beekeeping basics

Resources on honey bees for beekeepers

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four
years left to live.” ― Albert Einstein

Beekeepers have a fun hobby and they can help save the world at the
same time!
"Bee" kind to us, honey: we're preppers, and we are not experts
in beekeeping, hive systems nor the supplies! We are keen on the
idea, however, as the honey and honey comb will yield a
significant benefit in post apocalyptic times and value highly bees

Mind your own Beeswax
You don't have to be a beekeeper to appreciate beeswax!
Beeswax has many commercial applications from crayons and
dental floss. Here is a list of beeswax uses...

  • healing cracked animal hooves.
  • plucking feathers

Candy making:
  • Chocolate making
  • Making gummy candy

Clothing uses:
  • Waterproofing leather
  • Crafting Indian Batik
  • Strengthen thread and prevent snagging in sewing.

Crafting uses
  • Jewelry making (wire pulling)
  • glass etching
  • Encausting painting

Cosmetic uses.

  • Component for mustache creams. We "mustache" you to
    try beeswax for making a mustache cream.

  • Mix with palm wax for a natural hair remover.

Furniture polish
Furniture polish when mixed with linseed oil and mineral spirits in
equal parts.

Lubricant uses
  • Lubricate for old furniture joints, doors and windows. If
    you have a squeaky door or drawer, pull out your beeswax
    and lubricate the joints naturally. Smooth movement for
    doors and windows, too.
  • Coat nails and screws to prevent wood from splintering.

Medicinal uses

  • Itch relief. With comfry and chick weed powder to alleviate

  • Lip balm. You can make a simple chapstick with beeswax.
    The recipe is simple. In a double boiler, melt beeswax. Then
    add coconut oil, honey and vitamin E capsules to the
    mixture. Finally, pour into container and allow it to cool.
    Here's how to make your own lip balm.

  • With palm oil for soap. The palm oil reduces scars and the
    wax moisturizes.

Sport and game
  • Reduce bow string friction.

Tarnish prevention:
  • Prevents bronze items from tarnishing.

Wood polishing:
  • Molten beeswax to polish granite counter tops.
  • Conditioner for wood bowls and cutting boards.

Indeed we have friends who are beekeepers who advice ordering
your bees by January for shipment or pickup in April or May. Here
are other useful tidbits for you if your interest is in beekeeping.

Bee clubs: Find a bee club in the United States or Canadan at, the Website of the magazine on American

Beekeeping for beginners:
Not sure if you want to commit to becoming a beekeper? has a terrific site for helping you evaluate
whether beekeeping is right for you:

Beekeeping supplies
  • Protective clothing: veil or hood, gloves, jacket and pants,
    one-piece bee suit.
  • Beehive: bottom board, hive body, frames, and foundation.
  • Smoker to calm and distract the bees for harvest
  • Hive tool
  • Langstroth hive supplies
  • Topbar hive supplies
  • Honey extractor

Books on bees and beekeeping
Honey, you can do it! You'll enjoy the very thorough beekeeping
section of the book
Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming
and home skills for self-sufficient livin
g, by Deanna Caswell and
Daisy Siskins, including acquiring bees and bee products, such as
honey candy drops and more. Pictured, right, you'll find this book
invaluable for many other off grid ideas.

Here are other books on bees and beekeeping:
  • HoneyBee
  • Confessions of Bad Beekeeper
  • Natural Beekeeping
  • Backyard Beekeeper
  • The Beekeper's Bible (Bees, honey, recipes and other home
  • The Quest for the Perfect Hive
  • Honey Handbook

Dealing with Bee stings
Bee stings and Benadryl (antihistamine allergy medicine):
Benadryl is diphenhydramine, the brand name of antihistamine
allergy medicine. Since 1946 Benadryl has been providing
temporary relief of seasonal and perennial allergy symptoms.
Most notably, taking an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine
(Benadryl) provides a measure of relief against bee stings.
  • Learn more about bee sting treatment.
  • A bee sting extractor, pictured above right, is an excellent
    addition to your first aid supplies.

Happy endings...
So there you have it: the world can "bee" a more beautiful place
with bees, so start your adventure in Beekeeping. Don't worry,
"Bee" happy!

Did you know that one of the bullet lube ingredients is beeswax?

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