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Ginger
For over 5000 years Ginqer has been both a food and a medicine. As we discover the taste benefits of different cultures, western research into ginger's health beneffts is also building bridges into this fascinating product.
Some of the benefits that ginger is claimed to have are summarised in Paul Schullick's book "Ginger - Common Spice or Wonder Drug":

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- Ginger is in approximately 55% of Herbal Medicines.
- Ginger is an effective anti inflammatory in treating rheumatoid arthritis.
- Ginger has proven benefits in prevention of nausea-particularly travel sickness and morning sickness.
- Ginger is beneficial in thinning the blood.
- Ginger is helpful when used in stomach ulcer treatment.
- Ginger tea (cooled) can benefit skin conditions such as measles and chicken pox.
- Ginger is an aphrodisiac (who is researching this one!?)

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Bees - Who lives in the hive?
The Queen Bee is the mother of the hive and can lay up to 2000 eggs per day. This adds up to more than one million during her life span.
The Queen Bee is the largest bee in the hive. She is fed only Royal Jelly. Worker bees are the smallest bees in the hive and are non reproductive females. Hives can have up to 60000 workers. Drones are the future fathers of the hive. A drone cannot perform work in the hive and has no sting. Each hive has 800 - 1000 drones.

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A day in the life of a worker bee
When a young worker bee first emerges she is already fully formed.
After the first few days the worker bee starts a new job feeding bee bread to larvae.
She goes to work immediately, keeping the hive clean and helping to remove debris.
Once the worker bee is seven days old she is able to produce beeswax. It is now her Job to chew and soften this wax and use it to build the cells of the honeycomb.
The last 30 days of the worker bee's live is spent in the garden foraging for pollen and nectar.

How do bees communicate?
The Waggle Dance is one of the many ways hees communicate... and one of the most fun to watch. The dancing bee moves in a figure eight pattern waggling her body as she goes... a bit like a Salsa. The Waggle Dance provides Information to the other hees about where to find nectar and pollen including which direction to fly in and how far to go.
Smell is also very important and can be used to provide lots of Information to other bees. Bees release chemical messages called pheremones which can be used for recognition or to sound an alarm. Pheremones can even be used to control how quickly bees mature.
How does the honey get out of the frame?
The frames are loaded into the Spinner and the honey is released from the frames during spinning by centrifugal force. The honey accumulates on the inside of the spinner and drips through a tap in the bottom.
The honeycomb is uncapped while it is still on the frame. This is done using a hot knife, often an electrical knife, that melts away the capping leaving the honey exposed.

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