Greener Ideal, 5/2/2012
“Bee Sting Therapy” or Apitherapy has been practiced for centuries, using bee venom to manage or cure a number of ailments including multiple sclerosis, arthritis, wounds, pain, gout, shingles, tendonitis, burns and various infections. Bee venom is reported to have been used way back to ancient Egypt, Greece and China and Hippocrates, the Greek physician known as the “Father of Medicine”, recognized the healing virtues of bee venom for treating arthritis and other joint problems.
Today there are a number of bee-related healing agents available including apitherapy treatments as well as products using raw honeys, propolis, pollen and royal jelly. A growing community of users and researchers stand by the abilities of bee byproducts to improve circulation, decrease inflammation, and stimulate a healthy immune response—and now, to do the same to your body’s external.
Medicine Mama creator Donna Steinman was inspired by the healing properties of pure honey bee ingredients and her knowledge of natural oils as beauty aides; she combines the two in her Bee Magic products as a means of delivering natural anti-septics and wrinkle-fighters to the skin’s surface:
•Antimicrobial honey, a gentle anti-septic and anti-bacterial ingredient
•Propolis, the most biologically active tree resin and a powerful, natural antibiotic
•Bee pollen, called “nature’s multi-vitamin” and a natural stimulant for cell renewal
•Royal jelly which contains gelatin, essential for collagen production
•Beeswax, full of anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and germicidal properties that keep skin healthy and strong.