Honey, Manuka Honey & Propolis!

Bees are incredible.

They are the source of Honey, Manuka Honey AND precious Propolis.

While many skincare ingredients are created in chemistry labs, others are created by nature, more specifically created in the beehive. Produced by SBC’s favourite, the Honey Bee.

What is Honey?

Honey! It is the sweet edible substance made by bees using nectar from flowers. These little fellas convert nectar into honey by a process which involves regurgitation and evaporation. They then store it as a food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive.

Honey’s superpower is its antimicrobial properties – have you ever noticed how honey never goes mouldy? This is a side-effect of its slightly acidic, antimicrobial properties.

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka Honey is simply Honey derived from the bees that exclusively pollinate the Manuka Tree which is found in New Zealand.

Manuka Honey usually has a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating on the package which means it has been tested for antibacterial activity. Think of it like the SPF number you’d see on sun creams – the higher the UMF the greater the antibacterial effects.

Manuka honey is a ‘nutritional powerhouse’ – it has been used for centuries for its medicinal qualities as it is one of nature’s richest antimicrobial sources.

What is Propolis?

To create propolis, Bee’s head to the trees to collect sap. They work the sap with their front legs whilst adding beeswax, honey and bee-produced enzymes to the mixture, this forms the resin-like material which we know as Propolis.

The name Propolis translates from Greek to ‘Defender of the City’, which is a very appropriate term to describe the role of Propolis in the beehive. It defends the hive in several ways, including being used to seal gaps to strengthen the hive, which stops potential predators invading, and to prevent decomposition within the hive, keeping the hive sterile.

Propolis is rich in amino acids, vitamins, mineral and most importantly, bioflavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant effects which is why bees know to use the Propolis to sterilise the hive.

How are ingredients sources from the Beehive?

Here at SBC we care about the environment and strive to do what is best for it, take our recyclable packaging and the procurement of our ingredients…

In the ecosystem, Propolis is naturally collected by worker bees from Poplar trees that produce it continually. Then the Propolis is extracted from the beehives at the same time as the honey, wax, and royal jelly.

Bees are never hurt in the process, nor is the Queen bee. One of the purposes of bees in nature is to create all these wonderful substances for the survival of other species.

Why is Honey Good to use on my skin?

As far back as the Ancient Egyptians, Honey was hailed a ‘skin-healing’ ingredient, and Cleopatra supposedly mixed HHoney with milk to make face masks.

Using Honey on the skin, is a must! It suits all skin types and contains minerals, amino-acids and antioxidants, which will not only lock moisture into the skin and help keep the skin’s surface clean, it will help to even out skin texture, for radiant, healthy-looking skin!

Why is Manuka Honey good for my skin?

Manuka Honey supports skin’s natural immunity, reinforces the skin barrier, and helps protect skin from environmental factors. While this is beneficial regardless of skin type, those who suffer with sensitivity or reactive skin, may particularly notice the benefits.  

Manuka Honey naturally contains hydrogen peroxide and methyglyoxal, two highly-potent antibacterial agents that can be used to help with skin complaints. Manuka Honey’s anti-inflammatory properties can also help to soothe sore, inflamed skin. Manuka Honey’s soothing properties can also help neutralise the skin’s PH levels to balance the healthy bacteria on the skin.

The vitamins and minerals in Manuka Honey can help to improve skin tone and texture and the amino-acid profile can help to slough away dead skin cells to leave you with a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.

Why is Propolis good to use on my skin?

The naturally powerful properties of Propolis hold a wealth of benefits for most skin types, and many skin concerns or skin that feels or looks unhealthy.

Propolis is most commonly known for its calming and restoring capabilities, so if you are prone to sensitive, reactive, volatile, irritated or problematic skin, Propolis is your saviour! Propolis has powerful soothing properties which work quickly to comfort and calm the skin.

Propolis feeds your skin with natural nurturing care which keeps skin looking healthy and in tip-top condition. Also remember, prevention is better than cure, and it is gentle enough for everyday use, so if you are prone to skin woes, give propolis a go today.

How you can help look after the bees…

Over 90% of all flowering plants require insect pollinators, such as bees, to visit their flowers to later set seed and reproduce. In return these insects have become completely dependent on flowers as their only source of nutrients. This insect/flower relationship underpins all land-based ecosystems and is also ultimately supplies us with over 1/3rd of all the food we humans eat.

Without them, the world would drastically change, so never underestimate the bee. Make sure you try and do all you can to keep the bees happy and healthy.

Plant lots of beautiful bright flowers and consider leaving a few weeds here and there, such as dandelions – bees love them! Avoid pesticides and provide water – bees get dehydrated too. Also, revive tired bees with a little sugar and water on a spoon, and ultimately, let them be.

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