By Sarah Orecchia
Founder of Unbeelievable Health
1) You love FOOD! Did you know that bees pollinate one third of all that we eat? They also pollinate grasses that cows and other animals eat. Bees and wild pollinators are responsible for pollinating 84% of EU crops. 100 of the most important food crops depend on pollination. They also are responsible for coffee, cotton and chocolate.
2) You like to avoid illness. Bee propolis, a resin bees collect from tree and plant buds, has been the subject of over 1500 studies and has been used since Egyptian times for human health. Propolis, nature’s wellness superfood, has been shown to boost immunity and to have natural antibiotic, antiviral and anti inflammatory properties. Gwyneth Paltrow recommends propolis supplements Bee Prepared immune support in her GOOP newsletter: http://www.goop.com/journal/do/170/the-buzz
3) You like feeling energized, naturally. Both bee pollen and Royal Jelly are highly nutritious natural wholefood substances, which have been shown to reduce fatigue and improve health and energy levels. Victoria Beckham is a huge fan of Bee Pollen for energy.
4) Bees can make your skin more lovely. Loads of natural skincare companies are including bee products in their formulas such as propolis. Propolis is incredibly enriching and also helps heal the skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis. Recent studies show that propolis may help prevent melanomas which is why it is starting to be included in sunscreens. Propolis may also be taken as a nutritional supplement. It is the hero ingredient in Bee Prepared immune support www.unbeelievablehealth.com
5) Bees can help you look younger. Bee venom has become popular as a ‘natural botox’ even Kate Middleton uses bee venom skin cream
Everyone seems to be keen on sustainability & helping bees these days. There is no doubt that bees are crucial for our survival. In the UK alone, honeybee colonies have fallen by 50% in the last 20 years. In 2012 the UK experienced the greatest loss of bee colonies in recorded history. Einstein is said to have observed that if we loose bees we may only have 4 years left to live. With modern technology we may have longer than that, but bees are truly elemental for humans to thrive and we’d be in serious trouble without them. Loads of celebrities are also supporting the plight of the bees including Vivienne Westwood- advocate for bees, Sting & Trudie Styler, Actors Morgan Freeman and Isabella Rosellini, Katherine Hamnett, Juno Actress Ellen Page, singer Eliza Doolittle and more.
Helping spread the word about the decline of the bees and what we can all do to help contributes to the greater good for all of us. Buying sustainably sourced bee products encourages more people to keep bees, which helps honeybee populations to survive and grow. Planting flowers is a simple way to provide food for bees. Avoiding pesticide use in your garden also helps. Why not donate to bee causes such as Friends of the Earth’s BEEcause? Let’s make sure bees are around for a good long time. There is a lot to love about bees!