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Why Beekeeping is the Ultimate Hobby for Self-sufficiency

Why Beekeeping is the Ultimate Hobby for Self-sufficiency

March 26, 2020

People are running to the store to stock up on food and other necessities, but what are they doing to become more self-sufficient?

With just the five products you can harvest from a beehive, you can produce a sweetener, cough medicine, lotion, an immune boosting elixir, and protein-rich food.

You can also create your own wood stain and furniture protector and make fabric water resistant.

In this episode, I talk about the many things you can do with the products harvested from the beehive and why beekeeping is one of the best hobbies for those who want to be more self-sufficient.

Royal Jelly - Is it Really the Fountain of Youth?

Royal Jelly - Is it Really the Fountain of Youth?

March 14, 2020

Royal Jelly! What an amazing substance, or so they say. It can help with fertility, it can lower cholesterol, it adds collagen to your face and is a supplement that boosts your immune and gives you energy!! 

BUT, it's also harvested by killing baby queen bees. Is this substance ethical? You decide for yourself. In this episode I talk about what royal jelly is, how it's harvested, its uses, how expensive it is and what's in it.

I'll also give my take on whether I think it is ethical or not. 

Lastly, I'll talk about whether it's what's IN royal jelly that makes a queen live so long and be fertile OR if it's something the worker bees are doing that causes infertility. Some scientists have recently changed their theory.

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A Look at Oxalic Acid for Treating Mites

A Look at Oxalic Acid for Treating Mites

January 22, 2020

I try to keep this podcast about topics that beekeepers & non-beekeepers can both enjoy, but this was a topic I thought deserved its own episode. Sorry non beekeepers.

Oxalic acid is a popular treatment for varroa mites, but was only approved to be used in the U.S. in 2015.

This episode talks about what oxalic acid is, the different methods it's used in the hive and my experience using it. Since my bees are in Hawaii where the weather is always warm and there is always brood present in the hive, my experience was very different than most. 

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