A Breath of Hive Air Apitherapy
A Beesource thread, Inhaling Beehive Air – Apitherapy,jogged my mind.
I’ve had a similar, relaxing, intoxicating, and peaceful experience when resting near a hive. I experienced it by accident while reclining on a lounge chair and watching a hive in my backyard.
As a commercial beekeeper, who spent most of the day near hives and hive products, it was a surprise. The effects were much like a glass of wine with none of the side effects. The Healing Buzz describes that experience.
Back then, I’d put the head of a reclined lounge chair next to the hive. Usually just a foot or so from the entrance, and off to one side. That kept me out of the bee’s flight path.
I thought it was the hive sounds that were so relaxing. But upon reflection, hive odor was used to position the chair next to the hive. If I couldn’t smell it when reclining, I’d move the chair to the other side of the hive.
Maybe a combination of sound, hive odor, and increased CO2 produced the effects?
Whatever the cause, the effects were very pleasant.
Apparently, I’m not the first one to experience this and has found a way to enjoy it.