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Valuable products from the honeybee hive


Contributions of honeybees to mankind are so overwhelming that we often forget to recognize how valuable and important they actually are. We remember that hive products offer food and practical medical support but we may forget that the major contribution to the global ecology is the sustaining by pollination of most of the wild and cultivated flora. No other insect species furnishes any useful products as do the bees.

Let’s review the many products that we can harvest from the honeybee hive.

Honey — Concentrated from the sweet nectar collected from blossoms, composed of 82 percent sugars packed with minerals, vitamins and enzymes. It is prized for cooking, and a multitude of important medical properties such as antiseptic and burn treatment. We enjoy its sweet, natural floral essence but need to remember that it is not just for tea!

Propolis — Amorphous, resinous material gathered from plant buds and bark to strengthen the hive comb structure, varnish the inner surface of the hive, with its antiseptic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. Widely used in topical and internal medications for its healing properties. Used in fine varnishes and in ancient embalming.

Royal Jelly — Special nutritious food produced by nurse bees to feed young larva, converting the ordinary worker larva to a fertile, female queen. Rich in lipids, amino acids, vitamins, and enzymes, widely used as food supplement and in dermatological cosmetics.

Bees Wax — Secreted by young bees, molded into strong hexagonal shaped comb cells to furnish support for brood and honey storage. Honey sealed n wax comb provides long (3,000 years) shelf life. Unique properties provide wide usage for candles, waterproofing, dentistry, polishes, and many healthy products.

Compared to petroleum-based paraffin, beeswax candles burn longer, give less smoke, less dripping, and fill the room with fragrant floral essence.

Bee Venom — Toxic liquid injected during a bee sting. Several proteins and enzymes cause painful inflammation during defensive stinging. Used by dermatologists test for allergy sensitivity. Bee sting therapy treats the symptoms of arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other auto immune conditions. For more information, visit American Apitherapy Society at

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What causes wrinkles, what are the types of wrinkles

dogWrinkles are a common skin condition that is characterized by folds, ridges or creases on the skin on various parts of the body like face, arms or neck. The most common cause of wrinkling of skin is due to aging; apart from this we can see the wrinkled appearance of skin when it is immersed in water for a long duration of time. The latter is temporary in nature and reverts back to normal skin when the moisture from the skin gets removed.

The wrinkled skin due to aging or expressions or moisture is something that is natural and can not be avoided completely. Other factors that cause the condition are damage of skin due to sun exposure and dehydration, smoking, ill effects of some medications and unhealthy life style.

Types of wrinkles

Wrinkles can appear at many places in the human body with the following being the most common

Back part of the hands
Below eyes
Face and cheeks
Neck area
Wrinkles are generally classified into three forms as follows:

Surface lines
This type is shown in the form of appearance of fine lines or folds on the skin , which are visible only from close distance. Most of the wrinkle treatment solutions focus on the removal of these fine lines.

Deeper Furrows
These are the more visible and larger folds of skin which are generally irreversible without surgery. They are mainly caused due to aging.

Wrinkles due to aging
Wrinkling of the skin due to aging can be considered to be inevitable. As we grow old , our skin gradually loses the strength and elasticity it used to possess previously. It becomes thinner and more susceptible to reacting to the environmental conditions surrounding us. As a result it becomes less capable to protect against any damage caused by the external agent. All these factors lead to the development of creases, folds and wrinkles on the skin of various parts of the body.

Because of the association of wrinkled skin with age, the appearance of the same are judged as signal of wisdom and experience by many people

Other major reasons for appearance of wrinkles

Genetic Reasons
Genetic factor is one of the major reasons for the development and growth of wrinkles. As obvious, there is nothing that we can do much about it except blaming our hereditary trait for this. It is more likely for you to develop wrinkles early if your parents developed them at a younger age, as compared to some one whose parents were free from wrinkles when they were of the same age.

Causes a reduction in blood supply to the skin, as claimed by experts. Consequently, early aging of skin is caused which may lead to wrinkles.

Exposure to UV radiations
UV radiation emitted by Sun is known to posses a gamut of harmful effects on the skin. Those people, who tend to spend most of their time in the day under Sun’s rays, tend to develop wrinkles early because of exposure to these rays.

Skin Type
Some people who have lighter form of skin may experience a rapid damage of skin due to environmental exposure and Sun exposure. This may lead to wrinkling of the skin.

General expressions of face
Those people who laugh, frown, squint or smile repeatedly at an older age are at a higher risk of developing wrinkles than others. The repeated exercise of facial muscles may leave some folds on the skin when it has already lost its elasticity due to age.

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The Secret to Great Skin

Not surprisingly, the state of your skin is affected by a combination of your genes, nutrition, general health, emotional well-being and exercise.

With today’s hectic lifestyles, keeping a positive outlook and minimizing stress and anxiety can be an ongoing challenge. Relaxation techniques learned through yoga, meditation, and deep breathing are effective stress-busting activities and they can help to get you back on the right track.

Add to this, regular exercise and a balanced diet that incorporates all of the food groups to give your body the needed ingredients to maintain conditions for optimal health, which can also promote a radiant complexion.

On the exterior, how you care for your skin can directly impact its appearance. Sun protection from a young age is a key factor that influences the onset of pre-mature aging. A minimum SPF30 sunscreen is generally the recommended level of coverage to look for. Finally, institute a basic twice-daily cleansing and moisturizing routine to remove impurities and restore hydration.

Skin Care Tips Content Developed By Skin Care Guide Dermatologists