Welcome to our new Blog, Queen Bee. I wanted to start this blog to keep you updated and informed on all parts of our business and living a healthy lifestyle. We will update you bi-weekly on the progress of our honey bees, hot sauce and luxury bath and body line. At the beginning of the month we will discuss Bo's Bees. That includes any updates and progress with our 3 hives, how strong they are and how much honey they are producing. Mid-month we will talk about For The Love Of Honey (FTLOH) - a division of Bo's Honey Brown Hot LLC. All natural, chemical free bath and body alternatives to living a healthier lifestyle.
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Recently, we at Bo's HBH decided it was time to be using our own honey for our hot sauce. Its been on our to-do list for a while, and now that we have the location and tools to do it, we did.
We started by ordering online from The Honey Bee Factory in Sylvester, Georgia. Three packaged hives each with their own Italian Queen Bee. How fitting for an Italian boy mom ;) The hives came fast and were well packaged.
You will see in our videos that Bo is wearing this Beekeeping suit shown below. He is comfortable enough around the bees where he does not feel the need to wear the pants. This suit is lightweight so it will keep you cool in hot weather. There is nice and long arm protection and high gloves so there is no chance of any bees getting in your sleeve.
If you are not comfortable around bees yet, I suggest getting the full body Beekeeping Suit like the one seen here:
This will keep your full body protected.
We also recommend you get a Bee Hive Smoker like the one seen here:
These smokers are used to simply calm the bees as you go into the hive.
First we set up and installed the hives on arrival. We set up a spot in the North East corner of our backyard. We left each give with a jar of sugar syrup. Within the next week, the bees will use this as food and hopefully help free the queen. Second, we left the hives for 5-7 days before we inspected them. When we inspect the hives, we use smoke to calm the bees. We lifted off the outer and inner covers and searched to see if the queen was out of her cage. Out of our three hives, we saw a queen in two of the hives.
During week 3, when we inspected the hives, we found capped and uncapped honey, as well as larva cells, in all 3 hives, indicating the presence of the queens.
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So where does FTLOH come into all of this? After seeing so many family members and friends become ill or pass away, our family has been dedicated to living a healthier lifestyle. We have done our research and have drastically cut down the amount of toxins and harmful chemicals that we ingest or put on our bodies everyday. We not only feel better, but we know we are making good, positive changes to our bodies and overall health. We don't do special diets, and we don't go to the gym. We watch what we eat (we try to eat all natural or organic foods and foods without dyes or preservatives), we watch what we put on our bodies (using home made shampoos, soaps, lotions, salves, bug sprays, sunscreen, etc), we use home made cleaning products so we aren't inhaling chemicals harmful to our lungs and we are very active outside our home. I feel better knowing that what I'm using and buying for me and my family won't harm them in the long run.
We decided that if we're going to be making all these things for our family, and using the honey from our honey bees for our sauce, then we might as well share the rest of our homemade products made with the honey AND beeswax we get from the hives. The ingredients we use with our own honey and beeswax are all natural or organic. As of June 2017, our hives are too young to be producing the amount of honey and beeswax we need for our products. Until then, we use alternative ingredients that are either organic or all natural.
Try our 4-ingredient natural lip balm (beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, peppermint essential oil):
(I know you've heard of Burt's Bees....it's like that. But WAY better!)
To see more about some of the essential oils I use, you can CLICK HERE, or checkout ARK Natural Essentials FB Page.
We know everyone loves honey as much as we do. There are a million and one benefits to using beeswax and honey. Here are just a few:
- Honey is antibacterial and antifungal.
- Honey includes vitamins, trace enzymes, amino acids, and minerals like calcium, iron, sodium chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, and potassium.
- Because of honey’s anti-inflammatory properties, it is able to help reduce allergy symptoms.
- Honey has a high carbohydrate load, making it a wonderful source of unprocessed sugar energy.
- Honey is a memory booster and cough suppressant.
- Beeswax can be used as a skin enhancer and moisturizer and used to treat acne.
You probably have, or have had at one point, a candle in your home. Did you know the majority of candles sold here in the US are made of paraffin wax? If you want to find out more about how paraffin wax is harmful to your health and what you can do as an alternative, check out Why I Use Wax Melts.
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