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Even though most of us are now in some sort of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, it doesn’t mean we can’t reach out and do something to celebrate and support the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Did you know you could get sick if you don’t have enough access to nature? Yes, it’s true. There is even a medical term of it - psychoterratic.
Since it was founded in 2005, Etsy has been the ultimate source for one-stop shopping for people who want to buy unique handmade goods and curated vintage finds. What it sells: Adorable hand-crafted felt creatures and fuzzy objets d'art, woven straight from a flock of long-horned Lithuanian heritage sheep. Then, after graduating in 2004, we began farming with a small flock of sheep called Šiurkščiavilnės — Lithuanian heritage sheep with long hair and horns.
“Everything in Holland is very flower-centric, wherever you look—in houses, flower beds, everywhere—so it’s always been an intricate part of my upbringing.” But van der Wal really caught the flower bug back in 2005, after her home country of Holland chose to honor her with a namesake lily. Three years later, she launched Frederique’s Choice—a lifestyle e-commerce brand offering handcrafted, locally sourced floral bouquets and arrangements across Europe. Van der Wal carries a Frederique’s Choice bouquet. The color schemes have a certain ease to them—a skill van der Wal picked up from her years spent in the fashion industry. My co-workers were fascinated by it when they first saw me carrying my own Frederique’s Choice bouquet into the office.
While it’s true that bee populations, including those of honeybees, are being systematically diminished by almost 50 percent by climate change, human invasion, and, yes, even stress (according to New York Magazine), beauty products made out of beeswax, honey, and Royal Jelly aren’t culpable for the seemingly imminent extinction. Good news for bees — and those who love honey. As a matter of fact, many beauty brands cull their bee ingredients from sustainable beekeepers, using eco-friendly and non-invasive techniques. “The proportion of wax and honey used in cosmetics is a very small amount,” Norman Carreck, Science Director of the International Bee Research Association, tells Yahoo Beauty. “I don’t think use in the cosmetics industry is significant in bee decline. Beeswax is a much more sustainable product than paraffin wax, made from petroleum, and honey is a much more sustainable product than sugar, made from sugar beet.”Through cross-pollination, the honeybee contributes to many industries that have contributions in the beauty industry. For example, in the January 8, 2010 issue of Science, Carreck notes, “The California almond industry alone is worth $2 billion annually and relies on over 1 million honey bee hives for cross-pollination.” In the United States alone, the number of hives has decreased from six million after the Second World War to only 2.4 million nowadays.While Gwyneth Paltrow gets her fair share of criticism for extolling expensive jars of manuka honey as a healing production, the beauty benefits of honeybee production is well documented. “There is actually some good data showing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects of manuka honey, especially in wound healing,” says New York City based dermatologist Sejal Shah, MD. “There is less data for Royal Jelly but I have read a few animal studies — a few years ago — suggesting it has anti-aging properties.” Dermatologist Frédéric Bonté, MD, the head of research for LVMH also tells Yahoo Beauty that because honey is extremely rich in sugar, it’s an incredible fuel source for cells. “It has been proven that the fibroblasts, the dermal cells which provide flexibility and elasticity to the skin, are very fond of fructose energy power that allows a cellular and sustainable growth. Its healing power comes from this complex mixture of sugar and its organic compounds,” he explains.Additionally, the pearly white amino acid-rich royal jelly, secreted by the hypopharyngeal and mandibular glands of the worker bees from 5 to 15 days, is used to feed only the future queen bee and allow her to grow to full adult size, allowing her to have the fertility and longevity to give birth to 45,000 bees and live up to five years. “The list of these nutritional, energetic, and metabolic benefits is endless. But again, the source of the royal jelly is linked to its activity,” Bonté explains. As long as you’re careful about your bee product consumption, there’s no reason not to reap the benefits of these ingredients. Here are some of our favorite bee products, from lip balm to skin serum to eye shadow.Related:The New Buzz Around PropolisBurt’s Bees Co-Founder Burt Shavitz Dies at 80YB Loves: A Classic Lip Balm Just Got Even Better