Over the winter is a great time for beekeepers to read up. Abigail read quite a few books over the winter on beeswax because she had to prepare for a 4-H presentation on beeswax.
Honey: Nature’s Golden Healer by Gloria Havenhand talks all about the health benefits of honey, beeswax, propolis, and even royal jelly. It was a very interesting book and made me want to go eat a bunch of honey. I am unsure just how much of it is true since it seems to claim that honey heals everything. I can say, however, that there has been plenty of evidence that honey and other beehive products have health benefits.
Honey Crafting: From Delicious Honey Butter to Healing Salves, Projects for Your Home Straight from the Hive by Leeann Coleman is an excellent book filled with honey recipes and beeswax crafts and products. Our Mom’s Favorite Body Cream (that we sell on Our Honey Bee Store) recipe comes from this book. This was my favorite recipe book that I read this winter.
Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive by Petra Ahnert was another recipe book. This book had some very interesting products in it. It also had quite a few interesting beeswax crafts.
Abigail read only the beeswax related parts of The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum, but she has read this book before. This book had an interesting section on solar melters. A solar melter is a box that uses the suns rays to melt beeswax.
Homegrown Honey Bees: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping Your First Year, from Hiving to Honey Harvest by Alethea Morrison is my all time favorite beekeeping book. It shows what a beekeepers first year looks like. It has lots of pictures and fun stories.
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