“Honeybees and flowers have evolved together. They have a nice symbiotic relationship,” says Gene Brandi, a California beekeeper and vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation. “Honey is a product of the flower, like wine is a product of the grape,” he continues.
About one-third of the American diet would not be here if not for the pollinating activity of bees. That includes honeydew, kiwis, plums, cucumbers, cherries, avocados, many vegetables and, yes, even grapes. “The interesting things in our diet require bees,” Brandi says.
September is National Honey Month, time to turn the spotlight on our bees. But according to the National Honey Board, 23 percent of the nation’s honeybees fell victim to colony collapse disorder this past winter. The good news: It was not as bad as the year before!
At Travaasa Austin, a percentage of the profits from The Honey Bee treatments, year-round, go to the Texas Honey Bee Research Project. Since honey attracts and holds moisture, and kills bacteria, it is a fantastic skincare ingredient. With on-site hives and helpful donations, we love to see spas support the bees! honey.com