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“As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the colour and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.” -Buddha (Dhammapada: Flowers, verse 49)
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Honey Bees Love ? LAVENDER
Latin Name: Lavandula
How to grow: Lavender grows well in mediterranean climates. Plant it in bright sun, in soil with good drainage. It can also be planted in a small pot, in a mixture of gravel and light soil.
The uses: Because of its soothing antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, lavender is excellent for the skin. After the flowers wilt, dry sprigs upside down. Once dried, collect just the purple heads and toss a handful into boiling water to use as a face steam bath. It is also edible and can be used as a spice, or added to tea for a calming evening beverage.
Photo credit: HoneyLover John Fedorowicz
“They dance a special dance usually performed on a vertical surface of the hive, communicating the direction of a potential food source and its distance from the hive to other bees around… The distance the food source is from the hive is represented by the proportion of time the bee spends wagging its tail in the dance and the direction is represented by the angle to the vertical the bee adopts for the wagging portion of the dance…”
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