Yerba Santa Blossoms in the Foothills

Yerba Santa Blossoms in the Foothills

We went for a walk in the foothills around lake Tabeaud and found the lovely Yerba Santa in bloom. Not only do bees and insects love this plant but it is a great blessing to all of us!

Yerba Santa is an excellent healing plant. The late Dr. Eugene Watkins, my friend and a great Naturopath and Herbalist, taught me the following about Yerba Santa:

From the Spanish language we have the name Yerba Santa, or, as we would say in English "Herb Saint". This herb of the high desert mountains in the desert southwest of the US., with its gray-white miniature trumpet flowers, has long been revered by the Spanish community as a life-saving lung herb. The clean refreshing scent and taste of Yerba Santa immediately suggest the relief it affords for removing mucus, draining fluid from lungs and their restoration to normal function. Take internally, 40 to 80 drops per day, or hourly as needed for relief. This may help someone with breathing difficulties to breathe easier. I love chewing on the young leaves, then I spit out the residue. Take a drink of water and it is soooo sweet and refreshing after chewing on YS leaves!!

To your health this lovely spring! Keep praying for rain! God is good! All the time.

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New Honey Varietals bottled

New Honey Varietals just bottled! Honey flow is in full swing. We are busy as bees!

New Honey Varietals just bottled! Honey flow is in full swing. We are busy as bees!

This summer we have added new varietals to our honey line! We have Creamy Desert Mesquite, Wildflower, also Sweet Clover is flowing right now and soon we will have our Tupelo Honey bottled! You have to try these exquisite honeys! You see every honey has a unique flavor, if a batch of honey doesn't have that single blossom flavor we are looking for then we know that the bees have a variety of honeys in their frames and that becomes a wildflower honey. All of these are good. Honey makes life sweet too!

From the Garden, pollinated by the bees....

Fresh ingredients in the garden....Eggplant, garlic, basil, tomato, nasturtium blossom(edible)

This roasted eggplant served with potatoes and tofu sour cream is so easy to make. Pick or buy your japanese eggplant. Wash and cut lengthwise. Place skin down, inside white flesh up on a backing pan. Cut slits into the eggplant. Slice garlic and push slices into the slits. Sprinkle with salt. Spritz with a little olive oil. Bake 500', 20 minutes till golden brown on top. Delicious with pasta, rice or potatoes.

Jenn, Queen Grafting

ANDREW, our son, preparing artificial queen cels for Jenn to do the grafting. We are learning cool stuff here!

ANDREW, our son, preparing artificial queen cels for Jenn to do the grafting. We are learning cool stuff here!

Jenn is the queen grafter.

Jenn is the queen grafter.

Jenn pulling out the 3 day old egg, the tiny white tip on the end of her tool.

Jenn pulling out the 3 day old egg, the tiny white tip on the end of her tool.

Dropping the egg in the artificial queen cell cup.

Dropping the egg in the artificial queen cell cup.

Bees working too!

Bees working too!

Placing the grafted queen cells in a nuc hive for the young nurse bees to rear.

Placing the grafted queen cells in a nuc hive for the young nurse bees to rear.

Queen grafting takes incredible vision! You cannot imagine how tiny these eggs are. Jenn is really fast and good at this. The most amazing thing is that a few years ago, Jenn, was legally blind. She could not see the big E on the vision charts! She was blessed with the gift of laser surgery and now she does this incredible work, so valuable. It was a great class for all of us.

Heavy Gold

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Look at this little lady's heavy gold bags(hanging on her legs). She does not work for Brinks! This is pollen collected from flowers, carried on the bee's legs. The pollen is stored in cells just like honey. It is used to feed the brood. It is an excellent source of amino acids (protein building blocks). Pollen is also what gives many people hay fever and allergies. Strengthen your immune system. Sneezing, watery eyes, is an overreaction to pollen in the air.