Gwyneth Paltrow has opened up to the press about her latest, and somewhat dangerous, beauty tip – a treatment that involves being subjected to stings from live bees to reduce skin inflammation and scarring.
The Oscar-winner, who describes herself as being “incredibly close to the common woman” has revealed that the latest addition to her beauty regime was apitherapy, an ancient beauty treatment that has been used for thousands of years.
“I’m always the guinea pig to try everything. I’ve got to try them all,” she said in an interview with the New York Times on her somewhat alternative beauty regime.… Read more
The Kardashian brand is going from strength to strength, with the latest endorsement deal for the Kardashian clan coming thanks to eldest sister Kourtney, who recently signed as an official brand ambassador for Manuka Doctor, a leading New Zealand-based producer and manufacturer of manuka honey and bee venom health and beauty products, such as their flagship Manuka Doctor Bee Venom Face Mask product.
The brand have signed Kardashian on to a two year endorsement deal that will see the reality star “participating in a variety of high profile marketing activities around the globe to educate consumers around Manuka Doctor, including in-store, digital, social and public relations activities,” said the company, and will officially begin her role as ambassador for the brand this month.… Read more
Exports of Tasmanian honey exports are on the rise, with the island’s main honey producers saying that they are unable to meet the growing demand from Asia and Europe, even before a recent free-trade agreement was signed with China which slashed the tariffs of up to 25% levied on their products.
However, a significant shortage of apiarists and increased difficulty in accessing leartherwood trees in remote parts of local forests is threatening the transition of the industry from that of hobbyists to a high-value niche export industry.
Owner of Australian Honey Products, Lindsay Bourke, produces approximately 25% of Tasmania’s leatherwood honey crop, and is now starting work on a $2.6 million extraction plant and apiarist training centre.… Read more
An acupuncturist practicing in Southern California could face having is medical license suspended by state regulators who are claiming that he didn’t have the necessary kit in his office to treat any patients who suffered an adverse reaction to the bee sting therapy he provides.
Xin Sheng “Tom” Zhou, the acupuncturist in question, has been using bee sting therapy for a range of ailments and chronic conditions in his practice in Alhambra, using methods which have been used throughout eastern Asian since as early as 2nd century B.C.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Acupuncture Board filed their accusation against Zhou back in July.… Read more
Akie Abe, Japan’s first lady, wants to introduce hives to the country’s capital to house up to 10,000 Japanese honeybees, intending to harvest her own brand of honey later in the year, according to reports from local Japanese media.
Mrs Abe, who is known to frequently speak out on environmental issues, is reported to have taken inspiration from her American counterpart Michelle Obama, who is has already taken up apiculture at the White House.
Japan’s first couple visited the White House back in April of this year, which is where the first ladies compared notes and discussed at lenth the decline of honeybee populations worldwide.… Read more
Durng the annual Easter Egg Roll celebration, held at the White House on Monday, President Obama watched on helplessly as a number of children who were invited to take part were attacked by a swarm of bees.
The “attack” was harmless enough, although a number of the children in attendance could been seen to be somwaht nervous about the prospect of being stung on their visit to the White House.
“Oh no, it’s a bee. That’s OK, guys. Bees are good, they won’t land on you. They won’t sting you, they’ll be OK,” Joked the president, whilst the group of terrified children screamed.… Read more
A truck carrying honeybees had an accident in Washington state, resulting in it’s overturning and the spewing of it’s cargo across a motorway.
The accident resulted in boxes that, according to KIRO 7 News, contained “millions of live bees”, being scattered along the highway.
Local news reported that the truck had overturned at around 3:30am just outside the city of Lynnwood as the truck attempted to join an interstate motorway.
Each of the scattered boxes contain around 5,000 live beens. Some were crushed in the accident, whilst many were set free as a result of the accident.… Read more
The Duchess of Cornwall has launched her own brand of honey, produced by bees that live in the garden of Ray Mill House, her Wiltshire country getaway.
The honey is currently being sold at Fortnum & Mason, a store that has long been a favourite of the Royal family, who describe the product as being “carefully crafted and delicately perfumed nectar with subtle hints of chamomile.”
Available in limited quantites, with only 250 jars being available, the honey is availble to buy for £20.
The Duchess is selling the honey to raise money for Medical Detection Dogs, a charity of which she has been a patron since February 2014.… Read more