Winter in Wisconsin is long and cold. Although we spend a considerable time outdoors enjoying the season, sweet flowers blooming, bees buzzing and gardens growing often enter our thoughts. And, beekeeping is a spring/summer thing, keeping us busy throughout. But wait….seems we really have not quit thinking about the bees. There are occasional warm day check-ins on the bees; lists of “things to do” for spring; equipment upkeep and building; and of course -reading all those articles and books with information on how to do it all better.
So far this year, we think our bees are doing well. A couple of weeks ago, on a warm day, Sonny checked on them and found that all 17 hives were good, with 2 hives just a bit weak. This was good news, and we are optimistic for a good start to spring, 2015. (However today the temperature has been in the minus column after dropping to 20 below last night…..These freezing temps have us worried.)
We’ve been studying the benefits of honey lately and the distressing news that so much honey is not pure, but contaminated with additives. According to a recent article in the Mother Earth News, ” Knowing that all well-raised, chemical-free, raw honey has medicinal benefits can free you up to be choosy and splurge on an imported honey, or simply convince you to buy from your local beekeeper instead.” The same article lists effective ways to use honey to heal the body from allergies and colds to minor burns. This information certainly confirms that honey and it’s healing properties are a true miracle of nature.
A great recipe for honey ginger tea:
1 large, fresh, organic ginger root, cut into 1 inch chunks; 5 cups water – simmer these ingredients for about 40 minutes. Strain into mugs and add at 1 T. fresh lemon juice, 1/2 to 1 t. honey, 1/2 t. cinnamon and a dash of cayenne pepper. Stir well and sip to enjoy this delicious brew.