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Manuka Honey For Gum Disease

A gum disease remedy that uses honey? That sounds rather unlikely, doesn’t it? Honey is sticky and sweet, so intuitively it would seem more likely to cause dental problems than help mitigate them. But honey – and especially Manuka honey – actually can help with gum disease. And the reasons it’s helpful are pretty interesting, […]

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Manuka Honey For Eczema: Safe and Effective Natural Remedy

Itching to find a natural remedy for eczema? Manuka honey might be just the thing. Eczema is a VERY Unpleasant Condition As those who suffer from eczema know all too well. Eczema (also called dermatitis) is a chronic inflammation of the skin caused by the body’s own immune system. Red, itching, inflamed patches of skin characterize […]

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Manuka Honey As A Natural Cure for Acid Reflux

As a natural cure for acid reflux and as a natural heartburn remedy, Manuka honey may be very effective. How Manuka Honey Works The pain of heartburn is caused by the acids of the stomach ‘refluxing’ into the esophagus. Since the esophagus does not have the protection from stomach acid that the stomach has, this […]

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Avoid Infant Botulism: Do Not Feed Honey to Babies

Have you heard of infant botulism? Many people haven’t. But if you have children less than one year of age, it’s important for you to know that honey has been suspected of causing botulism in very young children. What is Botulism? Botulism is a form of food poisoning caused by a microorganism called Clostridium Botulinum. When […]

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Certified Organic Beeswax Can Provide a Margin of Comfort

If you’re concerned about the possibility of pesticide residues in the beeswax you use (and you should be!), certified organic beeswax can provide a margin of comfort. There are many sources of ‘organic’ beeswax. And I’m sure that most retailers that sell ‘organic’ beeswax are selling a product that was produced conscientiously and with the […]

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Melting Beeswax

I have some beeswax from when I had bees years ago. I am now interested in cleaning and using this for making a lotion. I read somewhere to use only a stainless steel pot or double boiler- is this right? I do not have a stainless steel double boiler but do have one of some […]

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Uses of Honey

There Are MANY Different Uses of Honey How many different uses of honey are there? A LOT! If you’ve seen the movie Forrest Gump, you probably remember the scene where the character Bubba drones on and on about all the different uses of shrimp: “There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, […]

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Beekeeping

The Reason for One Queen

The Reason for One Queen by Cynthia Silbert (San Diego ) Is there a reason for only one queen? would the hive go into chaos if there were two? Is the death of the queens in turn to better the hive and sustain life itself? Hi Cynthia, Queen bees emit a pheromone usually called ‘queen […]

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The Bee Dance

The Bee Dance by Chris When my brother decided he wanted to add a beekeeping badge to his medley of Boy Scout merit badges, a local beekeeper helped him start a beehive. His beekeeping training was off to a good start, and the rest of the family thought it interesting that we had a beehive […]

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Beekeeping

Small Hive Beetle

The small hive beetle is a honey bee pest that is relatively recent to North America. The hive beetle originates in South Africa, where it is not a major problem because the aggressive African bees keep it in check. But the bees of European ancestry that predominate in the Americas are not well equipped for dealing with […]