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How can we save the bees and why is it important?

A bumblebee on a lavender flower.

At Lib's Aromatherapy, we have joined in the race to help save the bees!


All bee species are essential for our ecosystem to stay healthy. After all, they are one of the main pollen collectors, spreading it far and wide to pollinate our trees and wildflowers which in turn supports other insects. These insects then support birds, bats, mammals, and so on. Take bees out of that equation and all would most certainly be lost.


But bees are losing their habitat and food sources because of many factors:


New Housing

However needed, new housing destroys large areas of natural habitat, taking away wildflower meadows and trees that bees and many other animals call home.


Farming

It's not so much farming that's the problem, but today's farming methods. Farming has had to change to suit our likes and dislikes.


Can we really blame farmers for having to follow the trend rather than go bankrupt? What if we just changed the trend?


A bumblebee collecting pollen from a foxglove flower.

Ease of gardening

Many homeowners now choose aesthetically pleasing, clean and easy over nature-friendly gardens.

Paving, gravel and artificial grass over weeds, wildflowers, ponds and insect-loving trees is unfortunately becoming the norm.


These actions and many more are harming our ecosystem.


Unfortunately rectifying some of the bigger issues seems unlikely, but not all is lost if we all do our little bit.



5 Simple Ways to Help Save the Bees and Protect Our Ecosystem


Garden for nature

Choose natural over easy. You might find the more natural the garden is the prettier it becomes. And if you still choose artificial grass, paving and gravel over natural, then planting bee-friendly flowers in pots around the garden is a great way to attract the bees and provide them with a food source.


For more help, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has some great gardening advice for bee-friendly gardens big or small.


Provide a bee bath

Have some sort of water feature in your garden or create a bee bath by arranging some stones and rocks in a shallow bowl and filling it just below the stones with clean water. This will give the bees and many other insects water to drink in the hot weather.


Leave the Dandelion alone!

I know they may be ugly, but did you know the Dandelion flower is the bee's first food after winter? Avoid pulling these in early spring, at least leave them until they've finished flowering.


Choose wonky

Don't discriminate, pick up that wonky carrot. It tastes just as good.


Donation

If all this sounds too hard to do, make a regular donation to support the research of these essential insects. Even as little as £1 is help.




how to support the bees through Lib's Aromatherapy

Our Lip Balm with Rose Geranium & Orange contains some beautiful natural ingredients including beeswax, so we thought it only necessary to save 2% from each sale of Lip Balm and donate it to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. This way we are thanking the bees for the use of their wax and giving back to plant bee-friendly seeds, finance research and educate young children about our ecosystem and the positive impact the bees will have on their future and the future of our planet.






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