Benefits of honey and other treasures of the hive

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Royal jelly, honey, propolis… these treasures of the hive offer multiple benefits!

Propolis, royal jelly, honey… honey offers many health benefits, and the treasures of the hive are good for us! Discover the surprising virtues of these products for your beauty and your health. Bees are busy inside their hives creating beauty treasures. Honey, propolis, royal jelly or pollen: how can you integrate products of the hive into your health and beauty routine?

Bienfaits du miel sur la santé

The virtues of honey

Honey offers numerous benefits, valued for its humectant and healing properties, it was a favourite beauty secret of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Honey absorbs and retains water, and the beauties of bygone times used it as a revitalising, hydrating mask for their skin and hair.

Honey has healing powers as well as many other virtues! In the 1990s, Professor Descottes used honey, at the Limoges University Hospital, to dress wounds that were having difficulty healing. Honey can be twice as effective at healing open wounds than antiseptic products! At home, you can apply honey to minor cuts or burns, then wrap them in dressing to speed up healing.

Otherwise, honey is also a good remedy if you have a cold or ENT infection, simply add it to a thyme infusion or a glass of hot milk. Honey limits the proliferation of bacteria and thins any buildup of mucus if you have a dry cough. Finally, honey is valued for its trace elements, which makes it an excellent source of energy: athletes in ancient times drank honey in water before competing, to improve their performance, and afterwards to assist recovery.

Propolis: amazing purifying benefits for the body

This resin, which bees collect from trees to seal their hives to eliminate germs and undesirable microorganisms, has antiseptic, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Propolis is particularly beneficial as an oral spray and is a very effective treatment for sore throats, coughs, and colds. Used as a mouthwash, it promotes healing of lesions in the mouth. Because it combats germs, microorganisms, and impurities, propolis is an ally for problem skin.

A recent study demonstrated the benefits of propolis: its antioxidant properties can be useful in the prevention of certain chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes-related complications.

Propolis can be consumed in its pure form or combined with other ingredients such as honey or oil. It can also be made into a powder, pastilles, syrup, capsules or chewing gum. Remember to always choose organic propolis. It is easy to find in pharmacies, drugstores and many organic shops. However, if you are allergic to pollen, make sure you do a test first, by taking a small quantity to make sure you can tolerate propolis.

Bienfaits propolis

Pollen: a powerful stimulant for the body

Contrary to popular belief, flower pollen is packed with mineral salts, antioxidants, carbohydrates and vitamins, that means it has lots of benefits! It contains no less than 27 essential amino acids, which make it a real super-food. For this reason, pollen helps the body fight physical and mental fatigue. A tip for students: have a little pollen before exams to boost concentration and improve your memory.


It also has the following benefits: it stimulates the immune defences, nourishes the microbiota (our intestinal flora, which needs to remain balanced to ensure good general health), and slows ageing thanks to its antioxidants. Even more surprisingly, pollen treatment can help prevent… hay fever! However, some people can still have allergic reactions, so it’s best to do a short-term test before you start a course of pollen treatment.


For the treatment to be effective, take organic pollen for at least two months, ideally at the time of seasonal changes. Pollen can be taken in capsules, but the best way to enjoy its benefits is to buy it frozen just after it’s harvested and eat it fresh: two tablespoons a day for shock treatment, and one a day for topping up. You can find it in organic shops. Check its origin, to make sure it is not harvested abroad.

Pollinisation des fleurs par abeille

Royal jelly: the anti-ageing secret of queens

Another product of the hive is royal jelly. This substance is secreted to feed larvae during the first three days of their lives, and the queen of the hive is fed on it throughout her life.

There are few studies on the effects of pure royal jelly, but it is believed to have stimulating properties for the immune system. When taken around season changes, it can help fight fatigue. Traditional Chinese medicine uses it to combat arthritic pain, diabetes, infertility, and fatigue. You can try this product by choosing organic royal jelly found in vials.

Used externally, royal jelly is highly valued for its cosmetic, anti-ageing properties. With a high concentration of active elements, it contains vitamins A, B, C, D and E, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and minerals. It preserves the skin’s elasticity thanks to properties, similar to elastin and collagen, which make the skin stronger and more supple. It has everything going for it!

Careful though: not many beekeepers produce it. Make sure you check its origin and its quality.

A homemade royal face mask

Treat yourself like a queen bee with this home-made skin-care product, to enjoy the beneficial effects of honey and royal jelly on your skin, using a home-made face-care treatment. This moisturising face mask is perfect to get a glowing complexion. The recipe is very simple: use a neutral cream for your base, mix in a spoonful of royal jelly and a spoonful of honey, then apply it to your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the mask using a cotton ball soaked in lukewarm water, then rinse off using a spray or toner lotion. Thanks to the benefits of honey and royal jelly, you’re guaranteed a radiance boost! If you are using fresh royal jelly, make sure you keep it in a cool, dark, dry place. 

1 – Source: Boisard S, Le Ray AM, Gatto J, Aumond MC, Blanchard P, Derbré S, Flurin C, Richomme P. Chemical Composition, Antioxidant and Anti-AGEs Activities of a French Poplar Type Propolis. J Agric Food Chem. 2014 Feb 12;62(6):1344-51.

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