Whenever I visit my hives I come away feeling much calmer. Non-beekeepers are often amazed when I say this. They assume that I would become more stressed with the “threat of the sting”.
But the inverse is true. After my seasonal dosage of stings which occur naturally when beekeeping, any stings after them become little more than a pin-prick. This was true even at the height of the stinging season last July when I had two very buzzy hives and (rather stupidly) opened both up the same afternoon at the end of an inspection. They managed to sting me through my suit at least 20 or so times! The effects were that, overall, I felt better, not worse!
No, the threat of the sting is not a problem. But the calming effect is intriguing. And I have a feeling that, apart from a sort of bee-sting-therapy, it is the actual vibrations that the bees give off that helps to create this overall calming effect. I have discussed this idea with other beekeepers – and none has yet disagreed.
This is definitely one of the areas that has to do with “beetwixt and between” – especially for those of you interested in the non-physical aspects of bees and beekeeping. Yet the research seems to be fairly scant. Or maybe I simply have not yet come across it?!
So, to celebrate the coming of the new year, I intend to write a number of casual posts on the theme of Bee Vibrations.
Hope you enjoy and keep buzzing good vibrations for the rest of the year!
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