolis on.

Steps to Cleaning

breaking up frozen propolis

breaking up frozen propolis

  1. Work outside!  Lay out place outside with tarp if needed – don’t want propolis all over your walk or concrete driveway!
  2. Take propolis baggies out of freezer.Put baggie in stronger bags (feed bags work well) or layers of bags.  
  3. On a hard surface, smash the frozen propolis into the smallest pieces you can.20160511_151835
  4. Put an inch of water in the 5 gal. bucket so propolis won’t stick to bottom and put smashed propolis in the bucket. 
  5. Use the garden hose to fill the pot with cold water. Swish the propolis around with your hands several
    times.  This frees up the debris – like bee parts, beeswax, wood shavings, paint, etc.  Most of this will float.

    straining out debris

    straining out debris

  6. Let the propolis settle to the bottom. Add water slowly to the top of the bucket. Then skim the debris off the top with a wire strainer or screen.
  7. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until no more debris floats to the top. ( You will never get ALL the debris out.  There may still be tiny pieces of paint or whatever.  This will be strained out in the infusing process)
  8. pouring propolis onto screen to dry

    pouring propolis onto screen to dry

    Pour off most of the water, leaving the propolis in the bucket.

    stirring propolis as it dries

    stirring propolis as it dries

  9. Place a piece of screen on a board, cookie sheet, or patio table and pour the propolis onto the screen, allowing the water to drain off and the propolis the dry. Every so often mix the propolis on the screen to help speed up dry process.
  10. Once completely dried, then put propolis in quart to gallon size freezer bag and freeze until ready to mail!

 

Selling Propolis

Call us to let us know you are ready to send propolis.  We pay $30 a pound for clean propolis.  Less if we have to clean it. 614-450-2339

Mail to:  BEEpothecary, 3320 Toy Road, Groveport, OH 43125

Please add a card or note with your name, phone number, address, and the weight of propolis you are sending.  We will inspect it, weigh it and then send you a check. If we have any question we will call you right away.

Making Your Own  Propolis Infusions

 

There are instructions on other posts on this blog site, that tell you how to make prop

infusing propolis at home

infusing propolis at home

olis oil or tincture.  Just search those topics to find our how-to.  Be forewarned from our own experience – making propolis at home for your own use is perfectly legal.  But in order to sell it, one must make it in an FDA/ODA ( or your state) certified production space, follow labeling laws for dietary

 

supplements, and let your state’s Dept. of AG. know what you intend to do.  Lots of hoops to jump through.

Be sure that whatever you use to make your own tincture or infused oil in, it needs to be a container you don’t care about and with utensils you don’t need to reclaim!  You won’t be able to ever get them clean again! Just plan on dedicating them to the making of propolis products.

And, you can reuse the propolis several times.  Just add a little more to replace the weight of what was infused in the first batch.  You can test the viability of propolis by putting a tsp. of the used propolis you’ve filtered out, into a cup of milk and let it sit out for 3-4 days.  If the milk doesn’t spoil, the propolis is still good.

Propolis Infusions

Propolis Infusions

If you don’t want to make your own, you can get the amazing benefits of propolis by purchasing any of our products.  Go to our online market using the link/tab at the top of the page.

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Deuteronomy 28 

1 “Now if you faithfully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all His commands I am giving you today, the Lord your God will put you far above all the nations of the earth.

All these blessings will come and overtake you, because you obey the Lord your God:

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
Your descendants will be blessed, and your land’s produce, and the offspring of your livestock, including the young of your herds and the newborn of your flocks.
Your basket and kneading bowl will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

“The Lord will cause the enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you. They will march out against you from one direction but flee from you in seven directions.

The Lord will grant you a blessing on your storehouses and on everything you do. He will bless you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

The Lord will establish you as His holy people, as He swore to you, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.

10 Then all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by Yahweh’s name, and they will stand in awe of you.

11 The Lord will make you prosper abundantly with children, the offspring of your livestock, and your land’s produce in the land the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.

12 The Lord will open for you His abundant storehouse, the sky, to give your land rain in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow.

13 The Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you will only move upward and never downward if you listen to the Lord your God’s commands I am giving you today and are careful to follow them.

14 Do not turn aside to the right or the left from all the things I am commanding you today, and do not go after other gods to worship them.

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