Need a guide to Bee-auty? Then @beeconomics_org can help you! #beauty #bees #crowdfunding

As you may have seen from their first post, Heather and Dom Ridout have upped sticks and swapped their London lives for a brand new venture in Brazil with a few bees called Beeconomics! Firstly they told us why they’re going, and now they’ve kindly written a fantastic piece on the benefits of bees and beauty! 

They’ve started up Beeconomics, and if you like what you read from their very first post for us, then good news! There’ll be more updates in the coming weeks! Also, if you feel inclined to support the cause, you can find out all you can follow them on Facebook andTwitter

Most importantly, they’ve just launched a crowd funding campaign called Show me the Honey! to help their cause, so if you want to support it, then click here!

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Back to the Beauty bit!  

Honey has incredible skin and hair care properties. It has been revered throughout history for this purpose – the Egyptians used it in mummification (the ultimate anti-ager!), Cleopatra bathed in it, the Romans used it on battle wounds, whilst the wife of the Roman Emperor Nero, Poppea, formulated a honey based moisturiser. Queen Anne of England used it to condition her hair and Madame du Barry (famous for her beauty and for being Louis XV’s final mistress) may have been the first to make a homemade honey face-mask, a practice continued by modern starlets such as Scarlett Johansson who attributes her healthy glow to a manuka mask (just honey, nothing added).

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This remarkable substance is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It soothes and moisturises and is a humectant meaning that it draws moisture towards it and seals it onto the skin, prolonging its moisturising effect. It contains phytochemicals which make it antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory. It is also self preserving (due to its anti-microbial constituents, low PH, moisture content and water activity) as famously illustrated by archeologists who found 2,000 year-old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs!

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Honey can be applied neat to the skin or combined with other complementary ingredients. We’re sure you will be keen to get some on your skin – so here are some ideas for a homemade face mask using honey and things you might find in the fridge:

* Make a simple Cleopatra-esque mask using plain yogurt/cream (we find milk doesn’t stay on so well!) and honey to moisturise and soothe (recommended for sensitive skin)

* Mix honey, oats (best if ground first to avoid clumpiness) and a little lemon/lime (rich in AHAs and vitamin C) to moisturise and exfoliate

* Blend some enzyme-rich papaya (also contains vitamin A) and honey together to brighten and banish dead skin cells without scrubbing

 TAHDAAAHHH!!!! You’ll be looking like a goddess in no time!

Happy Bee-autifying!!

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Rural Africa populates London’s health and beauty counters @adunaworld #health #superfruit

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At last weeks Spirit of Summer event at Olympia, Snoochie Boochies were intrigued by one particularly colourful stall. Bringing a little bit of Africa to London was the Aduna team. Armed with smiles on their faces and a cheerful want to help and educate, they were here to promote the African ‘super fruit’ Baobab.

This innocent pod like powdery fruit has risen from relative obscurity to become the best selling supplement across top London health food stores. The Baobab is a raw wholefood with supposedly one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit in the world! Pretty impressive huh?

But what does that all mean? 

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 12.16.10Well, for centuries the women of Africa have turned to the baobab tree as a source of natural wellbeing, benefiting skin, hair and general health. Baobab is an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, thiamin and a good source of vitamin B6. These nutrients help support energy, metabolism, the immune system, and promotes the skins good health. Its also almost fifty percent fibre, and contains over twice the antioxidants per gram of goji berries and more than blueberries and pomegranates combined!

 

So what does it look like? 

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 12.15.50Baobab dries naturally on its tree branch, it’s harvested, then the seeds get removed and sieved into a powder which is what we end up purchasing. When we buy the product here in the UK, its available as a loose powder which is ideal for adding to smoothies or juices, or using as an alternative to sugar for sweetening yogurt, muesli or cereal; and if you’re on the go, there are also capsules available to make it as easy as possible to get this natural goodness!

Where can I get some?! 

Aduna’s Baobab Fruit Pulp Power is available in the following stores: Planet Organic, Wholefoods Market, John Bell & Croyden, As Nature Intended, The NutriCentre and Revital Stores. You can also purchase the products online here.

How much does it cost? 

-Aduna Baobab Fruit Pulp Powder 170g (loose) RRP from £17.99

-Aduna Baobab Fruit Pult Powder 30 x 4.5g stick packs RRP from £24.99

-Aduna Fruit Pulp Capsules 90 x 500mg RRP from £22.99

So there you go, it looks like its time to get healthy with a little bit of help from our African friends! If you’ve tried this product, leave us a comment on how you found it we’d love to know!!

Happy Health Shopping!