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Propolis Varnish recepie

 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

  1. 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 – Thanks Alan !

Essential Oil Recipe
(Homemade Honey-B-Healthy)
5 cup Water
2 ½ lbs Sugar
⅛ tsp Lecithin granules
30 drops Essential oils (total)
Examples of essential oils:
Step 1
Bring water to boil. Add Lecithin to boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Lecithin is difficult to dissolve. Continue stirring until dissolved.

Step 2
Turn off heat. Add sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.

Step 3
Wait until mixture cools. Adding essential oils to hot syrup will cause them to evaporate.

Step 4
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.

The Lecithin and essential oils may be found online, compounding pharmacies ( C&D Drug), or possibly nutrition stores.