Honey retains the secret structure of the hexagonal honeycomb shape. To find out how pure your honey really is, first pour a couple tablespoons onto a clean dish. Observe and make note of the opacity, clarity and color of the honey at rest. Pure honey can be soft, runny, clear, dark, light, hazy, foggy, crystalized, and even solidified depending on the many external conditions. For this experiment the honey should be soft and runny enough for water to massage it’s form.
Now pour enough water onto the honey and submerge it in the same dish. With the honey and water together in the dish, pick the dish up and use a circle motion to swirl the water around over the honey. Don’t worry if the honey spreads out or thins a little with the water. Once the water is gently swirled around long enough, the hexagonal honeycomb structure will become visible. The more definable and visible the hexagonal wall structures are indicates the quality of the honey’s retained structural information.
The information found within the structure of the honeycomb is also retained within the honey. The water functions as a nourishing medium for the structure to take form again after being processed through the bee as honey. The heating, pasteurization, man-made processes and other additives like corn syrup can permanently harm and disrupt the natural honey’s information and ability to communicate as it’s originally designed to do.
This works much like muscle memory and regeneration designed for us. Everything that is put into the body communicates with the living cells and molecules that make up that body structure. Even the thoughts we think influence the body structure and are being influenced by the information we consume. Think about all the influence of information retained in the liquids of our human bodies at every given moment.
Honey has been used as a wound dressing for thousands of years, but only in more recent times has a scientific explanation become available for its effectiveness. It is now realized that honey is a biologic wound dressing with multiple bioactivities that work in concert to expedite the healing process. The physical properties of honey also expedite the healing process: its acidity increases the release of oxygen from hemoglobin thereby making the wound environment less favorable for the activity of destructive proteases, and the high osmolarity of honey draws fluid out of the wound bed to create an outflow of lymph as occurs with negative pressure wound therapy. Honey has a broad-spectrum antibacterial activity, but there is much variation in potency between different honeys.
There are 2 types of antibacterial activity. In most honeys the activity is due to hydrogen peroxide, but much of this is inactivated by the enzyme catalase that is present in blood, serum, and wound tissues. In manuka honey, the activity is due to methylglyoxal which is not inactivated. The manuka honey used in wound-care products can withstand dilution with substantial amounts of wound exudate and still maintain enough activity to inhibit the growth of bacteria. There is good evidence for honey also having bioactivities that stimulate the immune response (thus promoting the growth of tissues for wound repair), suppress inflammation, and bring about rapid autolytic debridement. There is clinical evidence for these actions, and research is providing scientific explanations for them.
The Honey Bees Sacred Structure
Many of us hold a glowing beeswax candle on special days during a festival or to create a ritual space. In his bee lecture, Rudolph Steiner compares beeswax to the material of our human body, the worker bees of the hive to the blood coursing through us, and the hexagonal shapes of the honeycomb to our cells. Structures of living organisms are mirrored throughout the natural world and beeswax reminds us of our relationship to the earth. The sweet smell of it when we light a candle is a hint of the warm comfort a bee might find in her small sacred capsule.
Each cell of the honeycomb is a hexagon. It is the perfect shape, the one that holds together in strength and efficiency. There is no waste in a system of cells that fit together at perfect angles, a necessary consideration when a honeybee must consume about eight ounces of honey to create one ounce of wax. The worker bees create their city of hexagons in tandem, each bee following her inherent plan of geometric repetition. Each cell of the honeycomb may hold the golden honey, converted nectar from meadow flowers; or the precious life that will someday gather more honey, the bee’s larva.
So the worker bee creates these small spaces as vessels of life, whether she is aware of this significant purpose or not. We can watch the honey bee create these small sanctuaries, her working body warming the cell as she forms it. This is her part in the circle of life and she puts her heart into her work.