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Harvesting Honey

It’s that time of year! Time to harvest honey from our bee hives. Our friend, Hossein Honey Bee (the bee whisperer) came over to help extract the honeycomb from the hives. Hossein uses smoke to calm the bees down. He also provides full protective bee suits, to prevent bee stings, which we all know – hurt!  Although, there are studies that show honeybee venom boosts collagen production and smooths wrinkles 😉 The good news is that you don’t need to get stung all over your face to get the benefits of bee venom. It’s much easier and less painful to simply buy a face serum that contains honeybee venom… which I haven’t done – I’ve only heard about it. If any of you have tried bee venom on your face, let me know what you thought!  Anyway… I digress.

Back to our bees! Harvesting honey is fun and exciting. The bees are new to us this year, so I’ve learned a lot about bees and honey, along with the health benefits of eating raw, local honey.

First we (ok, fine not we – he, Hossein) removes the outer cover of the hive so that he can access the frames which are fully capped with honey. A hive is made up of a bunch of cells, which the bees fill with honey. Once the cells are full, the bees ‘cap’ them off with wax as a way to preserve the honey.

 

 

Once the frames have been pulled out of the hives, we take the frames inside and scrape the wax capping off the top of each cell so that the honey can be extracted.

The final step is placing the honey in jars. If you’d like to purchase honey, let me know. All proceeds go to charity. 🙂

Jars of natural, raw, local honey

 


Source:

Han, Sang Mi et al. “The Beneficial Effects of Honeybee-Venom Serum on Facial Wrinkles in Humans.” Clinical Interventions in Aging 10 (2015): 1587–1592. PMC. Web. 27 Aug. 2018.