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    Question Tea Tree oil in sugar syrup

    I apologize if this has been answered before. I tried searching and didn't get the results I was looking for.

    I have seen some information on the web of people using tea tree oil in sugar syrup to help with varroa mites. I am having a hard time finding a recipe with an actual quantity of how much tea tree oil. Does anyone have a syrup recipe with a quantity?

    I found the excerpt below and makes me wonder if it should be used in this manner at all. Has anyone here used it long term? Did the hive do well longterm, i.e., was the hive strong the following year, honey production, did they winter well?

    According to the American Cancer Society: "Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed. It has been reported to cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities, and severe rashes. It should be kept away from pets and children."[22]

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    Default Re: Tea Tree oil in sugar syrup

    Don't know if this is what you are looking for, but it is courtesy of one of FatBeeMan's videos.

    In a blender combine:
    1 cup water
    1 teaspoon tea tree oil (for nosema control)
    1 teaspoon lemongrass oil
    1 teaspoon spearmint oil or wintergreen oil (for mites)

    Blend until thoroughly emulsified, approximately 5 minutes. Pour into a gal jug and add water to make 2 quarts. (Do not heat EOs, as this causes the oil to dissipate.) This is the concentrate and will keep for months.

    To feed:
    Add 1 cup concentrate to 1 gal. cooled sugar syrup. Feed once a week for 3-4 weeks.

    As to the ACS quote, remember that there are also many meds that are toxic at high doses. The key is to use them as prescribed. While I do use EOs, I only use them in the Spring and the Fall, and I do believe they are effective. That's JMO, of course.

    HTH

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    Default Re: Tea Tree oil in sugar syrup

    IIRC, FatBeeMan has a video talking about using tea tree oil for nosmia. He was adding it to syrup. I'm not sure what the mixture was.
    Northern Ca. Zone 9b. Third year newb.

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    Default Re: Tea Tree oil in sugar syrup

    Ahh. I think that is where I got the idea but couldn't find it again.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Tea Tree oil in sugar syrup

    Has anyone here used it long term? Did the hive do well longterm, i.e., was the hive strong the following year, honey production, did they winter well?
    FWIW: I first heard about EOs in about 2000 and started using them shortly thereafter. Been using them ever since.

    Rusty
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    Default Re: Tea Tree oil in sugar syrup

    I use it in my summer feeding I feed it to my bees once a month. I use 15 drops of lemongrass. in 5 gallons of 1 and 1 sugar mix seems to work good for me. the rest of the time I feed I leave out the tea tree oil.
    15 drops of Spearmint
    15 drops of tea tree oil

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    Default Re: Tea Tree oil in sugar syrup

    Tea tree is preventative for Nosema (and mites: http://scientificbeekeeping.com/the-...ve-treatments/)
    Spearmint is preventative for mites.
    And what do you use the lemongrass for?

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    Default Re: Tea Tree oil in sugar syrup

    My recipe:
    Start with 1 quart jar and add
    1cup honey
    7 drops spearmint oil
    7 drops lemongrass oil
    2 drops Tea Tree oil
    Fill remainder with 1:1 sugar water
    Shake will to mix and before use.
    Keep refrigerated.
    I add 1 tablespoon of mixture per 1 quart of sugar water as feed.

    Mix with feed away from hives unless you are prepared to be to be mugged!!!

    Also I have mixed with dry pollen sub to make patties.

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    Default Re: Tea Tree oil in sugar syrup

    I think the lemongrass is to encourage feeding.....but I could be wrong.

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    Default Re: Tea Tree oil in sugar syrup

    Quote Originally Posted by bobolinaloha View Post
    Tea tree is preventative for Nosema (and mites: http://scientificbeekeeping.com/the-...ve-treatments/)
    While Randy Oliver does mention a couple of essential oils* on that page, I didn't see anywhere there where Randy said they are effective. He is essentially reporting what others claim.

    *the asterisk is because thymol (related to thyme oil) has been demonstrated to be effective in some forms against varroa. Apiguard is a commercial thymol-based miticide.
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    Default Re: Tea Tree oil in sugar syrup

    EOs are the modern day equivalent of snake oil.
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