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Know your ingredient: Honey

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Honey is one of nature’s miracle products and can be used in myriad ways for both food and medicine. The seasonal variation in the flavour profile is just one of the things that makes honey endlessly fascinating but it’s also a really powerful ingredient when it comes to nourishing your skin.

Origin

We get our honey from a local South Coast beekeeper named Tony Bee. He has been working with bees for most of his life. Tony is in his 70s now and has a real passion for bee health. He will only harvest honey when he knows they can make more, and won’t if it looks like a bad season as he doesn’t want them to starve.

Many large keepers don’t care and will just harvest no matter what, subsequently starving the bees and causing them to die.

He uses a low heat extraction method to remove the wax from the honey. He also moves his hives around to areas of abundant flowers to large orchards to help out with pollination on farms or fields.

I love working with Tony because he’s local and passionate. His honey is high quality and cruelty-free – he doesn’t even smoke them when he’s harvesting.

History of use

According to a Medical News Today article, cave paintings show that around 8,000 years ago, honey was first being used by humans, although there was no evidence of humans keeping and cultivating colonies of bees until 2,400 BC.

Honey was a mainstay in the medical practices of many cultures for centuries. Over 4,000 years ago, honey was used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, where it was thought to be effective in treating indigestion and imbalances in the body.

Before its use by Ancient Egyptians, honey was rubbed onto the skin to treat wounds and has been found in medicinal substances from over 5,000 years ago.

The beneficial properties of honey have been explored and studied in modern times, and there is evidence to suggest that some parts of its historical reputation may hold truth.

Applications

While honey has many therapeutic uses, it’s main use in skincare is for wound healing because of its antibacterial properties, some of which are detailed in this Dermatology Times article.

We use honey in most of our products including our new day cream which is also a sunscreen. Super light on your skin, it soothing while it protects.