Useful links, downloads and recipes
Here you’ll find many useful resources for keeping and enjoying bees. If you’d like to contribute something of your own, please get in touch!
- We recommend you get 'Bee Connected!'
- The National Bee Unit/BeeBase
- British Beekeepers Association
- Avon Beekeepers Association
- Bee Craft
- E.H. Thornes
- Asian Hornet
- Asian Hornet Watch mobile phone app - Apple version
- Asian Hornet Watch mobile phone app - Android version
- Bee Safe- Bee Prepared!
- Why Bees and Pollination Are So Important
- Recommended by our Local Girl Scout Troop: A great link to what scents pollinators are attracted to in you garden
Useful articles, documents and notes from our talks
- Carey Higgs - My Venture Into Chemical-Free Beekeeping
- Warre Hives - To Warre or not to Warre?
- Extracting Honey
- Swarming Prevention and Control
- There are queen cells in my hive
- Preparing Honey for Sale and Shows
- Non-Chemical Control of Varroa
- Flow Hive
- Zest Hive Inspection
- Basic Beekeeping Assessment Notes
Warning: Wax is flammable and must not be melted over direct heat, so when melting wax it is always necessary to use a double saucepan or tin/basin in a saucepan of water. Never overheat wax. When mixing remove from heat.
Hand Cream 1
An excellent soothing balm for rough skin or chapped hands and is equally good as a face cream.
Heat 2oz. of pale colour beeswax in a double saucepan: when melted stir in 6oz. liquid paraffin. It will cloud slightly but will clear again as the temperature rises. Allow cooling to 120F.
In another saucepan, slightly heat 4oz. distilled water and stir in one eighth of an ounce of Borax until dissolved. Allow cooling to 120F and then pouring into wax and liquid paraffin the mixture will immediately begin to turn to white. Have containers ready with lids off.
Stir briskly with wooden spoon until mixture thickens and then add scent – say 12 drops of rose essence (not rose water) or other preferred scent. Continue to stir and then place in containers. If it cools rapidly you may have to knife the mixture into the last container.
Hand Cream 2
- 2oz Beeswax Pale Colour
- 6oz Liquid Parafin
- 4oz Distilled Water
- 12 Drops essential essences (Rose etc)
Heat 7gm. pale colour beeswax and 60ml. almond oil (carrier oil) in a heat resistant bowl. Stir over pan of boiling water until the mixture melts. Remove the bowl from the pan, and SLOWLY add 30ml. flower water or distilled water stirring constantly. Keep stirring while the cream begins to cool, then add 4-6 drops of essential oil. Stir until mixture has thickened, then transfer to sterilised jars. Makes approximately 100ml.
- 7gm Pale Coloured Besswax
- 60ml Almon Oil (or other carrier oil)
- 30ml Flower Water
- 4 - 6 drops Essential oil
Pour 84 ml olive oil (or any oil you prefer) and 28 g beeswax into a jar or basin and stand in a pan of hot water on the stove. Warm gently (do not boil!) until the wax is just melted. Warm 30 ml rosewater. Stir the oil and wax together and while stirring, add the rosewater gradually. Remove the jar from hot water and stir vigorously until cool. To make a cream which is effective in fighting wrinkles and scars, add the contents of one or two vitamin E capsules (prick the capsule and squeeze the contents out).
- 84 ml Olive Oil
- 28g Beeswax
- 30ml Rosewater
- 1-2 Vit E Capsules
Is a simple blend of wax with a suitable solvent. The traditional solvent is pure turpentine. This can be replaced by turps substitute or white spirit if cost is a factor. A half and half mixture gives the best of both worlds.
Melt 4oz. of beeswax in a double pan to no more than 70C /160F. Pour ½ pint of warmed solvent into wax and stir thoroughly. Pour into prepared containers. Leave to set before adding lids.
Paste Polish with Carnauba Oil
- 4oz Beeswax
- 1/2 pt solvent (e.g. Turpentine))
The addition of Carnauba wax (obtainable from bee equipment suppliers) will eliminate any tackiness and reduce the amount of “elbow grease” required when buffing.
Ingredients are ½oz. carnauba wax, 4½oz. beeswax, and 1-pint solvent. Method as before. Vary amount of solvent to achieve preferred consistency.
- 1/2 oz Carnauba Oil
- 4.5 oz Beeswax
- 1 Pt Solvent (e.g.Turpentine)
An emulsion is a mixture of two liquids (wax phase and water phase) that don’t normally mix. Emulsions clean and polish in one operation and are easy to apply.
Wax phase: Melt 4½oz. of beeswax in double pan and then add 1 pint of solvent. Raise temperature to about 80C/180F.
Water phase: In pan with pouring lip dissolve ½oz. of soap flakes by pouring 1 pint of hot water over. Adjust temperature to 80C/180F.
Remove from heat. Begin to stir wax phase . Use a hand-whisk gently at slow speed using only one paddle. Very slowly pour water phase into wax. Continue stirring for several minutes after a good emulsion forms. Using a funnel pour into warmed bottles or jars.
- 4.5 oz Bees Wax
- 1 pint Solvent (e.g. turpentine)
- 1/2 Soap Flakes
- 1pt Hot Water
- Melt the wax in a double boiler then remove from heat 80 – 90 C.
- Add the turpentine and stir well with a wooden spoon. Pour into jars, seal and allow to cool before use.
Margaret’s furniture polish (cream) – makes 1 pint
- 400ml Turpentine
- 300g Beeswax
- 100g Carnauba Wax
Melt both waxes in a double boiler. Add turps and soapy water, stir briskly until cool and thickened, then bottle.
- 1.5 oz beeswax
- 0.5 length of a white candle
- 0.5 pt pure turpentine
- 0.5 pt very hot water with
- 0.5 oz soap flakes (or grated soap) dissolved in
everything into bain-marie EXCEPT VIT E OIL (or pyrex boil sitting in saucepan of water) heat and stir until melted
Add vitamin e oil then pour into jars to cool.
Luscious Lavender Lip Balm Recipe
- 30ml/2tbsp coconut or olive oil (I did 50/50)
- 15ml/1tbsp of bees wax
- 4drops lavender, lemon or peppermint essential oil
- vitamin e capsule (or equivalent in vit e oil)
Warm the oils, beeswax and honey in a small, stainless steel pot or bowl. Be sure to warm it on VERY low heat. (You can use a double boiler, if you’d like.) Stir until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from heat and quickly whisk in the essential oil, vitamin E, cocoa powder, and colored lipstick. Place the bottom of the bowl into a shallow pan of ice water and continue whisking quickly as you add the honey. Once the honey is incorporated, quickly transfer the balm into your lip balm container (tube or tin) and allow to set for 3 hours
Propolis lip balm
- 4 Tbsp jojoba, almond, or olive oil
- 1 Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pearls
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil (or 3 punctured, squeezed out liquid vitamin E capsules)
- 7 drops lavender essential oil (or other essential oil)
- 1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
- 1 tsp coloured, natural lipstick (optional, if you want it to have a hint of colour)
Melt in a double boiler and stir, adding essential oil when slightly cooled.
- 1 tblsp beeswax
- 3 tblsp oil
- 1 teasp propolis tincture
- 1 teasp lanolin
- A few drops peppermint essential oil
Melt etc. as above.
- 30gm (1 oz) beeswax
- 30 ml (1 fl oz) apricot oil
- 30 ml (1 fl oz) wheatgerm oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil (or myrrh, sandalwood or frankincense)