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Honeyed Words
... the bee appeared on Earth shortly before those first hominids that scientists identify as our earliest ancestors. Thus, the human species and the bee have been companions from the beginning, and some writers speculate that the bee played an integral part in the development of our species. Many of our more ancient legends insist that poetry, sacred language, "the Word," came out of humankind’s relationship with the bee and its creation - honey. Honey itself has long been viewed as originating in the sacred realms in the form of dew on flowers that is then collected and stored by bees… bees, honey, and mead confer on humankind some of the immortality of the gods, giving them long life, health, and a deepening of consciousness and awareness.
Stephen Harrod Buhner, Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers

I am finally getting back to the grand experiment that began a little over two weeks ago. Based on exchanges I’ve already had, I know that a couple of you did have interesting reactions to the "tablespoon of honey, twice daily" routine, and I was hoping you’d be willing to revisit those here. I’m not expecting us to be terribly scientific with this. At this point, I’m largely just looking to see if I can collect anecdotal evidence that is similar to my own experiences.

For my part, as of today I’ve been dosing on Golden Blossom Honey pretty consistently for the better part of three weeks. I started shortly after I read the Buhner’s chapter on honey and other hive products because I thought it would amusing to mimic one of the clinical trials cited by the author. It was a couple of days before I started noticing anything besides a guaranteed twice-a-day treat for my sweet tooth. When I did... well, when I did, the effects were remarkable enough to try to get other folks to try this out.

After about three days, I started seeing changes. The first thing that I noticed was that I was sleeping much better. The insomnia that has been an intermittent plague since the "Time of Troubles" began became non-existent. Instead of feeling restless each night and fighting with myself to get out of bed in the morning, I would feel profoundly tired when it was time to go to sleep, and then wake up before my alarm, refreshed and ready to go.

Perhaps as a side effect of this, I started to feel more energized and focused. Instead of feeling my world was packed in cotton, I felt alive and aware. I’m not sure what I experienced was as strong as workswithwords’s sense that her mind had become like a "newly sharpened knife." My thoughts were clearer, however, and I was far less prone to distraction or those long moments of staring blankly at the screen.

The renewed energy had physical effects as well. I started noticing that I was moving more quickly, and in fact, moving with greater ease. It wasn’t painful to contemplate the two-mile walk to the T, or running back upstairs to fetch something I left behind. Now, I’m still horribly out of shape, but it hasn’t felt debilitating since the experiment began. I have been craving entirely different foods and it seems almost as if my diet is adjusting itself of its own accord. I can’t remember the last time I craved afternoon sweets.

I think the effect that took longest to notice was perhaps the most profound. I haven’t been seriously depressed or anxious since I started this. I will admit that I was a bit wigged out last night, but the nature of those feelings was different than what I’ve grown accustomed to. At the basest level, I know where the feelings came from. I knew the cause, and the feelings felt temporary and even healthy. Here was my psyche acknowledging that something was wrong without cowering, without finding a way to find blame in myself, without shutting me down. It was rather enlightening.

I don’t think that I’ve stumbled upon some sort of miracle cure, but I’ve been very happy with the results that I have seen. I’ve jokingly said that this may well be a reawakening of my inner herbalist. We’ll have to see.

Talk to me.

Current Mood: Mr. Wizard Returns!

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From: ex_hesperia313 Date: March 14th, 2003 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
DO you have any info on the *kinds* of honey and different results? I'm almost out of my Orange blossom honey and I know a store that has really exotic honey. I wonder if I should try something else?

While in Texas I didn't have the honey and my head was far more dull than with the honey, though that could just be the effects of my family.

Honestly, I feel better if I eat the honey. Simple as that. Weird. I feel more energized and A LOT more focused. I feel very potent and intense. It's nice.
komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2003 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
From what I understand, it depends a great deal on the medicinal properties of the plant upon which the honey is based. Buhner suggests that wildflower honey is the best choice since you have the greatest possible mix of plant compounds feeding into its creation. I'm happy to look into it, though.

There are some seventy-five compounds that exist in wildflower honey that scientists have been unable to identify, and it is speculated that one or more of these are responsible for some of the honey's effects. The concentrations of these compounds is present to a greater or lesser degree depending on the type of flowers present. Nutritionally speaking, wildflower honey also ends up looking a great deal more like a multi-vitamin than the single-flower honeys.

I'm very happy that it had good results for you.
komos From: komos Date: March 15th, 2003 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Revisiting the question

I’ve been doing some digging into the orange blossom honey, and though I’ve yet to find a resource for the properties of the honey itself, I’ve learned a couple of things about orange blossoms. Most interesting to me was that it was European practice to use an infusion of these flowers as a treatment for stress, nervous disorders, and epilepsy. They were also recommended for circulatory and liver problems, as well as for improving complexion.

Buhner cites Maud Grieve’s, A Modern Herbal as a source for many of the traditional uses noted in his book, and we’re fortunate enough to have an online version of it here. It’s generally the first place I’ll look when I’m trying to find plant uses. Before long, I’ll probably try to get a copy for the library along with The Homebrewer’s Garden before too long.

I also wanted to apologize for repeating essentially the same information I’ve shared before. I’ve had enough people ask about this project individually that I’ve managed to lose track of who I’ve said what to.
From: ex_hesperia313 Date: March 25th, 2003 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Revisiting the question

Thanks for the info and links. I'm going to the fancy grocery store today to procure more honey. I may get a couple of kinds, we'll see. I've run out this last week and I can definitely feel the difference.
komos From: komos Date: March 25th, 2003 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Revisiting the question

Yeah, I ended up with a week of as well, with much the same effect. This wasn't entirely planned... Sam's mystery honey threw me all off kilter. I kept waking up at 3AM and not being able to fall back asleep. It was a little distressing, but I'm guessing it was kind of like switching meds too quickly.

As of today, I'm back to the blend, though I did use more of the mystery honey in tea.
shelbyg From: shelbyg Date: March 14th, 2003 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to start doing this, only to discover that all my honey is clover honey and apparently you need wildflower...

So, do I buy yet another container of honey? Or just wait the 1 month or so for me to burn through what I already have.


What happens when you mix the honey in Tea? I get about a tablespoon of honey a day about an hour before bed through herbal tea consumption.

komos From: komos Date: March 14th, 2003 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
For all that I've pushed wildflower honey, I don't think that it's necessary to use it to see results. The blend I've been using was made of white clover, orange and sage barley. workswithwords used orange blossom honey straight up.

Give the clover a try and see what you find.
From: missmelysse Date: March 14th, 2003 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used raw honey (wildflower, yes, but raw), but any results I might have gotten are sort of blown to bits by the fact that I had bronchitis that week.

However, it did make my throat feel better, so all was not lost.

I'm now sharing my favorite sore-throat remedy:
In a teacup, stir together half a cup of hot water (hot enough to steep tea), a teaspoon of lemon juice, two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, and honey, to taste. Drink while hot.

It's basically a hot toddy with vinegar instead of alcohol, but it breaks up phlegm and helps remoisturize your throat. Apple cider vinegar does have a kind of 'sting' to it, though.

Sorry to take over your comments.
komos From: komos Date: March 15th, 2003 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to take over your comments.

Not at all. The idea behind this was to get feedback from anyone who wanted to sound off. Besides, I dig reading about folk/family recipes... that's part of the motivation behind the whole exercise.

Something that I didn't mention was that I managed to avoid a cold during the second week of the experiment. My housemate brought it home and was fairly well incapacitated by it. I started getting the vague sour feeling that I get when I start coming down with something, but then it was gone. Besides this, the only effects that the virus had on my system was to make me feel very tired for an afternoon. I got to sleep early and it was like the virus had never been there.
futurenurselady From: futurenurselady Date: March 16th, 2003 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have been reading about herbs for a few years now. It is pretty amazing the results you get sometimes. There is a shop in Salem (ma) where I used to go, and the owner Teri is very knowledgable. They have practically everything including honey. I think they have a website, but I don't remember the url...maybe you could Google it. The name of the shop is Artemisia Botanicals.

Oh, and the throat drink can also be made with hot lemon juice and honey. At least that's how I make it...

komos From: komos Date: March 16th, 2003 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Somehow, I knew that you would have some knowledge in this area. Thanks for the ref. I think I've actually been to the store (I can't even begin to explain), but I've never checked their web-presence before.

And you know, I'm still waiting for that reading... ^_^
futurenurselady From: futurenurselady Date: March 17th, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, if you still want a reading, I tend to have free time on Tuesday nights and Thursday nights. Also Saturday has been free lately due to lack of funds. Which is also why I haven't been out much...been pretty broke. Let me know where you're going to be next, and I'll have some beer and then do a reading. It could be pretty much anywhere, since I am not picky about my card-reading atmosphere.

From: uruz Date: March 17th, 2003 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I gotta try this. Interesting results, man.
komos From: komos Date: March 18th, 2003 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Do it!
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