Alright y’all, I have a confession to make. I have a new obsession with bees.
It all began when I visited the Savannah Bee Company located in Savannah, Georgia. Something about the vibe of the store just screamed “me”. After tasting local honey and testing honey lotions and scrubs, I fell in love. I bought a small jar of honey (3 oz. because that’s all I could take back home on the plane), a pink tinted lip balm, and a small bottle of lotion (also travel size).
Okay so now onto my “bee”search (bee research lol)!
I had always heard of the saying “Save the Bees” and I knew that they were in trouble but I had no idea how vast of an impact bees have on our society. Approximately 1/3 of the national bee population has disappeared over the last five years due to an increased use of pesticides. Pesticides contaminate the nectar and pollen. When bees bring contaminated materials into their hives, it creates toxic living conditions for them and they die off. If nothing else, we as humans should care about this because 1/3 of the food we eat (including more than 130 fruits and veggies) comes as the result of bees and other pollinators.
The main concept I want you to take away from reading this blog post is how you can help! You can help by…..
- Eliminating pesticide use in your own garden
- Creating a bee-friendly garden using a variety of native plants
- Buying local honey and supporting local bee keepers – When you consume local honey, you are consuming one of the most nutrient-dense foods and producing antibodies to lessen the severity of allergies (which is the best bonus for me personally #kentuckyprobs)
Lastly, here are some super simple recipes that allow you to use honey in your everyday life:
Skin and Lip Scrub: Mix 1:1:1 ratio of honey, olive oil, and sugar.
Dark Circles: Apply honey under your eyes for approximately 10 minutes and follow up with cold cucumber slices.
Hair Growth: Mix 1:9 parts honey and water. Massage on scalp for 3 minutes, then leave for 3 hours. After 3 hours, rinse thoroughly.
That’s all I have for today! Just remember, do what you can to save the bees & bee happy!
PS: my new shirt should be here this week & I couldn’t BEE more excited! (Okay, I’ll stop with the bee puns now)