Beauty,  Food,  Health & Fitness,  Lifestyle

Buzzin’ Beauty – How Bee Products can Improve your Wellness

Queen Bey’s recent Instagram post, revealing her pregnancy with twins, has sparked numerous memes across the internet including what Blue’s new siblings’ names will be (shoutout to Red and White Carter to finish off the American flag). But BeyoncĂ© isn’t the only bee we’ve been bumbling on about here at the office. The forever incredible glowing honeybee has been a major topic of admiration.

Just ask U.S reality star Kourtney Kardashian who has praised the health benefits of their primary product. It’s a superfood that’s been in front of us all along, always has been. From your mother, to your mother’s mother, to your mother’s mother’s mother, etc. (you get the drift). Just check in your cupboard now, I bet it’s there! Right next to the sugar bowl. A tall glass jar filled with sticky gold goo that has probably been sitting there for ages?? Yep, that’s the one – sumptuously sweet honey. The famed Kardashian sister, being a bit of a health nut, claims to adding the natural sweetener to smoothies, bread recipes, and even topically! So what is it about this ancient Egyptian nourishment that has now garnered celebrity endorsements? We just had to inquire.


Types of Honey:

Walking down the grocery aisle, we noticed how many types of honey exist. Acacia, Organic, Raw, Pure, Honeydew, Blossom, Comb. If we were to make a choice on which to purchase based on price, then commercial squeezy honey would be top of the list. However something tells us this isn’t the same superfood Kourtney is adding to her smoothies every morning. No sir! With the ongoing craze for natural and organic, pasteurised food just doesn’t cut it anymore. It is now expected by consumers that the knowledge of how the food is made and how it’s been manufactured is clear so that the mistake of buying what fanatics deem “unhealthy” is avoided.

For this reason, raw local honey trumps all other available options. In choosing local, not only are we able to source our honey but we’re reducing our food carbon footprint too. Live the dream, GO GREEN! But if local isn’t an option, 100% pure honey is next best with floral and forest undertones, shades of yellow, and liquid or set forms as variations. Some even might opt for comb honey which despite it’s higher price tag, is loved for its natural state and chewy comb; perfect for spreading over our favourite afternoon snack, almond buttered toast. Now that we have a bit more knowledge about these honey options inundating our grocery shelves, we decided it would be even more alluring to delve further into why raw is considered superior.

In it’s raw uncooked form, honey is the richest source of live healing enzymes. But what does that even mean? If we try to think back to those biology class days of our youth, when all we could think about was how hot our class crush looked, that probably won’t help! But thanks to the Internet, we can make up for those lost lessons and translate that honey essentially is a very digestible form of sugar. So move over sugarcane, there’s a better sweetener with our name on it. I mean, how else can we expect to shed our Winter weight before Summer!?

Yet enzymes are just one of the reasons honey is exalted as a superfood. It is also rich in antioxidants, minerals, and probiotics – all of which improve long-term wellness. Certain kinds of honey also add immune system boosting benefits. New Zealand’s Manuka honey, for example, provides such antibiotic support when ingested, and can additionally be used as a natural moisturiser when applied to the skin. Facial party anyone? Likewise, Lehua and Noni honey from Hawaii and Sidr honeys from Yemen provide similar beautifying abilities so make sure to add them to your eBay shopping cart too. Soon enough you’ll be having all your girlfriends tell you “Honey, you’ve never looked better!”.


Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, & Propolis:

It isn’t just honey though that we’re lusting over. There is a whole WORLD of bee products we’ve been missing out on. Well not anymore. Top on our list is what some nutritionists claim to be ‘one of the most complete foods in nature’. It is said to help increase longevity, to help clear acne, and to help reverse ageing and wrinkling by neutralising free radicals. It also is estimated to contain five to seven times more protein than meat, eggs, or cheese. And is also attributed to the sweeping success of the Finnish track team in the 1972 Olympics. Say what?! This sounds more like some dark magic from the Game of Thrones than fodder from a bee. Skeptical or not, however, one can agree that a spoonful of bee pollen makes the tastebuds sing.

Perhaps even more magical though is Royal Jelly. Made from the combination of pollen and honey within young nurse bees, it is considered by many cultures to be “the fountain of youth and beauty”. Evidently the thick milky substance has abilities to rejuvenate and regenerate the body, to inhibit the ageing process, to maintain one’s skin tone, to promote sexual vitality, and to act as an antidepressant. Whilst you might be thinking that ingesting such a tonic would be like making a deal with the devil, we’re unable to comment on such! All we can say, nonetheless, is that we’re taking the risk and will be substituting our morning coffee with a supplement of the energiser from now on.

Finally, propolis is a bee product worth mentioning on its own right for its ability to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. Used primarily by honeybees to seal cracks and to varnish the honeycomb, it has the power to protect against bacteria and viruses from infecting the hive too. Likewise, humans can protect themselves from bacterial infections by consuming the superfood instead of penicillin. Unlike the common antibiotic, however, propolis is all natural and does not induce negative reactions. Have fun trying to convince that one to grandma!

All in all, it is undeniable the power of honeybees. Based on what we have learned, these tiny insects should rule the world. Regrettably, however, the exact opposite is happening as there have been recorded shortages in the number of honeybees in the UK recently. As a result, the future of our glorious bee products will soon be at stake. So we can forget about adding that spoonful of bee pollen to our morning smoothie bowls, there won’t even be enough pollination for the plants! Therefore, we encourage taking action not only to help improve the wellness of the honeybees but in turn for our own. OK, ladies, now let’s get in formation.