beautiful frame of honey from sanctuary hive weighing 12 lbs
This summer has been a very busy and beautiful season at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary. The hives are still in a rhythm of expansion of their brood cycle and honey production and therefore quite high and a new two super hive has 9 full frames of brood waiting to emerge into thousands and thousands of baby bees! In September
this is very unusual. The good news is that there is an abundance of nectar and pollen for the bees and so they will thrive. We notice that the goldenrod
is painting the fields and roadsides with its brilliant golden yellow presence and this food is a honey-bee-favourite. The visitors to the sanctuary have been interesting and their comments and observations are always welcome. One visitor laid out on the grass her healing meditation Tibetan bowls and invited the music beings of the spheres to come and bee with the hives and the honey bees. How beautiful this special blessing was
to the Sanctuary and to the earth. She later reported that a jar of the bees honey is now in her healing room because of its high frequency for healing.
Labour Day Weekend we had six children and three adults come to visit the bees. What fun! In ten years of keeping the bees Klaus has been
stung many times but I have not been stung once……but all of that changed that day. We have wondered over the years that perhaps I might be allergic to bee stings because even a black fly bite causes quite a reaction in my body. At the time of this “event” Klaus and a friend were blissfully opening a hive with 80,000 bees flying around them as they were doing an inspection .. Some guard bees were flying the circumference of the Sanctuary and the children were doing ok but the adults were definitely being singled out to buzz off so-to-speak.. This behaviour is usual this time of the year and sometimes the bees even land on me and then fly away.
. But this day I had my long hair clipped up in the back and the bee got caught inside the web of hundreds of blonde strands and instead of seeking her escape in an outwards direction she went deeper into the hair . Good heavens, first she was just humming, but once she got herself trapped the song became more an angry sound of fear. Please picture that six little children were all looking on with big eyes and considering the
whole purpose of the visit was to show the loving nature of the honey bees and no reason to fear; I was very aware that going crazy would be
totally unloving and irresponsible on my part and so I tried to keep my cool. Meantime the inevitable piercing with a bee stinger was becoming more and more
immanent. I continued to try and open up my hair to let the bee out but this only pushed her about and when I heard her last warning sound I knew I was about to be stung in the middle of the back of my head! Strangely enough the sting was
not painful, but the question became what to do to help myself. Now if this was someone else who had been stung, we would have confidently
started to apply all that we know about helping people with a bee sting. We have homeopathic apis mellifera medicine, creepy chemical antihistamine liquid
(which in a recent study relates such medicines to causing dementia) and for the worst case scenarios, we have an epi pen on the ready at all times. We also
have Young Living essential oils like lavender to help with the swelling and itching and we are well practiced in doing tapping which is very helpful for someone with a sting. What did I do—-called for Klaus who could not hear a thing; – opened my purse and poured many drops of lavender essential oil on the sting area, which was probably forty-thousand lavender flowers in concentrate, and drank two capfuls of that horrible chemical histamine. Luckily the swelling was not too bad and there was no pain.
Twenty minutes later we all were at the Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse eating large homemade molasses ginger cookies and the children were dipping feet into the
I did not think of tapping until late that day and ice also seemed to be something which dawned on me only several hours later.
So as a result of this little drama I have studied up on what happens to the body when you get a bee sting. This description is brief and very helpful. Our
friend shared this with us shortly after the “event” and it was lucky that she actually was reading the book ” Robbing the Bees” by Holley Bishop where this information was found. (This book has some interesting info about the bees which the person researched; however her buying into the GMO agenda as something life enhancing shows the obvious lack of consciousness )
“The stinging mechanism takes thirty to sixty seconds to unload ….poison. Up to half the dose is comprised of a toxic protein called melittin, which bursts blood vessels and damages tissue. Melittin’s purpose is, quite simply, to hurt. A hit of it also encourages the body to release histamines, which defend against the venom and in the process produce itching, redness and dramatic swelling. …As the melittin and histamines go to work, the flesh around the wound warms and rises to the painful burning welt …….
accompanied by aches and feverish chills as the body attempts to cope with the toxins and histamines. .
A mischievous team of enzymes called phospholipase A2 and hyaluronidase act as a sidekick to the melittin, aiding its painful rampage. They have an emollient effect, like water on a dry sponge, on the acids that hold tissues together, allowing the toxins greater, freer and more painful spread into the flesh. Bee venom also deliverers….dopamine and norephinephrine, neurotransmitters that accentuate fear and excitement and make the sting unforgettable. The final elegant efficiency of the sting is the alarm pheromones it releases. ” (Pages l44, l45 ‘Robbing the Bees’ by Bishop). We have much more detailed descriptions of the biological reactions of the body to bee stings but this one is closest to my experience of a bee sting.
The next thing I have done is to make a list to be kept in the Bumble Bee trailer by the sanctuary, and in each vehicle, so the combination of shock and
clear thinking do not have to play a major role in dealing with the sting, should I ever get one again.
NATURAL TREATMENT FOR HONEY BEE STING
1. TRY TO REMOVE THE STINGER IMMEDIATELY. This you do by scrapping the skin where the stinger is lodged sideways. You can push the stinger out this way.. There is a small suction pen you can purchase which helps to remove the stinger and some of the venom. Warning: if you pull the stinger out you will push the rest of
the venom in the stinger into your body. Not a good idea.
2. CHECK TO SEE IF BREATHING IS OK AND NO SWELLING IN THE THROAT AREA. If breathing is difficult and/or the throat feels swollen or difficulty in swallowing,
one is to use the epi pen at once and take some antihistamine and proceed immediately to outpatients at the nearest hospital.
3. DO TAPPING PROCEDURE IMMEDIATELY. This is a Bodytalk procedure and we use it for many applications for health and happiness of the body. It is very effective and here is a video to show you how to do this:
The Cortices tapping technic is explained by the founder of Bodytalk, Dr. John Veltheim.
When you get stung by a bee, do this technic three times: First as described, then you focus on the sting and do the procedure again, afterwards you do the technic for a third time not focusing on the sting.
3. ICE . Monitor your body’s reaction to the sting and place ice or a frozen bag of peas on the stung area. Leave for 5 minutes and then remove. You can do this
every hour or so to help lower the swelling.
4. USE ORGANIC 100% THERAPEUTIC ESSENTIAL OILS and apply topically to the sting-area. Lavender is excellent and Tea Tree and Peppermint. Use only a drop with each
application. My swelling was held to a minimum and there was no pain. The soreness lasted for two days but only when I put pressure on the area. I used the lavender only once and it worked that well.
(If you want edible therapeutic essential oils from Young Living at wholesale cost, contact us and we can open an account for you or sell directly to you the oils you wish to have. These are the essences which we use for the honey bees and what is good for the bee is good for me).
5. ANTIHISTAMINES will help prevent itching and the histamines from causing painful swelling. Naturally you need to recognize that you are introducing
another form of “chemistry” into your body which has consequences as much as the venom does but in other ways. I also chewed some Plantain growing
in the grass and put it on the sting and it did relieve the itching .
6.DRINK WATER to help the body flush out unwanted substances. Relax and apply lavender the next day if itching is still happening.
(this is not Medical Advice but rather practical advice for home first aid. This list is from our own experiences, where Klaus was a trained paramedic
in Austria and opinions from books we have read. It is not medical advice for there are many people with many special conditions where only their doctors can give advice for a sting)
The conclusion to this little drama at the sanctuary is that I was very lucky to have received the sting. After having some dental work I went to the osteopath
to make sure everything was aligned in the jaw and my subtle body movements were moving and not frozen in place. Sometimes one has to go a second time
and I felt my ears and jaw not quite right after a month after the treatment and was planning to go again. However I noticed within two hours of the sting that the
jaw was loose and aligned and the ears were just fine. My body was balanced and flowing as is natural with a healthy body. So Thank You to the Bee for helping me
and who had to die after stinging me. In the rejoining of the Biosphere and the Human Being the relationships revealed are deep and symbiotic
and always their great mystery brings Love and inspirations of great Joy to my Beingness. The honey bee and the hive are always consistent
in one thing ——they hold and reveal the great Genesis Blueprint of Life for humanity until we can Remember fully the Beauty of Creation and ourselves.
Also I must close with a note of grateful relief that I found out I was not allergic to bee stings!