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    Get your Glow on with Raw Honey

    Get your Glow on with Raw Honey

    Photo courtesy of @blakevmedia

    Adding to its list of many uses, raw honey is INCREDIBLE for your skin, thanks to its super healing properties and hefty serving of skin-saving antioxidants.  With its natural pH level of 4.5, raw honey falls within our skin’s naturally healthy pH range.  Its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties make it effective for healing cuts and burns by killing bacteria and fungus.  Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that brightens the complexion, evens out skin tone, and lightens scars and age spots.  It does wonders for a wide variety of skin ailments including: Rosacea, Eczema, Hyperpigmentation, Wrinkles, Acne and Enlarged Pores.  Raw honey is super nourishing and hydrating as well.

    …And who doesn’t want smooth, plump skin free of synthetic chemicals?

    Whether you’re looking for an affordable DIY solution or a powerful skin treatment, raw honey can help you regain your glow – the natural way.  There are countless ways you can use raw honey to create your own natural face scrub, cleanser or mask.  Here are just a few of our favorites:

    • Face Scrub: Raw Honey + Olive Oil + Sea Salt (gently massage over & rinse with warm water)
    • Cleanser:  Oats + Raw Honey + Water
    • Face Mask:  Raw Honey + 1-2 drops of lavender oil (apply on face for 10-15 minutes & rinse with warm water)

    And yes, it does matter what type of honey you use.  Namely, your honey needs to be 100% raw and unfiltered in order to reap its natural benefits.  Now go get your glow on!

    Weekend Hike and Bee Safety Tips

    Weekend Hike and Bee Safety Tips

    Weekends for me are about family and reconnecting with nature.  Fortunately for us, we live in a neighborhood surrounded by beautiful mountains and hiking trails.  The trail we did on Sunday took us from one city to the next, all while taking in the most amazing views overlooking the city we call home.  Thanks to the rain we had this year, the blooms were abundant with buckwheat, mustard, black sage and sumac.  Of course this means my friends – the bees – were also out working the honey flow!  Most folks are not comfortable sharing such close quarters with buzzing bees, especially if you are with kids.  Even my wife and 2 boys were somewhat uneasy during parts of our hike.  My advice to them and all of you – Don’t bother the bees and they won’t bother you!  Respect the bees.  Honeybees are not naturally aggressive.  They do not want to sting you.  In fact, if they sting you, they die.   Just be part of nature.  Take time to appreciate the flowers.  Pause for a minute to listen to the beautiful harmonics of the bees buzzing around you.  It is truly an experience to behold.

    A few helpful tips to avoid bee stings:

    • Avoid wearing perfume or cologne (ie. don’t smell like a flower).  This goes for shampoo, moisturizers and detergents with fragrance. Nectar-seeking bees are quick to detect strong scents and will naturally be drawn to them.
    • Avoid wearing bright colored clothing (ie. don’t look like a flower!).
    • If you or your child is allergic to bee stings, carry your epi-pen with you!
    • If you get stung, don’t pull out the stinger as you will likely leave some of the stinger in your skin (along with the venom).  Best to scrape at it with something flat and hard (ie. credit card) until it comes off.

    Summer is here!

    Summer is here!

    Summer break has started for my 7 year old so that means I now have a shopping buddy!  We stopped by our local Whole Foods this morning to stock up on some items.  I love the pure joy kids bring to even the most mundane tasks!  The night before, we picked out a few recipes we would try later this week and made a list of all the ingredients we need.  Check back here and see what we made!  In the meantime, guess who’s enjoying some apples and honey today?

    More than Honey

    More Than Honey

    More than Honey - a documentary on the fascinating world of honeybees and colony collapse disorder opened yesterday at New York's Film Forum

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