. . .wow, where to begin. Very shortly after my last post our lives took one of those paths that can only be understood by experiencing it. Regretfully, I have plenty of company, on all fronts.
First, my sweetheart had a heart attack in January, which wasn’t really addressed until early March. It was hunting season for God’s sake!!!. . . .Anyone who knows him, knows this makes PERFECT sense. Ugh, just writing that sentence makes my gut twinge a bit. I may have said those words, but it’s the first time writing them. The good news is, weathering it and soldiering on through seemingly every complication imaginable, he is back and not too worse for the wear. . .in the woods as we speak. Big smile here.
Second, March 18th marks the date of unimaginable flooding in our area. Never have I seen such destruction and upheaval. Katrina comes to mind. Just on a much, much smaller scale. There are still people who are not even close to being in their homes. We were far from recovered when the floods hit Baton Rouge. We have had a hell of a year, our poor state of Louisiana. . . the understatement of all time.. . .So many people lost their businesses and homes. Miraculously, not one of us here at the spa or store lost either. Thank you God.
So, here we are, December 8th, 2016 and all is pretty good. . .understandably, licking of wounds is still the order of the day for some. But, we are pretty tough and we know there are better days ahead. . . and for me, the holidays always have a healing effect, even if it is superficial and doesn’t linger past January 2nd. . . .Happy Birthday Jimmy xoxo
I have a new focus. . .THE BEES. . . .here is the BBBUUUUZZZZZZZZ
Propolis or bee glue is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce by mixing saliva and beeswax with exudate gathered from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive. Propolis is used for small gaps (approximately 6 millimeters (0.24 in) or less), while larger spaces are usually filled with beeswax. Its color varies depending on its botanical source, the most common being dark brown. Propolis is sticky at and above room temperature, 20 °C (68 °F). At lower temperatures, it becomes hard and very brittle
For centuries, beekeepers assumed that bees sealed the beehive with propolis to protect the colony from the elements, such as rain and cold winter drafts. However, 20th-century research has revealed that bees not only survive, but also thrive, with increased ventilation during the winter months throughout most temperate regions of the world.
Propolis is now believed to:
- reinforce the structural stability of the hive;
- reduce vibration;
- make the hive more defensible by sealing alternative entrances;
- prevent diseases and parasites from entering the hive, and to inhibit fungal and bacterial growth;
- prevent putrefaction within the hive. Bees usually carry waste out of and away from the hive. However, if a small lizard or mouse, for example, finds its way into the hive and dies there, bees may be unable to carry it out through the hive entrance. In that case, they would attempt instead to seal the carcass in propolis, essentially mummifying it and making it odorless and harmless.
What it doesn’t say, is PROPOLIS is amazing for many things in OUR lives!
Thanks to Amy Weeks, our local master beekeeper, who was generous enough to turn me on to such a wonderous thing as propolis, and then supply me with a sample that I played with and for the last 6 months or so, have developed a small line of natural products made with propolis as the star performer.
I have made some pretty good headway in developing products that help people mostly with skin issues, such as eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and most recently, poison ivy. I knew the propolis was an amazing product; however, I had no idea it would be so effective and helpful so quickly. Below, is a before and after which took place in about a month. This is a 12 year old boy who has been plagued with eczema for about 10 years.
I am now carrying propolis shampoo bar, soap, spray and body butter. All seem to be working really well. I’m so happy to be able to make something that is helpful, natural and from the bees. How I love them so. I hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!