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To use or not to use… Beeswax, is it ethical? Why I’ve chosen to use it

To use or not to use?  Is something that I had asked myself, when I started on this journey. Knowing my use of beeswax would be questioned, and vegans would not buy my Wayfarer’s Magic and Sadhu Rose Comfrey Ointments.

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment + Ethical Beeswax

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment + Ethical Beeswax

For a start, I don’t eat unethical animal products or support the treatment and misuse of animals for our consumption, production or testing.  So how, do then carry my values over into my products and business?

To answer this, I set about researching the question, is beeswax ethical? And should I be using it?

I came to the decision to use Beeswax, and here’s why;

1. Ethical Beeswax does exist;

I get my beeswax from a local beekeeper – it’s a beekeeping family, their native bees and are wild and are free here in central coast wilderness of New South Wales. It’s an excess bi-product of the honey that is ethically sourced; meaning there is always more than enough for the bees. Unlike in hives that are in mass production, and they are not tricked of forced to produce honey/ wax in excess.  Happy bees = Happy Honey = Ethical Beeswax.

2. Beeswax is also healing

Beeswax itself it uber beneficial to the skin and the healing process. It’s anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-bacterial. Due to this, it contributes to the healing quality of the ointments. It soothes and softens the skin, and forms a protective layer that still allows the skin to breathe and heal.  It is also a ‘natural’ product, that has not undergone industry processing.

Bees Natural Green Home turf

Since I’ve moved to the Central Coast I’ve also been using the wax from the same local beekeeping family that I get my honey from Suesse Honey‘. If you are ever at the Entrance market be sure to buy some of their honey! Their  ‘Raw honey Lemon, Ginger and Cinnamon’ blend – which also has Lemon Myrtle – tastes as good as it is healthy – I am completely unshamedly addicted.

For those that aren’t aware, Raw honey is packing with nutrients, it contains; 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. If you add to this the benefits of Ginger, Cinnamon, Lemon and Lemon Myrtle, you have a most delicious healthy treat.

I do empathise with the dilemma of using or not using animal products.

I remember the moment, that I learned the big-eyed gentle cow in the paddock could end up as a steak dinner. It’s the same moment I secretly vowed to never eat animals again.  As soon as I grew up and left home, that’s what I did and I’ve been a vegetarian ever since.

Though, I am not a vegan, and I do have a few pair of leather shoes and a jacket.  Which I often get flack for funnily enough from meat eaters.  However, as one wise friend once said, ‘is it more ethical to have a sturdy jacket that lasts you 50+years that is biodegradable, or a jacket that is made from synthetic material, that has gone through industry processing to be created and then never degrades and pollutes the environment?’

Tough questions, that we need to face and ask ourselves when we aim to live a conscious life.

While I abhor the way humankind treats the animals on the planet, and how they are treated as a commodity rather than a sentient being.  It’s good to see that research is now supporting what many of us already know, that insects have emotions and sentience, as do plants and trees.

I do believe that as Robin Wall Kimmer states so wisely in her @onbeing interview,  we should be aiming for a reciprocal relationship with the world around us.  I love that idea!  It takes sustainability to the next level.

Lavender Bees

Lavender Bees

If we work to look after bees and their environment, it becomes a collaboration with them. In taking this reciprocal approach, we can create a better world, for everything – plants, animals and humans. We just need to start asking, how can we contribute – what do we have to give?

When we are not doing this, which we can see reflected in much of the world around us right now, we are out of balance with the natural world around us.

I am thankful for my Ethical Healing Beeswax, from happy bees that share their wares with us. And I hope that we, in turn, can share and work to protect them and their environments and well-being.

We can do this, by asking ourselves how we can contribute to living in a ‘Reciprocal’ way with the world around us. Can this be reflected in our daily decisions  i.e. buying heritage seeds, not supporting/using monsanto products, doing bio-dynamic gardening, growing flowers and plants that bees love.

In doing so, we take conscious steps, to live in a conscious way –  in balance and harmony with the world around us.

I do have two vegan products:
Bedouin’s Charm: Comfrey+Coconut+Grapefruit Body/Bath Oil
Eternal Serenity: Comfrey+Hemp+Argan Face Oil

And the products that contain Organic/ Ethically sourced Beeswax:
Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment
Sadhu Rose: Rose+Comfrey Ointment

Note:
All my products and ingredients are Cruelty-free, and not tested on any animals (only myself, and consenting family and friends).

Further Reading:
The Secret Life of Plants: a Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man

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Herbal Habit #3 Turmeric

Turmeric is beyond beneficial, and something that I attempt to work into my diet at every possibility. This is due to its active constituent, Curcumin. Research has shown that Curcumin is beneficial as a;

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory:
  • Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
  • Antiviral
  • Prevention of Blood Clotting
  • Anti-depressant
  • Destroyer of cancer cells
  • Regulator of both Blood sugar + Cholesterol

Wow,  now that is a pretty amazing herb….

Did you know, heating it, with a bit of black pepper that its power goes up over 2000%? This, and eating it with protein increases its bioavailability, that is the means that the ability the body has to absorb all the benefits of Turmeric.

I do believe those curry eating Indians are on to something!  Indians have also been using Turmeric in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years – and it is only now taking the Western world by storm.

As soon as I realised the benefits of turmeric, I started looking for the best ways to integrate it into my diet. I prefer natural intake of nutrients over supplements.  It took some time, yet it’s now become an integral part of my diet. Here are a few of my favourite ways to use it;

I keep a jar of ready to go Turmeric (heated Turmeric with a pinch of cracked black pepper) in my spice cabinet. Ready to add to:
Cold_recipe

  • Smoothies
  • Coconut/ Olive oil salad dressing
  • Scrambled eggs or tofu
  • Sprinkled on an avocado
  • In my morning hot water with lemon, honey
  • Ginger + Turmeric Tea

Coconut Fried Kale
½ bunch of chopped Organic Kale
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp Shredded Coconut (sugarless)
3 tbsp Pumpkin seeds
1 tsp Nutritional Yeast (the yeast I use is listed here)
1 tsp Turmeric + pepper
Heat oil in a skillet, add the turmeric + yeast, throw in the kale and fry a little – add more yeast or turmeric as required.  Brown, until soft and a bit crispy, stir in the shredded coconut. Serve with topped pumpkin seeds.

And my all time favourite recipe:

Golden Turmeric Milk
2/3 cup organic almond milk
1/3 cup coconut cream
½ tsp Turmeric + black pepper
Plus a dash of Ginger powder, Cardamom seeds/ powder, Anise Star, Cloves, Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Heat for 5-10 mins on a low heat.  Take off the heat, stir in some raw honey and serve.

Super delicious! Healthy and easy to make.

EternalSerenity004It’s also fabulous for the skin as it’s both nourishing and gives the skin a healthy glow. Which is why I add a few drops of Turmeric Essential Oil to my Eternal Serenity Face Oil.

So give it a try by adding Turmeric to your diet. If you do choose to use supplements, please buy them with the black pepper added, and take when eating protein for the best absorption.

If you buy the herb itself please buy the organic variety, fresh or from a health store near you, or online Australian Shops such as:
Doorstep Organics
Santos Organics
Honest to Goodness

If you’d like to research it further, please check out these resources:

Health Ambition
University of Maryland Medical Centre
Dr Axe
Banyan Botanicals