burns and the bees

anonymous asked:

Can you provide sources for you bee research? I want to read what you're reading. I'm not saying I instantly don't believe your sources, but I have been interested in trying beekeeping for about a year, and most of what I've read is literally the opposite of what you're saying.

These are all either sources from beekeepers themselves, or from independent organisations or studies. Contrary to popular belief, Apis mellifera, the species of bee we use for honey production, are not even close to being endangered; but thousands of lesser known species are The interesting thing is that it’s only really consumers who dispute the facts about the practices involved in honey production, most keepers themselves are well aware that these are standard practices. As for claims about the conservation value of buying honey, most claims contrary to what I’m saying here come from the industry itself, who have a fairly obvious incentive to deny these verifiable facts. Realistically though, my chief concern with honey is that it is exploitative, and you don’t need a source to tell you that taking something which takes a bee’s entire life to produce and selling it for profit is exploitation. You can read my full post on honey here.

The Sweetness Makes the Smoke and Stings Worthwhile - 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 2/?
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Molly Hooper, Sherlock Holmes’ Mother, Sherlock Holmes’ Father, John Watson’s Family
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Historical, Alternate Universe - 1920s, Unilock, Student Sherlock, Student John, Summer, Summer Romance, Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn, First Kiss, Inexperienced Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes and Bees, Mystery, Implied/Referenced Drug Use, Drinking, Period-Typical Homophobia, Other Additional Tags to Be Added, Eventual Smut

After nearly being expelled from university, Sherlock is banished home to Musgrave Hall for the summer. A friend introduces him to John Watson, a handsome medical student visiting the area. Sherlock and John find themselves drawn to each other, falling into a summer romance that may be as painful as it is sweet.

bee related things to set on fire, rated

The Hive: How would you like it if someone went up to your appartment building full of your family and babies and set it on fire? Very rude, 0/10

The Smoker: This is a good and pure suggestion. Calm the bees, they have been working hard and are very tired. Let them rest. 10/10

The Bees’ Knees: How could you even suggest this? How could you even accomplish this? You have some sort of high powered laser and you’re going to waste it on setting bees knees on fire? Shameful. -2/10

The Honeycomb:: Similar to the bee hive, this is full of babies. You are burning bee babies, you sicko. 0/10

The Bees’ Combs: Bees have lots of hair and it’s very hard to keep it all neat, okay? They need those. 3/10

The Beekeeper: I mean, technically the bees don’t need the beekeeper to survive but it is a symbiotic relationship and the beekeeper definitely helps with parasites and stuff. Also it’s probably illegal? 5/10

The Bees’ Needs: I suppose the bees wouldn’t need their needs if you set them on fire. They would become gods, needing nothing. Their lives would soon loose all meaning and all time would merge into a single eternal present, but without needing new experiences or stimulation they wouldn’t care. they would be the only survivors in a increasingly empty universe. they witness heat-death impassively and attempt to pollinate whatever comes next. 8i/10

The Queen: ¡Viva la revolución! 11/10


         When violet eyes get brighter, and heavy wings grow lighter
 I’ll taste the sky and
feel alive again
      And I’ll forget the world that I knew, but
I swear I won’t forget you
   Oh, if my voice could reach back through the past, I’d whisper in your ear:
           “Oh, darling, I wish you were here.”

Medicinal uses for common culinary herbs

(Found this useful and figured I’d share it)

 Category: Herbology Published: Wednesday, 19 September 2012 Written by Super User

Medicinal Uses For Common Culinary Spices

ALLSPICE - Active ingredient is eugenol, same as cloves. Topical pain relief, tea and mouthwash.

ANISE - Seven tsp. of seed to one quart water, boil down by half, add 4 tbsp. of honey, take two tsp to calm a cough. Drink tea for memory, aid digestion, and a wash for oily skin.

ANNATO - (Lipstick tree)- Lightly crushed seeds added to food is like natural gas-x.

ARROW ROOT POWDER - One tbsp in a cup of juice every few hours to relieve diarrhea. Poultice to soothe skin inflammations.

ASAFOETIDA - Buy the tincture in Indian shops. They add a drop to many dishes to relieve stomach pains (gas). Insect repellent. Topical use to heal ulcerated sores.

ASPARAGUS - Boil in water and drink the water for kidney problems. Dissolves uric acid deposits and promotes urination.

BASIL - Add fresh herb or seeds to boiled water to make tea for migraines and bed time restlessness. Douche for yeast infections, eliminates candida, gargle and mouthwash. Pregnant women should avoid medicinal use of basil.

BAY LAUREL - Heat leaves in a little olive oil to make a bay oil salve for arthritis and aches.

CARAWAY - Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 4 tsp lightly crushed seeds. Simmer for 5 minutes, then steep 15 min. Drink with meals to prevent gas, even for infant colic. Promotes menstruation and relieves uterine cramping.

CARDAMON - Digestive aid, eases gluten intolerance (celiac disease). Sprinkle powder on cereal.

CAYENNE PEPPER - Capsicum speeds metabolism. Capsicum cream and oils relieve arthritis and aches, not just by warming and stimulating blood flow, but also by blocking pain transmission by nerves. (blocks substance P) Prevents blood clots, heals ulcers. Cayenne and garlic in chicken soup really IS as effective as antibiotics after the onset of cold or flu. Cayenne dramatically drops blood sugar levels and should by avoided by hypoglycemics. Cayenne promotes excretion of cholesterol through the intestines. It increases energy levels and aura brilliance.

CELERY - Sedative. Active ingredient thalide. Seed and stalk, reduces hypertension. Celery seed tea for the kidneys as a cleanser.

CHERVIL - Steep in boiled water and apply with an eye cup for a wide range of eye complaints.

CHICORY - Liver cleanser, fat cleanser, dissolves gallstones. Prepare like coffee.

CILANTRO - Leafy part of coriander plant. Food poisoning preventative.

CINNAMON - Mouthwash, good for upset stomach. Simmer sticks with cloves for 3 min, add 2 tsp lemon juice, 2 tsp honey, 2 tbsp whiskey - as cold medication. Cinnamon is good for yeast infection and athlete’s foot. A 2% solution will kill both of these conditions. Boil 8-10 sticks in 4 cups water, simmer 5 min, steep 45 min, then douche or apply to athlete’s foot. Cinnamon reduces cancer causing tendencies of many food additives.

CLOVE - Use oil for pain relief for sore gums and toothache. Add clove oil to neutral oils for topical pain relief of arthritis. Small amounts of clove in a tea for nausea. 3 cloves in two cups of boiled water, steeped for 20 minutes, as an antiseptic and mouthwash. Former alcoholics can suck on one or two cloves when the craving strikes to curb the desire.

COFFEE - Although not a spice, it is commonly available in the kitchen. The caffeine in coffee can be used to alleviate headaches (particularly those caused by caffeine withdrawal.) Coffee enemas with olive oil are used to cleanse the bowels and are one of the safest and most thoroughly cleansing enemas available. Caution and common sense must be used to avoid dependency. Hot black coffee sipped through a straw helps break up mucus congestion in the lungs.

CORIANDER - Coriander tea can be used topically to remove unpleasant odors in the genital area for men and women. The tea can be held in the mouth to relieve the pain of a toothache. Can also be drank to relieve flatulence and indigestion.

DILL - Bring one pint of white wine almost to a boil, remove from heat and add 4 tsp of dill seeds, let steep 30 minutes and strain. Drink 1 ½ cups a half hour before retiring to sleep well. To the same directions, but substitute for the 4 tsp of dill, instead add 1 tsp each of anise, caraway, coriander and dill to stimulate the flow of breast milk in nursing
mothers. Chewing dill seeds removes bad breath.

FENNEL - Chewing fennel seeds relieves bad breath. Fennel seed tea sweetens breastmilk. Fennel tea relieves colic in infants.

FENUGREEK - Use as a tea as an excellent relief for colic and fever in children. 1 tbsp ground fenugreek seed taken in the diet daily can reduce cholesterol. 8 tsps of seed presoaked in 4 cups cold water for 4 hours, then boil for 2 minutes, strain and drink 1 cup a day to ease hay fever attacks.

GARLIC - Ultimate antibiotic. Useful even for sexually transmitted diseases. Strongly recommended for hypoglycemia, and diabetes. Destroys intestinal parasites. Reduces cholesterol. Repels insects, and reduces sting effects of insects and red ants.

GINGER - Anti-nausea tea, blood thinner, substitute for coumadin. Boil 2/3 cup of freshly chopped root in 1 gallon water, wrapped in cheesecloth (or old nylon stocking) until the water is yellow. Then soak towel and lay on bruises and sprains while still hot, to ease them. Stimulates a delayed period. Warm ginger tea is good to break up congestion and fever. Ginger is one of the few herbs that easily passes the blood/brain membrane and is used in conjunction with other herbs that are meant to have an effect on the mind. Pregnant women should avoid medicinal concentrations of ginger.

HORSERADISH - Freshly dug root is added to a cold-pressed oil of choice (such as safflower or olive) to make a massage oil for muscle aches and to break up chest congestion. Grate fresh ginger and horseradish together and make a tea to stop post nasal drip.

LEMONGRASS - ½ cup dried leaves to 2 pints of water, simmer for 10 minutes, and sip to bring down fevers.

LICORICE - Tranquilizer. Balances nervous system, stimulates liver functions. Long term usage (over 3 months) could cause liver damage.

LOVAGE - Steep root for 15 min in a cup of boiled water, drink after every meal to prevent flatulence.

MARJORAM AND OREGANO - Over 2 dozen related species. Use as a tea to help reduce fevers and break up bronchitis. Drink tea to relieve cramps and irregular menstruation. Eases suffering of childhood diseases like mumps and measles.

MINT - (Peppermint and spearmint)- Peppermint tea for migraines, nervousness, stomach disorders, heartburn, and abdominal cramps. Herpes sufferers can take 2 cups of tea a day to ease the symptoms when the virus is active. Mints are used to buffer the action of other herbs that have uncomfortable effects on the stomach and intestines. Can be used in any combination for flavor.

MUSTARD - 1 ½ cups of dry yellow mustard in a bathtub of water for sprained backs. Make a paste with water and apply to knee and elbow sprains till blisters appear! Mustard and ginger plaster for deep rattling coughs - 1 tsp each mustard and ginger powder mixed with 2 ½ tbsp of olive oil. Rub over chest and back and put on an old T-shirt (or cover with cloth diaper).

NUTMEG AND MACE - Gas, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and kidney problems - make a paste of powder with cold water and then add to boiled water. 1 tbsp of powdered nutmeg produces a floating euphoria for between 6 and 24 hours. Can cause near constant erections for men during that time. Side effects are bone and muscle aches, burning eyes, sinus drainage, and limited diarrhea.

ONION - Egyptians swore their oaths on onions; Grant refused to move his army until he got 3 railroad cars full of onions; interviews with hundreds of people who lived to 100 plus all indicated a heavy intake of onions in the diet. Onion is an excellent dressing for burns. Crush sliced onions with a little bit of salt and apply to burns. Apply sliced onion to bee and wasp stings. For asthma: puree an onion, cover it with brandy and let sit overnight, strain it, filter it through a coffee filter, and refrigerate. Take 2 tbsp 20 minutes before expected onset or before going to bed.

PARSLEY - The purifier. Chew for halitosis. A few sprigs provide 2/3 the vitamin C of an orange, lots of vitamin A, and the important amino acid histidine, which is a tumor inhibitor. Parsley tea is good for kidney problems, painful urination, and kidney stones. One cup of parsley to 1 quart of water makes a strong tea. Two cups of parsley to 1 quart of water, steep an hour and drink warm, as an aphrodisiac. In Spain they have found that feeding parsley to sheep will bring them into heat at any time of year!

PEPPER (black)- Pain relief from toothache, brings down a fever.

ROSEMARY - Flower tea for the breath. Boil water with rosemary in it to make it safe to drink. Diuretic and liver aid, increases bile flow. Two handfuls of flowering tips into 2 cups of good brandy, soak 10 days, strain and seal. Mouthful twice daily. Oil of rosemary is a natural anti-oxidant, and stress reliever; sniff for headaches. Chop a double handful of twigs and put in a pint of olive oil for one week, and use as a muscle liniment.

SAGE - Chew a fresh leaf and put on insect bite to reduce sting and swelling. Sage tea for the throat. Two cups of sage tea a day for a week will dry up mother’s milk. For the itching of skin problems, steep a handful of freshly crushed leaves in a pint of boiled water for one hour, and bathe the area, then sprinkle with whole wheat flour. Sage tea
prevents blood clots.

SAVORY - (the herb of love) One quart boiled water, 3 ½ tbsp fenugreek seed, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove fenugreek and add 2 handfuls of savory leaves, steep 50 minutes and drink 2 cups, as an aphrodisiac.

TARRAGON - 1 ½ tsp cut dried herb in 1 ¾ cups boiled water, steep 40 minutes, drink warm for insomnia, hyperactivity, depression, or nervous exhaustion. (or anything “jittery”) For digestion steep a handful of dried leaves in a jar with apple cider vinegar, stand 7 hours, strain and seal. Take 1 tbsp before each meal.

TEA - Caffeine relieves migraines. Tea drinkers suffer less hardening of the arteries than coffee drinkers. Black tea kills dental plaque.

THYME - Antibiotic. A tsp in ½ cup boiled water to make a gargle or mouthwash, to prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and cold sores. Drink for cold, flu, fever, and allergy symptoms. As a bath for nail fungus and athlete’s foot, and also as a douche. Compress for bumps and bruises. Health liqueur - 6 sprigs of thyme in 1 ½ cups of brandy for 5 days, shaking daily. Take several times daily when you feel a cold coming on. Thyme is good for killing bacteria and for relaxing tense muscles. Relieves migraine headaches and stomach cramps.

TUMERIC - Anti-oxidant. Powdered turmeric on any ulcerated skin condition or mix with enough lime juice to make a paste and put on herpes sores, mumps, chicken pox, etc. Dip a cloth in turmeric solution to wash away discharges from conjunctivitis and opthamalia. As an anti-inflammatory, turmeric’s properties are as good as 1 % hydrocortisone and phenylobutazone. Take ½ tsp in juice in the morning and evening to aid in removing fat around the liver. Turmeric, bay leaf, clove, and cinnamon all tripled insulin performance in metabolizing blood glucose in a test tube! Field tests proved to greatly enhance production of insulin by the pancreas. “Spicecaps” from Great American Natural Products have a pinch of cinnamon, 2 cloves, ½ bay leaf, and 1 tsp of turmeric per capsule.

VANILLA - Sexual stimulant. Soak a cotton ball with vanilla extract, squeeze it out, put it under the tongue and it will quickly calm hysteria.

VINEGAR - Naturally brewed apple cider vinegar deserves a course all on its own. It is one of the finest blood cleansers and arthritis cures known. Take 1 tbsp per day of equal parts vinegar and honey in water to taste to cleanse the blood and reduce inflammation from arthritis. Be sure to use naturally brewed vinegar, as the white cheap stuff in the grocery store is actually acetic acid, a petroleum by-product, and pretty well useless. (except as a window cleaner!)

BAKING SODA - Although not an herb or a spice, this is especially recommended for people who are allergic to MSG. Many people will use a meat tenderizer for bee stings,
but it contains MSG which can cause some people to swell. Instead, make a paste and apply directly to the insect bite to reduce swelling. You can also mix 1 tsp with water and take for relief of indigestion.

The above information was obtained from the following sources: 
The Herb Book, by John Lust.
“Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices”, by John Heinerman.
“The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines”, by Micheal Castleman
“The Vinegar Book”, by Emily Thacker

As a reminder, the above listed information should not replace the advice given to you by your health care professional. 

Rowan Morgaine

[Femslash February]: Stars

sorry this is late. haven’t been feeling too hot lately

Day 5: Stars (LadyBee)

#ml spoilers #zag spoilers

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Queen Bee never seemed to like going home. 

Chat Noir was the first to casually breach the topic. Something about still seeing her meandering around on the rooftops from his window at two in the morning, long after his patrol with her was over. There was one day when Volpina and Queen Bee made a quick exit to detransform in safety, and while Volpina was walking back to school, she saw Queen Bee transformed and sitting on the Arc de Triomph, cloud gazing. 

Perhaps Ladybug was being a tad nosy, but something in her gut told her it was strange that Queen Bee seemed to want to stay transformed for as long as possible, as if she only stayed in her civilian form if she really needed to. Ladybug started insisting on doing patrols with Queen Bee at the ends of the week, and it was more of the same: Ladybug would call it a night, and Queen Bee would insist on saying out longer. 

It never seemed like Queen Bee was scared to head home. More like she was much happier being transformed than not, much happier being Queen Bee than transforming back into whoever she was outside that suit. Chat Noir was like that in the beginning too. He didn’t get much freedom at home, and being Chat Noir was a freedom he didn’t treat lightly. She wondered if Queen Bee was the same. 

It was Sunday night when Ladybug finished her patrol with Queen Bee, and just as she figured, Queen Bee bid her good night and said she’d stay out just a little bit more. 

“Want some company?” Ladybug asked. “It’s a nice night. I could stay out a little longer.”

Queen Bee blinked at the question and turned her head to the sky. “I won’t be great company. I just wanted to star gaze for a bit before bed.”

Ladybug shrugged and smiled. “I love star gazing! You know, so long as I won’t bother you…”

There was a hesitation in her expression, like she was about to tell Ladybug no, like she wanted to just be left alone. But her lips quirked up just a touch at the corners as she shook her head. “Stay if you want.”

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Peace and Calm

Sometimes, it was too much. Her hand hurt, burned and corroded. Sometimes it was like ice, prickles of bees and thorns. Other times it was waves of the ocean, pounding into the rocks.

Her lips pursed; she was running out of time. And they were still finding new Rifts. Despite the closing of the Breach. Ones that had been festering in the countryside, demons killing only wildlife and those unlucky few who have stumbled upon the toxic holes.

Around each of them was death; bones and flesh and the smell of ozone. So much pain; so much that she felt it all the time.

It didn’t hurt now. Now it was soft and scruffy. Real peace before they had to leave this tent. Cullen pressed his lips to her palm, knowing how it pained her. She pressed closer to his bare body, breathing deeply of his lovely scent. His lips moved up her arm, and he whispered against her shoulder, “My favorite part of setting up a new campsite, testing the new sleeping arrangements.”

Ari’elle chuckled, at peace while in his arms, sated and lazy. She stretched her sore muscles and flopped her arm over his neck, her palm caressing sweat dampened curls. It didn’t hurt, just a normal hand. Cullen wasn’t the Inquisitor here, she wasn’t the Tamer of Rifts. They were just two people tangled together. “It’s a wonderful part. Although…” her arm slipped down and lightly slapped his ass, “I think I prefer when we are a bit more occupied than just sleeping.”

A gasp interrupted her giggle as Cullen rolled, pinning her beneath him and wedging his hips between her thighs. “Oh yeah?” His voice lowered and suggestive, “Maybe you can convert me.”

And then she didn’t think about the Mark for a long time.