I’m sure you all have heard of the “healthy honeybee” essential oil blend available through many of the bee retailers. This concentrated bottle costs a pretty penny, yet many beekeepers use and swear by it. Instead of buying it, why not make it yourself? With a few simple ingredients, you’ll be able to make your own money saving, healthy honeybee concentrate!
Why should you use the Healthy Honeybees concentrate? The concentrated mix can be added to sugar syrup mixtures to prevent mold and fungus growth, boosts immune systems, builds colonies, and can be used as a smokeless way to calm bees.
The commercially available product is about $30 for 16 oz. A full batch of DIY Healthy Honeybee concentrate yields about 45 oz and cost $4 to make. The half batch yields about 22 oz and cost about $2 to make! So, here is the recipe:
Healthy Honeybee Concentrate5 cups water
2 ½ pounds sugar
1/8 teaspoon lecithin granules (use as emulsifier)
15 drops spearmint oil
15 drops lemongrass oil
For syrup feed- use 1 tsp per quart
For smoke substitute- use 4 tsp per quart
Healthy Honeybee Concentrate- Half Batch
2 ½ cups water
2 ½ cups sugar
A good pinch of lecithin granules (use as emulsifier)
8 drops spearmint oil
8 drops lemongrass oil
Each 15ml bottle of essential oils contains 250 drops, yielding 16 concentrated “servings” per bottle.
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