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Hopefully people aren't doing this during the goldenrod flow.

ETA: Oops, missed the entire 2nd page; here I thought I was being original and clever. :(

So has anybody tried to explain exactly what fumes people must be inhaling that naturally exist inside the beehive, that make this treatment "work"? Or is it supposed to be naturalistic magic?
 

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It's nice being out in the woods, around clover pastures, etc. It's pleasant to the senses. When you're in town, around a machine shop, covered with grease...Theres nothing nicer than getting out to check on the hives and smelling propolis, honey, fresh beeswax, etc. If you don't like working with bees, then you need to find something else to work on.
 

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Cdt/scent therapy relaxes some of us:thumbsup:. If somebody doesn't want to buy a hive of bees, but wants to pay me to sniff my hives... Happy customers, happy beekeepers:) That's the rule of the land.
I am still an old fashioned fellow, and capitalism is a beautiful thing to me. If there's buyers and sellers, I'm good to go with charging for aromatherapy.
 

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I need help!

I am currently working on an artistic research about the Api- therapy that entails breathing in the
air from a bee hive. I'm collecting information (even rumours or tall tails) for a book about it.

I am in search of historical information that helps trace the impact of the therapy air from the hive.

Critical questions include:

- Where and when did hive inhalation originate?
- Are there particular cultures that utilise it more than others?
- How does the shape of the hive affect the breathing experience?
(photos of different methods would be greatly appreciated)

Secondary questions are:

- How has the experience evolved over time?
- What role does technology play in it?
- Is hive inhalation preformed only for sick people?

I'm interested to see if anyone can help point me in the right direction. Any feedback is much appreciated.
 

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I need help!

I am currently working on an artistic research about the Api- therapy that entails breathing in the
air from a bee hive. I'm collecting information (even rumours or tall tails) for a book about it.

I am in search of historical information that helps trace the impact of the therapy air from the hive.

Critical questions include:

- Where and when did hive inhalation originate?
- Are there particular cultures that utilise it more than others?
- How does the shape of the hive affect the breathing experience?
(photos of different methods would be greatly appreciated)

Secondary questions are:

- How has the experience evolved over time?
- What role does technology play in it?
- Is hive inhalation preformed only for sick people?

I'm interested to see if anyone can help point me in the right direction. Any feedback is much appreciated.
It seems to be more popular in Europe than in America. All we seem to do here is crack jokes about it. I just found this site recently for a machine that vaporizes the propolis units. There are a couple more European sites if you try google.

http://kontak.it/en/propoltherapy-model

I don't know the history of this, but Dr Stefan Stangaciu of Canada is doing some neat things with apitherapy. www.Apitherapy.com
 

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It seems to be more popular in Europe than in America. All we seem to do here is crack jokes about it. I just found this site recently for a machine that vaporizes the propolis units. There are a couple more European sites if you try google.

http://kontak.it/en/propoltherapy-model

I don't know the history of this, but Dr Stefan Stangaciu of Canada is doing some neat things with apitherapy. www.Apitherapy.com
Thank you for your feedback!

I understand the jokes, cause it is very unusual experience.

It's an amazing experience that bee-keepers sometimes take for granted and
good people are even willing to pay good money for.
 

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Thanks for taking it all in good humor Beans.

I've never done this in the way you talk about, but do believe that breathing air from beehives puts people in a good mood. I base this on the many people I have shown beehives over the years, who turn from fearful to really enjoying the experience. I like the smell of a beehive myself, and think it is one of the things that influences people.
 

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I've seen the sleeping/laying down on the lounger beehives thing before. Must be something to a thing if it's done by independent different people/places.

And to the guy who was knocking everything, including alternative medicine, you're just looking to start a fight. It's funny really. I can see that you know you're wrong. Isn't that the definition of trolling?

Mike Bush, I commend your ability to stay calm.
 

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Wow! I just came across this thread while searching for a way to remove the coloring from dyed candles.
Yes indeed the smell of a beehive can be quite calming. Or maybe not? The smell of a beehive that has a fair population of wax moths is not so calming. As a matter of fact I've come across a hive or two that had this acrid smell. Upon opening and confirming the dead out I've become "uncalm". This smell triggered my uncalm sensory glands and caused me to take the hive(s) and throw, stomp, break, destroy, put asunder etcetera said hive(s). Once this was done I have to admit I was pretty darn calm. I guess some would call my actions violent and counterproductive. Being a child of the earth and one that is completely in tune with my mother I call it purging, cleansing and cathartic. Yes I may have destroyed some expensive bee equipment and I just might have shouted obscenities so loud that the neighbors just might have called the po-po, again, but that's all good because I was simply getting rid of the demons. Temporarily.
Anyway, all that aside, anyone ever small moth balls?
 

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maybe I should charge people to sit in my barn in Oregon, it smell deeply of that sweet beehive scent. It's overpowering, and you can chill with bee's buzzing all around you.
 

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Inhaling from the back of the hives inside a beehouse is quite commom in Slovenia. Some of the old beekeepers there will often have a bed on top of their AZ hives and sometimes sleep there claiming that sleeping with the hum of the hives is very restful There are also some who practice so called dynamic beekeeping which I think originated from Dr Rudolph Steiner which I think seems to stretch ones imagination. Beekeeping seems to have a place for many strange practices.
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maybe I should charge people to sit in my barn in Oregon, it smell deeply of that sweet beehive scent. It's overpowering, and you can chill with bee's buzzing all around you.
Interesting. I've yet to meet a beekeeper that has the ability to chill for more than a few minutes? :)
I might be good for an entire half hour of being over powered with aroma and sound. After that the ants in my pants will over power the most aromatic bee.

Inhaling from the back of the hives inside a beehouse is quite commom in Slovenia. Beekeeping seems to have a place for many strange practices.
Johno
Wow! THAT may be the understatement of the decade here in Beesource. Strange practices and strange about everything else too. I'm so stuck in the mud that I think "honey pairing" is a far fetched gimik used to help people promote themselves and their self absorbing egos.
To me, everything other than pollination and honey production, is a pile of garbage drummed up by posers that think they have the latest and greatest discovery. If it is honey bee related it puts their discovery at a whole new and earthy level. So appealing to the ignorant masses.

remember how honey bees were supposed to be able to sniff out cancer in people? How's that working out.
 
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