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Healthy Honey Bee (aka Honey Bee Healthy) Concentrate Recipe

Healthy Honey Bee (aka Honey Bee Healthy) Concentrate Recipe

I’m sure you all have heard of the Honey Bee Healthy essential oil blend available through many of the bee retailers. This concentrated bottle costs a pretty penny, yet many beekeepers use and swear by it. Instead of buying it, why not make it yourself? With a few simple ingredients, you’ll be able to make your own money saving, healthy honey bee concentrate!

Why should you use the Healthy Honey Bee concentrate? The concentrated mix can be added to sugar syrup mixtures to prevent mold and fungus growth in syrup. It also supports bees immune systems, builds colonies, may reduce tracheal mites, and can be used as a smokeless way to calm bees.

The commercially available product is about $30 for 16 oz. A full batch of DIY Healthy Honey Bee concentrate yields about 45 oz and costs $4 to make. The half batch yields about 22 oz and cost about $2 to make!

Healthy Honey Bee is very simple to make. Just make sure you are using high quality essential oils so you don’t harm your bees!

Healthy Honey Bee Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 cups water
  • 2 1/2 pounds (about 5 cups) sugar
  • 1/8 tsp lecithin granules
  • 15 drops spearmint oil
  • 15 drops lemongrass oil

Instructions

Heat water until almost boiling and remove from heat. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Mix the lecithin granules in a little water until dissolved before adding to mixture. Add all remaining ingredients. 

Recipe Notes

When adding to sugar syrup, use 1 teaspoon of Healthy Honey Bee per quart of syrup.

To use as a smoker substitute, mix 4 teaspoons of Healthy Honey Bee in 1 quart of water and add to spray bottle.

Healthy Honey Bee Concentrate- Half Batch

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 pinch lecithin granules
  • 8 drops spearmint oil
  • 8 drops lemongrass oil

Instructions

Heat water until almost boiling and remove from heat. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Mix the lecithin granules in a little water until dissolved before adding to mixture. Add all remaining ingredients. 

Recipe Notes

When adding to sugar syrup, use 1 teaspoon of Healthy Honey Bee per quart of syrup.

To use as a smoker substitute, mix 4 teaspoons of Healthy Honey Bee in 1 quart of water and add to spray bottle.

Download A FREE Printable Recipe

Download the printable Healthy Honey Bee recipe chart to keep in your kitchen for quick & easy reference!

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Purchase Ingredients:

White sugar
1 lb Non-GMO Lecithin– $14
15ml 100% Pure Lemongrass Essential Oil– $14 ($10 wholesale*)
15ml 100% Pure Spearmint Essential Oil– $39 ($29 wholesale*)
Each 15ml bottle of essential oils contains 250 drops, yielding 16 concentrated “servings” per bottle.
*Contact us for wholesale pricing and save 25%

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William Dale McNett

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

I thought it said concentrate 🤔 let's mix it so I can add a tablespoon per gallon or better yet, 5 gallons of syrup that I normally make 🤓

Nicole

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Hi William! Yes, this is a concentrate mix. 😊 You'd want to add 1 teaspoon of Healthy Honey Bee per quart of syrup. This would equate to about 1/2 oz (1.3 tablespoons) per gallon, or 3.3 oz (6.6 tablespoons) per 5 gallons.

William Dale McNett

Saturday 8th of December 2018

I make 5 or 10 gallon, 50 - 75 lbs of syrup at a time. Who mixes a quart at a time? You clearly need more bees 😂 What about tea tree, wintergreen, thime, ........? How are you dealing with the mold?

Heritage Acres Market LLC

Saturday 5th of January 2019

Hello William! Most of our readers are backyard beekeepers, so smaller quantities are needed. I agree, we all need more bees! I have seen recipes that utilize tea tree, wintergreen and thyme. For our recipe, wintergreen can be substituted 1:1 for spearmint. I do not have sufficient information on the use of tea tree and thyme to give you accurate feedback on that. As far as mold, we have found that the addition of HBH to the syrup mix eliminated mild in the syrup.

SCPA

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Could you tell me what the best way is to store it, and approximately how long the shelf life is?

Heritage Acres Market LLC

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Hello! Thank you so much for your comment! I make it once in the early spring and store it in the fridge all season. Hope this helps!

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