Part III Of Our Four-fold Treatment Protocol:
Feeding Essential Oils to Help maintain Healthy Colonies!

Honey-B-Healthy Experimental Yard
West Virginia University
Horticulture Farm

September 28, 2000
(HBH Test Started August 10, 2000)

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The image above shows Dr. Amrine standing next to a group of his HBH fed hives on the Horticulture Farm at WVU. This group has been fed three quarts a week of our feeding stimulant since early August. This was a minimal feeding experiment--the bees could have taken two quarts per day. Next year we plan to increase the quantity of syrup. The hives were each given one quart on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week for seven weeks and would consume the treatment in about four hours. We have observed the oils may help to stimulate the immune system of the bees keeping them healthy even with the presence of Varroa and the pathogens they carry. As you will see below, this feeding appears to have kept the colonies healthy as of September 28. The visual results are shown in the images below. We have also observed that using two or more oils in combination helps enhance this apparent positive effect on the bees.

Frequency and Essential Oils:

The electrical frequency of essential oils ranges between 52 and 320 Hz. They have the
highest frequency of any substance known to man. Because they are living substances, their frequency is harmonic with the human frequency. When essential oils come into contact with our bodies, the frequency of our bodies becomes raised to a degree that we become inhospitable hosts to pathogenic organisms.

Healthy Bees And Brood Comb From HBH Fed Hive #10!

September 28, 2000

The comb on the above left shows healthy bees on brood comb. The comb above to the right shows a close-up of the bees shaken off the healthy comb.

September 28, 2000

The open hive on the above left shows hive #10 as a healthy colony of bees. The comb above to the right shows the bees shaken off the healthy comb.

September 28, 2000

Control colonies in various yards in Cumberland, MD and West Virginia University on September 28, were visually weak and in early stages PMS with deformed bees seen on the frames and in the fronts of the colonies. Year 2000 had an unusual build up of mites, resembling the 1994-95 season. Both treatment and control colonies showed the same percentage of mites with the treatment colonies being visually healthier than the control colonies.

The red arrow on the comb above is pointing to a red dot on the abdomen of a deformed bee found in colony #10. The comb to the right shows pupae pulled out of their cells which are healthy normal pupae. Colonies in some of our yards which have not been fed our stimulant are weak and in beginning stages of PMS, and do not show the visual healthy appearance of the HBH-fed colonies.

Essential oils in syrups need to be fed to colonies while they are healthy, and helps colonies that are weak by possibly stimulating their immune systems. Essential oils are poorly understood and the mode of action not known. Field variables such as nectar flow must be at minimum for this stimulant feeding to work at optimum. In addition to feeding essential oils we feel that using the screened bottom board along with our new salt patty recipe will help maintain healthy, vigorous honey bee colonies for pollination and honey production.

Albert Yoder tested Russian queens this year and found them to have as many mites present as his Italian hives in the same Apiary. The major difference he observed was that the Russian colonies seemed to tolerate the mites and pathogens much better than the Italians. They were much healthier and seemed to not be effected by the mites or pathogens that the mites carry. Possibly the Italian bees' immune systems were boosted by the essential oil-feeding whereas their Russian cousins have, an immune system that can tolerate the mites and the pathogens they carry.

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The essential oils may help to stimulate the immune system of Honey bees, which seems to allow them to tolerate the mites pathogens much better as Albert Yoder observed in his colonies with the Russian queens. Even with the presense of pathogens the bees appear healthy.