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You know what? I happen to like bees. I admittedly wasn’t fond of them as a child when one stun me on the eye (landed on my face so I grabbed at it) BIG mistake. So it took me a while to get back that, but once I realized how neat they were, I developed a fondness for them. Stephanie Bruneau brings us the Benevolent Bee, a book crafted to show us the bee and how she works, AND how we can benefit from all she provides.
I have to admit, this is a rather neat book. It talks briefly about the lifecycle and work of the honeybee, but devotes itself to the benefits of honeybees.
Ms Bruneau first teaches the science behind each of the benefits of the honeybee. She works her way through propolis, pollen, honey, royal jelly, venom and beeswax. Did you know that in it’s final state honey can last forever without spoiling?
She follows this up with recipes, crafts or projects one can do. You can learn to make elderberry syrup, honey fire tonic, royal jelly fudge, stinging nettle tea with honey, turn honeycomb into beeswax or make a floating acorn cap candle. So many different recipes and ideas to explore.
She even included stories of people using bee venom. I’d heard about using bee venom before but never really looked into it. It’s been used in China for more than 2000 years. You can also use bee venom to reduce allergic reactions!
All in all it’s a very helpful book. For the budding apiarist this book would be helpful in explaining the benefits of bee keeping. For the person just wanting to know more about the benefits of bees, this book provides it all! It’s a wonderfully helpful book indeed. 🙂
About the Author: Stephanie Bruneau is a beekeeper, herbalist, and artist. She runs
The Benevolent Bee, a small business selling honey, beeswax candles,
herbal body care products, and other handcrafted and hive-derived items.
At the Benevolent Bee “Teaching Apiary” Stephanie observes, learns, and
teaches about bees and bee behavior to students of all ages.
The Benevolent Bee: Capture the bounty of the Hive through Science, History, Home Remedies and Craft.
Oversized trade paperback
Reviewed for: Quarto Group
Where can you find The Benevolent Bee?
Amazon.ca: The Benevolent Bee: Capture the Bounty of the Hive through Science, History, Home Remedies and Craft – Includes recipes and techniques for honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly, pollen, and bee venom
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