Check on your bees! Michigan temperatures are fluctuating, with some days hitting temperatures above 40°F, however that doesn’t mean your bees aren’t still fighting the cold. Don’t be surprised if you see more fallen soldiers than you had hoped when you take a peek.
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Chocolate does more than make our bellies happy. It also makes our brains happy! That’s right, dark chocolate has the ability to increase serotonin in the brain due to its chemical make-up of tryptophan (amino acid that helps make serotonin), phenylethylalanine (natural anti-depressant), and theobromine (mood relaxer and stress reliever). The increase is serotonin leads to a good mood and reduction of stress. Thanks to dark chocolate’s mood enhancing properties, chocolate can even reportedly reduce symptoms of depression. In one study of over 13,000 adults, individuals who reported eating dark chocolate within 2 days had 70% less likelihood of reporting symptoms of depression compared to those who didn’t eat any chocolate.
Health Benefits of Rose
Rose petals have a long history of being used in homeopathic medicine. Today, roses still offer incredible health benefits, and we even create infused honey flavors from it. Roses can be turned into rose tea, rose hip oil, rosewater, essentials oils, and more.
Month in the Hive – January
January in the Hive! This month the queen and her workers are laying low. They’re trying to conserve energy (due to lower food supplies in winter) and trying to keep the hive warm to protect against the cold weather.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Honey and cinnamon have a long history of being used in medicine. Honey is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and an antiseptic. Cinnamon has similar properties. It is also an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and an anti-bacterial substance. Combining honey and cinnamon could no doubt have major health benefits. That is why we created our Cinnamon Infused Honey. Not only does it taste great, but it’s packed with all the nutrients of honey and cinnamon combined!
DIY Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps
The days of single-use plastic food bags are over. Be more sustainable by making your own reusable beeswax food wraps. Go zero-waste with this easy, fun, DIY project that’s good for you and good for the environment.
Browned Butter & Honey Pumpkin Pie
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we’ve got the pumpkin pie recipe that is sure to impress everybody at the dinner table. This recipe uses our very own honey to give a little extra kick of flavor. The honey brings out the pumpkin flavor in ways you never thought possible.
Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin season is upon us. Nothing is better than fresh pumpkin seeds straight from the source. Roasted pumpkin seeds with just salt and pepper are boring! Spice up your pumpkin seed routine with this sweet recipe.
New Edition to the Hive: Melissa, GM
Meet GLBC’s newest edition to the hive, Melissa! We’re so excited to have Melissa on board as our General Manager. Melissa joined us last month after an in-depth hiring search across West Michigan. Melissa describes herself as a “Jane of all trades and master of few,” which you’ll learn after reading about her history, home life, hobbies, and volunteering. As GLBC continues to expand, we’re so grateful to be able to have Melissa join us and continue showing everyone what all the buzz is about at GLBC.
Preserving Autumn Leaves in Beeswax
Fall is the season of change. Red, orange, and yellow fill the tree-line in the Midwest, making for some beautiful walks in nature. Next time you’re outside, lookout for beautiful leaves that you can preserve and incorporate into your home decor. That’s right. No need to buy fake-looking plastic leaves. This craft is quick, simple and is sure to bring your fall decor up a notch!