National Honey Month

By Rona Berg / July 29, 2014
Robin Jolin /

Robin Jolin /

“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!

—Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, longtime journalist and best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty: 1000 Quick Fixes (Workman Publishing), Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine. She has been cited as an industry expert by Huffington Post, Fox News and New York Magazine and contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. Berg co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe.
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