Honey isn't the only thing bees produce that's sought after by humans. Surprisingly enough, the content of their stingers has become a popular anti-aging treatment.
Bee venom facials, also known as "apitherapy," are fast becoming known as "the natural Botox" in some corners of the world, touted by such famous names as Michelle Pfeiffer and Victoria Beckham. But it's the revelation that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, used a bee venom facial prior to her wedding to Prince William that has the anti-aging community buzzing.
"Apitherapy" gaining popularity after Royal Wedding.
For those who are put off by the idea of having bees stings applied in order to look younger, no worries. Even the apiphobic can enjoy the benefits of bee venom facials, as no bee stings are involved. Instead, the bee venom is put into a cream applied facially twice weekly.
One of the active agents in bee venom, melittin, is the anaphylactic responsible for the long-lasting pain that follows a bee sting. But it also has anti-inflammatory properties. This causes your body to believe it's under attack, increasing circulation and encouraging the production of collagen…