....Timing is everything.
You know it’s springtime in Hawaii when you see baby birds, baby bees and the oh so adorable —baby boar. Yep, they’re all darling in their own ways. I’m privy to the bees myself, and although I’ve seen plenty of baby chics along the bike path- scurrying after their mamas, and the startling grunting baby boar in my backyard, I have yet to see the baby bees.
Photo by Katie Metzger
Photo by Katie Metzger
This is the month of “love.” In truth, that’s a bit of a silly concept, —when is it not a good time to love and be loved? However, with Valentine's Day right around the corner, it’s got me reflecting on the people, places, and things I love and adore. Of course bees take up a lot of real estate in my heart. They also preoccupy my thoughts— and personally, I’m okay with that, — I think it makes me a better beekeeper. And because I’m a person— and not a bee, I rationalize things like that. ;)
One thing I did have a little trouble rationalizing though was my recent experience on a Friday night.
There’s something for everyone. Some people are dog-lovers, some are foodies, others runners. I love to listen to stories of people living their passion— truly going for it. Like saving all their money to buy a plane ticket to a far-off island— all to surf a wave they’ve only dreamed of, …or visiting distant and aging relatives to record and preserve the family stories and genealogy, or that person who scours every thrift store and rummage sale to find the perfect completion to their pottery collection.
It’s an amazingly diverse world —thankfully. —And when it comes to finding your passion, there’s so much to explore, discover and seek out. I never thought I’d find my bliss in my own backyard, but I did. My thing happens to be bees.
Insight from a Honey Girl
I’ve been accused of a lot of things. But this, this had to be the most shocking and— quite frankly, silliest of all. On the way home from a busy day of weekend errands, my husband accused me of being, get this— being "happy all the time.”
I had to put that in quotes as much for you as for me, because I still can’t believe he said that (in a non-sarcastic tone).
See, the thing is, it’s just not true. And he should know! I stress like the best of them, —my kids, the bees, the state of the world! Good grief. Where do I begin? And yet, he said it like he meant it!
Bee pollen has long been recognized for its many health benefits. In particular, it is known for its ability to improve skin health and to rejuvenate the skin.
What is Honey and How is it Made?
Honey is a sweet substance made from flower nectar. The bees use it for food during the winter when no flowers are in bloom. Honey bees collect nectar using their long, tube-like tongues to suck the nectar out of the flowers. They store the nectar in their "honey stomachs" as they carry it back to the beehive. Bees actually have two stomachs.
Why is Beeswax in Honey Girl Organics creams?
Beeswax is one of the amazing ingredients supplied by bees from their busy hives. It is a nutrient-rich substance (300 micronutrients), produced by female worker bees to make honeycomb for their honey and egg storage.
Honeybees provide many benefits to the plants and animals surrounding their hives. The best known of these, of course, are honey and pollination of plants.
But honey and pollination are not the only gifts offered by these ancient, magical insects. Propolis is yet another beehive product that provides many unique benefits.
Below I describe bee propolis and then take a brief look at its health benefits.
Why is Royal Jelly in our organic creams?
Royal Jelly is a naturally occurring substance in the 100% organic raw honey and beeswax used in Honey Girl Organics’ skin creams. It enhances the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antibiotic elements of the creams, helping to keep your skin clear of acne outbreaks and infection, while enhancing collagen production, minimizing wrinkles and supporting supple and glowing skin.
The amino acids in royal jelly are also basic ingredients in collagen. Collagen is essential in maintaining the skin’s firmness by supporting its connective tissue. Royal jelly contains collagen, lecithin, vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, and E, which are essential for skin health, firmness and elasticity.
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