May 16, 2015
When feeding the bees sugar syrup, I always add a bit of Honey B Healthy to help boost their brood building and to help keep them healthy. Honey B Healthy consists of essential oils that help eliminate bacteria in their little guts, and even aid them in fighting off mites. It’s good stuff, and the bees love it! They’ll start buzzing around outside my screened window when I add it to a fresh pot of sugar syrup. A bottle does go a long way, but it’s over $30 a bottle! Not cheap!
So I found a recipe for making my own Honey B Healthy. This one is published regularly on Beesource.com. Keep in mind also that the lemongrass oil used in this recipe can be traced outside the entrance of a swarm trap to attract swarms. A little goes a long way. Just store it in the fridge and use as instructed below. I also added this recipe to my Bee Recipes link a the top of this site so you can find it here anytime you need it.
Much less expensive and just as effective as the real thing!
5 cups water
2 ½ pounds of sugar
1/8 teaspoon lecithin granules (used as an emulsifier)
15 drops spearmint oil
15 drops lemongrass oil
Add ingredients in a blender and blend til mixture is completely emulsified and doesn’t separate (several minutes).
Store in air tight container in the refrigerator. The OJ container below works well cause I can give it a good shake before using it. Just don’t confuse it with orange juice :o)
Mix with 1:1 sugar syrup in amount listed below:
- 1 tsp per 1 quart syrup
Note: I get my essential oils from LorAnn oils, website: https://wholesale.lorannoils.com/. LorAnn oils are organic, food grade essential oils. Email and tell them you are a beekeeper and they will provide you with login access to their wholesale site/prices.