Daniel Brewer – (Apiary Inspector for State of Arkansas) is available for anyone who needs advice / help with their bees. You can contact him at 501-231-0537 (cell), 501-225-1598 (office) or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multi-million dollar violins made by Stradivarius were varnished using varnishes made from propolis.
Propolis varnish provides a warm, durable finish for any wood project. Here’s a recipe from a craftsman who refinishes museum quality violins.
1. Combine all ingredients in the following list in a glass jar at room temperature. Cover the jar with a lid. Allow mixture to stand for a week or more while shaking at regular intervals.
-4 parts blond shellac
-1 part manila copal (a soft resin)
-1 part propolis
filter solution through a few layers of cheesecloth or nylon stocking before using. NOTE: The manila copal resin is available from specialty varnish suppliers.
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.
Check out our Resources page – for a list of a few companies that supply package bees for bee keepers. Special thanks to John G. Smith Central Beekeepers Supply for providing us this list. As John said “We do not necessarily endorse or recommend one or the other. It is just a list for convenience. I hope it helps.”
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