Propolis: Bee Glue that Heals

Learning how to harvest the resin bees use to protect the hive might just keep that cold away

Propolis: Bee Glue that Heals
By Laura Tyler, Colorado There are non-urgent tidbits of beekeeping lore that the experts won’t tell you when you are just getting started with bees. Not because they are secret. But because the amount of information available to new beekeepers is vast, and so much of it is need-to-know, that less pressing but still interesting details—like deciding what to do with that gob of propolis you have been adding to all summer—fall by the wayside. But as you are ready, your willingness to continue learning and trying new things can feel like an initiation drawing you deeper into the world of bees. WHAT IS PROPOLIS? Honeybee propolis is a brown or reddish resinous substance made by bees to protect the hive against animal and bacterial invaders. The word “propolis” is a compound of the Greek words “pro” and “polis” and translates to, “Before the city.” Bees use propolis as a building material

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