Adding to its list of many uses, raw honey is INCREDIBLE for your skin, thanks to its super healing properties and hefty serving of skin-saving antioxidants. With its natural pH level of 4.5, raw honey falls within our skin’s naturally healthy pH range. Its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties make it effective for healing cuts and burns by killing bacteria and fungus. Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that brightens the complexion, evens out skin tone, and lightens scars and age spots. It does wonders for a wide variety of skin ailments including: Rosacea, Eczema, Hyperpigmentation, Wrinkles, Acne and Enlarged Pores. Raw honey is super nourishing and hydrating as well.
…And who doesn’t want smooth, plump skin free of synthetic chemicals?
Whether you’re looking for an affordable DIY solution or a powerful skin treatment, raw honey can help you regain your glow – the natural way. There are countless ways you can use raw honey to create your own natural face scrub, cleanser or mask. Here are just a few of our favorites:
Face Scrub: Raw Honey + Olive Oil + Sea Salt (gently massage over & rinse with warm water)
Cleanser: Oats + Raw Honey + Water
Face Mask: Raw Honey + 1-2 drops of lavender oil (apply on face for 10-15 minutes & rinse with warm water)
And yes, it does matter what type of honey you use. Namely, your honey needs to be 100% raw and unfiltered in order to reap its natural benefits. Now go get your glow on!
Weekends for me are about family and reconnecting with nature. Fortunately for us, we live in a neighborhood surrounded by beautiful mountains and hiking trails. The trail we did on Sunday took us from one city to the next, all while taking in the most amazing views overlooking the city we call home. Thanks to the rain we had this year, the blooms were abundant with buckwheat, mustard, black sage and sumac. Of course this means my friends – the bees – were also out working the honey flow! Most folks are not comfortable sharing such close quarters with buzzing bees, especially if you are with kids. Even my wife and 2 boys were somewhat uneasy during parts of our hike. My advice to them and all of you – Don’t bother the bees and they won’t bother you! Respect the bees. Honeybees are not naturally aggressive. They do not want to sting you. In fact, if they sting you, they die. Just be part of nature. Take time to appreciate the flowers. Pause for a minute to listen to the beautiful harmonics of the bees buzzing around you. It is truly an experience to behold.
A few helpful tips to avoid bee stings:
Avoid wearing perfume or cologne (ie. don’t smell like a flower). This goes for shampoo, moisturizers and detergents with fragrance. Nectar-seeking bees are quick to detect strong scents and will naturally be drawn to them.
Avoid wearing bright colored clothing (ie. don’t look like a flower!).
If you or your child is allergic to bee stings, carry your epi-pen with you!
If you get stung, don’t pull out the stinger as you will likely leave some of the stinger in your skin (along with the venom). Best to scrape at it with something flat and hard (ie. credit card) until it comes off.
Summer break has started for my 7 year old so that means I now have a shopping buddy! We stopped by our local Whole Foods this morning to stock up on some items. I love the pure joy kids bring to even the most mundane tasks! The night before, we picked out a few recipes we would try later this week and made a list of all the ingredients we need. Check back here and see what we made! In the meantime, guess who’s enjoying some apples and honey today?
I always love visiting the family farm with my wife and kids. It makes me happy everytime I can share the farm experience with them. The kids love seeing the avocado and orange trees and have become quite skilled at picking and gathering the fruits! My wife and I have found that involving our kids in the selection process of the foods we eat – whether it means taking a trip to the farm or allowing them to select 1 or 2 items from the produce section of the grocery store – makes them more inclined to try different foods. They are always excited to eat the foods they’ve picked out on their own. Avocado toast and guacamole are big hits in our household. Check back here for my wife’s personal recipes!
Thousand Oaks’ Bloom Honey Awarded Prestigious Good Food Award
“Bloom Honey’s “White Clover” – A Winner for exceptionally delicious food that is produced responsibly”
Thousand Oaks, CA January 12, 2015
Bloom Honey – the Thousand Oaks based producer of 100% raw, single floral varietal honeys has been honored with the prestigious 2015 Good Food Award for its White Clover honey. White Clover honey is one of over a dozen single floral varietal honeys produced by Bloom Honey. Each varietal has a unique flavor and distinct personality that is based on the diverse floral sources of the nectars that are collected by the bees. Bloom Honey President David Jefferson said, “We are tremendously honored and excited to be recognized with a Good Food Award. This award recognizes both the delicious flavor of our raw honey, as well as our passionate commitment to responsible and sustainable production.”
To Purchase Our Award-Wining White Clover Honey, click here…
Celebrity gift bags including Bloom Honey tasters!
TheWrap kicked off this year’s Emmy season on Thursday, June 6th with their first annual Emmy Season party at the London West Hollywood hotel. Guests included Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) and Bellamy Young (Scandal), among other celebrities. Emmy contenders took home gift bags that included gourmet raw honey from Bloom Honey, Bu Kombucha drinks, and Le Bon Garcon caramels.
Big thanks to TheWrap for including Bloom Honey in their celebrity gift bags this year! We look forward to the upcoming announcements of the 66th Prime Time Emmy nominations later this month!
Look for Bloom Honey at the following farmers markets every week:
Pacific Palisades 8am to 1pm
Westlake Village 10am to 2pm
Sherman Oaks 3pm to 7pm
Visit us at any of the farmers markets every week and sample any or all of our varietals! Along with our amazing raw honey, we also carry our award-winning California avocados from our very own Jefferson Farms, along with organic blueberries and strawberries (seasonal). Support your local beekeepers and growers!