Honey Bees in Spring!

We at The Honey Cottage are excited for spring. It’s coming; we have seen the signs and heard from our bee whisperer. The bees are in the peacock feed and enjoying the warmth after a cold winter. Just look at the photos and you will see.

First is what we call bottoms up!!

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This is the time to give the girls a nutrient boost, POLLEN, to make sure they have all the energy they need to start the spring ritual, no sugar for my girls, no man made super food either. We prefer nature made super goodness for our girls. (POLLEN AND HONEY)

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Of course the pollen needs to bee powered. We use a mortar and pestle and as you can see we get plenty of help!

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Back at the hive; it’s party time and the girls love their pollen. Yes, we also give them honey when needed…ONLY honey!

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These girls are from a hive that I saved from the eve of a home in the Springs last September and they are doing just fine and no sugar was used.

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Yes spring is coming, the bees are buzzing, the sun is shining, my girls are growing, and my wife is glowing. Here’s to a sweet year!!

From my hive to your hive,

The Beekeeper

 

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Lessons from the Queen Bee!

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Holy Cow! It is another year and time seems to bee flying by faster and quicker! Do you believe in New Year’s Resolutions or just day by day goals? As Queen Bee I am learning that sometimes it is hard to keep a New Year’s Resolution because for me it was always unmanageable. Do you experience the same problem? How do you handle it? I am learning to set goals instead because things change and situations crop up. This makes me feel much more accomplished because I can set different size goals and manage the time limit better. I often find myself thinking about how a true queen bee must feel; she has an entire hive that she has to take care of and is responsible for how it runs. The queen bee is able to delegate job duties and does not think about outside influences. I finally started taking the example of the queen bee and applied it to my life. Instead of trying to do a million things because I felt like I had to be super woman; I sit down and set goals and do not let other things influence my goals. What I have also been learning, over time, is that some things can wait until the next day; so I have learned to prioritize what is absolute for the day. Like the queen bee I am learning to focus on my hive.

We have been finding at The Honey Cottage that goal setting also works much better. Mother Nature does not work on our time table or the exact way we want her to. The weather, bees, and flowers have to all work together to produce an amazing honey. No flowers. No Honey. No rain. No honey. It is all interrelated and we have to work with what we are blessed with year to year. So we have learned that one of our best goals to set is to educate our customers on as much as we can about bees, flowers, and educating others. We love Facebook, BUT it is not as educational as it should be. We have been finding that the information that is passed around is all about getting attention and not based on facts. We believe at The Honey Cottage that working with beekeepers is the best way to get good honey as well as knowing that the bees are well taken care of properly. So another goal for us means that beekeepers have the same goals we have; saving the bees and taking proper care of them. Lastly, it is important that we all work together because taking care of them is a community effort. This is why one of our big goals is to bring in things that help the community help the bees. We are working on bringing in bee friendly seeds and doing more education on staying away from pesticides. Stay up with us and find out what we are doing.

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

 

Not just a Beekeeper

The last several years have taught us a very big lesson… A Beekeeper is not just a Beekeeper.  To some it may seem like a beekeeper just takes honey puts it into a bottle and that is it.

This is not true, most, beekeepers study, apprentice with another beekeeper or go to school, and work hard to keep their bees happy. Beekeeping is full time work! Beekeepers spend a lot of time educating themselves so they have the latest information.  They also spend a lot of time with the bees making sure they stay healthy and are well maintained from any harm.

Beekeepers are:

Consumers themselves- We are the ultimate consumers of what comes from our hives!!  This is why so much time and care goes into the bee hive. The better the bees are taken care of the better honey will be produced and the better life a bee will have.

Educators- We pride ourselves, like other beekeepers, to be able to answer questions that customers have. We want customers to ask questions because we believe better decisions are made when all information is given.

Activists- Bees are important to our eco system, as well as, our food supply! We want and need them to survive. So we are constantly sharing the importance of saving the bees and how important it is to not use pesticides. We also talk about plants that are bee friendly and other ways to help the bees survive and come back.

Some beekeepers are family oriented! We personally believe what goes into our mouth also goes into our children’s mouth. So we are extra vigilant on what we feed our bees and how we care for them. We believe that how our honey turns out is a direct reflection of how we take care of our bees. We want our children to learn the many different ways to take care of bees, nature, and ultimately themselves.

For us beekeeping is a way of life and a way to keep in touch with nature.

From our bee hive to yours,

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Let’s look at your ACNE

Acne is a skin condition of the skins hair and oil glands. It involves pimples, black/white heads, reddishness and cysts. Acne on your face can ruin your day by making you self-conscious and body acne can make you very uncomfortable. Some people tend to ignore the thought of “ Acne Skin Care” thinking of it as a minor problem. Honey Kissed Skin Care, believes the importance of such skin conditions should not be discarded in any way.

Honey Kissed Skin Care emphasizes that one should follow a daily skin care routine. Start before acne appears and be aware of preventive measures. Lets take a look at a daily routine and how to apply it for a clear complexion.

Skin care starts with cleanliness and the basic element of water used both inside and out . Start your day with a shower and a nice glass of H2O . Many people even take a shower at night, not only to keep the skin clean but to relax the body for a good nights sleep. Don’t forget your glass of water!
For those who live in a hot or humid place a night shower is a must. In fact a shower and a glass of water is recommended after any activity that causes a high level of sweating. Cleanliness is the key.

After your shower take a look at your clothes. Do they fit to tight? Can your skin breath? Wearing soft comfortable cotton clothes are highly recommended , a must if you have acne. At night, clean bedding and a clean PILLOW are very important. Ladies, Honey Kissed Skin Care wants you to clean your make up brush on a regular basis.

Honey Kissed Skin Care has mild neutral ph line of soaps. With Essential oils for natural antibacterial skin care along honey and beeswax for moisturizing . These are added to our Goats Milk, Oatmeal, Shea Butter Cocoa Butter, And of course Bees Wax And Honey soaps. A luxurious way of removing all of the dirt, grease, pollutants, and excess oil from your skin reducing the chances of acne. Ladies don’t forget to remove your make up ladies with a make up remover at night before your shower.

Water, do you drink enough? Our bodies, like our mother earth are 70% water. Honey Kissed Skin Care believes we need plenty of fresh, good, clean water for good skin health. Nutrition is also just as important if not more than cleanliness . When you eat right, drink your water and bathe with Honey Kissed Skin Care soaps you will enjoy a great complexion.

Don’t over do it! Washing your face to often will wash out all the sebum ( an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands that lubricates the hair and skin and gives some protection against bacteria ). Two times a day is more than plenty for a clean youthful complexion.

The Mayan’s were Bee Keepers

Mayan history originates in the Yucatan around 2600 B.C. where the Mayan culture grew to bee quite advanced. Along with all their skills in astronomy, architecture, cylindrical systems, and hieroglyphic writing they were also farmers and yes even Bee Keepers. They thought of their bees as pets and as part of nature. Bees were treated as gods with all the powers of Mother Earth. The word for bees is “CAB” which means land, bee-hive, or bee honey. The Mayan deity, Muzen Cab, was The Great Guardian of Honey or the great Lord of Bees. There was also a Bee God, Mok Chi, who could transformed into Bees. The Mayan apiculture is very spiritual and complex and was strongly related to the days of the calendar, as explained in the Madrid Codex.

The beehives in Mayan culture were positioned towards the four cardinal points that hold the universe. Each cardinal point or “Bacab” had its importance. For example the eastern Bacab was in the direction they believed was where honey was produced. The Mayan apiculturists were experts in bee husbandry and collected honey from many of the 500 species of stingless bees. They favored the Melipona Beechei Bonnet, a bee they knew as Xunan Kab. translated as Royal Lady.

The Royal Lady is a stingless bee, whose honey is known for its high nutritional and medicinal values. This honey was used as a sweetener, an antibiotic, and to make the fermented honey drink called ‘balche’ an alcoholic drink used in ritual practices. Today their descendants keep their stingless bees in hollow logs just as their ancestors did before them.

According to ancient Mayan myths, the first inhabitants; called Zayawinicoub, ate up all the royal honey they were harvesting. To avoid facing death as punishment from their gods, Hobin (god of the beehive) turned them into stingless bees so they could restock the honey.
So, you see beekeeping has a long history in many cultures across the world and throughout time. Many people today think of bees as a small group of honey producers that came from Europe. The scientists of today seem to only be concerned with these few bees. I think these are the same scientists, who in the 70’s, said they could prove that a bumble can’t fly. Talk about reveling in one’s ignorance…WOW!!

White Man’s Flies, Mayans, and Beekeeping: Part one

Honey Kissed Skincare uses Raw Honey in all of our products. Raw Honey is the key ingredient, well one of them anyway. So you might be wondering, where does honey come from? A better question might bee where does the honey bee come from?

First, let’s talk about the BEE; there are about 20,000 species of bees in the world. The bee has been around for some 130 million years when Pangaea was breaking up into the land masses we know today. Now, some historian’s claim that the European honey bee was brought to the new world and that was how the native people got a taste of honey and the new crops could be pollinated.
 
Now isn’t that sweet!?

Umm…there is something missing here.

Let’s not forget that much of the food that we eat came from the Americas. Tomato in your spaghetti sauce, they were imported to Italy. The Irish love of the potato which was also imported. There is also corn, pineapple, sweet potato, pumpkin, squashes, green beans, lima beans, pinto beans (most beans we know), bell pepper, avocado, Brazil nuts, cashews, hickory nuts, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, and the cocoa bean. These and many more all came from the new world. Take a look at: http://topics.info.com/_2531 for more on foods of the new world.

As you can see, a large percentage of the food crops we enjoy today came from the America’s and were first farmed, not by savages, head hunters, or soulless heathens, but by a spiritual native population. With much history dating back thousands of years. It is clear to see that their crops were pollinated by bee’s whose history goes back millions of years. So by that logic Columbus did not discover America, nor did the native peoples. The Bees did!

For me beeing part Cherokee and Apache, I don’t always believe what is in the history books.

When the settlers first arrived, it was the native people who showed them how to grow crops and to survive. How can I say this you might ask? In a word….Thanksgiving! Native American’s raised crops and they enjoyed honey when they found a wild hive. There were wild bees, some 2,000 different species and yes, some of these bees stored extra honey in combs. It was all part of nature’s plan. I think the biggest difference between European honey culture and the new world was that the native people lived as part of nature and did not try to profit from nature.

The Native American’s referred to the European honey bee, as WHITE MANS FLIES and I wonder if it is not because this was their first experience with bees, but perhaps it was their first experience with beekeepers.

Let me share with you a Cherokee story about how the bees got their stingers.
Please Take a moment and try the link below:
http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/HowTheHoneyBeeGotTheirStinger-Cherokee.html

Next Post: Part II with Mayan Beekeeping!