DIY Honey B Healthy Recipe

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.

Homemade Honey B Healthy

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).

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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)

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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.

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12 thoughts on “DIY Honey B Healthy Recipe

    • Hi Deborah – sorry for the late response. I commonly use 1 tsp to 1 quart of 1:1 or 2:1 syrup in fall. In springtime, I’ll use up to 2 tsp per quart of 1:1 because they are in full production and reproduction mode. Gives them a little more boost. I wouldn’t use more than that though. It’s a great recipe, very cost effective, and smells like the real deal. Thanks for the question!

      • You could also use liquid lecithin, but it is messy and I really hate using it. Another thought is to use honey from your own hives, but this may take some testing. Honey is a natural emulsifier, so theoretically it should work. I’d use a bit more, you won’t hurt anything because its honey. Just buzz the heck out of it for several minutes then let it set overnight to see if it holds.

  1. Ok thanks U will look further elsewhere including Amazon. Does the lecithin granules also need to have a food grade rating or is that a given with that product?

  2. I a bit confused on the amount of concentrate per gallon of 1:1 syrup. You have 1 teaspoon per quart and 1/8 cup which appears to be 6 teaspoons per gallon of 1:1 So @ 1tsp/qt. there are 4 teaspoons per gallon vs. 1/8 cup per gallon. It may not be critical and I’m not trying to be, I just want to be sure I understand and use the correct amounts of concentrate on a per gallon basis. Perhaps it is just easier to measure that way but if 4 teaspoons per gallon are correct then you could use 1 tbs. + 1 teaspoon to = the 4 teaspoons per gallon.

    • Apologies for any confusion. I shall check and update my math accordingly. Keep in mind that this is a homemade version and you may find it less concentrated than the bottled version. Use your judgement. The amounts listed are what I use for my bees and should not be misconstrued as expert recommendations for everyone. Use the amounts you are comfortable using.

  3. is it normal for there to be foam on top after mixing thoroughly or does that mean you need more lecithin as an emulsifier. Given the wide variation of amounts of lecithin used on internet I crushed some of the lecithin in a baggie with a rolling pin and then used a level 1/4 teaspoon per half batch of concentrate. The concentrate was still warm when lecithin was mixed with the oils but not over 120-140 degrees.

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