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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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The 6 fastest ways to get perfect skin

12While we’re not ones to endorse, support, or approve of skin care neglect, we are realists. And that means we’re totally with you if you fall in the I-have-too-much-on-my-plate-to-exfoliate camp.

Squeezing in facials and obsessing over a strict anti-aging routine takes serious amounts of “me”-time. Not to mention beaucoup buckos.

And we get it. You’re a mom. Or you work insane hours. Or you travel a ton. Or maybe you’re just a little lazy (no judgment here!). And because of your insert- excuse-here, skin care just doesn’t make its way on your “to-do” list.

That’s fine. But just because you’ve got no time or extra cash, it doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a lifetime of breakouts and wrinkles. We’re here to tell you that with minimal effort, time, and money, you can have clear, soft, healthy skin. It’s all about paying attention to what’s important.

According to medical aesthetician Susan Perry and Beverly Hills board certified dermatologist Harold A. Lancer, MD, these easy, practical skin care tips are ones even the busiest women can manage.


When you have a ton of different skin care products staring at you from your medicine cabinet, it can start to feel too overwhelming. Instead of feeling bogged down by so many options, pare down your routine. Because despite what QVC might be telling you, you only need a few key items to keep your skin healthy. First, throw out any expired products. Next, toss any eye cream or moisturizer where the water has separated from the product and is resting on top — this is a sign of a product that’s lost its efficacy. Finally, trash (or donate) products you don’t use on a daily basis or haven’t touched in more than a month.


If you want to spend less time fussing over your skin, your goal should be to have the healthiest skin possible. The easiest way to keep your skin healthy is to eat right and stay hydrated. That means drinking at least eight ounces of water a day and eating foods that are anti-inflammatory and contain lots of anti-oxidants, says Perry. “Also, low glycemic index foods such as salads, bright red and green vegetables, omega 3 rich wild salmon, avocados, olive oil, and blueberries are great for your complexion.” She adds that your skin is a projection of what is going on internally. Translation: If you’re overdoing it on the junk food, your skin will be the first to tattle on you.


Here’s the simple, anti-aging skin care regimen Lancer and Perry recommend. It requires four products and takes about three minutes:

Your a.m. routine:

Step 1: Cleanse :
Step 2: Gently exfoliate :
Step 3: Prevent/correct :
Step 4: UVA/UVB protection :


Your nighttime routine can be extremely simple, says Perry, and should include the following:

Step 1: Cleanse :
Step 2: Correct/Repair :


“I always tell my clients to watch what they eat when they are traveling or working a lot,” says Lancer, as “salt reduction is critically important for healthy skin.” Why? Salt decreases the water intake of your internal organs, and when your organs are dehydrated, they suck the water out of your skin and leave you with sallow, dry, cracked skin, he says. So, if you’re grabbing quick food while on the run, pay extra attention to nutritional labels. Protein intake is also essential for healthy, youthful skin, says Lancer. He recommends making protein about 40 percent of your dietary intake. Why? “Amino acids in the blood stream stimulate collagen and elastin production,” he says.


If you travel a lot, it can take a toll on your skin. To help your complexion cope, don’t wear makeup on the plane, says Perry. “It’s also a good idea to pack a small tube of moisturizer in your carry-on and reapply throughout the flight,” says Perry. And speaking of moisturizer, slather on a super-hydrating formula all over your body before your flight. After all, it’s not just your face that gets parched at 30,000 feet. We recommend Berry Extracts Body Lotion :

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