Thought for the Week – Angels anytime anywhere

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“You might see an angel anytime of anywhere. Of course you have to open your eyes to a kind of second level but it is not really hard. The whole business of what’s reality and what isn’t has never been solved and probably never will be. So I don’t care to be too definite about anything. I have a lot of edges called Perhaps and almost nothing you can call Certainty. For  myself, but not for other people. That’s a place you just can’t get into, not entirely anyway, others people’s heads. I’ll just leave you with this. I don’t care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It’s enough to know that for some people they exist and that they dance.” Mary Oliver

My confidence in angels is based on their steady presence in my life. They come in all sorts of disguises – as a parent, a sibling, a friend, a teacher, a helper….good people dotted round the landscape of my life …and they come is all sorts of acts too – acts of kindness and of generosity – we can miss these angels but they are there to help us turn the sometimes bitter water of our lives into vintage wine…

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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 25th June 2017

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                  Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Jack and Biddy O’Connell and Josephine Ryan and

Susan Ryan                                                                  7pm this Saturday

Annette Ryan and

Alice Kett and

Michael and Rhona Kett                                                          9am next Sunday

Boher

Nora Bartley Months Mind and

Jim Frawley                                                                 10am this Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher Kathleen Walters 10am.

Murroe: Bridget Hayes 7pm. Michael O’Loughlin 9am. Breda Byrnes 11.30am

Masses for Coming Week: Boher – Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am.

Murroe – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am

Murroe National School: End of Year and Farewell to Sixth Class Mass: This will take place in the church on Tuesday, June 27th at 10.00a.m. You are all very welcome to join us at this Mass. The Sixth class pupils have now completed their primary school education with us and we wish them every success and happiness in the years ahead.

Cemetery Masses: Ballinure, this coming Friday 30th June at 7.30pm. Abington, Sunday 30th July at 11.30am.

Ros Fearna Residence will be hosting a Cake Sale on this Sunday 25th June after both Masses in Murroe, straight across from the Church at the GAA hall. Your support will be gratefully appreciated.

Field Day this Sunday 25th June at Powers Bar, Abington. Tug of War “Pub Teams”, Bouncing Castle, Pony Rides, BBQ – Free Admission. Donations to Milford Hospice.

 ‘Gift yourself a day away’ Tue 27th or Wed 28th June – The Annual Ladies Retreat at Glenstal Abbey. Relax, reflect, pray and enjoy the company of others in the peaceful and beautiful surrounds of the monastery.  Cost €45. To book your place, call Reception – 061 621005, email – events@glenstal.com Information on all events @ www.glenstal.org

Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you to our 6th Anniversary Maranatha Healing Retreat on this Sunday, 25th June, 2017 at 2.30pm at St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick through the Rev. Fr. Charles Benoit, Monks of Moyross, Limerick with beautiful Spirit Filled Praise and Worship Music and Song, Confessions, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Talk, Mass and Adoration and Laying on of hands for healing.  Tea after in hall.  All welcome……

The next meeting of GIY – Mulkear Group will take place on Wednesday 28th June in Cappamore Community Centre at 8.00p.m. The subject will be ” The Organic Garden – Yield, Healing! Hope! This presentation will deal with the benefits of growing our own food – whether in a window box, polytunnel or garden. The speaker will be Jim McNamara, founder of Organic College, Dromcollogher. He is a native of Killoscully. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Lotto Results 18/6/17 -11,12,27,29- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Willie O’Sullivan, Ross Kennedy, Sarah Griffin & Sam Noonan. Next Week’s Jackpot €10,500 in Pa McGraths

Rearcross Tidy Towns/Rearcross FC Community Day – Sunday 25th June. Joe Dolan Tribute Band live on stage at 2:00PM – Admission is €5.00 per head for tickets purchased up to 6:00PM on Sat 24th June and €10.00 per head on the day. Children are admitted free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at Kennedy’s Discount Store Newport, The Congo Bar, The Rising Sun, McCormack’s Kilcommon and Kennedy’s Rearcross. Other events include Slieve Felim Family Challenge; Bouncy Castles/Super Slide/Demo Ball/Water Zorbing; Juvenile Tricycling/Go Karting; Milk Churn Racing; Slow Bicycle Race; Calf Raffle; Cake Sale; Juvenile Soccer Blitz; Juvenile Lucky Dip; Penalty / Sharp Shooter Competition; Commodity Auction; Gala Raffle; Pony Rides; Face Painting/Balloon Twisting & more..

Murroe Boher Bord na nOg would like to thank everyone that helped out, baked cakes, dropped off food at our Tournaments on Sunday June 18th. It was a great success, and a great time was had by all who supported them. Congratulations to our u9’s, who won the Reale Memorial Cup and to our u11’s who won the Rhona Kett Sheridan Shield final. A big congratulations also to Killian Holmes who was voted player of the tournament in the Reale family Cup. A huge thank you also to our sponsors.

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Abington Church’s annual history day will take place on Saturday, June 24

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Abington Church’s annual history day will take place on Saturday, June 24, beginning at 2pm. The theme this year is, “John Jebb: The Abington Years (1775 – 1834).” Prior to becoming Bishop of Limerick, John Jebb occupied the position of Rector of Abington from 1810 to 1823, when he earned the respect and affection of Catholics and Protestants alike. Proceedings will begin at 2 p.m. with a talk by David McBurnie and Grainne Keays, reflecting on Bishop Jebb’s time in Abington. After the talk there will be a field trip to Abington cemetery, the site of the old Abington Church, and then on to the scutching mill at nearby Millbank House. At the mill, Dan Dinneen and Thomas Holmes will give short talks on Jebb’s contribution to the flax industry and employment in the area. Finally, the group will adjourn for refreshments to Pa McGrath’s in Boher at approximately 4.30 p.m. Admission to church is free with €6 charge per head at McGraths. All welcome.

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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 18th June 2017

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                  Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Recent Deaths: Seamus Fleming, Cappamore formerly of Cappanahanna, Murroe

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Andrew (Odd) O’Donoghue                                        7pm this Saturday

Deceased members of the Grimes family                                9am this Sunday

Margaret Culhane                                                        11.30am this Sunday

Jack and Biddy O’Connell and Josephine Ryan and

Susan Ryan                                                                  7pm next Saturday

Boher

John and Mary Fitzgibbon and

Brian O’Mahoney                                                        10am this Sunday

Nora Bartley Months Mind and

Jim Frawley                                                                 10am next Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher Eilish Bartley 10am.

Murroe: Breda Fitzpatrick 7pm. Suzanne Barron 9am. Saundra Ni Chiosog 11.30am

Masses for Coming Week: Boher – Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am.

Murroe – Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am

Best wishes to our Parishioners who travelled to Lourdes on Friday.

Cemetery Masses: Ballinure, Friday 30th June at 7.30pm. Abington, Sunday 30th July at 11.30am.

Engraved Ring found in Murroe. Please contact 0871774785 for more details.

Ros Fearna Residence will be hosting a Cake Sale on Sunday next 25th June after both Masses in Murroe, straight across from the Church at the GAA hall. Your support will be gratefully appreciated.

Church gate collection on 24th/25th June for Murroe Community Text Alert Scheme. This scheme is run on a voluntary basis so your support is greatly appreciated. Anyone wishing to join the scheme can leave their details with the collectors on the day.

Field Day Sunday next 25th June at Powers Bar, Abington. Tug of War “Pub Teams”, Bouncing Castle, Pony Rides, BBQ – Free Admission. Donations to Milford Hospice.

Reliable Kind Teenager available for babysitting/child minding, Garda vetted & references available, contact 086 6055545.

‘Gift yourself a day away’ Tue 27th or Wed 28th June – The Annual Ladies Retreat at Glenstal Abbey. Relax, reflect, pray and enjoy the company of others in the peaceful and beautiful surrounds of the monastery.  Cost €45. To book your place, call Reception – 061 621005, email – events@glenstal.com Information on all events @ www.glenstal.org

Social Dance in Millennium Centre Caherconlish, on Saturday 24th June. Music by Tommy Carroll. Tea Served. Admission €10. Great night guaranteed.

Abington Church’s annual history day will take place on Saturday, June 24, beginning at 2pm. The theme this year is, “John Jebb: The Abington Years (1775 – 1834).” Prior to becoming Bishop of Limerick, John Jebb occupied the position of Rector of Abington from 1810 to 1823, when he earned the respect and affection of Catholics and Protestants alike. Proceedings will begin at 2 p.m. with a talk by David McBurnie and Grainne Keays, reflecting on Bishop Jebb’s time in Abington. After the talk there will be a field trip to Abington cemetery, the site of the old Abington Church, and then on to the scutching mill at nearby Millbank House. At the mill, Dan Dinneen and Thomas Holmes will give short talks on Jebb’s contribution to the flax industry and employment in the area. Finally, the group will adjourn for refreshments to Pa McGrath’s in Boher at approximately 4.30 p.m. Admission to church is free with €6 charge per head at McGraths. All welcome.

Boher Community Development Association: On Sunday, a large crowd attended the GAA pitch in Boher, for the Family Fun Day. It was a tremendous success. The day commenced with a Fancy Dress competition which was followed by a number of races. There were also a number of side shows. The “Fittest Family challenge” proved very popular. All those who participated in the various events thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Sincere thanks to Cpl. Jimmy O’Donnell and Cpl. James Farrell, for organising the “Fittest Family challenge” and John Kennedy, Dunnes Stores for providing refreshments for the participants. The emphasis was on fun and a most enjoyable day was had by all who took part. Sincere thank you to everybody who took part and helped with the event.

Learn bystander CPR in 15minutes: Would you know what to do if someone had a heart attack? Learn to do CPR or refresh your skills next Saturday (24th June) from 10am to 12noon in Boher Community Centre with Community First Responder Boher. Drop in at any time between 10 and 12 or contact Ita Richardson 0876886536.

Lotto Results 11/6/17 -5,6,25,26- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky dips Audrey Quinn, Francis Hickey, Paudie Leahy & Connor O’Malley. Next Week’s Jackpot €10,400 in Powers

Rearcross Tidy Towns/Rearcross FC Community Day – Sunday 25th June. Joe Dolan Tribute Band live on stage at 2:00PM – Admission is €5.00 per head for tickets purchased up to 6:00PM on Sat 24th June and €10.00 per head on the day. Children are admitted free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at Kennedy’s Discount Store Newport, The Congo Bar, The Rising Sun, McCormack’s Kilcommon and Kennedy’s Rearcross. Other events include Slieve Felim Family Challenge; Bouncy Castles/Super Slide/Demo Ball/Water Zorbing; Juvenile Tricycling/Go Karting; Milk Churn Racing; Slow Bicycle Race; Calf Raffle; Cake Sale; Juvenile Soccer Blitz; Juvenile Lucky Dip; Penalty / Sharp Shooter Competition; Commodity Auction; Gala Raffle; Pony Rides; Face Painting/Balloon Twisting & more….. Saturday 24th June events include 5K Walk/Run & 12K Walk at 2:00PM and Horse Drive at 5:00PM

Murroe Boher Camogie Club: Saturday morning saw our U8s host their first blitz of the year, hosting St. Ailbes, Cappamore and Kilmallock with each team playing each other once. Well done to all our girls who showed great skill and determination and a thank you to our coaches and volunteers for helping out on the day. Next weekend our U8s with travel to Ballyagran for the second cluster blitz while our U10s will travel to Ahane. Best of luck to all our girls and coaches.

Murroe Boher Bord na nOg wish to advise of our tournaments taking place on this Sunday June 18th in Harty Park. The first tournament (Reale Memorial Cup) is an u9 tournament, starting at 10.00am, with 2 teams from Murroe Boher, 2 teams from Killmallock and 2 teams from Ballina, Co. Tipperary. This will be followed in the afternoon, by the Rhona Kett Sheridan Memorial Cup, starting at 14.30. We have Kilconieron from Galway, Ballyea from Clare and JK Brackens from Tipperary competing in this u11 hurling tournament. Teas & Coffees with Sandwiches as well as a BBQ will be served throughout the day. We also have face painting and costume characters appearing during the day and much more, please come and support this community family fun day.

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Thought for the Week – Remaining close to Nature

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When the plough was invented in neolithic times, the straight line became necessary and so Neolithic people began to shape the landscape. They made square fields – for when you plough you need to go in straight lines. Having invented the square for ease of agriculture the next step was a square house. This may have altered our way of looking at the universe.

Straight lines are rare in nature and right angles are practically non existent…the earth is a globe and so are the planets.

When we began to think and feel in straight lines we took a big leap towards separating ourselves from nature- to feel that we were not a part of nature but something different.

Until the white man came, the Bantu tribe in Africa did not have a plough.  Cultivation was done by women once the men had cleared the ground using fire. They used a simple hoe or digging stick. The shape of the area didn’t matter and they had no need for straight lines or corners. In Africa everything is a circle – their cultivated land, their huts, pots and they remain closer to nature.

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Thought for the Week – Perfectionism

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Perfectionism is the story of our times and channels much of what we do  – from the search for the perfect home, the perfect partner, the perfect body, striving to be the perfect monk, the perfect woman – our culture packages and sells it effectively …skinny, thin, beautiful,  great relationship, work is great too,  life is perfect – it conforms to the all the norms.
This striving for perfection, conforming to the standard of this world, makes us ill at heart – we loose touch with our truth and become like everyone else – with our many dull vices – the general, the ordinary rotten mud of human meanness and cowardice and cruelty and evil and hate- we are all the same. Saints resist this temptation – they are virtuous – unique – in touch with their truth.  It is in their virtues that saints are original – hating what is evil, holding fast to what is good, ardent in spirit, offering hospitality to strangers.
It is in our virtues that we are original and unique  – virtues are particular, vices are general. We too can become saints – in touch with our truth  – but truth is a risk that most of us find hard to face.
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Murroe/Boher Newsletter 11th June 2017

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                           Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                  Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Anniversaries:                                    Murroe

Teresa Cusack                                                             7pm this Saturday

Patrick Owens and

Peggy Whyte and

Tony O’Brien                                                              11.30am this Sunday

Andrew (Odd) O’Donoghue                                        7pm next Saturday

Deceased members of the Grimes family                                9am next Sunday

Boher

William and Christine Bolster and

John O’Connor and

John and Phyllis Hickey and

Nellie O’Gorman                                                         10am this Sunday

John and Mary Fitzgibbon                                           10am next Sunday

May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher Des Duffy 10am.

Murroe: Evelyn Lorigan 7pm. Josie Meade 9am. Tom Seaver 11.30am

Masses for Coming Week: Boher – Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am.

Murroe – Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am

Cakes required for our Lourdes Pilgrimage. Please deliver cakes to Liz Barron by Wednesday 14th June. Pilgrimage start on 16th June.

Cemetery Masses: Clonkeen, next Friday 16th June at 7.30pm. Ballinure, Friday 30th June at 7.30pm. Abington, Sunday 30th July at 11.30am.

Centenary of Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima – Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles on 11th– 13th June 2017: Sunday 11th June 7.00p.m.: Opening Liturgy – Theme: The Spiritual Life of St. Francisco of Fatima. Monday 12th June 7.30p.m.: Evening Liturgy – Theme: The Spiritual Life of St. Jacinta of Fatima. Tuesday 13th June 7.30p.m.: Mass – Theme: The Spiritual Life of the Servant of God Lucia of Fatima. 8.15p.m.: Holy Hour with Reflections. Meditated Rosary before 8.00a.m. Mass and 11.00a.m. Mass (excepting funerals) and at 3.00p.m. (with Litany of Loreto) on Mon./Tues. 12th /13th June.  Confessions available on Tuesday, 13th June 3.30p.m. – 5.30p.m. Further details: see www.thurlesparish.ie  or www.fatima.ie

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a blood donor clinic in the Community Centre, Caherconlish, on this Monday 12th June. Time: 5pm to 8pm.

Ros Fearna Residence will be hosting a Cake Sale on Sunday 25th June after both Masses in Murroe, straight across from the Church at the GAA hall. Your support will be gratefully appreciated.

Reliable Kind Teenager available for babysitting/child minding, Garda vetted & references available, contact 0866055545.

Mulcair Men’s Shed Annual General Meeting Monday 12th June 8pm in the Shed, Abington Enterprise Centre.

Thank you to all those who gave so generously to the Church Gate collection in aid of Killinure National School Parents Association at the June Bank Holiday weekend Masses. The total raised was €559.72. This money will go a long way towards helping fund things such as the Book Rental scheme, help subsidise costly bus fees and other such endeavours to directly benefit the children and parents of Killinure National School. On their behalf, we thank you!

Boher Community Development Association: On Saturday evening last, a very large number of cyclists, congregated at Boher Community Centre to participate in our Annual Charity Cycle.  Over 140 cyclists left the community centre on a 40k cycle.  €3k was raised during the event.  This exceeded all expectations.  Boher Community Development Association will make a presentation next month to The Jack & Gill Children’s Foundation, in memory of Rhona Kett Sheridan and Cliona’s Foundation, in memory of Ciara McCarthy.  Sincere thank you to all who participated in the cycle, the Marshals, Stewards, John Kennedy, Dunnes Stores, PJ Fitzgibbon for providing car parking facilities and the ladies committee for providing refreshments after the event.

Boher Community Development Association will hold its Annual Parish Fun Day this Sunday 11th June from 1.30pm at the GAA pitch, Boher. Activities will kick off with the children’s fancy dress competition followed by children’s races and novelty races for children and adults. There will also be a number of sideshows. This year we are introducing a “Fittest Family Challenge”! Teams of 4 can enter for the event comprising 2 adults – one male and one female – and two children under 15 years of age. All those who participated in the various events last year thoroughly enjoyed themselves and hopefully even more people will join in the fun this year. All members of our community are most welcome.

Murroe Ladies Gaelic Football: We wish Kate Madigan and her Limerick u14 Gaelic football team the very best of luck on Sunday as they take on Armagh in the All Ireland B semifinal. The team with Club coaches Ken Beirne and Marie O’Flynn as part of the management team recently made history by claiming the B Munster title against Waterford. G4M continues with a match v St Pats planned for Tuesday, new players welcome, details on club facebook page.

Murroe Boher Camogie Club: Over the past week we have hosted a very successful Hurl Smart Week. For 5 days, we saw varying age groups of girls come to Murroe GAA Pitch for loads of fun and challenging camogie sessions. A fundamental skills session, introductory coaching and drills session, a ball wall session and an introduction to camogie for 4-7 year olds were among the activities of the week. The highlights of the week were the zorbing and the nutrition and mindfulness talk which both proved to be great successes. Our special thanks to Anne O’Connor for presenting the talk and also to all our coaches, parents and volunteers who trained sessions, helped organise drills and even took part. The week was a great success. Next weekend sees our U8s host a blitz at 11am in Murroe on Saturday while our U10s travel to Ballyagran to take part in their blitz. Both teams will play 3 matches on the day. Best of luck to all our girls!

Murroe Boher Bord na nOg wish to advise everyone about our upcoming tournaments on Sunday next 18th June in Harty Park Murroe. The day will begin at 10.00am with our U9’s competing for the Reale Cup, and this will be followed in the afternoon with our u11’s competing for the Rhona Kett Sheridan cup. Teams already confirmed for the tournaments are Ballina from Tipperary and St. Patrick’s, Ballyraggret from Kilkenny, with more teams to follow. BBQ food will be served as well as teas & Coffees, more details to follow in the coming weeks, please support.

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Bee Blogs – May 2017

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I had my first swarm in early May and missed it. The second one I caught as it landed conveniently on a near by bush.
I split my two strongest colonies on the 6th of May. They seem to be doing well as far as I can tell from the outside. I moved the queen and three of four frames of brood and stores into new hives and took them to an out apiary. I checked them two days ago and the queen had laid in all the brood combs. Hopefully this brood will hatch and be ready for the flow although it looks like the flow will be early this year. I notice the bramble flowering already and the clover not far behind so we are going to have an early flow and no noticeable June Gap, I suspect.
I have left the other two hives, (the ones with no queens) alone and I hope there is a new queen and that she is laying by now. I will give them another few days before checking them.
The great thing about the split hives is that you can forget about them and have only minor worries about swarming. The rest of my hives, I am watching trying to work out what is happening and never sure!
Give Drones a Chance!
I am still inclined to cut out drone brood as a way of controlling varroa. Varroa prefer drone brood because of their longer pupation time allows the varroa an extra brood cycle. Because of this many drones will tend to be under nourished and hence under developed and probably carrying a heavy viral load – it is not hard to understand why queens may not be mated properly.
We need to encourage drone brood and it is not a bad idea to put some drone brood foundation in each hive or to put a short strip of foundation in a frame allowing the bees to build their own drone brood.
We need to improve our drone stock or we will continue to have poorly mated queens. Poorly mated queens will fail in the first year or over winter and some will become drone layers. Try and give drones a chance and go easy cutting out the drone brood – there is some evidence that more drone brood improves temperament and can reduce swarming
Jobs for June
Make sure the bees have access to a plentiful supply of water.
Regular colony inspections with swarm management as required
Check for signs of disease especially varroa.
Monitor food stores and feed if necessary – can have the ‘June Gap’.
Add supers.
Queen rearing may be undertaken.
Lavender 
The lavender I bought and planted last year is in flower. The bees love it but bumble bees seem to love it more. There is research which explains this – some types lavender have flowers whose tubes are too deep for honey bees – e.g. ‘Grosso’, a type of lavender has flowers with tubes 7.5mm deep. Bumblebees have longer tongues than honey bees. Bees whose tongue is 6.7mm in length requires more open and shallower flowers for their foraging.
Lavender has been shown to have calming effects on angry bees. The research involved exposing honey bees to different odours while a  rotating feathery object to agitate the insects.  As expected the bees stung the feathery object. Yet when exposed to lavender even in combination with the sting-alarm pheromone and with the feathery object brushing them the bees did not attack.
A French research team tested these results in the field applying odours to the front of beehives ..the calming odours reduced the aggressiveness of the bees even though they had been agitated by a jiggling flag at the hive entrance. Maybe we should take to wearing a sprig of lavender when working with the bees.
Over last 20 years there has been a lot of interest in treating bee diseases with herbal extracts not just thymol but also laurel, mint, lavender etc.  oils. A Spanish researcher into the effectiveness of the essential oils of lavender, laurel and thymol in killing varroa mites gave claims that, ‘all essential oils cause mite mortality without sever harm to the bees. The old advice to add a tiny drop of thymol to syrup feed has been validated by research….
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