What do honeybees have to do with healthy skin?

To better understand the connection a hive of honeybees can have to glowing, healthy skin, you must first understand the basic elements within a honeybee hive and the magic-like properties at its center. There are a handful of unique products that come directly from a honeybee colony. All of which are created or sourced by the bees as they work to pollinate our earth and grow and populate their own colonies. An ancient alternative therapy known as apitherapy uses these bee made products to treat ailments and promote health in humans. Let's look at some of these health-promoting bee made products and all the properties they are said to boast.

Raw Honey
Due to Honeys acidic nature, it naturally releases oxygen from wounds to promote healing. With its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant-rich properties, honey can also reduce inflammation, lighten dark spots, and brightens the complexion. 

Produced from the abdomen of young worker bees, beeswax's anti-inflammatory properties encourage the healing of wounds. It is also protective, helping form a barrier between the skin and the environment, a natural emulsifier that leaves skin soft and moisturized without clogging pores.

The honeybee makes propolis to use in sanitizing, sealing and protecting the hive from diseases by collecting resins from trees and combining it with beeswax. Propolis is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and protects from some bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is the honey bees' source of protein. When a bee collects pollen as it forages, the pollen is brought back to the hive and mixed with their saliva and stored as bee bread in the hive. Pollen is rich in vitamins, minerals, lipids, amino acids, enzymes, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids, boasting a nutritional profile with more than 250 active substances! 

Royal Jelly
In the first few days of life, all bee larvae are fed royal jelly, a gelatinous substance produced in the head glands of 'nurse' bees. The queen bee is the only bee to be fed Royal Jelly throughout her entire lifespan. Royal jelly is comprised of water, carbs, protein, and fat with small quantities of Vitamin C, and various trace minerals and enzymes. Royal Jelly may help to bolster immunity, lower inflammation, heal wounds, boost brain function, and increase collagen production. 

Apitherapy (also known as "bee therapy") has remarkable benefits for skin health, illnesses, and injury. While this might sound like a new alternative medicine "fad" being thrown around, apitherapy has been used since ancient times by Greeks, Chinese, and Romans for medicinal purposes. In fact, Hippocrates (460 BCE), a Greek physician deemed the "Father of Medicine," recognized bee venom as a healing agent for arthritis and other joint problems! 

So what does this all mean for your skin health? It means that when choosing natural skincare, it makes sense to incorporate the benefits of bee products into your daily routine. Bee products can help protect and nourish your skin and provide beneficial nutrients for your skin's overall health.

Keepers Collective has a 100% all-natural line of body products, each containing the amazing properties of honeybee made ingredients for healthy glowing skin. From our skin-loving propolis infused Whipped Body Butter, to our nourishing, acne & wrinkle-fighting Keepers Secret Salve, be assured that all of our products are made with only the purest natural and fresh ingredients. No additives, preservatives, chemicals or parabens. Learn more about our products here! 

It's also important to note that while royal jelly has been used in ancient medicinal practices for centuries, it has been largely rejected by Western medical practitioners due to a lack of research. Although it is generally considered safe, royal jelly and propolis may lead to severe allergic reactions, especially to people with known bee allergies. Please consult your health practitioner before using or consuming bee products.
Bee Products in Dermatology and Skin Care - PubMed (nih.gov)

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