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  1. #1
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    Default essential oils ????

    Hello fellow bee keepers....
    My question is simple....when making your own medicated syrup, what are the best essential oils to add. ???
    What would be the amount of each in millimeters & are their different concentrations (ie. Strengths )

    I am going to add essential oil to my syrup recipe along with Fumidil-B.

    PS: has anyone got an all natural recipe for medicated syrup in which Fumidil-B is not used. ???

    Thank You.
    Last edited by John Shelton; 10-24-2013 at 03:48 PM. Reason: adding a question

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    This is the recipe I have posted on my site:

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

    Blend until thoroughly emulsified, approximately 5 minutes. (By emulsifying with the blender, there is no need to add a chemical emulsifier.) Pour the emulsified solution into a half gallon jug and add water to make 2 quarts. (Do not heat EOs, as this causes the oil to dissipate.) This is the concentrate. It will keep for months. (A jug of concentrate will make 8 gallons of 1:1 syrup at the dilution suggested by the WVU researchers' formula for controlling varroa mites by feeding EO syrup.)

    To feed:

    Add 1 cup concentrate to 1 gallon of cooled sugar syrup.

    ***Note: EOs are strong and so concentrated that they will damage the seals of the blender unless you rinse them cleanly away after blending.
    To read more about treating with essential oils go to http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/varroa/varroa2.htm .

    HTH

    Rusty
    Rusty Hills Farm -- home of AQHA A Rusty Zipper & Rusty's Bees ( LC and T)

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    Thank You Rusty....:-)

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    EO's also discolors the plastic pitcher on your wife's Ninja blender. Don't ask how I know.

    Rodney

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    Rodney , I will not ask...but I do understand :-) Thx

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    Quote Originally Posted by bearkarting View Post
    EO's also discolors the plastic pitcher on your wife's Ninja blender. Don't ask how I know.

    Rodney

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    I use lemongrass and spearmint.

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    Rusty,

    I am confused regarding the end-part of the recipe. The one gallon of cooled sugar syrup, is that 1:1 sugar to water, and then you add 1 cup of the concentrate to the 1:1?

    Phil

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    Yes, you've got it.

    In the fall you can also add one cup to a gallon of 2:1 syrup as well. I often do that. (and if you need syrup recipes, I have them on my site, too.)

    Rusty
    Rusty Hills Farm -- home of AQHA A Rusty Zipper & Rusty's Bees ( LC and T)

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    Is the 2:1 .....2parts sugar 1part water.????
    Or 2part water to 1part sugar ??

    I assume it is two sugar to one water...cause it is winter.
    But i don't want to assume..lol

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    2 parts sugar to one part water--makes a heavy syrup for the fall.

    Rusty
    Rusty Hills Farm -- home of AQHA A Rusty Zipper & Rusty's Bees ( LC and T)

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    I thought so.....thank you Rusty.

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Hills Farm View Post
    Yes, you've got it.

    In the fall you can also add one cup to a gallon of 2:1 syrup as well. I often do that. (and if you need syrup recipes, I have them on my site, too.)

    Rusty
    Thanks for clarifying.

    Phil

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    I was wondering if someone could help me on this question.
    I just bought these 2 Pure Essential Oil Lemongrass & Spearmint
    100% Pure and Natural, Undiluted
    http://www.wfmed.com/lemongrass-choice-up-to-32oz/
    My question is on the lemongrass, it has a note on the top of the bottle saying "For external use only, keep away from children"
    For external use only, can the bees can still consume this without issues?
    Now the Spearmint doesn't have that warning on it, neither has them listed aromatherapy so just making sure before using on the girls... Both from WFmed
    Thanks

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    I am assuming you can only use EO treatment(s) when you do not have honey supers on? Correct?

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    Default Re: essential oils ????

    Unless you want to make cough syrup instead of honey!

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