Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum


Pack and drive, drive and unpack.

Pack it up again head down the track 

Tent up, products out

Talking to customers all about

Good questions asked around

Some with answers, some without.

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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


Last weekend, we took BEEpothecary on the road to the Delaware Arts Festival.  It was well-organized and there was a super crowd, even in the rain on Saturday.  And boy do the people in Delaware love their dogs, many of whom accompanied their owners to the festival!  We had a great time, sharing about amazing bee hive products to a receptive crowd.  People were very interested to learn about something new.  And, we had a few questions from customers that we didn’t know the answers to.  So, as usual, I had to come home and do some research.

One question we had was the effect of propolis on Lyme disease.  I didn’t know much about Lyme disease, and was quite shocked at the many complications and life-long issues this disease creates.  I could not find any specific research on propolis to treat Lyme disease, though it has shown effectiveness on many of the secondary infections that can accompany Lyme.  I did find it mentioned on several web forums, as a treatment for early stage Lyme disease.  Laurie also reminded me that we’d had an email from a missionary family asking to buy propolis, as they were using it to treat the husband and son who had contracted Lyme disease.  Since propolis is a natural antimicrobial, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to try it.  Since everyone’s body is different, it may work for some.

Delawaremay14Another customer asked about the shelf life of propolis oil.  She thought she had read that olive oil could go rancid.  From what I have read, olive oil is one of the most stable oils out there.  It can last 3-4 years in a tightly sealed, dark bottle, kept in a cool place.  And even if rancid, it will taste bad but is still edible.  I have read that herbal infused oils can be source of botulism, due to the water content in the herbs used for the infusion.  In this case it is best to use dried herbs and keep the oil refrigerated.  Since propolis does not contain water, and kills bacteria, fungus, molds, and viruses, this should not be a problem with propolis oil.  We are still using propolis oil that is a year old.

A third question we had was about the effectiveness of propolis on kidney disease.  I did find several studies on animals with  diabetic nephropathy. Propolis treatment  given orally showed strong antioxidant effects which can improve oxidative stress (which causes tissue damage) and delay the kidney damage of diabetes mellitus. Another study showed propolis preparations are able to improve diabetic hepatorenal damage, probably through its anti-oxidative action and its detoxification process as well as the potential to minimize the destructive effects of free radicals on tissue. The protective role of propolis against  damages in diabetic mice gives a hope that they may have similar protective action in humans.  These two studies and several others can be found at and search propolis and diabetic nephropathy.


Proverbs 2

1My son, if you accept my wordsand store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insightand cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silverand search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lordand find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the justand protects the way of his faithful ones.