It’s hard to imagine human life on earth without bees. Our planet’s greatest pollinators, bees are responsible for pollinating more than 80 per cent of the planet’s flowering plants, and up to 35 per cent of the crops we rely on for food.
Without bees, we’d have less food to eat, less nature to enjoy, and we might suffer longer colds and flus, too. Because bees don’t just keep our plants growing, they also create products that keep our immune systems buzzing.
Humans have been using honey therapeutically since the Stone Age, with recent clinical studies showing that it is a better cough suppressant than commercial cough syrup and may shorten the duration of a cough or cold by up to two days. One review of over 14 clinical trials concluded that it’s “more effective and less harmful” at treating upper respiratory infections than the usual over-the-counter or prescription remedies.
Ultimately it was bees’ well-documented healing properties that inspired Carly Stein Kremer to quit her job at Goldman Sachs and founded Beekeeper’s Naturals in 2017. And while Stein Kremer’s propensity for whimsy is also well-documented (see her “enchanted forest” marriage to fellow entrepreneur Oliver Kremer), Beekeeper’s Naturals is rooted in principles of sustainability and scientific rigor.
This means supporting small-scale apiaries, prioritizing pesticide-free hives, committing to third-party testing and partnering with leading research institutions such as The University of California Davis Honey Bee Research Facility and the Canadian Bee Research Fund. It also means that when you gift offer Beekeeper’s Naturals products through Giftagram, the positive impact of your thoughtful gift extends from the health of your recipient right up to the wellness of our planet.
How healthy are Beekeeper’s Naturals products, anyway?
Supporting female-founded businesses like Beekeeper’s Naturals doesn’t just feel good; studies show they’re often better for our communities, resulting in nearly twice as many jobs for women as male-founded startups do.
But as meaningful as it is to support healthier communities through women-run, environmentally-oriented businesses, for many it’s the personal health benefits of bee products that keep them top of mind for holiday gifting.
All of Beekeeper’s Naturals products are non-GMO, keto, gluten free and certified B-corp, meaning they meet high standards for social impact, environmental impact and transparency.
Giftagram’s selection of Beekeeper's Naturals gifts each contains at least one bee-made product with scientifically-supported healing properties, whether it’s raw honey, bee propolis, bee pollen, or royal jelly.
If you stir up a hot honey lemon tea at the first sign of a cold or cough, you’re onto something. Studies show that honey is better at suppressing kids’ coughs than standard cough syrup and offers significantly better relief for upper respiratory conditions than antibiotics. Beekeeper’s Naturals uses raw honey, which maintains its natural flavours better than processed forms and contains higher levels of nutrients, antioxidants and other helpful compounds.
Sometimes called “bee glue” propolis serves as a kind of caulking for bees, who use the sticky substance to keep their hives stuck together. It can do more than heal a bee’s house, though: because of its antimicrobial properties, you can find it in a range of products designed to treat upper respiratory tract infections and to heal wounds, burns, acne and other skin conditions.
High in antioxidants, bee pollen is being studied for its reported immune-strengthening benefits. With antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, bee pollen may also reduce stress, ease symptoms of menopause and promote skin healing.
Royal jelly is quite literally food that’s fit for a queen. In its natural environment, it’s a nutrient-rich superfood high in bioactive compounds that is only consumed by queen bees. In products designed for humans, it has shown the potential to reduce inflammation. In animal studies it has been shown to lower blood pressure and support healthy brain function.
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