General Strength Honey Tea Recipe

honey bee on flower

honey bee on flowerThis general tea recipe can be used at any time to build up the resiliency of the colony. Will make a quantity for two 1-quart servings.


Water (well or spring water)

½ tsp chamomile

½ tsp yarrow

½ tsp stinging nettle

½ tsp peppermint

½ tsp dandelion flowers (if available)

¼ tsp sage

¼ tsp hyssop

¼ tsp thyme

¼ tsp lemon balm

¼ tsp Echinacea

1 pinch rue

1 c good honey


In a ceramic or steel pot (not aluminum) bring 3 cups water to a boil.

Take off stove and add herbs.

Let ingredients steep for 10 minutes, then strain through a cloth or fine colander. Add another 3 cups of cold water and let cool down until it is lukewarm.

Add honey and stir well.

Store in 1-quart jars in the refrigerator until used, but warm to room temperature before you give it to the bees. This healthy treat can be given early spring until late summer every one or two months.


Devon Rowley
Devon Rowley
With a background in writing and biology, joining the Beepods team just seemed like the logical choice for Devon. Not having much experience with bees, she loves learning about the fascinating creatures while editing the content that her teammates write and researching for her own pieces. When she’s got some spare time, Devon enjoys reading and spending time with her beloved cats.

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