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    Where is the best place online to buy essential oils? Or a good place in the Houston area?

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/Lemongrass-Young...c52c5f63oducts
    I believe that this Company has some great products, good luck.

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    I get a lot of my EO from Camden-Grey. Check them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmedic View Post
    Where is the best place online to buy essential oils? Or a good place in the Houston area?
    If looking for small amounts. If you have a Central Market in Houston they will have them. I think Whole Foods do to. A lot of family type owned herb/nutrition stores carry them too. They are easy to find in Dallas so I know Houston will have many places close to you.
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    I bought mine at essential oils university http://essentialoils.org ... been quite happy with the results.

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    Some interesting info. on essential oils used in Beekeeping:

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Beekeep...Essential_Oils

    I get my essential oils from Lorann Oils:

    https://www.lorannoils.com/

    Depending upon how much you use, you can contact them and fill out the wholesale buyer form and they will send you a link to their wholesale website where you can register a username and password as well as buy at wholesale prices.

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    You might want to check out the Fiesta close to I-10. It's been several years since I've been there, but they had a nice selection of EOs.

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    Thanks all!!!

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    Do essential oils occur naturally in colonies of honeybees?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Do essential oils occur naturally in colonies of honeybees?
    Did anyone say this was for a "natural" purpose, or are you just steering it that direction in order to point out that it isn't?

    The whole question of "natural" in relation to beekeeping is on shakey ground from the get-go. Is foundation natural? Is cane sugar? plastic? Queen excluders? mouse guards? Swarm prevention? If you want natural, then leave them in the trees and quit messing with them.

    Here's a question: Does the use of EO's actually make a difference in mite count and bee health? I used them last year, and my bees were teeming with mites by winter.

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    wfmed.com Huge selection, multiple sizes, tiny to ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Foster Collins View Post

    Here's a question: Does the use of EO's actually make a difference in mite count and bee health? I used them last year, and my bees were teeming with mites by winter.

    Adam
    Yep...I run several hundred hives and haven't had a mite problem since using EO's in my operation. I do alcohol washes to test for mites to get good counts. I treat in spring and in fall after supers are off and administer it in their feed. I know of others here that run the same recipes I do with similar positive results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Foster Collins View Post
    Did anyone say this was for a "natural" purpose, or are you just steering it that direction in order to point out that it isn't?

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    I don't think so. What word should I have used? Normally? Would that have been better?

    If they are essential, I would think that normally one would be able to find them in colonies of bees. Naturally.

    The word naturally doesn't necassarily have much to do w/ "Being Natural".
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    Looking I found this under honey plants...

    Thyme Thymus serpyllum, a wild creeping thyme, though many additional species and varieties Perennial herb 50 - 150 pounds honey; 200 - 250 pounds pollen Nectar and pollen Plant in rocks around garden.

    So I would say that thyme is "naturally" worked by bees, brought back into the hive by bees and used by the bees. Thyme is a natural miticide so by bringing it into the hive it would address any mite problem the bees had.
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    And this is an essential oil? I'm asking because I don't know.
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    Some beekeepers use thyme essential oil, along with mint oils, lemongrass oil, wintergreen, tea tree oil, lavender, and others. Essential oils can be used or applied in various ways. Whether they are effective depends on who you ask.

    The original poster is simply asking for good places to buy essential oils. Must all such requests be turned into tiresome debates about whether something is 'natural beekeeping' or not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    And this is an essential oil? I'm asking because I don't know.
    Unless bees have small distilleries going in their hives, solvents, or cold presses, then they don't bring back essential oils to the hives. Essential oils are manufactured from plant parts with methods to gain an incredibly concentrated solution. They may bring back to the hive a very, very weak version of plant essences that they pick up while going from flower to flower, but not essential oils. Essential oils are man made products. I wouldn't exactly call them natural, since a plant can't produce the version we use. And they can be harmful irritants too.

    I definitely find the uses of essential oils in beekeeping fascinating, and something I will have to further look into.

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    My apologies. Did the oper get the answer to the question?
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    I'd say so!
    I get my little bottles of essential oils right at my local health food store. Sure, you save more if you buy big amounts, but a few drops go a long way for a small beekeeper. One $7 bottle of lemongrass oil will probably last me for several years!
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