Beauty and the Bees
In Beauty & the Bees, Dr Sara J Robb explains how honey, beeswax, and propolis can be used to decrease the signs of aging. Bee products, in particular honey, are valuable as dietary supplements, as functional foods, in home remedies and in cosmetics. Substituting some of the sugar, in your diet, with honey will significantly increase your physiological levels of anti-oxidant and can slow the aging process. Honey anti-oxidants correlate with honey colour; the darker the colour of honey, the higher the age-defying anti-oxidants. The colour scale on the left shows the colours of honey, which can be used estimate the levels of anti-oxidants. If you choose a dark honey, such heather, ivy or buckwheat, you can increase the amount of anti-oxidants your diet. As well as increasing anti-oxidants in food, bee products have had a place through history in remedies and cosmetics. Beeswax, propolis and honey have medicinal qualities that lend themselves to home remedies and cosmetics. Beauty and the Bees begins with an introduction, by nutritionist Dr Domingo J. Piñero, discussing the importance of honey as a functional food. High anti-oxidant honey recipes are provided, including sweet and savoury honey recipes, honey baked goods and confections. Beauty and the Bees also contains recipes for beeswax anti-aging creams, anti-oxidant honey soaps and Aunt Bea’s Remedies.