Essential Oil Recipe
5 cup Water
2 ½ lbs Sugar
⅛ tsp Lecithin granules
30 drops Essential oils (total)
Examples of essential oils:
Bring water to boil. Add Lecithin to boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Lecithin is difficult to dissolve. Continue stirring until dissolved.
Turn off heat. Add sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
Wait until mixture cools. Adding essential oils to hot syrup will cause them to evaporate.
Add essential oils. A little goes a long way. The total amount is 30 drops. I use Spearmint and Lemongrass. Lemongrass may also be used as a swarm attractant in the spring.
This makes about 2 quarts. DO NOT FEED THIS TO BEES WITHOUT DILUTING. Add 1 teaspoonful (5ML) per quart of feeding syrup.
The internet is a good source for reading about the benefits from essential oils. Try this link. http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?216009-Honey-B-Healthy
The Lecithin and essential oils may be found online, compounding pharmacies ( C&D Drug), or possibly nutrition stores.