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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

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gardening

What do I want to do when I grow up?

My answer always was

Grow flowers and herbs,

Make wreaths and such

But bees and chickens?

Not even a thought!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

 

For many, many,  years, as a second grade teacher, I did a get-to-know-you activity with my students during the first week of school.  We designed All About Me T-shirts (on paper), adding different pictures and details about ourselves, to share with other classmates.  One section was to draw a picture of what they wanted to do when they grew up.  I always did a shirt design, too, and the kids thought it was funny that I drew something for “what I want to do when I grow up”.  I explained to them, that mine referred to when I retired, and could choose what I wanted to do with that part of my life.  What did I draw?  – always something to represent herbs,  flowers, and wreaths.  I saw myself growing herbs and making dried arrangements and wreaths with my herbs and everlasting flowers – something I loved doing, but just never seemed to have time for while teaching.

chickweed to harvest

chickweed to harvest

So here I am, 2 years retired, and what do I find myself doing?  I’m out in the garden, planting and weeding and harvesting herbs and flowers!  But not for making wreaths and dried arrangements.  Instead, it’s for use use in our BEEpothecary products, to compliment the amazing bee propolis!  It hit me today, as I was out harvesting lemon balm, oregano,  calendula, comfrey, lovage, thyme, mint and yarrow,  that I AM doing pretty much what I said I wanted to do when I grew up!  Pretty cool!  Of course the beekeeping and making beehive products were not even a blip on the radar when I was teaching.  The beehive products and a business to boot, not even an idea in our minds when we first got bees!  We just wanted pollination for our gardens and some honey!  Little did we know that some reading and research would lead us in this direction.  Our BEEpothecary adventure is an exciting, unanticipated addition to this next phase of life.

I’ve used herbs myself medicinally, for years, when doctors couldn’t help me or traditional medicine didn’t work.  And I’ve grown herbs and flowers for decades, but never really did much with them, because I just didn’t have time.  The harvest usually came in late August, right when I was heading back to the grind of getting ready for a new school year.  This year, with a great

Starting our herb infused oils

Starting our herb infused oils

A big batch of lemon balm in olive oil

A big batch of lemon balm in olive oil

spring and summer of warmth and rain, I ‘ve been able to harvest my herbs once already,  and today – a beautiful 75 degrees – I was able to harvest them a second time.  And Laurie has quite a garden going, from which we will get even more herbs to use.   It’s a good thing, too, since our business has grown to the point that we are now making 5 gallon pickle buckets full of herb-infused oils!  We’re going to need a lot to get us through the winter months!  It gives me great satisfaction to be able to use these natural treasures to make useful skin care and health products that others can benefit from.  Making things from something you have helped grow with your own hands and sweat and toil, is quite satisfying.  And working with God’s bountiful and beautiful creations – the plants and the bees and the animals –  always leaves me awestruck.

Now tomorrow, the plan is to clean out the chicken coop, after practicing the deep bedding method all fall and winter and spring – which means nine

chickens?

chickens?

months of layers of straw, chicken poop, wood shavings and more chicken poop.  Now this task should be interestingly awful –  but awestruck, NO!  I will be donning my muck boots and gloves and probably a mask to do this!  But I guess it is the price to pay after benefiting from God’s little chickens and their yummy eggs for all these months.  I’ll let you know if I survive!

 

 

 

Jeremiah 29

10This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.

11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

12Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

14I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

 

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Beekeepers together,

Learning from each other.

Trying to protect our bees

And reaping their treasures.

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

 

We attended the Ohio State Beekeepers’ Summer Conference in Oxford Ohio at Miami University last week.  We were able to learn from sessions we attended and Laurie and I (Jeannie) got to share our excitement and passion for propolis and other hive products in two sessions as well.  As usual, people come up with the “I wonder” questions that we can’t answer.  So I always come back from these meetings with things to investigate!

We had two interesting questions about propolis and our bee products.  One questions was whether or not propolis would help tinnitus (ringing in the ears).  The gentleman who asked this said that he had been told to take lipoflavinoids  for his tinnitus, and since we had mentioned that propolis and honey contain flavonoids, he wondered if these would help him.  Here’s what I found:

Lipoflavonoid is a proprietary, over-the-counter, dietary supplement formula created in 1961, by NUMARK Laboratories.  It is claimed by the manufacturer to improve circulation in the inner ear, as a means of combating tinnitus (ringing in the ears).   It is made with a bioflavonoid found naturally in the peel of lemons and also has vitamin B6 and B12 (B complex), vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, choline, inositol, and pantothenic acid.  ]There is significant anecdotal evidence that  Lipoflavonoid helps relieve the symptoms of tinnitus by consumers.   It has not been expressly approved by the Food and Drug Administration for this purpose.

So, as far as propolis being used in place of lipflavonoid, I would say it is not the same.  However, I did find some other references to propolis for tinnitus.  The following is from an Ezine Article:

Tinnitus is a symptom that can be caused by ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ear, nose allergies that prevent fluid drain, aging, as a side effect of  medications, excessive noise exposure, or injury.

Bee propolis oil or tincture can be used orally, starting with a few drops and increasing each day to 25.  A mixture of garlic, alcohol, propolis and honey can be made and is said to be an effective home remedy to treat tinnitus. Put 200 grams by weight of alcohol (vodka) and ground garlic  into a lidded container (mason jar works well), cover tightly, shake and put it in a cool dark place.  Shake daily.   After 2 weeks, add 30 grams of propolis tincture and 2 tbs. of honey, to the garlic tincture and leave it for a few more days. Now the mixture is ready to treat tinnitus; drink few drops before having meal. Increase the number of drops with number of days.

I am not sure if any of this will work!  But it certainly can’t hurt.  Propolis has components that are shown to kill bacteria, viruses and molds, and it is also anti-inflammatory – which means it will reduce swelling and inflammation.  Besides trying it orally, I would suggest trying a few drops of propolis oil in the ears, once or twice a day.  If the tinnitus is related to any germ or inflammation, this might help.  It’s worth a try!

The second question we had from someone at the conference, was whether BEEpothecary’s Propolis Salve was safe for use with cloth diapers.  Being well beyond the child rearing years, I was not aware that some diaper creams can ruin the absorbancy of cloth diapers and not wash out in the laundry!   Who knew?!  I researched this on the web and found several blogs and forums on this subject!  According to what I read, from experienced cloth-diaper-using-moms – the ingredients in BEEpothecary Propolis Salve are all safe to use with cloth diapers.  The main  ingredients include olive oil, shea butter,  and beeswax.  These are all listed as safe for cloth diapers.

There was one other question asked in one of our sessions, that I can not for the life of me, remember!  If you were at one of our sessions, and asked a question not answered here, comment and let us know what it was.  I know a woman asked about the use of propolis for some disorder I had not researched, but I can’t remember what it was.  I would love to find our the information, if someone could jog my memory!

Job 5

“But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
10 He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.

Busy Bees, Busy Times and Good News for Busy People

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Bees and people buzzin’

Makin’ lots of new

Traveling, building gathering

And of course, tasting, too!

News of healing warms us.

Wounds, infections, and more stuff.

BEE treasures bless us!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

 

Our new bees are installed and thriving.  They have been busy this spring bringing in stores of nectar and pollen, building comb and making honey, all so their queen can lay eggs.  We will reap the benefits of their hard work by collecting pollen and honey from the hives in the very near future.   We have been busy as well, making our bee-treasure- laden products and visiting markets and festivals.  We can be found at Pearl Market, downtown, every Friday from 10:30-2:00, through June.  We recently traveled to Delaware, Ohio for their great Arts Festival, and will be teaching about Hive Treasures and selling our wares at the Ohio State Beekeepers Conference at Miami University this coming weekend.

Along the way, we have gotten some great positive feedback from customers who’ve had success with our bee-hive products.  We met a couple at the Delaware Arts Festival who bought Pet and Poultry Wound Salve to try on their young chicken pullets, who had been pecked badly by the flock.  Mehgan recently wrote to us to report their success.

“I met you (along with my husband) last weekend at Delaware. We purchased some propolis and wound salve for our chickens. We’ve been using it on two of our pullets that were picked on. One had a dime sized wound and the other had a 1″ cut in her neck, both to the bone. We have been using the wound salve daily and the pullet with the dime size wound has completely healed after 6 days. The wound was deep enough that you could see her skull and at this point she just needs her feathers to grow back! The other pullet’s skin has fused and all signs of necrosis and infection are gone. The wound was very bad but is healing faster than we had hoped!  Just wanted to share the positive news!”

They took before and after pictures of one of their birds.

"before " picture of wound

“before ” picture of wound

"after" Propolis treatment

“after” Propolis treatment

 

Mehgan reports,

“The “before” picture was taken 3 days after she was attacked.  The wound was completely through the skin and to her muscle.  She was given the wound salve for 1 week and the after picture is 2 days after we stopped putting the salve on. ”

  • A family our daughter was working with had success in healing up a dinner-plate-sized bedsore on their son’s back with wound salve.
  •   A friend of ours called to thank us for the great wound salve, that gave her relief from an itchy rash on her legs that were keeping her from sleeping.  She got instant relief when she remembered to use the wound salve!
  • A couple who bought propolis oil at the Pearl Alley Market, to treat their little dog’s ear infection came by the next week, to tell us it had worked.
  • Another lady tried our propolis oil sample on a wound when we were at Pearl Alley market 2 weeks ago.  She came back to buy some this past Friday, due to the improvement of her wound!

People are finding out, what we already know – PROPOLIS IS AMAZING!

 Psalm 18

30 As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless;he shields all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.

 

Propolis Success? – Case Closed!

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

The proof is in the pudding

So they say

Take a look at these results

When nothing else could,

Propolis saved the day!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

 

Surgical incision open for 2 months

Surgical incision open for 2 months

We continue to be amazed at the amazing effects of propolis!  An old friend of the Dotsons and recent BEEpothecary customer has had phenomenal help getting his two month old wound to close up, using propolis salve.  We want to share this success with you.

Several months ago, Thom, from Michigan, had surgery on his elbow.  After the surgery, the incision just would not heal and the doctors could not find anything that worked to close this wound.  When we heard of his plight, the surgical incision had been open for two months and he had missed two months of work because of this.
We sent him some propolis salve right away.  Thom started using it as soon as he received it and took pictures to document the wound’s progress.

Within five days, his wound had closed significantly, as seen in the next photo.

thomwoundday5

Wound healing progress after 5 days of treatment with propolis salve

Needless to say, he and we, were thrilled with this progress!  Thom continued to use the propolis salve and recently sent us a picture of his wound after a month of treatment.  This is what his wound looks like now!

Complete healing after one month of Propolis Wound Salve treatment

Complete healing after one month of propolis salve treatment

 

Imagine what propolis can do for other kinds of skin ailments!  Acne, psoriasis, rosacea, shingles, eczema, bug bites, burns, rashes, etc.  There is clinical research to confirm the success of propolis treatment on these types of skin conditions.  You can find references to these studies in previous posts on this blog, or look up the research yourself at the National Institute of Health website, http://www.nlm.nih.gov or

Green Medicine’s Website at http://www.greenmedinfo.com.

Research is great, but personal experience is even better, as far as we are concerned!  Nothing thrills us more than our personal success  or the success of friends and customers, using the amazing BEE propolis!  Does propolis really work  – absolutely  YES! – CASED CLOSED!

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BEE- Powered Health!

 

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord.How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

 

 

BEE Powered Biking

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Cycling energy,  Endurance, too.

That’s what bee products can do for you.

Take honey with pollen ,  BEE BREAD, in.

Natural energy, for Scioto Valley fun!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

 

Hey all  you Tour Of the Scioto River Valley  Riders!  BEEpothecary, a local Groveport Company, has a great new all-natural endurance supplement, perfect for your ride –  BEE BREAD.  It is made from pure raw honey and pollen, a super food high in protein, vitamins and minerals.  Packaged in a convenient 4 ounce squeeze pouch, each 1 oz. serving has 98 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein.  This is comparable to other energy / endurance supplements, but it’s all natural!BEEBREAD

BEEpothecary’s BEE BREAD will be available for purchase during the TOSVR registration, Friday evening from 4-6 pm, at the State and Third Boutique (Shops on Capital Square), in the lower level of the Sheraton Hotel. It is also available through our online store at https://squareup.com/market/beepothecary., with 2 day priority shipping.

 

Don’t use just any energy gel – get ENDURANCE – POWERED BY BEES with BEEpothecary’s BEE BREAD – a natural honey and pollen powerhouse!

For more information about BEE BREAD, see our previous post, “Bee Powered Athletes”.

Psalm 145

9 The Lord is good to all  he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdomand speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty actsand the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promisesand faithful in all he does.[c]
14 The Lord upholds all who falland lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your handand satisfy the desires of every living thing.

 

Honey and Propolis on bee stings

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The Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey

by Laurie Dotson

What a weekend! Pete installing nucs IMG_1448 Pete and I picked up four Honeybee Nucs, from our friends John George and Terry Eddy, in Plain City, OH. You ask, what are Nucs? I’ll tell you what they are. Nucs are small honey bee colonies created from larger colonies. The term refers both to the smaller size box and the colony of honeybees within it. The name is derived from the fact that a nuc hive is centered around a queen – the nucleus of the honey bee colony. Pete installed our two in our bee yard, while I assisted. It went great so, we decide this is the way to go instead of buying 3 lbs packages of bees. Before we finished in the Bee yard, we feed the new family members sugar and water. Now we let them do what they do best. BEE stuff!

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Nucs with five frames full of bees and a queen

Then we took the other two Nucs to Steve and Jeannie Saum’s bee yard, to install them into empty hives. Pete gets started on the first hive and I start on the second one. Pete’s hive was calm, gentle and easy to install. I opened my box of bees. You would have thought a volcano erupted, with an over flowing of bee lava. All of a sudden, I have bee stinging me through my gloves and clothes. The worst thing that can happen, happens.

My worst nightmares come to life. Two or three bees find their way up into my veil. I can feel one crawling on my neck and   then   comes the  “bleeping” sting.  Holy, moly! it hurts and the burning begins. It’s at that point, I need to get my veil off, while remaining calm. I had no idea how many bees were on me.  I’m telling you it felt thousands of buzzing, angry honeybees ramming into me, diving at me and into my hair, swarming around my head and body!  I started to leave the bee yard to free myself of my veil…I try to  stay calm …walking …STAYING calm… walking faster…then I panic and break into a “run for my life” kind of a run.  I’m running down the Saum’s neighbor’s driveway, heading towards their house.  I’m screaming and whacking at every buzzing noise I hear. Whacks to my face, head, body, arms and legs. That’s when I start ripping my clothes off to rid myself of the bees clinging to my jacket and clothes. I had bees stuck in my hair, crawling up my shirt, and down my under clothes. I ran for the carport to redress and to figure out what the heck,  just happened.  I still had a ton of bee following me.  uugh!

Pete is still watching me and looking at the eruption that just happened. Those bees wouldn’t even let Him install them.  So we left those HOT honeybees for the night and decided to come back the next morning.

ALL in all, I was only stung five times.  One on my neck, two on my wrist, one on my armpit and one on top of my head.   At home, I get out the BEEpothecary Propolis Oil to help with pain and inflammation.  I felt so much better, but few hours later my wrist was swollen, very hot and in painful. At this point, I put on the BEEpothecary Wound Salve, because I know it has soothing and healing herbal oil, in addition to,  propolis. Within a few minutes I feel better and now I can sleep.

The next day, we returned to the angry bees and opened up the box. First thing, Peter gets stung.  We decide to leave them again, only this time with the lid off the box, to let them cool down… A few hours later, with a smoker that was heavily smoking. We were able to install the bees, feed them sugar and leave without a bite.

Whew!  That is done!  I would do it again, because our bees are vanishing and without bees we won’t have food!

We Thank God for the honeybees and all the opportunities we have been given because of them.

Thank you, to each of person who have bought our products, listened to us talk about Bees and BEEpothecary!  We appreciate you and your feed back!  We have been given this moment, to help and promote health through the honeybees.

Your Health…Powered by BEES!

Blessings from Laurie and Pete –

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Psalms 40: 4-5

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.  Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.

BeeKeeper’s Conference Questions

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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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