Shungite for Bees.
David and Mariel run beehives on the Isle of Wight, Southern England. Here are their experiences with using Shungite powder. They use standard Shungite powder, not the Nanopowder.
“Last year,I put a small salt spoon quantity of powdered shungite just inside the entrance doorway of two of my hives. I put the Shungite far enough inside so that the breeze would not disturb it.
I came back again an hour later and the bees had taken all of it inside the both of the hives. That was in the Spring time.
I came home from work one day in the Summer and heard the bees making a lot of noise and when I went to the hives to look, one of the hives was black with bees all over the front.
Both hives that had been given the Shungite had “Flowframes” and so by quick inspection at the rear of the hive I could plainly see that all the frames were completely full of honey and the reason for the bees being all over the front was that there was no room left in the hive for them to move.
At that point I took out 9 litres of liquid honey from that hive. The other one was full to about 60%.
Then about 10 days later, the bees were all over the front again and I got another 9 litres from the same hive and about 7 litres from the other hive.
Honey production is a fickle business, mostly related to what is in flower and the correct proportions of rainfall and sunshine to produce nectar in the flowers.
But even allowing for those factors I am convinced that the Shungite was beneficial in the health of the bees, their population and of their honey production.
This year I didn’t give them any Shungite and the honey production was markedly less.
The weather played a part all always, but I will certainly give them Shungite again shortly before Winter sets in and again in the Spring.
At the end of the day, the fact that the bees took the powdered shungite into both hives in such a short time period, tells me that it was of benefit to their well-being.
The welfare of the bees is what counts…whether they can spare me some honey or not, is not paramount for having them in our garden.”