Hive and Honey BEEpothecary at Moonlight Market

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Sharing Bee Stories at the Columbus Oktoberfest

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Psalms from the Hive,

by Jeannie Saum


Frantically cooking in two weeks time

Making more product and redoing signs

Gettin’ ready to go on the road, again.

Columbus Oktoberfest, here we come!


Clover, Bee, and Revery

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


We just finished  a great, but exhausting three days at the Columbus Oktoberfest, talking with people about the amazing honeybees.  It was exciting to share our knowledge of the benefits of hive resources – especially propolis – with visitors who stopped by our booth.  It’s fun to turn  people on to the benefits of natural resources put on this earth by our Creator.

We enjoyed meeting lots of new people and appreciated the support of friends and family members who stopped by to say hi or to help.  We met many other vendors – nice people who gave us lots of tips and suggestions for other shows.  We were even able to help a few other vendors out by sharing our wi-fi set up, thanks to our tech guru, Pete.   To top off our efforts, we WON the Best Decorated Booth Award from the Oktoberfest Committee!

This business adventure is fun, but can wear us out!  We are looking forward to a few weeks of rest and time to work on our houses, laundry and yards!  And maybe get away for a relaxing weekend camping trip!


Psalm 128

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;  blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel.

We Are Open for Business!


Psalms from the Hive

 by Jeannie Saum

7:30 am and we’re on the road, By 9:00, unpacking the truck

Unload, set up, and pray for good luck!

Two customers before we were done, A sign of good things to come?IMG_1851

The whirlwind hit promptly at one, and didn’t let up until it was done.

No sitting or resting or lunch!

We talked and shared and met  new folks, interested in blessings from bee and hive.

We sold lots of products and spread the word

We dedicate these blessings to God!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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


IMG_1850Today, we are recovering from our first business adventure, a whirlwind two days at the Lithopolis HoneyFest.  We are absolutely exhausted, but thrilled with our experience and success.  We are blessed!  We debuted our Hive and Honey BEEpothecary line of health and skin care products, and spent two propolis speechdays meeting new people and sharing the amazing benefits of honeybee hive resources.  Our products sold very well and we are thrilled with the response we got from customers.  We had two people come back the second day to report success and pain relief from using our products for just one day!

Our grown children were a great help to us – filling in when we needed a break, bringing us food, and drinks, loaning us a phone when we had cell coverage issues and just being generally supporting and encouraging.  Our friends came out to support and encourage us, too.  And we got to see lots of old friends and aquaintances and reconnect.  And the perfect ending to the weekend was what we believe was a God-inspired meeting of a delightful young couple who blessed us with their faith, openness, encouragement, and their prayers.  We have a feeling that blessings will come from this encounter and have plans to see them again.

We still need to unpack, but today we start thinking about next steps!  What do we do next?  How soon can we be ready to do another event?  What products do we need to make more off? What sold well or didn’t sell well?  How hard do we want to work?!customers

We have also been able to get our online store up and running.  It can be located through a link on the Our Products page of this blog.  Check out our all natural skin care and health products made with amazing honeybee resources!

We are truly blessed!  We aspire to share the blessing God has given to us in our natural world and the honeybee!

Psalms 84

 How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar,  Lord Almighty, my King and my God.

4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.


Beard & ‘Stache Wax Stick / Tin

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Harvesting Health from the Hive

by Laurie Dotson and Jeannie Saum

Beard & Stache Wax

Beard &Stache Wax

Great for softening, shaping, and taming men’s coarse and scratchy facial hair!. Beeswax-based with all natural ingredients, and propolis!  No added chemicals!  Wives and girlfriends will love the softness!  No more “scratchy” kisses when you kiss your honey! Two container styles -a flat tin for applying and rubbing in by hand or a roll up stick for hands-free application.

Ingredients: Beeswax, castor oil, propolis 


These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This product is home  produced. Do not use this product if allergic to bees stings.

For research on propolis:




Hive and Honey BEEpothecary

3320 Toy Road ~ Groveport ~ Ohio ~ 43125  ~ 614-450-2339


Psalm 133:2  

It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.

Forming Hive and Honey BEEpothecary, LLC

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Excited ’bout the wonder

Of everything bee and hive

Want to spread the fascination

To everyone alive!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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


The Saum and Dotson families are so awestruck with the benefits God has designed in the honeybee and their habits and treasures!  We  have decided to form Hive and Honey BEEpothecary, LLC to share this incredible knowledge and provide access to  quality  honeybee hive products, so that others can benefit from them.

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Our Mission

The mission of Hive & Honey BEEpothecary is to share our amazement of God’s design in the honeybee.

 Our desire is to  educate others about the usefulness of resources made in the hive and create health and skin care products so others can benefit from these God-created natural riches.

It is our pledge to conduct our families’ business in a God-honoring and morally sound manner.

 We desire to carry out creative, meaningful, enjoyable work to create a supplemental income for our families’ later years and give back 10% of our profits to support international Christian missionaries.

Stay tuned for information about the products we are making from hive treasures – honey, beeswax, propolis, and pollen.

Psalm 128

1 Blessed are all who fear the Lordwho walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house;your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—peace be on Israel.

Spreading the News about Valuable Hive Products

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Measure out those hive treasures,

Propolis, honey, wax.

Heat it, stir it, pour it in a jar

Try it, use it

Amazing results!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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


propolis in the hive


As we have  become more involved in our beekeeping , we learned about all the ways we could benefit from the treasures of the hive – honey, propolis, pollen, royal jelly, and beeswax.   We started  making and using health and skin care products containing hive products for our own use and were amazed at the results.  We began sharing our knowledge and excitement with friends and family, and soon they were asking to try our creations.

As people have used our honey, beeswax, and propolis items, they’ve been sharing their personal anecdotes of success with us.  Their satisfaction led to requests for more and more products.  At this point, we realized that we had a valuable, beneficial, and in-demand collection of products.  After much discussion and prayer, the Saums and Dotsons have decided to take our production

A big batch of lemon balm in olive oil

A big batch of lemon balm in olive oil

of “value-added” hive products to the next level by forming an LLC, and marketing our products as Hive and Honey BEEpothecary.

We are working on producing a line of dietary supplements containing propolis, honey and pollen; and skin care products made of beeswax, honey, propolis, other natural ingredients and healing herbs, – many of which we grow ourselves.  We are creating these items with no added chemicals.

Soon, we will be launching our line of products and selling them at local farmer’s markets and Bee/Honey Fairs and on the web.

Stay tuned for more  information about the products we will offer!

Proverbs 31

10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.

16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

Collecting and Preparing Propolis

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Propolis, that orange sticky goo

Was the bane of our first year,

Until we found the good it can do.

Now instead of cursing, it, we cheer

And save it, to heal ourselves

And others!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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


Tomorrow, Laurie and I will be cooking and mixing up our next batch of that miraculous propolis.  We have so many people asking us for it – we need to get moving! If you don’t know about the miracles of propolis, check out my recent post on Amazing Propolis!

To get ready for this process, we had to do several things first.  Here’s how we collected and cleaned propolis so that we can make oils and tinctures to use for health, healing and skin care.

  • We have been collecting propolis from our hives by scraping it off the frames and boxes at every hive inspection.  We just put in in a container or baggie and freeze it.  This is important. If you don’t frese it, and it sits in a warm area over the summer, it will melt into a big hard blob, full of debris inside it.  It willb e impossible to clean in this form!  Freezing it keeps all the pieces separate and once frozen, easier to break up and pick out the debris.
  • We also tried propolis traps – a plastic open mesh sheet you place over the top hive box, so the bees will fill in the cracks with propolis.  We got these late in the season last year, and didn’t really put them on at the right time, so didn’t get a lot of propolis.  The trick to getting it off the  plastic traps is to put the whole thing in a large trash bag in the freezer overnight.  When frozen, propolis is hard and brittle, not sticky.  Then, you just take it out and bend and whack it a few times!  this breaks the propolis off the plastic trap.  (Kind of like when you make hard tack candy and then whack it to break it up!)

    propolis trap with a little propolis on it

    propolis trap with a little propolis on it

  • We also save propolis from rendering down our beeswax cappings.  Whenever we harvested honey and cut the tops off the combs, we saved the beeswax cappings we cut off. (Again, in the freezer, until we were ready to deal with a large amount!)  This beeswax is melted down in a big pot of water and left to cool. The beeswax floats to the top and hardens.   Once hardened, we scrape take the block of beeswax out and scrape off the dirt that has collected at the bottom.  SOMETIMES, you will get a next layer of  propolis.  You really need to taste this and see if it really is propolis and not just dirt or dark, old wax.  (Update:  we have abandoned this method of getting more propolis, finding that we don’t really get much of a layer of propolis on the bottom!)
pile to left is debris, to right is bottom of block of beeswax

pile to left is debris, to right is bottom of block of beeswax

scrapings of propolis from bottom of beeswax

Scrapings of propolis from bottom of beeswax

bottom of the beeswax chunk - layer of propolis

bottom of the beeswax chunk – layer of propolis

  • We put the propolis in a container- see the cut down gallon jug in left picture above.  You must find old pots, pans, cans, spoons, strainers etc, to dedicate to this process, as you will NEVER get them clean again!   We then  pour boiling water over it several times, stirring and chopping it up.  This helps clean out the wood shavings, bee parts and debris stuck in the propolis. (Though we find this goo is so sticky, it doesn’t work very well! – see a later post on a better way to clean propolis!)
  • Then, we flatten the sticky goo out on a sheet of aluminum foil and freeze it.
  • Once frozen, we take it out, break it up into small pieces and spend some time picking out debris. ( The propolis oils or tincture will be filtered eventually, so getting out every single piece of debris isn’t necessary, but the cleaner it is, the more accurate the weight measurement for the mixture.)  And we figure, it’s kind of like drinking fresh apple cider – the smashed worm parts add to the flavor, right!?  So what’s a few bee parts in the propolis??

The collecting goes on all year as we inspect and clean the hives and harvest honey.  The cleaning preparation takes place over several days, as we wait for batches to cool or things to freeze.  Pretty labor intensive, but once done, we are excited to be able to use it to make oils and tinctures that will improve our health, treat and prevent illnesses and sooth skin.  Tune in next time for our process and recipes for making propolis oil and tincture.

Romans 11

33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”  

35 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?”  

36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

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