My Honeybees

Backyard Beekeeping

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Mid-February Activity at the hives

This past week the temperatures have been in the mid forties. We have noticed the honey bees around the entrances of the hives. They have been cleaning out the dead bees and taking cleansing flights.



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Orange Vanilla Honey Lip Balm

This recipe for homemade lip balm will make approximately four small containers of lip.

4 tablespoons of olive oil or grapeseed oil

1 tablespoon of grated beeswax

1 Drop of honey

1/4 teaspoon of vitamin D oil or three punctured liquid vitamin D capsules

7 drops of orange essential oil

2 drops of vanilla extract

In a double boiler warm the 4 tablespoons of oil with the grated beeswax. Warm over low heat slowly.
Stir until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from heat and quickly whisk in essential oil, vitamin E and vanilla extract. Set the container in a shallow pan of ice water and continue to whisk as you add a drop of honey. Once the honey is blended, quickly transfer the lip balm to your containers. Let set for three hours.