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Bee Bread

  [caption id="attachment_8700" align="alignnone" width="800"] (photo credit: Chris Tonnesen)[/caption]     by Josh Evans (http://nordicfoodlab.org/blog/2015/9/4/bee-bread) Honeybees (Apis mellifera) have mastered feats of chemical engineering as various as they are alchemical. Their most well-known substances are of course honey, their concentrated, stable, hive-warming energy source, and wax, their pliable, moisture-proof structural material. Yet there are others which nowadays are known primarily only to beekeepers and practitioners of traditional medicines. Propolis (or ‘bee glue’) is used as a structural sealant and potent antimicrobial agent within the hive and carries a beautiful resinous aroma. Royal jelly is what all brood—the immature larvae and…

Worker B Wellness is Hiring

Opening September 2019 St. Paul, MN Application posting date: August 9, 2019 Application closing date: September 27, 2019 Worker B Wellness offers an integrative approach in maintaining wellness and supportive healing practices, by offering the application of bee based products in facials, massage therapy treatments, float therapy, infrared sauna, halo therapy and meditation in a beeswax meditation room. Part and full-time positions offered Pay is based on experience Wellness Center Reception Attendant Applicant Requirements: • Educational experience: preferred degree or associate degree in Business Management, Marketing or Education, although not required if work experience required is met • Work experience:…

What are the predators of the honeybee?

  We hear about all of the issues effecting the bees but what are they? Honeybees are far from defenseless as they are equipped with stingers. Beekeeping 101...there are 3 types of bees in the hive, a queen (1 per hive), worker's (up to 50,000) and drones (a few hundred peak season). The queen and the workers are all female and have stingers attached to a venom sack. The worker's have barbed stingers as to stick into the skin along with the venom sack that pumps, it is ripped from the bee as she pulls away. This means that she…

1 Million Animal And Plant Species Are At Risk Of Extinction, U.N. Report Says

Up to 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction — many of them within decades — according to scientists and researchers who produced a sweeping U.N. report on how humanity's burgeoning growth is putting the world's biodiversity at perilous risk. Insect pollinators are unfortunately an excellent example of the problems caused by human activities. There's a newly coined phrase for insect declines — the 'windshield effect' — owing to the fact that if you drove your car at dusk 30 years ago, you would need to clean the windshield…

Matcha Honey Latte Recipe!

This matcha honey latte recipe is rich in antioxidants and a great alternative to coffee to satisfy your caffeine buzz. 1 1/4 tsp matcha powder 1 Tbsp raw basswood honey (more or less to preference + depending on sweetness of milks chosen) 1 Tbsp hot water 1 1/2 cup milk/s of choice- (I love Oatly original) (Unsweetened Milkadamia is nice, too) (For a more indulgent experience, mix it up with half coconut milk and a few granules of sea salt!) Place the matcha, hot water, honey and salt into a mason jar and shake until absorbed. You can easily whisk this in…

Flight of the Honey Bee

According to the BBC, 40% of species are undergoing "dramatic rates of decline" around the world. We could witness the extinction of 40 percent of our planet's insects within the next few decades. Bees, ants, and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds, or reptiles. Unfortunately, we have unsustainable agricultural practices, deforestation, urbanization, fertilizers, invasive species, pathogens, pesticides, and climate change to blame. It's not surprising that bees have been hit the hardest from huge population declines. Here is how you can help our flying friends: 1. Plant flowers and flowering herbs. 2. Don't fear weeds! Clover and…

Gift Guide

For the Winter Bicyclist or Cross Country Skier Our Treatment Stick is a must-have windsheer for anyone who enjoys Minnesnowtan sports or cycling. Gift it on it's own, or shop the MN Survival Kit with the mini version and two other dry skin helpers (Lip balm, Cream, and Rescue Putty). [gallery columns="2" size="medium" link="none" ids="7398,7397"]   For the Holiday Host Share the magic of summer all winter long by gifting bee-made products to friends and family. Candles make wonderful host gifts: you can choose between two sizes of hex candles online, or shop in person for our extra-special bayberry blend…

Holiday Appearances

We've been buzzing all over Minnesota (and beyond!) since Art Attack. Here's where you can find us through November and December for all your holiday shopping needs.   EVENTS North Local Market  City Center, Downtown Minneapolis Runs through Dec 27th Kick off the Holidays Keg and Case Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Renegade Craft Fair Chicago Dec 1st & 2nd No Coast Craft-O-Rama  Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis Dec 7th & 8th   ONGOING  Rose and Loon  Rosedale Shopping Center Keg and Case  St. Paul Worker B Mall of America   ONLINE Purchase skincare, varietal honeys, beeswax candles, supersoft teeshirts…

New! Magnesium Muscle Scrub

  [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="7138,7139"]   The Magnesium Muscle Scrub is great for sore bodies and for exfoliation. We have infused magnesium Epsom salts into our concentrated honey-lotion base for after workouts, tired feet and aching muscles. Doubled down with peppermint, the formula provides a cooling effect, while lavender works to relax you. Perfect for quick relief in the shower or longer soaks in the bathtub.   Ingredients: Pure Cane Sugar, Magnesium Chloride Brine, Demerara Sugar, Raw Honey, Organic Almond Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Oatmeal, Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Ground Lavender, Organic Grapeseed Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Beeswax, Glycerin, Andiroba…

Swarming to St. Paul: Keg and Case

You may have heard by now... We are opening a new store!! We can't beelieve it either. Keg and Case is located in the historic Schmidt Brewery campus off West 7th in St. Paul and now houses over 20 awesome local restaurants and vendors. This new Worker B location will carry the full line of unique raw honey varieties (including some on tap!), your favorite skincare products, sweet T-shirts and more. The best part, other than the fact that we've finally hopped the river?  COLLABORATION "We have always talked about how this city needs to have more indoor markets," co-owner Liesa Helfen…

Staycation Renovation at MOA 

The Mall of America Worker B store is getting a facelift!   Open Labor Day, September 3rd Closed September 4-27th* REOPEN September 28th           **But don't be too sad. Starting September 14th, we will have a shiny new store for you to visit in St. Paul!!

NEW! Introducing the AHA Peel Kit with Botanical Buffer

We've been busy bees this summer! We now present the AHA Peel Kit, with Botanical Buffer. These natural products work together to gently exfoliate and nurture your skin, and are made with raw honey, fruit seeds, nut oils, grains and flower powders.    With a pH of ~4.3, this is a mild peel suitable for even sensitive skin. However, we suggest you always test new products on a small area of  your skin and wait 24 hours before applying as directed. Peels are intended to work on fine wrinkles, dryness, pigmentation, and acne. They can be used twice weekly. DIRECTIONS: …

Meet Worker B Honeys: Basswood

Basswood Honey is a light and minty honey that comes from the Linden Tree (also known as Basswood or Tilia) Basswood Honey goes wonderfully with yogurt and berries; pluck some strawberries from your garden and enjoy for breakfast or dessert!   Additional info about this native Minnesota tree: Rumors say the seeds mixed with the leaves makes a great alternative to chocolate There are approximately 30 varieties of Tilia spanning the northern hemisphere  When dried, flowers are mildly sweet and used in herbal teas and tinctures Basswood is one of two only kinds of wood treasured for wild ricing To…

BEES HAVE FEELINGS TOO! A BEE EDUCATION. Love Self Magazine

BEES HAVE FEELINGS TOO! A BEE EDUCATION.   Love Self Magazine. "Did you know bees have feelings? According to a study by Newcastle researchers, bees ‘may exhibit emotions’. Well… in that case, thank goodness for. . ." Read the full post here.

Meet the Products #4 – Worker B Cream

In the fourth installment of Worker B’s series, “Meet the Products” we look closer at the Worker B Cream.  The Cream is one of our two original products . . . a cornerstone of the Worker B product line!   Concept and Usage: We formulated the Cream to provide relief to hard working hands and sooth troublesome skin.  This product can stand up to tough scenarios and has been employed by nurses, teachers, metal-workers and mechanics. Try the Cream in tough scenarios: before and after gardening, on itchy, sore or dry skin, and even on pet paws!   Ingredients and…