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25 Easy DIY Ways To Help Save The Bees

They're disappearing, y'all!

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You've probably heard that bees are disappearing, and that this is bad news for everyone.

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While no one's totally sure what is causing colony collapse disorder, we know that parasites and harsh chemicals aren't helping. Since pretty much all your favorite foods–like apples, almonds, cherries, avocados (RIP guac) and sooo many others–rely on honey bee pollination to survive, we're all pretty much screwed if bees go extinct.

But while we've got them around, here are some awesome DIYs made possible by bees and all they do.

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Thanks, bees!

1. Make your own sunscreen with beeswax.

Only four ingredients! And none of them harmful. Get the instructions here.
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Only four ingredients! And none of them harmful. Get the instructions here.

2. Make ~honey caviar~.

You didn't even know that was a thing! Step-by-step recipe here.
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You didn't even know that was a thing! Step-by-step recipe here.

3. Create your own custom lipgloss.

Give Burt's Bees a run a for his money. Get the directions here.
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Give Burt's Bees a run a for his money. Get the directions here.

4. Make a soothing syrup for sore throats and coughs.

When you've recovered, use it for ice cream topping or to sweeten your tea! Easy guide here.
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When you've recovered, use it for ice cream topping or to sweeten your tea!

Easy guide here.

5. Whip up a salve for any burns or booboos.

This recipes calls for the tag team of beeswax AND honey, so you know it's good. Learn how to make it here.
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This recipes calls for the tag team of beeswax AND honey, so you know it's good. Learn how to make it here.

6. Get healthy with some amazing no-bake granola bars with bee pollen.

Not to mention honey, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, brown sugar... drooling yet? Get the recipe here.
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Not to mention honey, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, brown sugar... drooling yet?

Get the recipe here.

7. DIY a super mild honey face wash.

A little castile soap, some honey, and BAM! So fresh, so clean. Instructions here.
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A little castile soap, some honey, and BAM! So fresh, so clean. Instructions here.

8. For the beard-bearer in your life, gift them a homemade beard balm.

With a beeswax base, yummy oils and butters, and a whiff of bourbon. Directions here.
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With a beeswax base, yummy oils and butters, and a whiff of bourbon.

Directions here.

9. Keep up your energy with these coconut & bee pollen bites.

A sweet and healthy pick-me-up. Easy how-to here.
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A sweet and healthy pick-me-up. Easy how-to here.

10. Make some awesome scented candles.

Like these lemony ones, yum. Follow the instructions here.
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Like these lemony ones, yum. Follow the instructions here.

11. Pay homage to Winnie The Pooh with these "Hunny Pops".

Perfect for stirring tea or as a sweet treat. Recipe here.
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Perfect for stirring tea or as a sweet treat. Recipe here.

12. Make your own deodorant with beeswax.

Smell great and save yourself a trip to the drugstore. Instructions here.
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Smell great and save yourself a trip to the drugstore. Instructions here.

13. Bees love weeds, so leave the dandelions in your yard as a snack for your local hive.

Hey, less weeding for you!
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Hey, less weeding for you!

14. Or better yet, plant a bee garden!

Add some bee favorites like lavender, rosemary, and sage to those lonely dandelions.
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Add some bee favorites like lavender, rosemary, and sage to those lonely dandelions.

15. If you're in a city, see if you can host a beehive.

In some cities, urban beekeeping companies can set you up with a buzzbox of your very own. They take care of the pollination services, and usually reward you with honey!
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In some cities, urban beekeeping companies can set you up with a buzzbox of your very own. They take care of the pollination services, and usually reward you with honey!

16. Or go big and run a hive all on your own.

OK, it's easier said than done, but if you're interested, Flow hives are rigged to dispense the honey your bees produce on tap, so you get your honey without the mess or disturbing your bees.
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OK, it's easier said than done, but if you're interested, Flow hives are rigged to dispense the honey your bees produce on tap, so you get your honey without the mess or disturbing your bees.

17. Learn how to substitute honey for all your sugary baking needs.

Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you can use less. Master the art of incorporating this liquid gold into your baking ventures here.
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Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you can use less. Master the art of incorporating this liquid gold into your baking ventures here.

18. Use beeswax to create your own crayons.

So easy and so non-toxic. Instructions here!
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So easy and so non-toxic. Instructions here!

19. Infuse your honey with tasty herbs.

Upgrade yo honey. Follow the recipe here and feel free to experiment with other herbs.
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Upgrade yo honey. Follow the recipe here and feel free to experiment with other herbs.

20. Make your own hair pomade for a sleek look.

Bonus points for a stylish jar. Learn how to make it here.
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Bonus points for a stylish jar. Learn how to make it here.

21. Make a sleep salve from grated beeswax and lavender.

Sweet dreams, honey. Instructions here.
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Sweet dreams, honey. Instructions here.

22. Snack on this matcha chia pudding sprinkled with bee pollen.

Chia seeds + bee pollen = ALL THE ANTIOXIDANTS. Recipe here.
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Chia seeds + bee pollen = ALL THE ANTIOXIDANTS. Recipe here.

23. Make your own solid perfume with beeswax and your favorite scented oil.

It's way easier to control the intensity of your scent with a pot of solid perfume. Get the how-to here.
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It's way easier to control the intensity of your scent with a pot of solid perfume.

Get the how-to here.

24. Here's a salve to draw out splinters and other nasty injuries.

It's called a 'drawing salve,' and it can be used for trapped stingers too. Hooray! Directions here.
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It's called a 'drawing salve,' and it can be used for trapped stingers too. Hooray! Directions here.

25. Reward yourself with some raw bee pollen brownie bites.

A guilt-free indulgence if there ever was one. Recipe here.
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A guilt-free indulgence if there ever was one. Recipe here.

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The title of this post has been updated to better reflect the information provided.

This post originally cited an article on Grist stating that purchasing bee pollination byproducts will help keep beekeepers in business and thus help bee colonies as well. The statement has since been removed due to conflicting research over the claims.

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