Re: essential oils vs varroa: does it work? syrup recipe?
Rather an extreme idea, don't you think?
Originally Posted by davidsbees
Just who do you you think was extracting essential oils from plants to expose the bees to for the past millions of years you refer to?
An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils oraetherolea, or simply as the "oil of" the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Essential oils do not form a distinctive category for any medical, pharmacological, or culinary purpose.
Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation. Steam distillation is often used. Other processes include expression orsolvent extraction.
The techniques and methods first used to produce essential oils were first mentioned by Ibn al-Baitar(1188–1248), an Andalusian physician, pharmacist and chemist.
Certainly the plants themselves have been available to the bees for millions of years, but that does not mean that essential oils were available to the bees.
Consider that a form of alcohol has been occurring for millions of years "naturally" from fermented corn and water, but it wasn't until humans started distilling that fermented corn and water product that whiskey was available.
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