Buzz Words - November, 2003
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Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 11th, 7:30 P.M. in the large room at the West Barnstable Community Building on Route 149.
Program: The featured speaker this month is Jeff Thibodeau, a Landscape Architect from Orleans. Jeff also operates a successful business in Natural Therapeuics, providing holistic healthcare, including massage and natural remedies. He will speak to us about the plants he uses in his natural remedy applications.
From the President
Where did this month go? At this pace spring must be right around the corner!
This is a good time to assess your equipment and make a list for what is needed in the spring. Do you need new foundation in older frames or ones that may be broken? Are your hive bodies in good shape or are they rotting in the corners? Do you want to start another hive? BCBA continues to save members money by purchasing in bulk and reducing shipping charges too. Plan ahead now to get your bees in order.
The December meeting is going to be an indoor fair event. For all of you who make bee products and by-product please bring your wares and set them up on a table for the meeting. The intention is to allow members to sell their items whether it is honey, candles, lip balm, salve, soap, honey dippers, cough syrup or any number of other bee products. We have some very talented members with great ideas and clever marketing techniques to sell their goods. So bring your own honey with your label and share ideas with others at this meeting. This will be a terrific opportunity to market items and purchase holiday gifts for family and friends.
Kindly email me, or contact Claire, if you are bringing products that require table space so we can make enough room for all. It should bee a great time.
See you soon, Geoffrey
Mead Making Class
The Sandwich Village Herb Shop, located at 126 Route 6A (across from CCBT) is offering a one-day (3 hour session) on making mead. It will be held on Sunday November 23rd and the cost is $75. At least 6 people are needed for the class, so if interested, call 508-833-1933 A.S.A.P.
The latest "Catch the Buzz" from Bee Culture editor Kim Flottum contained notice of a recall of the book "Candle and Soap-Making for Dummies." The book contains an inaccurate, and potentially dangerous, listing of introducing lye to the soap mix. If you have a copy of this book, return it to the vendor for full refund.
Martha Recognizes Honey as "Fit to Eat"
The September issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine features an article on honey "Fit to eat: the healthiest foods, and how to prepare and enjoy them." Not only does the piece describe honey’s use in cuisine, but that "much contemporary research supports folk wisdom" regarding its natural remedies potential. Gleaned from "Bee Mail," the National Honey Board’s monthly posting
If you don’t have them in yet, you better do it soon, ‘cause those little suckers are out there looking for a nice hive to foul for the winter and raise their young in.
...make nice Christmas presents. The gift that keeps on giving, as they say. Claire will have Association Subscription Forms available at the next meeting for American Bee Journal. Rates are $16.45 for 1 yr, and $31.30 for 2 yrs. Bee Culture Association Rates are $17.50 for 1 yr, and $32. for 2 yrs. These rates represent 25% savings over non-member subscription rates, so be sure to mention your status in Barnstable County Beekeepers.
Other Items for Sale
We will have at the next few meetings Ed Weiss’s text "The Queen and I" and the B.C.B.A. Cookbooks will be available. We also have "Bee a Cape Cod Honey" tees and B.C.B.A. polo shirts available. If you would like a shirt, call Paul or Claire at 888-2304 a couple of days prior to the meetings with sizes and we will be sure to have them there for pickup.
Many of you might remember our fair display a few years back promoting products of the honeybee hive. Recently, our state association sponsored a speaker who expounded on the numerous uses of honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, wax, and bee venom. Jim Higgins, better known as Dr. Sting, provided us with long lists of the benefits of these products.
Local honey from our hobbyist beekeepers is the ideal intervention for allergies. A teaspoonful daily, or at least 2 to 3 times per week, will lessen your allergy symptoms. We have heard many visitors to our display relay this value. Unfortunately, there are no research studies to lay credit to this information. But, if it works…….. Sinus problems are said to respond to a teaspoonful of comb honey in as little as 30 minutes. Relief is realized due to the propolis in the wax and the fact that honey is hygroscopic, or will
absorb moisture, wicking it away from the congested sinuses.
Applying honey to cuts, bedsores, and burns will release hydrogen peroxide due to the enzyme glucose oxidase, thus creating an antibacterial coating to the wound.
Pollen is touted as the perfect food. Man could live on pollen alone as it contains all 22 amino acids, a host of vitamins and minerals, various enzymes and fatty acids. Since the ‘girls’ pack the pollen with nectar for the trip home, it also contains small amounts of carbohydrates.
Our first year with a pollen trap produced 14 pounds of pollen. It was amazing to see the various shades, and how different they tasted -- bad, actually. There is a demand for pollen by athletes to increase their stamina. Using it to treat facial acne, fragile nails and frail skin, exhaustion and high cholesterol levels are just a few uses and would require 1 teaspoonful 3 times a day, according to Dr. Sting.
To appreciate the cost of royal jelly, we understand that it requires 1000 three-day-old queen cells to harvest one pound. Most of us have seen a queen larva floating in this pool of white liquid. It is fed to both queen and worker brood, having been produced in the hypo pharyngeal glands of the young workers. It also contains all the amino acids, most vitamins and minerals, and varying levels of carbohydrates depending upon who requires the diet. The queen cell receives a 35% sugar concentration in her royal jelly, while the worker merits only 12%.
Many beekeepers are taking the capsule form to boost their immune systems, improve skin by reducing wrinkles, reducing or inhibiting growth of both strep and staph organisms, anti-depressants, migraines, and the list goes on.
Most of us have not been exposed to propolis except to curse at the bees’ excessive use of it. It is amazing when we realize that the bees collect this resin from the buds of trees, lugging it back home to line their frames and hive to prevent bacterial and fungal growth; not to mention how everything is glued tight with propolis. Over the years we have scraped several pounds from the frames and sold it to Beehive Botanicals, where it is processed into tinctures, chewing gum, lip balm, skin creams and various other products. In addition to its antibacterial properties, propolis has been used in violin varnishes, mummifying Egyptian Pharaohs, rustproofing tools and burned as incense. Find a clean piece in the hive and chew on it – a new experience for a sore throat.
The many uses of beeswax are familiar to most of us, but we cannot help to be in awe as we watch the new cells spread across a sheet of foundation. To think that the honeybees secreted this product from 4 tiny wax glands on their abdomens. This pure product can safely be compounded in cosmetics or chewed as comb honey. Water proofing and rust proofing are additional uses.
Dr. Sting describes the benefits and applications of bee venom therapy as the use of bee venom to stimulate the body’s own immune system to cure illness from within. Research is underway to provide credibility to this non-medical approach to curing a host of illnesses. Quality of life has been improved, but much still needs to be learned of the hows and the whys. The honeybee hive is truly a marvel!
I have individuals looking for used extractors. If you have such to sell, contact me with details and I will put these individuals in touch with you. This newsletter gets wide distribution, so do not be surprised at where the contacts come from.
Ed Osmun has the following items for sale. You can catch him at the meeting or call him @ 508-833-9696.
- 12 oz Flat Panel Bears- $12. per 24.
- Type S Pollen Traps- Built by Amish craftsmen $59.