Skincare based on honey, propolis, royal jelly and other bee products, has long been popular among famous ladies. Danny Minogue, Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Pfeiffer regularly use preparations similar to those used by the wives of Pharaohs and members of the royal families in ancient times, as beauty and medical treatments.
But lately another product of the bees became a hit -- the poison of their stings. When Kate Middleton, before the wedding of the century, on the proposal of her in-law Camilla, tried the treatment with apitoxin, this type of organic facelift immediately became a hit.
The bee venom (apitoxin) is produced by worker bees, and serves as a protection from enemies who attack the basket or from themselves alone. As a major source of enzymes, peptides and biogenetic amines, it contains at least eighteen active ingredients with healing properties.
The action of the apitoxin on human organism has not been fully determined, but experts believe that it positively affects the immune system and causes the production of cortisol, a natural steroid that is released to prevent inflammation of jabs. To prevent unpleasant side- effects, the most important thing is to determine the optimal dose of it.
The most important active component of the bee venom is melittin, a powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral peptide, which is a proven cure against Lyme disease. This substance has been proved to be effective against fungal infection Candida albicans, which is the cause of the inflammation in the mouth, and against infections caused by the bacterium Chlamydia.